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The pharisees and the sadducees.

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The pharisees and the sadducees were jewish religtious parties that existed during the time of Jesus. They were strict in obeying the law of Moses and other regulations which had been handed to them through the centuries.

The sadducees were mostly prieist. They had several believes and practises that were different from the larger party of the pharisees. They did not belief in the resurection and they thought there were no angels nor spirits. The pharisees believed in all these (Acts 23:9). They, together with the teachers of the law and the sadducees were the greatest critics of Jesus. Apostle Paul and his father were of the party of the pharisees (Acts 23:6).

The pharisees, the teachers of the law and the sadducees were the greatest opponents of Jesus. They criticised him for healing and working on the sabbath which was against the laws of Moses (mathew 12:2, mathew 12:24 and luke 6:2 ). They equally denounced Jesus for eating with outcasts and tax collectors (mathew 9:11) and that he drove out demons because their leader Beelzebub , gave him power to do so (mathew 12:24). In addition, they criticised Jesus for forgiving sins when only God could do so ( luke 5:21).

In some instances, their teachings were contrary to that of Jesus. In mathew 16:6, Jesus warned his disciples to guard against the teachings of the the pharisees and sadducees. In mathew 23:3, Jesus instructs the people to take what they said but not to do what they did because they did not practise what they preached. They were given the best places in feast, reserved seats in the syangoogue and greeted in market places with names like “teacher”, “father”, or leader. Jesus said only him and God could be addressed thus and that the pharisees instead of humbling themselves were exalting themselves. This greatly angered them because they found their power and prestige undermined.

I was meditating on the ministry of Jesus and the role of the pharisees, the sadducees and the teachers of the law and i realised they are the ones who made Jesus great. Their endless questions and their hope to trap him so that they could arrest him all helped in propelling Jesus to the forefront.

So, friends, whatever you decide to do, you would have critics and opponents. Even if they do not talk agianst you in your presence, they would speak behind your back. Critics are not to be despised because they are the ones who would make you popular and persist in whatever you are doing. Also do not be a pharisee by trying to exalt yourself. Humble yourself and God would exalt you. I wish you all a nice day.

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Are you aware of the opportunities around you?

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I was watching one of the television stations in Cameroon recently and there is somebody who gave a wise saying. He said the world is divided into three types of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown and those who never see. He was saying this in relations to a recently inauguratrd cassava processing plant in Douala, Cameroon. He stated that the same Indians and chinese who built the factory were probably going to be the ones to grow cassava to supply to it because many Cameroonians were too blind to see the opportunities around them.

Are you aware of the opportunities around you? I am sure most of you would respond by the affirmative. But is that really true? there are millions of opportunities that pass us each day. We are ignorant of many of them and others even when we recognise them, we lack the knowledge of how to turn them to our silver and gold. Yet Cameroonians cry everyday that things are difficult and that it is only abroad that they can make it.

You can do a lot at the back yard of your house. You can make a garden where you grow fresh fruits and vegeeables. You can even have a poultrg where you keep fowls for sale or for your own consuption. All these would reduce your monthly expenditure and even put money in your pocket.

Opportunities also arise when you interact with your networks. Your networks include your friends, family members and your affiliations. These people are sources of information you can exploit so you have to pay attention when talking with them. Newspapers both online and offline are pregnant with opennings. But until you dig deep and you are at the look out for such information, you would not see them. Finally, the radio, the television and the internet equally have lots of opennings.

Whatever God has laid in your heart to do, whether it is in starting a business, seeking for a new job, starting a project – just pay attention to what is happenning around you and you would find the gem that would transform your life. I wish you all a good day.

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What does your dressing say about you?

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The recent outcry of the government of Cameroon about the indecent ways young men and women dress has brought up ethical issues about this topic. Not less than three ministers came out to publicly denounce this habit now prevalent among our young men and women.

There are a number of reasons that push young people to dress this way. First, is the aim to imitate American entertainment stars. Girls dress in “miniskirts” and tight fitting trousers called “coulants” in order to resemble Holywood and Nolywood stars. The guys dress in sagging pants so as to look like 50 cents, Usher… etc. Secondly, a lot of women dress in clothes that expose their breast , butocks, tattoos, and thighs in order to seduce men. Finally, there are some who are ignorant of good dressing ethics and just copy their friends or peers.

This indecent dressing has not spared the churches. A lot of pastors have been complaining lately the way young girls dress in church. This has in turn pushed young women to have two dressing codes; one when they go to church and another when they are at home. Many of them wear gowns when they come to church and the sexy dresses when at home.

The government has started addressing this issue. They rolled out a sensibilisation campaign by radio and television and hope to start the repressive phase soon. Not only would women who dress indecently be locked up but they could also face a prison sentence. They do not rule out banning these dresses althogether. What do you think of the dresses of our young men and women nowadays? Write in the comments below.

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Angels

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Angels are heavenly beings that are messengers of God. They are often depicted in scripture as dressed in white with wings.

There are differeny types of angels. Angels of the lord are assigned to transmit God’s message. In mathew 1:20, God sent an angel to warn a joseph in his dream not to abandon Mary after he realised she bore a child that was not his. God sent an angel to tell Abraham that he would have many descendents like the stars in the sky after he offered to sacrifice his only son to God.(Gen 22:15) Just as God has angels, the devil has angels too.

In the book of mathew 25:41, Jesus said at judgement day, he would seperate the righteous from the rest of the people and that the later would be cast into eternal fire reserved for the devil and his angels. In Rev. 12:7, the bible says the devil and his angels were thrown down to earth after they were defeated in heaven by Michael and other angels. Michael was the chief angel.

Angel are not only messengers. They are known to perform other functions too. They can be helpers. In Daniel 6:22, God sent angels to help close the mouth of the lion so they could not kill daniel while he was in the lion’s den. Angels came to help Jesus after he was tempted by the devil ( mathew 4:11 ) . Angels can be assigned to kill. In exodus 12:23, God sent the angels of death to kill the Egyptians sparing the lives of the Israelites. Again in the book of Isaiah 37:36, an angel of the Lord went to the assyrian camp and killed 185000 soldiers.

Angels can be known as guides. In numbers 20:10, God sent an angel to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt after they cried to him for help. Finally, angels are famous for their strength. In psalm 103:20, the psalmist say “bless the Lord, all of you his angels that excel in strength and …. The good news translation renders it as ” praise the Lord, you strong and mighty angels who obey his commands.”

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WHAT IS FEAR?

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Fear can be defined as an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight). We all experience the emotion of fear in one way or the other. What then is fear and why do we fear? Fear can also be defined as meditating on the lies of the devil which brings worry and anxiety.

There are several fears that happen to us. The is the fear of failure, fear of public speaking, fear about our kids, fear of not getting married and fear of not having kids. Most of the time these fears have no basis. They are just there to divert us from the plan of God in our lives. Theo opposite of fear is faith and the best way to fight against fear is to show faith. The bible says in the book of Philippians chapter 4:6 that we should not worry nor fret but by prayer, thanks giving and supplication we should make out request known to the Lord. So instead of expressing our fears we should prays and give thanks.

Whatever we are asking God it is important to pray about it and keep giving thanks. In this way we are sure not to worry about this situation that can be a drain in our lives. There is no telling what the emotion of fear can do to our lives. For one it makes us to meditate in something else instead of the word of God. The bible says in the book of Joshua chapter 1:8 “this book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth but meditate therein day and night and observe to do as it says. Take time then to meditate on the word of God instead of on other thoughts.

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CRYING WOULD NOT HELP!!!!

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So I was inspired to write this post by a friend who explained to me how things where so difficult for him that he felt that by crying God would be moved to intervene in his situation. Well I know there are many more people out there who have been believing God for something for so long that they feel like giving up right now. My friend if you are in this category now is not the time to give up. Keep on believing God for whatever you desire in life and he would move mountains for you. God’s time is the best.
In the book of Mathew, when Jesus Christ was invited to a marriage with his disciples, the wine got finished and his mother Mary came to him to tell him. Well, Jesus just told her that his time has not yet come and bible says Mary told the servants to stand ready in case Jesus asked for them. Later when the time came Jesus asked for water and he converted the water into wine which the people drank and enjoyed. So, it is important to allow God to work at his time in your situation.
I remember I was last believing God to write my exams and get my certificate but a lot of challenges came up that I almost gave up going to school. But then I believed God had already given me the document and so I persisted despite the challenges. And, to the glory of God I got my certificate at the end of it all.
So friends, whatever you are believing God for, now is not the time to cry but he has already heard your prayers and he is ready to act in your situation. Now is not the time to give up but to keep believing in him and you would receive whatever you want from the lord. Do not be like Peter who was about to walk in the water but later gave up because he saw the wave. You have to persist despite the wave to get any results. I wish you all a nice day.

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AGRIBUSINESS

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The oxford advanced dictionary defines agribusiness as an industry concerned with the production of farm products, especially involving large companies. My interest in this topic stems from the fact that we have all neglected this lucrative activity in favor of white collar jobs. Many a graduate would immediately despise you when you suggest they seek for a job or invest in agribusiness because of the perception that it is a low paying and hard job reserved for people in the village. However, there is a lot of money to be made in this sector just like in any other sector of the economy. In fact, the richest people in the developed world including the USA, Europe and Japan are farmers.

There are notable politicians and businessmen who have invested in this sector and are today reaping the dividends. The likes of Simon Achidi Achu with his cattle ranch in Santa, Fotso Victor with his palm oil and corn plantation in Bandjoun and the former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo with his Obasanjo farms are important personalities to be mentioned who are making it big in agribusiness. If they can invest in this sector and be making it, we too can make it.

So, where exactly is it profitable to invest in agribusiness? The possibilities are endless. For now many people only look at the cash crops including cocoa, coffee and tea but palm trees and rubber are also a hot item. Palm trees yields 3 million per hectare while rubber yields 5 million per hectare. However, we should understand that these are long term investments that need about 4 years for palm and 7 years for rubber. Also, it is advisable you get some training before you get into this sector. Here are the sectors to invest in and their potentials:

1. Rubber
Rubber production is a very profitable venture to engage in. Prices in the world market have been skyrocketing because of the high demand of the produce. It takes about 7 years for the rubber plantation to mature and a hectare of rubber can yield as much as 5 million per annum. Those investing in this sector should think long term and not short terms.

2. Palm oil
Palm oil is another important sector to invest in. again this is a long term investment for it takes about four years for the rubber plant to mature. A hectare of palm oil would yield about 4 million francs per hectare per annum. Depending on how many hectares you are investing in, you can then calculate how much you can make in a year.

3. Oranges
I never knew this would make the list but I was compelled to include it because I just realized that a lot of Cameroonians have invested in this sector and they are reaping it great. So, having a plantation of oranges is also a safe investment. In general, buyers come and buy the whole harvest and I was told one can make as much as 500000 francs during the orange season.

4. Poultry
Poultry business is big business in Cameroon today because of the ban on imported chicken and a lot of Cameroonians are investing in this sector. The bigger the poultry farm, the more profitable it is. The eggs and chicken sell well in the local markets and some retailers even come to buy directly at the poultry farm.
5. Piggery

There is this saying that “les Bouda eleve les porcs et les Dschang mangent le porc”. Today, many Cameroon engage in this business and they are making it big. Many people say pigs are too dirty and sometimes they make the environment to smell. However, it all depends how they are raised. If you raise them in a clean place, they would not make the neighborhood to smell.

Which other sectors do you think I omitted in my list? Please, mention it in your comments. I wish you all nice day.

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