Xtrem Gospel e-Magazine


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For over a month, Xtrem Gospel has been spreading the goodnews of Jesus all around the world via her Blog; www.xtremgospel.com |It is a mandate accorded to us and we are definitely taking it beyond. In that spirit, we are bringing on board yet another platform; the Xtrem Gospel E-Magazine.

The E-Magazine is simply put ‘Xtrem Gospel on the Move’. This new platform was initiated so everyone can ‘Feel the Impact’ even when they are offline. It is of high quality, easy-to-read and easy-to-share, designed by one of the best Design Company in Africa; www.facebook.com/xtraforx www.xforxstudios.com

This is Maiden Edition features renowned US-Based Nigeria Artiste, Izzy. Its presently on PDF format soon to be available on other E-Magazine Formats, so download now and share with friends and loved ones on your Mobile Phones, Tablets and PCs.

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  2. 2. Editors’ Desk The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it. Psalm 68:11 www.xtremgospel.com www.peterayeni.org 2 www.xtremgospel.com www.xtremgospel.com 3
  3. 3. Content 12 26 40 23 4 www.xtremgospel.com 42 www.xtremgospel.com 5
  4. 4. Xtrem Gospel Contributors Toyosi Ige is a Filmmaker, Writer, Film Critic, Engineer, Choreographer and Entrepreneur per excellence. He is a graduate of Civil Engineering from the University of Ilorin with a Second Class upper degree. He also graduated with Distinction from the reverred Pencil Film Training Institute (PEFTI), Lagos, majoring in Directing. Toyosi is the CEO and Creative Director of Rayhouse Studios in Ilorin and the General Secretary of the popular arts group; Doxart Emporium (Glorious Dancers and Lord of the ribs). He is a native of Egbedda-Egga in Kogi State, Nigeria. He has worked with many notable names in the mainstream and gospel sub-genre of the Nigerian Entertainment scene like Bolaji Dawodu, Ayobami Adegboyega, Steph-Nora Okere, Shola Mike Agboola, Akin Alabi, Tope Alabi, Funmi Speechless, Wale Adebayo (Sango), James Oyebanji, Michael Azano and so on. Notable among his works are plays like Fijabi, Little Precious and Ceesay’s Truth. His film credits include SSD (writer), Helen’s Story (Writer, Director and Producer) and DIDE (Assistant Director). He is presently a post graduate student at the University of Ilorin, majoring in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering. He is presently a contributing writer for the blog, www.xtremegospel.com Click here to contact him Emmanuel Adebayo is a Public health practitioner with keen interest in teenagers. He has worked with teens for 8 years volunteering with different organizations within and outside the walls of the church. He studied Human Anatomy for his first degree and PuBlic health for Masters, he’s got other professional certificates such as project management professional (PMP), a certified Monitoring and Evaluation personnel and several others. He has an insatiable quest for knowledge. His interest in his career and passion for teenagers have a common union in the understanding people’s behavior and influencing it. He is the Team leader and principal facilitator for Teennetwork an organization he birth in 2009, a social enterprise interested in character and personal development in adolescents. He is also the visionary of GOVT (Gathering of Victorious teenagers) and an author! He has a passion to raise a performing generation, and to make the world see the light of life which has so clearly influenced his life. I’m Jemima Ojapa. Daughter of the most high. Currently a Medic-in-training. I have a passion for fashion, music and writing. Click here to contact her Author| Blogger| Compère| As simple as A. B. C. Passionately using Social Media for Social Good. Click here to contact her Oladele Okikiola is a many of many parts. Creative artist (GraFX design), Medical Student, blogger and Photographer with a strong interest in nature photography. He is a creative writer with ability to write on various topics that interest him, including short stories. He has won awards including the best Under 30 entrepreneur in the Creative Arts category by the Th!nk oyo initiative in the 30 under 30 awards. Okikiola is the Creative Director of Okizle Multimedia, a budding multimedia firm and has handle a lot of projects, including the In His Steps magazine which publish and sells in Nigeria, UK, USA and South Africa. Okikiola is a God lover, Jesus Freak as they call it. In his down time he enjoys swimming, watching movies/soccer and Music. Click here to contact him Click here to contact him 6 www.xtremgospel.com www.xtremgospel.com 7
  5. 5. Bamisaye Adeniran Bolarinwa, holds a B.A in Linguistics from the University of Ilorin, and a masters degree in Communication and Language Arts (in view), University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a purpose driven, uniquely gifted and dynamic young man. Ade is a poet, teacher, columnist, a blogger, resource personnel, creative writer and an author. His is the author of the titled Reflections, a poetry compilation – a motivational, inspirational and morals impacting masterpiece. Adeniran is a Certified Project Manager (CPM) and the director of D’KINGZ Pen, an organization he founded few years ago, that is motivated by the need to help, educate and empower the younger generation while impacting them morally, intellectually and creatively to become exceptional role models. Ade is an Entrepreneur who is set to use his gifts and abilities to empower the younger ones while making them become more responsible to the society thereby making out of them exceptional leaders and positive role models in the society. It is his belief that once this goal is achieved, a major problem would have been solved in the society as the problem of leadership has become a major one in the society today. As part of leisure, he anchors events such as book launch, concerts, school PTA meeting, social events etc. He also serves as an NGO volunteer. You can reach him via: Click here to contact him Ayeni Ekundayo: His works speak for him as he was part of the pioneering team to build and manage the first web portal for over 15,000 student of Federal University Of Technology Minna(2005),He is also the Managing partner of Business Plus services an IT based company, where he leads his team to run ICT awareness campaign in Ebonyi State in 2008.Designed and implemented the first HP ICT center in the eastern part of Nigeria under UNIDO (United Nation Industrial Development Organization), also a strong crusader of zero capital start-up business . He also was the Responsibility officer HUT TO MANSIONS the largest property advertising website in Nigeria where he managed over 200 clients(including banks properties and multinationals) and over 80,000 properties on her website. He has a record of story writing and development which are used for trainings and books for authors, He has facilitated in some of the leading banks training schools like GT bank, Zenith Bank and other. Also Consults for UBA, Lagos State Government, Access Bank, Transcorp, Vetiva Capital, Daystar Christian Centre, Global Info Swift, Trinity House, Premium Pensions, Delta State Government, A & G Insurance RCCG Atlanta, USA on brand management and Social Media Strategy all these have made the media shine some light on him both with in and outside Nigeria, he has featured on NTA am express,NN24,Channels, SuperScreen TV and others. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology Minna, where he studied Mathematics and computer science, also an HP certified trainer on Mea-i program for young businesses in sub- Sahara Africa and a Trainined Project Manager(PMP) & Certified Social Media Strategist(USA): Click here to contact him Adedoyin dizl’ Kugbiyi : I’m A lover of all things creative. Love arts(graffiti, calligraphy, cartoon, abstract, drawing), writing, and acting. I dance(when gingered by all of the heavenly host), I talk like anything… if its something I like,I sing and rap, and my greatest joy is to see people laugh. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I’m kind of opinionated. I intend and pray to start my own Production and acting outfit soon, among a host of other things. Above all, I’m a lover of God. Click here to contact him Tomiwa Ogunremi is the CEO of Giant Bull Consulting, an organization with the mission to liberate and empower humanity through information (seminars, books and blogs) and wealth creation programs. He is passionate about seeing people discovering their purpose in life and helping them to become successful entrepreneurs. He is a bestselling Author, international Motivational Speaker, and Human Capital Development Consultant. He is the popular host of the famous Generation Next Leader Bootcamp, a quarterly training program for purposeful future leaders in business, sport, politics, and entertainment. As a graduate of Estate Management with more than a decade experience in practice, a trained and experienced marketer, he also heads a real estate consultancy outfit – Giant Bull Realty. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Click here to contact him 8 www.xtremgospel.com www.xtremgospel.com 9
  6. 6. GUIDELINES FOR SONG UPLOAD Oluyide ‘Damilare is a Prolific Writer, a Minister of the Gospel and a Business Man. Presently, an Insight Analyst with Xforx Studios, a fast growing multimedia outfit in Nigeria. He is a Graduate of Economics from the University of Ilorin with years of experience in Business Management, Office Administration and Budget Realism. As a relationship Counselor, his regular column ‘Feel Jaunty with Nuel’ in a local campus magazine has helped sharpen the relationship lives of many youth in his immediate community and environs. Dami has spent over 5 years in the Teenagers Ministry helping young hearts embrace the love of Christ and guiding them in the way of truth. Having seen and lived on both sides of the fence, he has developed more passion for ensuring that the ‘Go ye into the World’ mandate is effectively carried out. He is presently based in Lagos, Nigeria. For artistes who want to upload their songs/videos on our blog; please take note of the following: 1)You must be a gospel artiste 2) Send your EPK (song/video, album art and Bio) to music@xtremgospel.com Note: if u don’t have an album art we have highly professional graphic designers that can help out with a token of course ;) 3) Your song/video will be screened by our music/ film department for lyrics, content and quality. 4) Once your song/video meets our standard be sure to have it uploaded as soon as possible. 5) Be warned: Uploading songs/videos on xtremgospel.com is free of charge. Salvation is free. 6) For extra hype or exclusive premier you can contact us at xtremgospel@gmail.com or call: 08033443287 Click here to contact him ARTICLE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES Xtrem Gospel Core Xtrem Gospel is keen to hear from anyone who might be interested in writing articles or reviews for us. All of our contributors work on a volunteer basis, which means some write articles each week, whilst others only have time to write every couple of months, or less. If you’re interested in writing an article or review for Xtrem Gospel, here are the basics of what we look for: Peter Ayeni Founder www.peterayeni.org @xforxboss 10 www.xtremgospel.com Makinde Olubiyi Music/Artist Manager @Jdust_unc Gbolahan Bukoye HR Manager @Gbolahan_bukoye Article length: 500-750 words. Topics: Xtrem Gospel writes for Christians, but we are also aware there are many non-Christians visiting our site. We aim to have a variety of articles which address the questions and concerns of modern Chris- tians, while also endeavoring to help non-Christians understand the truths of the gospel. Some articles are straight theology, whilst others are more topical. Take a look at the articles already on the site, you’ll get the idea. Before taking the time to write your article or review, send us an email to editor@xtremgospel.com, and let us know what you are interested in writing about. It would be good for us to know a bit more about you, and chat about your ideas. Not all articles written by our contributors actually make it on to Xtrem Gospel but the more time we have to chat about it beforehand, the more likely it is the article will be published. www.xtremgospel.com 11
  7. 7. http://www.xtremgospel.com/category/music MUSIC MUSIC31 DEC, 2013 Xmas Time | LC beatz, Lemdy and Sadela Seasons Greetings to you all from COL Entertainment’s Finest, LC beatz, Lemdy and Sadela. They have decided to Give us a Christmas present in form Of this dance tune title ‘Xmas Time’ Produced By... MUSIC2 JAN, 2014 Ordinary People by Cobhams Asuquo Cobhams Asuquo (real name Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo) is a Nigerian- born musician with an enviable track record in (music) production, writing, and singing. Previously signed to Sony/ATV UK publishing as a songwriter, Cobhams, is... Click here to download Click here to download MUSIC2 JAN, 2014 Oba Ni by ToluccI ToluccI TeamLead @ KOINONIA 3ntertainm3nt LAGOS, releases a brand new single titled Oba Ni. @TOLUccI Download and Enjoy Click here to download 12 www.xtremgospel.com www.xtremgospel.com 13
  8. 8. MUSIC2 JAN, 2014 How I Roll by Timeless @Timelessbaby Timeless (Adefolajimi Aiyeola) is a Nigerian Inspirational Artist, Producer and Song Writer from Ogun state who is all about positive music. He graduated from Ten strings Music Institute in 2011 where he majored in... Click here to download MUSIC3 JAN, 2014 OWA (Nelson Faith ft Teekaywitty) @xtremgospel Nelson Faith Aniefiok (a.k.a Omo Iya Ima). Growing up with a singing Mom and his Father a music director in the Apostolic church. He gained significant musical awareness as a child. After an initial... MUSIC4 JAN, 2014 John 3:16 PSR_FT. MIKE_ABDUL John 3:16 PSR_FT. MIKE_ABDUL Click here to Download Click here to download MUSIC4 JAN, 2014 AGBARA by Nelson Faith AGBARA by Nelson Faith Listen or Download to enjoy MUSIC4 JAN, 2014 Fun mi ni lu lu by Nelson Faith Fun mi ni lu lu by Nelson Faith Download and Enjoy Click here to download Click here to download MUSIC4 JAN, 2014 IJO OPE by @Kunle_Kenny Imagine a breath of fresh air picking up speed rapidly and surging through the streets, that’s the kind of song this is. Having already rocked the music world with his inspirational song of... Click here to download www.xtremgospel.com MUSIC6 JAN, 2014 KAA ( count your blessings ) by Davis King davisKING is a seasoned gospel artist whose music exudes fantastic expression of God’s Word in diverse genres and concepts. He has featured in countless gospel concerts and has released a number of singles and... Click here to download 14 MUSIC5 JAN, 2014 Oso’re by KAY’DEE KAY’DEE- real name Okunade Kayode Samuel, makes a grand entrance into 2014 with this sonorous hot new single titled Oso’re that will surely dominate the gospel airwaves in the soonest possible time.The song emphasizes... Click here to download www.xtremgospel.com 15
  9. 9. MUSIC6 JAN, 2014 Sope by TurbHaskey Tunde Timmy Toba popularly known as TurbHaskey is a Gospel Hip Hop and Inspirational Singer based in Lagos state, Nigeria. Turbhaskey hails from Osun state, Modakeke to be precise and is a graduate of... Click here to download MUSIC7 JAN, 2014 Conqueror by J Dust Call it the beautiful ‘clash’ of 2 producers, song writers, singers and rappers. With his last single; MY LIFE still smoking hot J Dust teams up with LC Beatz (who also doubles as the... MUSIC9 JAN, 2014 WE ryde GIL -prod by Gil Download and Enjoy Click here to download Click here to download www.xtremgospel.com MUSIC9 JAN, 2014 Light of the world- FRANK EDWARDS Download and Enjoy Click here to download Click here to download MUSIC9 JAN, 2014 IGWE -Soltune prod by Frank Download and Enjoy MUSIC9 JAN, 2014 Monique – Na U dey Reign ft PV Download and Enjoy Click here to download Click here to download Click here to download MUSIC9 JAN, 2014 BORN 2 WIN -DIVAYN -prod by frank edwards Download and Enjoy 16 MUSIC / NEWS9 JAN, 2014 EGWU -VIKTOR Dwnload and Enjoy www.xtremgospel.com 17
  10. 10. MUSIC12 JAN, 2014 Orimi Wu – Triple O Oladapo Olabode Obasun, a.k.a Triple O, was born in the city of Lagos, by a horticulturist father (a grass-root politician and a Pastor) and a business woman and Pastor also. I am a native... Click here to download MUSIC14 JAN, 2014 IMELA by Chidinma Praise Chidinma Praise is another beautiful, anointed,vibrant gospel artiste with a passionate desire to bring glory to God & to reinforce the kingdom of God with spirit-touching praise & worship. She back on her full... Click here to download 18 www.xtremgospel.com MUSIC12 JAN, 2014 No1 Fan – Kalvary Boy ft. Provabs The Bayelsan born singer Amgba Joseph Ebamofefa a.k.a Kalvary Boy is signed to JoeRockstar Entertainment. Kalvary Boy as blessed lives with the wealth of his sings, he is lyrically, and spiritually fit. He dropped... MUSIC16 JAN, 2014 Rock Your Name by J Cares J Cares was born Iranloye Olaniyi James in the month on Feb 28th he is a graduate of Social Studies (Education) from Tai Solarin University he is Single and worships with RCCG Eternal Life... Click here to download Click here to download MUSIC15 JAN, 2014 OOORE MI by Blessed Oyedemi Ajiboye called BLESSED is a gospel artist major in R&B. Here is one of is single track dropped on the 5th of January 2014. I hailed from Osun state a final year student... MUSIC17 JAN, 2014 Hail Jesus by NKE Gospel Diary is a collection of my drives, passions and desires to do the will of God. It speaks of the expected moments from our present. Gospel diary is what I call my “Mini... Click here to download Click here to Download MUSIC17 JAN, 2014 Baba u dey by NKE Gospel Diary is a collection of my drives, passions and desires to do the will of God. It speaks of the expected moments from our present. Gospel diary is what I call my “Mini... Click here to download MUSIC20 JAN, 2014 Random Rap Hip-Hop Project RRHP -GameMan BeatzJockey ft RAPSODEE, CHOICE, WALLZ, PROVABS, SOKLEVA, HUGHES Random Rap Hip-Hop Project RRHP -GameMan BeatzJockey ft RAPSODEE, CHOICE, WALLZ, PROVABS, SOKLEVA, HUGHES Click here to download www.xtremgospel.com 19
  11. 11. MUSIC24 JAN, 2014 Orimmiriatata by Dr Saj Jackson Aniedi Sunday aka Dr Saj, is a Fast rising Producer and contemporary gospel artiste, with the new hit single track titled “Orimmiriatata”, a gospel dance-hall, with a trance feel! Jackson, who hails from... MUSIC24 JAN, 2014 Questions by Oracool ft ID Jayms Born in Nigeria, Grew up in Lagos, kaduna and currently resides in Adamawa state where he studies Geography at the Federal university of Technology. He Started Rapping 2010 when he joined SoulFlame the Rap... Click here to download Click here to download FEATURED FREE DOWNLOAD27 JAN, 2014 BIG THINGS A’ GWAN by Frank Edwards prod by Frank Edwards Frank Edwards new Single Download and enjoy FEATURED FREE DOWNLOAD / MUSIC28 JAN, 2014 Tobechukwu by OkeySokay featuring PROVABS TOBECHUKWU comes off the EP (Pre- album) “Without You” which would be released on Friday 31st January 2014. Without you(the ep) is a 11 track (ep) made up of singles released by Okey Sokay... Click here to download Click here to download 20 www.xtremgospel.com MUSIC29 JAN, 2014 Toyebi – I Have Seen (Baba God) The song is titled “I Have Seen (Baba God)” and is from Toyebi, an amiable Nigerian born gospel music minister. Toyebi is based in the United States of America and has worked with the... Click here to download MUSIC30 JAN, 2014 Oluwa Mi by Gameman Oluwa Mi by Gameman produced by: S.T.O Beats Listen Download and Enjoy Click here to download MUSIC29 JAN, 2014 SHOW YOURSELF by LEMDY COL ENTERTAINMENT presents LEMDY again with a new tune “SHOW YOURSELF” . This dance song produced by LCBEATZ expresses you as a christian showing and living it everywhere you go. You would definitely love... Click here to Download MUSIC31 JAN, 2014 The King Praise ARE YOUR DANCING SHOES READY, ACTIVATE YOUR THANKSGIVING MOOD AS ZION MUSIC RECORDZ BRINGS TO YOU THE FINEST KING’S PRAISE SONGS FROM THESE DYNAMIC GOSPEL ARTISTES—- PATRICIA KING, MIKE ABDUL, DABO WILLIAMS, TOEYOURSEA, PV... Click here to download www.xtremgospel.com 21
  12. 12. Artist of the Month Cobhams Asuquo (real name Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo) is a Nigerian- born musician with an enviable track record in (music) production, writing, and singing. Previously signed to Sony/ATV UK publishing as a songwriter, Cobhams, is also the CEO of Cobhams Asuquo Music Production (CAMP); a music label and production company that serves as a home to Bez and Stan Iyke. He has also in his repetoire, extensive production work for numerous other notable Christian and secular artistes for the past 12 years. Cobhams ventured out from the producers’ seat and into the vocal booth in 2011, to put some of his most loved songs into an inspiring, uplifting selfpublished contemporary Christian album. The first single of the album is called Ordinary People. Ordinary People is a testament to the latent power in the common man. In this song, Cobhams Asuquo calls to everyone to give to the best of their ability in the daily journey of life. Follow Cobhams on Twitter @cobhamsasuquo Xtrem Gospel had the opportunity to track down and throw few questions to The “Mukulu Mukeke” and “Wonder” crooner, Izzy. The US based Nigerian artist recently relaeased another dance track, “Rababa” with a very catchy afro tune. Here is our Exclusive Interview with Izzy This is a message delivered straight from the heart of one who knows; Cobhams was born blind and has achieved all he has by sheer determination, willpower and faith in God. ‘…We are all ordinary people with ordinary desires, demands, strengths and expectations: but we are all capable of doing extra-ordinary things…” Cobhams Asuquo 22 www.xtremgospel.com www.xtremgospel.com 23
  13. 13. and we released a mix-tape album. I then became a solo artiste and released my solo album in 2013 titled “My Desire”. That has been the journey so far. Can’t wait for the next move of God.. hahaha What are your fondest musical memories? I remember when I will take different cans in the house (at the age of 7), scatter them around, and start acting like I am playing a full drum-set. It was always fun then. Being a Nigerian in the Diaspora, how prominent is the Gospel Music outside Nigeria and particularly how celebrated is Nigerian Gospel music outside our shores? Well, generally, Gospel music in the United States is very prominent. But talking about African Gospel music, I will say it is just beginning to emerge and fit into the style. We thank God for the wisdom He is giving us (the Nigerian artiste and African Gospel artistes in general) Which musician(s) has/have inspired you or still inspire(s) u? American artistes: Tye Tribett, Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton, Don Moen, Da’Truth, Nigerian Artistes: Kenny K’ore, Nathaniel Bassey, Uche Double double Who is Izzy? (A brief about you) My name is Israel Odebode, popularly known as Izzy. I hail from Osun state and was raised in Ibadan, Oyo state, the third in the family of 3 boys, born in Ogbomoso, Oyo State on December 19th , 19xx. I had my primary education in Oritamefa Baptist Nursery and Primary School, Ibadan Oyo State and high school education at The International School, Ibadan, Oyo state Nigeria. A young man of God, producer and gospel recording artist, ready to take the gospel of Christ anywhere I find myself, through music. I love diversity in genres of music (although I love afrogospel the most). Is music a career to you or a ministry or both? I see it as both. A career because I most likely will find myself doing music full-time and having other branches of music business e.g. having a music school, renting out musical equipment etc.; and a ministry because I see it as a calling from God and I obeyed the calling. What type of music do u do? I call it Afro-Gospel.. (laughs) 24 www.xtremgospel.com Do you play any instruments? Which one(s)? Sure. I play the drums and keyboard. Is your family musical? Well, all of us (children) play at least one musical instrument. Tell us about the genesis of your launch into music? It all started from my childhood, I started with playing the drum-set at the age of 7, but could officially call myself a drummer at the age of 10..(laughs). It has always been a passion from childhood. I always loved to be around music. I started production at the age of 15. I produced several artistes (both secular and gospel). At this point I was not an artiste yet, I was just into music production. I had a studio to myself. I eventually became a full-blown artist at the age of 20. At this time, God had arrested me, and I left all those secular stuff and became strictly gospel. While in college, I was in a gospel group called K force. I was the music director and an artiste. In 2012, I moved to the United States, I joined a Gospel music group called ‘Unchained’. It was just 2 of us, Tell us about your latest single ‘Rababa’ Wow!!! Hmm… Rababa, so far, has been receiving a tremendous audience and massive airplays and reviews. All glory to God. The inspiration just came when I was at home listening to the beat, and I was thinking of what I could use to get people’s attention. God has always helped me to discover catchy chorus and tune that people can always sing along with. The “Rababa” video has also been receiving good comments (to the glory of God). By the way, for those who need an explanation to what ‘Rababa’ is, it simply means “Give Honor” and of course, we are giving honor to our King, Jesus. ONLY. Churches, Concerts, Christian weddings, Christian Birthdays etc. Do you play for dances? Step-dancers? Well, not too sure what you mean though, but I also D.J at events. I am also a Gospel DJ. How do you handle mistakes during a performance? There is always a time you make mistakes on stage. But you only learn by correcting those mistakes when a next time comes. So sure, I have mastered the art of managing mistakes on stage and being able to correct those mistakes off-stage so it is not repeated next time. Do you get nervous before a performance? I have always learned how to be bold while facing any crowd (regardless of the number) to minister. I used to be slightly nervous in the past though, but as time went by, I got more confident on stage due to consistent practices/ ministrations that I had to go for. Like they say “Practice makes perfect”. How often and for how long do you practice? As often as possible. I could practice for the whole day if possible. I can also be in the studio the whole day if possible. How do you balance your music with other obligations - mate, children, job? Well the only other obligation for me for now apart from music is ‘school’. And I will say it has only been by the grace and wisdom God has granted me. Sometimes I ask myself how possible it is for me to do music and still go for a masters degree at the same time. But with God all things are possible. Where do see yourself in the next 5 years? I see myself touring the ‘whole’ world from country to country, spreading the Gospel of Christ through music. Is there an album in view? How soon? Definitely. I am strongly depending on the grace of God for this album. It is going to be awesome. Great collaborations, good music, good message. Over 15 tracks. Let’s say it should be coming out first quarter of next year 2015. Do you perform in public? I perform in public. I minister at Christian events www.xtremgospel.com 25
  14. 14. Matthew West, Toby Mac and Others Featured on Pepsi Limited Edition Cans http://www.xtremgospel.com/category/articles/ Article BY OLADELE OKIKIOLA · JANUARY 9, 2014 The multinational mega corporation Pepsi is supporting Christian Music by featuring Christian artistes on their limited edition cans. For the first time in history last year, Pepsi supported Christian music by displaying a handful of Christian artists and their messages of hope on the brand’s popular cans. Toward the end of 2013, the Winter Jam Tour and Pepsi MidAmerica joined forces for one of the largest Christian music marketing initiatives in the history of the beverage industry. Pepsi decided to help spread positive music after being the sponsor of the K-Love Fan Awards. K-LOVE, the leading Christian radio network in the United States, with a weekly listenership of over 13 million, followed that up by launching the “Christian Artist Can Panel.” featured on three million cans of soda (12 million total). Each of these cans included a link to get a free download by that artist. The artist’s featured on the can were Francesca Battistelli-Diet Pepsi, Matt Maher- Dr. Pepper, Matthew West- Pepsi, and TobyMac on Mountain Dew. When announcing their sponsorship of the K-Love Fan Awards, Pepsi MidAmerica’s President and COO Lee Crisp said, “We are proud to sponsor such an amazing event with such a positive meaning.” “These Pepsi cans were originally intended to quench thirst but now we realize they’re able to quench a deeper thirst…a thirst of the soul,” Crisp said of making the decision to promote the gospel message by publicizing Christian artists on their cans. source: Breathecast.com Each Christian artist involved with the project was 26 www.xtremgospel.com www.xtremgospel.com 27
  15. 15. I do not define success! Confessions of a Saved man BY EMMANUEL ADEBAYO · JANUARY 13, 2014 BY EMMANUEL ADEBAYO · JANUARY 9, 2014 I do not define success Its His field, His game, His rules He is the umpire of the game The judge in the race The referee of the match. He alone defines what success is My soul is troubles within me, Why? Because I can’t seem to see I can’t see those things I have hoped for The things that are the measure of success for me I define it by what I see He defines it differently He has promised grace and favor He has promised the Land… Faithful is he who has promised, Faithful is he who has called…. I refuse to be troubled any longer! My soul, wake up, praise the Lord your maker For he is good and his mercy endureth forever! Shallom! Click to send feedback I am a new creature Old things are passed away Behold ALL things- I mean EVERYTHING is new The Lord leads and directs my path Never again will I direct my path Never again will I be confused Because my God is not the author of confusion He never does anything without revealing it to his sons The Spirit of God dwells in me He takes what is of the father and reveals it to me Now that I am led by the spirit of God I am a SON of God Let no man trouble me For I bear the mark of Christ I am a joint heir with Him He will make my way prosperous Whatever I lay my hands on He will prosper Wherever the sole of my feet steps He has given as an inheritance Oh my soul Stay thou upon the Lord Wonder not away from His presence He has promised to go before me To open doors before I arrive To fill my treasury with bountiful harvest Why wont I praise the Lord My soul sings and shouts for joy The Lord my God is in and with me Praise the Lord I am a partaker of His presence! Shallom!!! Click to send feedback 28 www.xtremgospel.com THE TRIALS OF A CONVERT; MY RACE AGAINST THE STORM On her knees she cried and prayed for breakthrough from the fear of national prejudice; a dreadful trepidation that has imprisoned her courage, work liberty, and the free will to marry. From her home through the golden street of Kuala Lumpur to her work place, she leads a triad-life in a virtuous masquerade. Her life course is bound by the laws and jurisdictions of a community that has compelled on her the ‘practice of Christianity’ in secrecy. Unfortunately, her close colleague is currently charged for the crime of apostasy, alas, her fear looms as she prayed unto God for strength to hold on to the old rugged cross. These are the trials of Maria, a 25year old Malaysian Christian covert who lives in Kuala Lumpur. Maria’s story is one of the numerous challenges new Christian converts battle worldwide. Regretfully, the reality of living with an imminent fear of disapproval by our parents, relatives, and sometimes community’s threats of expatriation from one’s land has led some of us into looking back and wondering if it’s worth it to continue racing against the stormy wind. Like Maria, I grew up as a Muslim in an Islamic community in West Africa, where my childhood was marred by the inculcation and assimilation of basic Islamic virtues. As a teenager, I was enrolled into an Islamic school where I had finished the recitation of the whole chapters of the Quran. Despite my uprightness in the practice and defense of the Islamic faith, I had always felt a choking sense of incompleteness; I started asking myself questions concerning my fate after death. Back in my high school days, I made many Christian friends, and funnily my pair mates thought I was a Christian. Badly, I was getting into trouble with my Islamic studies’ teachers as my performances in Arabic and Islamic studies fell beyond limit. Every Muslim teacher that knew my names started asking questions and monitoring my steps. Throughout my years in high school I was just an empty vessel that was occupied by all sorts of opportunistic contents; a fragile and confused soul, flung to and fro by workers of iniquities. For me I didn’t understand the term ‘purposeful living’, although I was doing fairly well in school. In my final years in high school, some Christian brothers came up to me and talked about Jesus Christ in a very special and uncommon manner, they thought me the practice of Christianity in secrecy. I was presented a New Testament bible and was frequently followed up. Amidst the fear that people would discover my new diversion in faith, I attended fellowships and bible studies in sanctuaries. Gradually I grew in understanding, and the concept of life’s purpose was becoming clearer not until I graduated from high school. Running the Christian race after high school was much more difficult than I ever envisaged, because this time I was only a fresh high school graduate living under my parent’s nose. My activities were continuously scrutinized; a deliberate surveillance was kept on me to make sure my Islamic virtues weren’t www.xtremgospel.com 29
  16. 16. lost. I lost contacts with my Christian folks, and week in week out the number of embargoes placed on me increased; the worst was the restriction of my movements on Sundays. I had wondered how many of my Muslim folks had seen me with ‘fellowship friends’ and reported me to my parents, nonetheless I felt there was nothing worse than my parents disowning me if they knew I was a Christian! I had my small New Testament bible which I could only study few times when everyone else was not at home. As my days at home got tougher, I prayed to God to see me into college on time so I can get enough freedom to serve him. In the epistles of Paul, I learnt that holding unto our Lord Jesus Christ in trying times is more than a thing of hope for a breakthrough, it should rather be with faith and absolute trust in his commandments and promises; ‘that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire (persecution from parents and relatives), might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ’ 1peter 1:7. ‘Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand’ 2 Cor 1:24. Unfortunately for me the storm took over my racing boat as my faith in Christ dwindled, I allowed myself to be distracted by the temporary circumstance of hardship. My few months at home suddenly turned to turbulent years in the world of unbelief. I lost the will to pray and study the words of God as chances came, and was thrown back to those years in my life that were marred by confusion and uncertainty. It was in this period that I got admitted into the university. Although the freedom I prayed for seemed to have arrived, yet, ironically I wasn’t serving God; I was rather struggling in the wilderness of iniquities. The persecutions I feared from people are now coming from the devil himself as I allowed him access into my life. I tried my hands on all forms of sins. Before then, I used to think the only reason why sinners couldn’t stop sinning was because they enjoyed sinning, on the contrary each time I fornicated I sobbed in tears and feared God was never going to accept me back, the flashes of my misdeeds couldn’t stop tormenting me on several occasions at night clubs. I didn’t know how to fall back on track, and by my own hands I have persecuted myself and prejudiced my will to serve God one more time. For no one was born without sin, and the reason why Christ came to this world is to save sinners from perishing; he has exchanged his precious blood for our salvation, therefore whosoever confesses his sins and accepts Christ as his lord and savior shall be saved from the bondage of sin. I was able to return to the Lord again and then I realized that God’s love for me is pure, I realized he never wanted me to die in sin but to fulfill his purpose for my life. Day after day come challenges as a Christian convert but the promises of God have held me strong. Psalm 27:1 ‘the lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid. It is worthy of importance to know that there are trying times in the race of Christianity, and these are the times the devil intensifies his operation, with the aim of sending new Christian converts back into darkness, but I, Maria and other Christians all over the world need to hold on steadfastly to God’s commandments and promises with faith, because these trials are temporary challenges so we must not allow them to separate us from the love of Christ. ‘For in time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion, in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock’, psalm 27:5. Join our network @ facebook.com/hcnblog Click to send feedback Five Ways I Handle Pressure BY ADENIRAN BAMISAYE · JANUARY 17, 2014 As much as a lot of us want life to be fun-filled, as much as we desire to have and enjoy the brighter side of life, for as long as we want the best out of life, we must come to terms with the fact that challenges and pressure will come our way. Challenges and pressure are part of life but the attitude with which we face them matter a lot and often determine what becomes of us thereafter. Just like the title of the book “tough times never last but tough people do.” My mathematics Teacher back in secondary school puts it this way, “may your way be rough.” Almost everyone in the class looked at him disdainfully… is this man here to teach or to curse … (laughs) but he took time to explain himself which was accepted by some while others remained indifferent. The truth about life is that we will always face challenges- financial, relationship, career, spiritual, physical/health etc. these things put some form of pressure on us and how we handle them or react during this period/time (when we are under pressure) determines what we get out of such situation. Below are five ways I handle pressure. They have worked and still working for me: for me, whenever I am under intense pressure, I try as much as possible to breathe out heavily and blow out some air. This reduces the pressure I feel within and relives me to a large extent. Keep Calm: Taking some time to think and pretending as if there is no pressure is another “secret” on how to handle challenges and pressure. Learn to be calm in the midst of pressure so as to make the best/right decision. Be calm and learn to smile in the midst of pressure, I do this a lot. But know where to smile o…!! (laughs) Be Positive: Being positive in spite of pressure is an attribute of champions a friend and father says, “… challenges are the breakfast of champions.” Thanks dad, these words have worked and are still working for me. God’s Help: Above all, never underestimate the power of the Greatest One, God. He is always willing to help, all you need to do is to acknowledge you need Him and, call for His help. Hmm…He’s the present Help in need. 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  17. 17. THINK ABOUT SEX ALOT -by YOUTH WITH A DIFFERENCE​ ​ Think About Sex a Lot … Q I’m 14, and I think about sex a lot. Am I normal? Does God say it’s wrong to think about sex, even if you’re only thinking about it in the context of marriage? A Thinking about sex is very normal at 14. And as long as your thoughts are healthy, I don’t know any reason to believe that God disapproves. Sex is, after all, a wonderful part of his creation, one of the great joys and adventures of life. So it’s natural and normal to be curious about sex and to look forward to sharing it with your future spouse. It’s also normal for teenagers to think about sex more than most people. Right now, your body is changing and you’re discovering many new feelings. You’re getting prepared physically and emotionally for an exciting future. It’s like you’re in training for the big event: Marriage. It’s not always easy to wait. But anyone who’s trained for something important knows that the best way to get through the training is to stay focused on the prize at the end. Sex is so terrific, it’s worth the tremendous effort and patience it takes to make sure it’s everything God intended it to be: the physical expression of a lifelong commitment. Of course, you can think about sex in very destructive ways, too—ways that become obsessive and distract you from real living, and ways that are disrespectful or hurtful to yourself and others. To keep your thoughts about sex from moving in a dangerous direction, there are a few things you can do. Avoid movies, music and magazines that promote sex between unmarried people or stir up lustful feelings in you. Find a Christian friend you trust and can talk to about your thoughts. Read what the Bible has to say about sex (check out Matthew 5:28; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8). And ask God to help you keep your thoughts healthy and honorable. My Teacher Touched Me … Q One day my science teacher asked me to stay after class. He touched my face, and told me I was beautiful. I smiled and said thanks, but I had no clue what this was leading to. Then his hand left my face and went to my shoulder. He said, “I want you to know that I love you.” I said OK. Then he began touching me all over. I told him I had to go. Before I left, he kissed me on the forehead. This is the worst thing that’s ever happened to me. I NEED HELP!!! I feel so weird about this. I don’t know if I liked what he did or not. In one way it felt strange because he’s my teacher, but in another way it felt good. What should I do? Please help. A You should go immediately to your parents, your pastor, or another adult you trust and tell what happened. You are going to need their emotional support and help in taking the next step—reporting your teacher to the authorities, like the school principal and/or the police. What your teacher did is illegal. It’s also a terrible thing to do to someone. If he did it to you he is probably doing it to others. He needs to be stopped. Next, you need to talk to someone, like your pastor or a Christian counselor, about how you feel. You are already experiencing strange feelings about this, and those feelings may continue for a long time. You really need someone compassionate and understanding to help you sort through your feelings. Also, find one or two Christian friends to talk and pray with you. Follow on Twitter: @ywadgroupWebsite: http://www.youthwithadifference.org/ 32 www.xtremgospel.com The Power Of A Song – by John Paculabo (from: We are Worship) [A year before he died, our friend John Paculabo wrote this brilliant article. We miss him, and we’ve still got a lot to learn, but pieces like this help...] ‘In good times and bad times people sing… to hide their fears, to express their joy; to endorse their beliefs, we carry songs with us throughout our lives and they reflect the character and the substance of our soul’. Music is not an accident that mankind suddenly stumbled across. Music is as old as the universe itself. It is as vital to us as the food that we eat and the air that we breathe. From the dawn of time man placed music at the very center of community life, playing a leading role in ceremonies and rituals. Music is an ancient gift. Long before Gutenberg was even an idea man sang. It’s not surprising therefore that at the very beginning of creation we find music woven into the very fabric of the universe. For every creature, every thing that lives and breathes and moves has a sound that proclaims its creator. From the birds of the air to the beasts of the field, all of creation sings to its Creator. Even the universe itself sings; every planet, every sun produces radio waves that when converted to ‘fit’ our ears becomes audible sound (hear if for yourself atyoutu.be/_bnU6K1y468 - or Google ‘earth song sound’). There are approximately 200 million suns in our galaxy, many with orbiting planets, and there are approximately 200 million galaxies in the universe. If every single sun and planet has its own song, surely God has created an interstellar symphony beyond compare? Isn’t it amazing to think that in every moment of every day the universe itself proclaims the glory of God? What’s more, how incredible is it to think of this song being made for an audience of one, entirely for His own pleasure? Songs aren’t just reserved for the planets. They become milestones in our lives, denoting our seasons, marking those big occasions, bringing hope in times of sorrow, joy in times of goodness, courage in times of danger. They inspire us, stirring us into action and exerting a most powerful influence on us all. If the songs that we sing become our mantras, then the music we consume throughout our lives – especially our early years – affects and shapes our thoughts and actions. The music that shapes us delivers so much more than pure pleasure; it directs almost everything about us – including our beliefs. Therefore the songs we carry with us throughout our lives become important resources – especially for us who call ourselves Christians. Our songs help renew our faith daily and songs that are full of biblical content and substance remind us of who God is and what He has done. Songs can shape us by bringing to mind God’s promises to us, helping heal our soul, renewing our mind and refreshing our spirit. Songs become the curriculum we carry in our hearts every day of our lives. So songs become our teachers, our ever-ready source of scripture, our constant companions on life’s journey, our daily provision that we hide in our hearts available at a moment’s notice with perfect recall. It’s hard to believe that two billion people entered the new millennium unable to read or write their own name, for these people one of the only learning resources open to them are the songs that they sing. But an inability to read or write is no barrier to the power of the song. John and Charles Wesley evangelized a whole nation on the strength and substance of their songs – at a time when the common people of England were largely illiterate. www.xtremgospel.com 33
  18. 18. The Wesleys travelled the countryside on horseback, but today songs of truth carrying the word of God travel on the airwaves and digital highways, crossing borders and oceans at will, ignoring the rule of governments, feeding hungry hearts in lands that are dry and thirsty. God calls us all to worship him, and the truths contained within our songs of proclamation and adoration help bring us to that place of worship, the place where God can speak and the place where we can listen. I remember meeting a local pastor in India who recounted and amazing story. He loved to hike and he would often drive himself miles to remote regions in Southern India just to walk in the wilderness for days on end. On one such occasion he came across a small village that did not appear on any map. On entering the village he met an old lady well into her nineties and as they began to talk he realised that she was a woman of faith. Her Christian walk began when she was 12 years of age. Two missionaries had appeared in her village, but within two days the local authorities forced them to leave. But in those 48 hours the missionaries had relayed the Christian message to the village. The old lady explained that she gave her life to God back then, and went on to become a midwife. Every baby she delivered she prayed for, and not once did any of the babies she delivered died. It was a miracle in rural India, and so she gained a reputation as a woman who God favoured. Many came to faith because of her. When the pastor asked what books she had read, and what Bible she owned, she explained that she had never seen a Christian book or ever owned a Bible. Perplexed, the pastor asked then how she was able to keep her faith so fresh in such a remote place. Her reply was simple; referring back to the missionaries that visited her vil- lage when she was 12 she explained that ‘they taught me a song, and I sang it every day.’ For over 80 years this woman had fed on the good news that those missionaries had shared, and the song they had taught her. I have no idea what song it was – and perhaps that’s the point: the power of the song even extends beyond the arrangement of words and melody. God Is Not Angry With You Recently my travels took me to the Amazon River in Brazil, where members of a team from the charity Ray of Hope had travelled to a remote village. The place was one of 80,000 untouched villages in the Amazon basin, and we held an activity camp for kids, but what with Indians being fun-loving people, many of the adults came also. After delivering the message of salvation and teaching them a few simple songs that spoke of the greatness and love of God, many wanted to become Christians and gave their lives to God. We promised to revisit with Bibles and books, but because of its remoteness it was several months before the team could return. As we prepared to return some months later, we began to worry: would their faith have remained strong? Without Bibles, books or other resources, could they really have kept going? We arrived and were amazed to find that not only were they still ‘alive in Christ,’ but even more of the village had come to faith. During the months that had elapsed they were sustained by a simple message and the songs that they sang. Nothing can replace the Word of God or provide the systematic teaching that we find in books, but there’s power in these songs – real Christ-saving power. For those of you who write songs, I want you to remember this: scripture and substance are the hallmark of songs that have impact and lasting power. Source: We are Worship BY AYENI EKUNDAYO · JANUARY 26, 2014 A little boy visiting his grandparents and given his first slingshot. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit his target. As he came back to Grandma’s back yard, he spied her pet duck. On an impulse he took aim and let fly. The stone hit, and the duck fell dead. The boy panicked. Desperately he hid the dead duck in the wood pile, only to look up and see his sister watching. Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing. After lunch that day, Grandma said, “Sally, let’s wash the dishes.” But Sally said, “Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen today. Didn’t you, Johnny?” And she whispered to him, “Remember the duck!” So Johnny did the dishes. Later Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing. Grandma said, “I’m sorry, but I need Sally to help make supper.” Sally smiled and said, “That’s all taken care of. Johnny wants to do it.” Again she whispered, “Remember the duck.” Johnny stayed while Sally went fishing. After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and 34 www.xtremgospel.com Sally’s, finally he couldn’t stand it. He confessed to Grandma that he’d killed the duck. “I know, Johnny,” she said, giving him a hug. “I was standing at the window and saw the whole thing. Because I love you, I forgave you. I wondered how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.” “You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.” 1 Co 7:23 “…we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life…. “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,… Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:4, 11 Click to send feedback www.xtremgospel.com 35
  19. 19. guys aren’t married yet) without offending God? Where this is that line we aren’t supposed to cross drawn? Cuddling? Petting? Kissing? Smooching? (Oh, secondary school days), Non-penetrative sex/ outercourse? (I only just knew of the term earlier this year, like what in the world?). Some say everything is cool and dandy as long as there is no penile/vaginal intercourse. I’ve heard different views on what’s okay and what is not. So, I really had to ask myself, how far is too far?” Frankly speaking guys, it’s not easy to maintain physical purity even in a godly relationship, (abi I lie?). To begin with; is your relationship approved by God? I believe that impurity and purity are not separated by are separated by a fixed point/ line. In his book, I KISSED DATING GOODBYE, Joshua Harris wrote; “True love is a direction, a determined pursuit of righteousness.It all starts in the heart and we express it in a life style that flees opportunities for compromise.” Moral purity begins in the heart. Shikena. Love, Lines and Boundaries. BY JEMIMA OJAPA Dayo and Jumoke were one of the most popular and respected couples in their campus fellowship. They had been courting for over two years and everyone that knew them felt that their relationship would lead to marriage after school. One evening after bible study, because he was travelling the next day, Jumoke accompanied Dayo to his off-campus residence to spend some time with him. They discussed at length, joked, laughed and savoured each other’s company. They had no idea how quickly time had passed. Jumoke, distraught at the thought that she won’t be seeing Dayo for the next two months, expressed her reluctance to letting him go. In a bid to comfort her (and himself), Dayo drew her into his arms and planted a gentle kiss on her forehead. Standing there in each other’s arms, with Jumoke’s head resting on Dayo’s chest, they both wished for the moment to last forever. She looked up to tell him how much she loved him; and to Dayo, she had never looked lovelier. He bowed his head towards her and just like ‘slow 36 www.xtremgospel.com mo’, he kissed her. Jumoke’s eyes widened in surprise and against all her convictions, she closed her eyes and felt herself give in. The kiss became more passionate and hands began to roam where they never before had. Jumoke was the first to break away. Dayo was still trying to process it all. He had never kissed Jumoke before; she had a no-kissing-till-our-wedding-day rule. Jumoke packed her things and headed for the door while Dayo apologized profusely, promising that it would never happen again. But it did, plus a little more, a couple of times over. Their bodies seemed to have a will of their own. Eventually, they both came to a decision to see their pastor before they went too far. Now, here is the question I have asked myself and others for a really long time, “how far is too far?” as regards physical intimacy in a relationship. How do you express your love for your partner ( le boo/ sweetheart/ fiance/ fiancee. The koko is sha that you As Christians, God has very high standards for us. Matt 5:28 tells us that by looking at a woman lustfully, a man has committed adultery with her in his heart. The direction of purity begins within. It starts in the heart, PS 119:11; “Thy word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you”. I like the way THE MESSAGE renders Matt 5:27b28, it says, “Don’t think you’ve preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed. Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices – they also corrupt.” We can’t always control the thoughts that come into our minds but we can choose those that we dwell on. We can also help ourselves by not feeding our minds with erotic material; songs, pictures, books, videos, you know what I’m talking about ;) . I won’t go into that now. It’s also important to lay ground rules concerning physical intimacy with your partner. You and partner should agree on practical steps to avoid sexual sin. I’m not talking about seeing how far you can go without having sex. It really isn’t wise to explore boundaries and see how close you can come to the edge. I like to think of it as someone walking very close to a high cliff with a crumbling edge and seeing how far he can go without falling off. Like who does that? I know there are adrenaline junkies; my apologies, but honestly, I think everything might not be completely alright up there. The usual thing is to keep a distance, a veeeerrrrry safe distance. Why dont you decide to make the purity of your partner and yourself a priority? ( that is if you haven’t yet). Support it practically by deciding where and when and with whom you choose to be. One husband told me recently, that he and his wife had to put a little distance between each other a week before their white wedding even though they already had their traditional wedding, in other to avoid compromising their good testimony. Another friend shared with me a story of how one night when his wife, then fiancée, was visiting, he had to call his friends into his room and send her home to avoid having sex with her. My partner and I have agreed not to talk about some stuff and read some books until very close to our wedding so that we do not ‘awaken love before it’s time’; in addition to the other ground rules we have laid for ourselves. I’m blessed to be in a relationship with a Godly man who has told (and shown) me several times that he values and respects me (and that includes my body) and my principles. If your partner doesn’t agree with you, or if they inadvertently constantly put you under sexual pressure, (Meeehn, wahala dey) I think it’s time for you to do some re-evaluation, chec self-discipline k your partner, check yourself too. Sometimes you might have to gather some guts and ultimately end that relationship no matter how hard or painful it might be. Reserve, or willpower sometimes isn’t enough to keep us from compromise, you need God’s help. My dear, flee! Pick race when you hear the warning bells in your heart ring. We have to take responsibility for our actions and not just heap the blame on the devil. If you feel you might have compromised your standards, you don’t have to repeat the same mistakes. Turn to God, He forgives and redeems. I pray he continues to keep you and me. Amen Peace! 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  20. 20. Mr Some Body BY JEMIMA OJAPA · Click to send feedback The first day I saw him, we were walking on the same long uneven dusty path, headed in opposite directions. I, going to a kiosk up ahead: He, coming down. He was a slim, dark and tall elderly man. Black sunglasses framed his dark gaunt face. With a walking stick grasped in his right hand and a dark leather bound book clutched tightly beneath his left armpit he advanced slowly towards me. He walked in a manner typical to those bereft of physical sight, tapping his cane around his immediate perimeter then advancing with a few cautious steps. I thought it odd he had no young assistant or any one at all to escort him. My heart went out to him. I looked around. I wondered, was I the only one seeing him? Several thoughts ran through my mind; what was so important to bring this man this way despite his condition? Should I go to him? What should I say? Excuse me sir, can I be of assistance to you? Would that be polite enough? See you, won’t you also ask where he’s headed? Young lady, why are you wasting time, run and meet this man before he stumbles. I walked faster towards him but I wasn’t fast enough. No, he didn’t fall like I feared. Someone had gone to him, an elderly woman previously seated at one of the road side shops. She greeted him cheerily, took the book from him and led him by the hand occasionally leaning in to his ear to say something. They made a curious sight, two elderly people, walking down the road, hand in hand. I slowed down my pace. They walked past me and headed towards a church around the corner. I rummaged through my purse and then my jean pockets looking for an imaginary object, I turned back searching the ground like what I was looking for had somehow fallen, just so that I could watch the man a little more. Yes, I can be inquisitive like that once in a while. It seemed that he was a well known face at the church because the members who were around went out to 38 www.xtremgospel.com meet him as soon as they sighted him. The man’s face transformed almost immediately, his mouth broke into a wide grin putting on display a set of slightly discoloured teeth, I could bet that there were laugh lines beneath those glasses. The church folks offered their thanks to the woman as she returned. Service was just about to start. It didn’t look like a special service was about to hold, just regular bible study. I knew because I was familar with the church schedule. My mind began reeling with questions again: He simply came for bible study? how was he going back home? Where was home? Why go through all this trouble just to attend service. Wasn’t there church close to where he lived? What’s your story Mr..Mr.. Mr somebody? I saw him a couple of times after that, all on church service days, usually around the same time- some minutes before 6pm. It seemed to me that he really did come all this way just to attend church service. He must really enjoy it. Each time I saw him, I was tempted to go to him and at least ask for his name. Still haven’t been able to. Now that I’m writing about him, I wish I had. I learnt two things from watching Mr Somebody. The first – disabilty is a thing of the mind. The second – Always go to church. Yeah seriously, I know that with the advent of technology we can stream live services, listen to or watch messages on our devices or on T.V. Truth is none of those things beat fellowship (using the term broadly). So those excuses like not being in the mood, or wanting to watch a game or show on T.V don’t hold water. I’ll end with what Paul the Apostle said, ” Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day (the second coming) drawing near.” Heb 10:25 CEB www.xforxstudios.com @xforxboss www.xtremgospel.com 39
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