Strings that bind us at Connected

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“ …Strings that Bind us “

Here are some rules and policy that will guide any event ,  discussion, activities involve that any edition of connected.

String 1
Our Social Lives exist only because of our SpiritualLives.
“… For in him we live and move and have our being… “ –  Acts 17: 28

String 2
Whatever we do shall be Godly  both in content and intent
“…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things”. -Phil4:8

String 3
There shall be no trace of darkness in whatsoever we do.
“Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;” Eph 5: 11 NAS

String 4
We shall not do anything that is against our conscience.
“… and whatever is not from faith is sin.”  Rom14:23 NAS

String 5
Our actions and activities shall not be stumbling blocks to others
“…forI don’t want to cause another believer to stumble…”  1 Cor 8:13 NIV

String 6
In God, we are free to do all things!
“..For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve oneanother. ” Gal 5 : 13

String 7
…And all things in LOVE,  to the Glory of God
“…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NASB)

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this was supposed to be a rant…

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Breakpoint!

…but i chilled out.

“samson’s life was cut short, his eyes were plucked out. may such not happen to you in Jesus name” prayed the minister.

and the church chorused a loud “amen”!

i . was. upset.

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i guess this was just a cumulation of all the negativity i’ve heard all week. from church. social media. human beings. human beings.

i don’t understand our fascination with negativity. we happily express it to ourselves, our friends, loved one, people we don’t know, and the list is endless. given a chance, and a platform (social media being the reigning one), human beings will just spread negativity like planta on bread. interestingly, people get drawn into it easily that it’s become a norm.

i don’t understand why we will rather see everything from the negative point of view. remember the half full, half empty cup of water saga? it was used to…

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Jacobu

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Breakpoint!

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For as long as i can remember, I avoid going for Yoruba service in church. Growing up, i didn’t have much of a choice till i was older, as the family used to go to church together. For me, it was simple, the Yoruba service was always longer than the English service. While English service starts at 8:00am, Yoruba service starts at 10:00am. Naturally, there’s a little pressure to end 8:00am service, but none for 10:00am service.

Another reason was, English was just easier, easier to speak, read, sing and write.  I mean, in primary school, speaking ‘vernacular’ was an offence unless it was during the language period, so it was English all the way.

At home, Yoruba language ruled. In fact, the only times i spoke English to my folks growing up was when i was very upset. I attributed it to being able to think and…

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It wasn’t you. It was me

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Breakpoint!

Confession time (bell ringing)

So I was driving one night on one of those Lagos roads that both sides of it double as carparks. Anyway, needless to say, the road had been reduced to one lane and I soon found myself directly facing an oncoming vehicle.

One of us had to reverse.

No problem, I’ll do it.

As I started maneuvering, I noticed that the other car’s full headlight was on- shining right into my eyes.

Maybe the tiredness got to me. But I momentarily snapped and started gesticulating furiously to the other driver.

Isnt it common courtesy when you are face to face with another car to dim your full lights?

My ‘tormentor’ obliged and dimmed his light.

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Marriage Rules: How not to…

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My Oyinbo friend writes on Breakpoint today 🙂

Breakpoint!

this post is written by a sister of mine – abeni, who makes me feel like an ‘oyinbo’. teamskindudu. she blogs at abenistales.com.

go on read and i’ll see you in the comments section.


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It is prayer time in church on this beautiful Sunday afternoon, and Pastor says “hold the hand of the person next to you and pray for God’s blessings into his or her life”. So, I grab the hand of the handsome man sitting beside me, then I heard him say “dear Lord bless this *insert an ijinle Yoruba insult* I’m holding” I opened my eyes, apparently he was staring at me when he said it, hence our eyes met, we burst into laughter and then continued with the prayers on a serious note. Only one person can say that and make me laugh… my husband.

Truth is I am no marriage expert…

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Mind Games

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Breakpoint!

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I had to do a little course on Social Marketing a few weeks ago.

We had this particularly interesting advertising session which showed how many of ‘our choices’ are really not ours at all.

Case in point, when you consider how much we’ve been bombarded with pictures of a cold, sweating bottle of coca cola, after a hot day at work (like coke is any good when you are really thirsty), all complete with smiling, successful people drinking it, then you cease to wonder why we have a lot of ‘coke addicts’ out there.

The advert above takes it even further. You don’t just want coke, you actually need it. No words necessary. Subconsciously, some people just said ‘Nna mehn, coke is never going to go bankrupt as long as I’m alive’

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Albinism: A Disability or Yes?

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Neither society nor those of us with the condition have ever been able to agree whether to identify albinism as a disability or not. This perhaps rises from the fact that most people who are disabled are often seen as disadvantaged and are ill-treated. Or perhaps, the term implies that those so tagged are not “normal” and may never lead “normal” lives (what exactly is normal anyway).

8636c7db0a08a97e03e3ce019610e36bThe ambiguity made it difficult for those with albinism to identify themselves as a group. The essence of identifying people with albinism as a group, of course is not to host pity-parties or tears-wiping conferences. The essence is to make it easier for society to officially identify this group as an existing minority in need of support, in need of aids and certain social care offerings.

All derogation aside, albinism is a disability. I remember making this statement awhile ago in my conversation with…

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