Thursday, 23 February 2017

by Benjamin Anabaraonye

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It is the duty of parents to bring up their children in the way of the Lord. In our digital age, godly parenting has become so important in raising up a godly generation that will walk in integrity and dignity.”Training” requires a lot of efforts on the part of the parents and co-operation on the part of the children. Thus, the bible also admonishes ”Children,obey your parents in the Lord,for this is right”. Ephesians 6:1(NIV)
Media technology is here to stay and has become a permanent part of our lives. In our digital age,there is great concern about how it may be affecting our kids and youths.I believe parents can learn to embrace its  advantages,reduce its adverse effects and raise children who can still relate heart to heart with people,appreciate and participate in the beauty and wonders of nature and grow up to be well rounded,healthy,caring and compassionate adults.
The challenge for parents is to understand the benefits and pitfalls of media technology in the lives of their children and to help them create balance in their lives.
The chief information media in our digital age is the Internet.The Internet can be a useful tool for preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and disseminating sound,edifying materials to the body of Christ and the world at large.
However,we also find gangster films,erotic music,weird and vile ideas,pornography,etc. now common on the internet.These can affect our kids and youths negatively if they are not properly educated.
Thus,parents must evaluate their efforts at controlling what their youths consume on the internet.Parental care and control measures must be established to shield their children from the negative impact of the Internet and Media technology. Such Measures include:
 EDUCATION ON SEX ISSUES: A child’s sex education often comes through schools or churches.But a Christian parent should always be the first person to speak with their child about sex related issues.The appropriate age to discuss these matters varies from child to child but if a parent is going to err,it should be sooner than later.
Sooner or later,a child in curiosity may get to learn from the wrong sources about sex and may lead to addictions to pornography and other forms of sex abuse if they don’t get the right education on time.
For those wanting to learn more,  ”How and when to tell your kids about sex” by Stan and Brenna Jones may be helpful.
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Parents should keep the environment safe for their kids.This requires a proper training on emotional intelligence for  the parents.
 Routine checks should be carried out to ensure that erotic and offensive materials are never found in the custody of their kids. Children are never to be left with people who are not fully trustworthy.If your child plays at a neighbor's home,make sure you know who is there and that a trustworthy adult is in charge.
ENCOURAGEMENT: As you share God’s standard and your concern, lavish your children with affection and encouragement. Children need large doses of affection from their parents to grow up physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy.
Many youths in their search for true love have fallen into pits of despair, addictions, sex abuse and pornography. It’s so wonderful to let them know that true love can only be found in Jesus Christ. But even if they fail,Parents can still offer a helping hand.
When offering encouragement,Parents should speak frankly-but not crassly-with biblical wisdom like the Parents in Proverbs. Take care to never shame or embarrass your child, but treat them respectfully as an emerging fellow adult.
EMPOWERMENT: Parents need to empower their kids with the right materials that will edify the mind and enhance their spiritual growth. Introduce your kids to Christian websites where inspiring articles, poems and biographies are regularly posted. Encourage them to watch Christian channels and to saturate their laptops, smart phones, i-pad with good,edifying sermons and music.Parents should also make it a point of duty to pray for their kids daily.This will go a long way in building them up.
EVANGELISM: Parents should evangelize to their children and lead them to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ while they are still tender. Our youths should also be encouraged to participate in Internet evangelism. In this way, they will be using their time productively while online. They should also learn to volunteer to do tasks that will help in positively building up the society.
We should always be reminded of our constant need for the infilling of the Holy Spirit to live a life of purity,faith and victory in our digital age.

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Friday, 3 February 2017


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Keep smiling, Keep shining
May you always have a reason to sing
Never doubt, never be dismayed
For there's an answer when we pray.

Keep smiling, Keep shining
May you always hear the angel voices ring
They will always be by your side
God's angels to guard and to guide.

Keep smiling, Keep shining
Receiving the strength His Word brings
Never give up, never give in
With God you'll always win.

Keep smiling, Keep shining
Your heart overflowing with thanksgiving
Live a life full of joy, peace and love
Enjoy endless grace from God above.
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Tuesday, 17 January 2017


The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

~I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted,every hill and mountain shall be made low,the rough places will be made plain,and the crooked places will be made straight,and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,and all flesh shall see it together.

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Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist Minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement."I Have a Dream" is a public speech delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, in which he calls for an end to racism in the United States and called for civil and economic rights.He was awarded five honorary degrees;was named Man of the Year by Time Magazine in 1963;and became not only the symbolic leader of American blacks but also a world figure.
At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.
Martin Luther King Jr,stood for  faith,equality and non-violence throughout his life. 

I Have a Dream: The Story of Martin Luther King in Text and pictures.New York,Time Life Books,1968.

Bennett,Lerone,Jr. what Manner of Man:A Biography of Martin Luther King,Jr. Chicago,Johnson,1964.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017


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A chosen vessel unto God
Willingly I gladly to choose
To worship, love and serve Christ
A vessel fit for the Master's use.

A chosen vessel for His glory
Sanctified, purified and justified
To gladly proclaim the gospel story
The glory of Christ Jesus crucified.

Chosen to proclaim the good news
To the world by the power of His Word
A vocation so noble and precious
Proclaiming that Christ is Lord.

For by His truth I'm set free
To live a life that brings glory to the Lord
Letting His light shine through me
Manifesting His glory to the world.

A vessel of holiness and honor
Living a life of peace and power
Walking in the wonder of divine favor 
Enjoying heaven's blissful shower. 

 But in a great house, there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.  Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
2 Timothy 2:20-21(NKJV)

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