Month: April 2021

How we can be doers of God’s Word?

Introduction
The word of God is not just meant to be preached. It’s meant to be practiced. It’s not just meant to be delivered, it’s meant to be done! The book of James gives us a step by step procedure?

1. Preparation to Receive God’s Word
Read James 1:19-20. The phrase ‘Take note of this’ (NIV) is a call for the reader’s/listener’s preparation. There are three things I must be careful to do whenever I hear or read God’s word.

  • Quick to listen: Listening is a discipline I must cultivate. I need to maintain an attitude of listening and have a teachable spirit. Do you know there are certain sermons that people don’t want to hear: Tithing, moral issues etc.
  • Slow to speak: Criticizing the preacher, seeking to spot theological and doctrinal errors, problems with the presentation style, comparing preachers and interrupting the preacher are few things that prevents us from listening.
  • Slow to become angry: refers to the attitude of anger other than isolated instances of it. You can’t listen to a preacher whom you dislike. “an angry spirit is never a listening, teachable spirit” says Kent Hughes.

2. Proper Reception of God’s Word
Read James 1:21. Some people wonder why their local church is remaining in an un-revived condition. A church that is non-receptive blocks the move of the Spirit of God. James identifies all moral filth and evil as the causes of non-receptive attitude.

  • Get rid of all moral filth (offensive attitudes and behaviors) and evil (translated ‘malice’ in 1 Peter 2:1)
  • The Bible says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
  • I have two choices. Arrogantly resist the transforming power of the word or humbly accept it and let it change me.

3. Acting in accord with God’s Word
Read James 1:22-25. The man who doesn’t practice what he heard is like a man who looks (Greek: katanoeo – to observe fully) at the mirror and forgets what his appearance is like after walking away.

  • I am more accountable than people that did not hear because I heard and know what God is expecting me to do.
  • The word of God has power to seek me and transform my entire being, (Hebrews 4:12)
  • To be a doer of this word means to consciously permit its transforming force to change my thoughts, attitudes, deeds, speech, my reactions to situations and individuals.

Conclusion
Scripture clearly outlines the difference between doers and non-doers of word. Check to see if you need to adjust.

  • Doers are people of wisdom. They find strength in God’s word in stormy times. In the Bible non-doers are called fools and when hardships come they will fall immediately, (Matthew 7:24-27).
  • Doers will inherit eternal life. Others will be condemned, (Matthew 13:24-30)
  • Doers are people of integrity. Non doers are hypocrites, (Matthew 23:13)

2021 PACE Youth Multimedia Fellowship Application

Apply now to join the Making a Difference with Multimedia 2021 Fellowship cohort!

If you are part of a youth-led organization working on environmental conservation or reproductive health advocacy and you want to expand your influence, become a more effective communicator, and build up your multimedia production skills, this opportunity is for you.

ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP

Leaders from selected organizations will participate in a six-month interactive training program focused on the building blocks of effective and sustainable advocacy. Training topics include understanding and interpreting data and evidence, strategic messaging, multimedia production skills, and community mobilization/engagement best practices. Between monthly training sessions, fellows will use their new skills and knowledge to plan and launch a multimedia campaign focused on a topic of their choice.

Participants will receive coaching and feedback from fellowship staff and senior fellows from Bridge Connect Africa Initiative (BCAI), a youth-led institution based in Kano State, Nigeria. Other direct support, including professional mentorship in multimedia skills and grants for equipment and travel will also be available to fellows.

Campaigns may focus on any population, environment, and reproductive health theme, but they must address a challenge that is relevant to fellows’ countries and communities. Possible campaign themes include:

  • sustainable agriculture
  • deforestation
  • pollution or toxic waste
  • preservation of plant and animal species
  • environmental degradation
  • contraception/family planning
  • child marriage
  • female-genital mutilation/cutting
  • gender-based violence
  • HIV and AIDS
  • maternal health

Highlights from the work of alumni fellows can be found here; prospective applicants are invited to explore what previous cohorts have done to get ideas for the types of products they may choose to develop during their fellowship.

The Making a Difference with Multimedia Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and is organized by PRB under the Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health (PACE) project, which recognizes that young people are powerful agents of transformation when armed with effective communication tools and strategies.

QUALIFICATIONS OF PARTICIPANTS

Applications will be considered only if they meet all the requirements listed below. Please read these criteria carefully before applying.

Requirements for organizational applicants:

  • Led by youth (ages 18-29)
  • Able to communicate effectively in English, as trainings and correspondence with PACE staff will be done in English (advocacy campaigns can be in other languages).
  • Must be based in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, or Zambia (USAID family planning priority countries)
  • Must read, understand, and commit to the USAID Global Health Legislative and Policy Requirements

TIMELINE

Applications must be submitted online and are due by midnight (Eastern US time) on April 30, 2021, although we encourage interested organizations to apply as soon as possible. Please designate one individual to complete and submit the application on behalf of your organization, as only one application per organization will be considered. The selection process is expected to be competitive, with a large volume of applications received for a relatively small number of fellowship spots.

All applications that meet the requirements will be reviewed and considered, and finalists will be invited to participate in a virtual interview with PACE staff. Organizations selected for the 2021 fellowship cohort will be notified by the end of May. Project kickoff and the first monthly training session will take place in June, with additional training sessions and campaign activities continuing through December 2021.

Click Here to Apply

The wounds of Jesus are His glories

“Lo, in the midst of the throne… stood a Lamb as it had been slain.” Revelation 5:6
Why should our exalted Lord appear in His wounds in glory? The wounds of Jesus are His glories, His jewels, His sacred ornaments. To the eye of the believer, Jesus is passing fair because He is “white and ruddy” white with innocence, and ruddy with His own blood. We see Him as the lily of matchless purity, and as the rose crimsoned with His own gore. Christ is lovely upon Olivet and Tabor, and by the sea, but oh! there never was such a matchless Christ as He that did hang upon the cross. There we beheld all His beauties in perfection, all His attributes developed, all
His love drawn out, all His character expressed. Beloved, the wounds of Jesus are far more fair in our eyes than all the splendour and pomp of kings. The thorny crown is more than an imperial diadem. It is true that He bears not now the sceptre of reed, but there was a glory in it that never flashed from sceptre of gold. Jesus wears the appearance of a slain Lamb as His court dress in which He wooed our souls, and redeemed them by His complete atonement. Nor are these only the ornaments of Christ: they are the trophies of His love and of His victory. He has divided the spoil with the strong. He has redeemed for Himself a great multitude whom no man can number, and these scars are the memorials of the fight. Ah! if Christ thus loves to retain the thought of His sufferings for His people, how precious should his wounds be to us!
“Behold how every wound of His
A precious balm distils,
Which heals the scars that sin had made,
And cures all mortal ills.
“Those wounds are mouths that preach His grace;
The ensigns of His love;
The seals of our expected bliss
In paradise above.”

15-year-old Girl Allegedly Locked Inside Room For 10 Years Rescued In Kano State

A 15-year-old girl locked away in a room for 10 years has been rescued in Kano state by the police.
Policemen in Kano state have rescued a 15-year-old teenage girl locked away in a room for 10 years.
The 15-year old girl, Aisha Jibrin, who was allegedly locked up in a room by her parents in the Darerawa Quarters of Fagge Local Government Area of Kano State.
Confirming this development to newsmen, the spokesperson of the state police command, Abdullahi Kiyawa, said Miss Jibrin was confined to the home of her parents without proper feeding and healthcare. He said her mother, Rabi Muhammad, has been taken into custody but the father has fled.
A statement released by Kiyawa said;
“The Kano State Police Command wishes to inform members of the general public that on the 19/04/2021 at about 1100hrs, information received revealed that one Aisha Jibrin, ‘f’, 15 years old of Darerawa Quarters, Fagge LGA Kano State was solitarily confined for ten (10) years in a room by her biological parents, one Mohd Jibrin, ‘m’, and Rabi Mohd, ‘f’, of the same address inside their house without proper feeding and health care.
On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi raised and instructed a Medical Team and a team of Detectives to proceed to the scene, rescue the victim and arrest the culprits.
The teams immediately swung in to action. The victim was rescued and rushed to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital Kano and admitted”
He said the case has been transferred to the Police Criminal Investigation Department for investigation on the order of the police commissioner.

A living Redeemer

“I know that my Redeemer liveth.” Job 19:25
The marrow of Job’s comfort lies in that little word “My”—”My Redeemer,” and in the fact that the Redeemer lives. Oh! to get hold of a living Christ. We must get a property in Him before we can enjoy Him. What is gold in the mine to me? Men are beggars in Peru, and beg their bread in California. It is gold in my purse which will satisfy my necessities, by purchasing the bread I need. So a Redeemer who does not redeem me, an avenger who will never stand up for my blood, of what avail were such? Rest not content until by faith you can say “Yes, I cast myself upon my living Lord; and He is mine.” It may be you hold Him with a feeble hand; you half think it presumption to say, “He lives as my Redeemer;” yet, remember if you have but faith as a grain of mustard seed, that little faith entitles you to say it. But there is also another word here, expressive of Job’s strong confidence, “I know.” To say, “I hope so, I trust so” is comfortable; and there are thousands in the fold of Jesus who hardly ever get much further. But to reach the essence of consolation you must say, “I know.” Ifs, buts, and perhapses, are sure murderers of peace and comfort. Doubts are dreary things in times of sorrow. Like wasps they sting the soul! If I have any suspicion that Christ is not mine, then there is vinegar mingled with the gall of death; but if I know that Jesus lives for me, then darkness is not dark: even the night is light about me. Surely if Job, in those ages before the coming and advent of Christ, could say, “I know,” we should not speak less positively. God forbid that our positiveness should be presumption. Let us see that our evidences are right, lest we build upon an ungrounded hope; and then let us not be satisfied with the mere foundation, for it is from the upper rooms that we get the widest prospect. A living Redeemer, truly mine, is joy unspeakable.
Good Morning

EIGHT STEPS TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

To live an exemplary life demands a lot of responsibility. It pays to live by a high moral and spiritual standard. However, temptations often draw us away from such noble ways of living. This post shares 8 responsibilities of the believer in overcoming temptation and living a victorious life above sin.

What is Temptation?

Temptation is the desire to do something, that is especially considered wrong or unwise. In the context of the Christian faith, a temptation is a tendency or urge to act or feel in a particular way contrary to the tenets of scriptures.

SOURCES OF TEMPTATION

James 1:14 speaks of the core sources of temptation as lust and enticement. Temptation often occurs under the following conditions:

  1. Manipulation by Others. Deuteronomy 13 is clear on how God perceives manipulators and enticers to sin. He calls for their death according to the law.
  2. Unjustifiable Curiosity. There are certain desires for knowledge that leads to sin. One should be careful of how he seeks to learn or know deep things. So many things are shrouded in mystery but the gospel of Jesus is simple. 2 Corinthians 1:12, 2 Corinthians 11:3. This was how eve was drawn to sin.
  3. Inordinate Desires. Romans 1:28-29, Galatians 5:19-21 lists these desires. They are evidences of things that grieve God and creates a strain in fellowship.
  4. Perception of Loss or Failure. We are often tempted to indulge in ignoble things when we are afraid of losing out. It is the Holy God that teaches to profit. He will not tolerate unholiness in his “classroom”. Isaiah 48:17.

In 1 Corinthians 10:13, the bible says that there is no temptation that we face that is unique to us as individuals. We often face what others have faced or are currently facing. Temptations are a test of the strength of our character.

It is the desire to live a life of honour and dignity that makes overcoming temptation an important issue. We live in a world where the strength of morals has taken a deep decline and what is considered noble has been shrouded with inordinate quests and false definitions of success.

Temptation is a process that culminates in the loss of divine life in the believer. It begins with lust and proceeds to sinful acts which now ends up in the loss of divine nature. James 1:14-15.

GODS ROLE TOWARDS THE BELIEVER WHEN TEMPTED.

The bible (1 Corinthians 10:13) however stresses that God sieves the kinds of temptations that confront us. He doesn’t allow temptations come to us that is beyond our capacity. This therefore suggests that there is no form of temptation that has the power to overrun the believer. There is even more comfort for the believer because the bible (1 Corinthians 10:13) says that even when the temptation comes, God will provide a path of endurance while lasts and lurks around your life.

So we say that when a believer is tempted, God:

  1. He determines the strength of temptation that comes to the believer. God protects him from being tempted above his capacity. God doesn’t allow you to be tempted beyond your level of competence.
  2. He provides a way escape or path to endure and overcome the temptation. He is the one that makes a way where there seems to be no way. He needs the believer to be discerning of possibilities and not hinderances, obstacles and inhibitions.

This leaves the believer with a few responsibilities

THE BELIEVERS RESPONSIBILITY TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

  1. Be conscious of God’s provision to help you in any tempting situation. There is always what to do to connect with what God has provided. Never assume that you are not well equipped to overturn any tempting situation. You must be conscious that in every tempting situation, you have what it takes to stand and overcome. Discover the way out of every temptation that comes towards you. Temptations that come to you are permitted by God. He knows you can’t fall. If you fall, it’s your fault. You need to be conscious of your strength in Christ. If you walk in ignorance, the devil will shortchange you. 1 Corinthians 10:13,
  2. Take heed to Gods Word. This will help you to build up your strength before any temptation comes towards you. If you fall when tempted, your strength is small (Pro.24:10) Build up strength by heeding to Gods word. Psalms. 119:9-11, Proverbs 24:5, John 17:17, Acts 20:32
  3. Pray for the Strength. Your prayers are a way to ask God for strength and grace to ward off temptations when they come. Matt. 26:41, Jude 20.
  4. Forgo Self Gratification. There should be a great sense of intentionality when it comes to addressing the inordinate desires that paves way for sinful acts. Romans 13: 14 is clear to say there should be no thought or plans to satisfy or fulfil these inordinate quests that are contrary to the expectations of a Christian character.
  5. Grow into Spiritual Maturity. 1 Corinthians 3: 1-3 explains that carnality (not spiritual; merely human and temporal) is a sign of christian immaturity. It finds expression in envy, divisions and strife. It is important therefore to have a growth plan. A Christian that must avoid the sting of temptation and the wages of sin must purge himself fit for enlistment in Kingdom activities (2 Timothy 2:19-21). Believers must work hard to purify themselves.
  6. Surround yourself with people of value. The friends we keep fan the flame of our desires into manifestation. Amnon according to 2 Samuel 13 has an inordinate desire to have sexual relations with his sister but he could not carry out this enterprise on his own. However, his friend Jonadab helped him to plot his way to committing the sin. The scriptures have warned severally about not walking in the counsel of the ungodly, not sharing paths with sinners and not being in the company of those that scorn honorable living (Psalm 1:1-3). Evidently evil communication and association corrupts good manners.
  7. Resist the Devil. Whatever you don’t confront you wont conquer. Whatever you don’t resist has a right to remain. Whatever you don’t want in your life, you must not watch growing in your life. The Devil is going around looking for who to devour, resist him and he will leave you alone. (1 Peter 5:8, James 4:7). Don’t tolerate his suggestions and agents around your life.
  8. Run away from Dangerous Spots. 1 Corinthians 6: 18 says we as believers should flee from fornication. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 says we should abstain from all appearance of evil. The moment you find yourself in a situation that may threaten the sanctity of your faith, run away. That place has become a situation of danger to your relevance before God.

FINAL WORDS

We are the apple of Gods eye. We are a choice seed in His hands. We are to be preserved blameless so we can be presented to him as a glorious church not having any spot or wrinkle.

Female Filmmakers, Sony Wants to Give You $8K in Cash & Gear for Your Next Production

Sony’s Alpha Female+ is hellbent on lowering gender disparity in film and helping you shoot something cool.

In 2018, Sony launched the Alpha Female line. Now in 2021, they’ve added a “+” to the newest iteration of their lady-creatives residency, which comes with more grants for more filmmakers.

Who is this for? Female filmmakers over 18 who live in the United States or Canada. (And also female photographers too, but we won’t hold it against them.) How do you get the cash and gear? You send in some details about who you are and a description of your next video project. If you are one of the 12 filmmakers selected, you’ll get $8,000 in cash and gear!

Why this grant?

“In a year of firsts for everyone, we had several of them too, not the least of which was the launch of Alpha Female+, the latest evolution of our Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence program that began in 2018,” explained Sony’s Michaela Ion.

“If you’re new to Alpha Female, here is the view from above: Our lives are richer when we can see the world through different perspectives. In the photography and video industry there’s a substantial disparity in gender and minority representation, which means some perspectives don’t see the light of day and we’re the poorer for it. Alpha Female was created to help close the gap and make our industry an environment where all voices have an opportunity to thrive.”

Check out the contest video here.

Sound interesting? Let’s take a look at what’s at stake in the prize breakdown from Sony:

  • A $5,000 grant to fund a specific, well-defined project
  • A full-frame Sony camera and lens (value of $3,000+) to shoot your project
  • A one-year full Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps subscription, courtesy of our friends at Adobe (value of $636), to edit your project
  • A one-year Sony PRO Support membership and a training session with a Sony Pro Support expert so you can make the most of your gear
  • The opportunity to have your project featured on AlphaUniverse.com and Sony Alpha social channels

If this sounds exciting to you, let’s dive into the rest of the details.

First off, the deadline is May 2, 2021.

Secondly, here is the list of the three main criteria for submission from Sony Alpha Female+.

  1. An introduction video about yourself on Youtube or Vimeo. According to Sony, the big requirement here is that you are on-camera and not doing a voice-over.
  2. A proposal describing your project. You have 500 words to explain how you would use the money and gear for a project that can be completed within one month
  3. A video reel of your work.

If you feel like you need more info to put together your application, there is even a free workshop about the grant on April 15. According to Sony:

“The Alpha Female+ contest is an opportunity not to be missed. Join us to learn about the program, the 12 grants, and how to make the most of your application. Get live answers from the program leader, as well as Artisans Brooke Shaden and Tomayia Colvin, and previous grant winners.”

Just visit the Alpha Female+ page to sign up. If you have multiple ideas, know that you can apply once a month with a new idea. And applications are open until the final grant is awarded!

If this sounds like something that might fit, check out all the grant guidelines and FAQ, and then apply at Sony Alpha Female+ here.

If you do apply, good luck!

HOUSE OF CHEFS Reality TV show – CALL FOR ENTRIES

Media Club Productions is currently in pre-production for a brand new reality TV show called HOUSE OF CHEFS.
Aiming at showcasing the flavours of Africa for DStv’s brand new lifestyle channel, HONEY (Channel 173).
8-aspiring chefs will go head-to-head for a cash prize of $5000 as well as an internship under one of Africa’s most famous chefs. House of Chefs wants to explore and celebrate African Cuisine and those who are passionate about making it!
Whether you are South African or have roots deep up in Africa… we want you!

To enter:
· Send us a 1min video of you explaining who you are, what kind of training you have, why they want to win this competition and favourite cultural inspired dish – please email that to via@mediaclubproductions.co.za
· We also need your current resumé along with your current street address and nationality.
Example: Video attached, Resumé attached (with country you reside in) and copy of Passport.

Production notes
1. Contestants must be between the ages of 18 and 25.
2. Contestants will need to be available for 8 days

CALL FOR ENTRIES – 2021 SystemSpecs Annual Children’s Day Essay Competition

The 2021 SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition (CDEC) is NOW OPEN.

This essay competition is an opportunity for your children/siblings/wards to make you proud and win amazing prizes.

Having gone through the TIPS for entry submission and become familiar with the few entry submission STEPS, you are now ready to enter your children/siblings/wards for the competition.

About  SystemSpecs

SystemSpecs is one of Africa’s leading Fintech and HR Tech organisations with about 30 years of successful innovation and operations. Some of their brands you may be familiar with include Remita, Paylink and HumanManager.

 

SystemSpecs CSR Focus – Indigenous ICT Capacity Development

A major aspect of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the development of indigenous ICT capacity for national prosperity. We believe that stimulating the minds of young Nigerians to consider the adoption of technology to address everyday problems around them can contribute to achieving this objective.

Some of the activities we have undertaken in this regard in the recent past include:

  • Remita Summer Coding Camp
  • Code Lagos
  • DevCamp

Annual Children’s Day Essay Competition

In furtherance of our technology capacity development focused CSR, we inaugurated in 2020 the SystemSpecs Annual Essay Competition that presents children between ages 9-16 an opportunity to think of solving specific national problems with technology.

 

2021 Edition – Participation Details

Topic: Building a more Secure Nigeria using Technology

Categories:

  • Junior (age 9-12) – maximum 1,000 words
  • Senior (age 13-16) – maximum 1,500 words
Entry Guidelines
  • Language: English
  • Number of entries per participant: One
  • Submission Portal Opens: 10 AM, April 1, 2021
  • Submission Portal Closes: 6 PM, April 23, 2021
  • Entry Endorsement: Entry must be endorsed by an accredited school official OR Parent OR Legal Guardian.
  • Eligibility: Children in Nigeria who would be 9 years and not older than 16 years by May 26, 2021
  • Winners Announcement: Thursday, May 27, 2021
  • Award Ceremony: Friday, June 4, 2021.

HERE are a few tips to help you with your essay as we look forward to celebrating you and your school at this year’s competition.

Click HERE to read the competition’s Terms and Conditions.

Submit your Essay HERE