Monthly Archives: February 2013

Lessons from AFCON 2013

Some sundays ago, the African continent witnessed the emergence of a new champion of the highest footballing tournament in the continent: The African Cup of Nations. Nigeria had defeated the stallions of Burkina Faso to emerge champions.
You can read up my summary and analysis of the Nigerian AFCON 2013 success on Soccergunz but right here I would point at some lessons I learnt.
1. Don’t underrate anybody: The ouster of some big soccer countries like Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Zambia in the group stage was surprising. More surprising is the qualification of debutant Cape Verde, Burkina Faso and Togo.
2. Every dog has his day, even the underdog: against all odds, Nigeria and Burkina Faso defeated favorites Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana to progress to the semis and finals respectively. Nigeria and the Burkina-babe were the underdogs.
3. Experience isn’t just enough, where is the drive? The elephants of cote d’ivoire had experience on their side with great popular players but they met a purpose driven Nigerian Team. Same can be said of Ghana and South Africa’s exit.
4. Two heads are better than one: the better teams were those that had a few individualistic player but played as a team. Cape Verde, Burkina Faso, Mali and Nigeria are the epitome of my point.
5. Criticism must come, but just believe: Stephen Keshi was heavily criticized by the media and fans of Nigeria, but he believed in his team and the Gold is in Nigeria.
I have so many other lessons learnt but let’s see yours in the comment.

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The Complete Sermon

In a bid to search the scriptures in a youth fellowship in The Church in Lagos (KRCC), we were enlightened to the super sermon by our saviour Jesus Christ./ The month of January 2013 enabled us to review, research and reveal the gospel book of Matthew. Different findings and views were looked at but one striking summary was the sermon of the mount.

Large crowds followed Jesus from Galilee and the ten towns, from Jerusalem, Judea and the land on the other side of Jordan. Jesus saw the crowds and went up a hill, where he sat down. His disciples gathered round him and he began to teach them.

From chapter 5 verse 1 through chapter 7 of Matthew recorded this complete sermon. I term it the complete sermon because he touched all aspect of life:

  • True happiness (5:3-12),
  • Salt & Light (5:13-16),
  • Law of Moses (5:17-20),
  • Anger (5:21-26),
  • Adultery (5:27-30),
  • Divorce (5:31-32),
  • Vows (5:33-36),
  • Revenge (5:38-42),
  • Love for enemies(5:43-48),
  • Charity (6:1-4),
  • Prayer (6:5-15),
  • Fasting (6:16-18),
  • Riches in Heaven (6:19-21),
  • Light of the body (6:22-23),
  • Earthly Possessions (6:24-34),
  • Judging others (7:1-4),
  • Ask-Seek-Knock (7:7-12),
  • The Narrow gate (7:13-14),
  • Tree and Fruit (7:15-20),
  • Last day denial (7:21-23),
  • The two house builders (7:24-27).

After Jesus had spoken of thee a. interwoven topics, the crowd were amazed and could see the authority with which he taught. Do we exhume such authority when we talk about the scripture? How many of us even read the scriptures?

What marvels me is the scenario I see when I try to picture the crowd listening to the sermon. they didn’t have cushioned seats nor air conditioned room nor even a roof over their heads. yet, they stayed for that long but super sermon. are our pulpits dishing out the complete sermon or sweet sermon to have numerous members?

We have conducive environment to be in fellowship but a 30-45 minutes message is termed long and we are in a hurry to go. we can spend 90 minutes watching a mere football match, over 4 hours watching a seasonal fiction movie. lets learn from the audience at the sermon and the sermon itself.

Give God a chance.

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