Episode 3 #NakedandUnafraid

Tonight’s episode will feature a case study.

Meet Dozie. Dozie is a wealthy business-man who believes in Jesus.
He happens to attend a church where five (5) different offerings are collected each Sunday service. He also gives his tithes regularly; 10 percent on the dot, no more no less. I mean, the pastor said he would be cursed by God if he didn’t. He’s heard various teachings about tithing being a thing of the law, that it didn’t apply to the new covenant. Still, he continues tithing to play safe.

One day he abruptly stops (giving tithes and offerings). He realizes that there is more than one way to give to God and decides that rather than continue to give his wealth to a church that appeared to be more concerned about a building project or some other “vain” project, that he’d give to an orphanage or a humanitarian organization and help the needy instead. As far as giving to a church is concerned, Dozie has reached his end.

  • Has Dozie made the right decision?
    YES or NO. Give reasons for your answer (with scriptural backings if possible)
  • What’s your position on tithing?

Please let us know in the comment section below.

Remember the rules of the game,

  1. All comments should relate directly to the subject matter.

  2. No comment should be directed against any individual.

  3. Every individual’s point of view should be respected.

  4. Offenders of the above set rules should be ignored so as to keep the flow of discourse.

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The Illusion of ‘Self’

Dependence refers to the reliance on something or someone. This is a concept that is becoming increasingly obsolete in our society today. In our “me” centered society we have grown to adopt the belief that an inability to exert full autonomy implies weakness and immaturity. Perhaps the society is right. I mean, we’ve all had those moments when we’ve wished we didn’t have to depend on our parents for money, shelter, or even our education. However, while we’re all getting caught up in the struggle for independence amongst each other, there’s a need to remind ourselves who the actual only sovereign, only autonomous, only independent being in this world is; the only individual who can boast of Himself as the “I am”. I believe you know who I refer to. A problem ensues when we involve Him in our obsession for independence, when we attempt to be independent from Him.

This problem is what I refer to as the ‘illusion of self’ or simply, ‘self’. I refer to ‘self’ as an illusion because in reality, there is no “us” without “Him”, just like there is no branch without the vine. It will therefore make no sense for such a branch to boast of an identity of its own. It probably is the worst kind of idolatry to ever be practiced. Man shifts his focus from God to an idol that his himself. Rather than be dependent on God, man depends on himself. Remember that the reason God hates idolatry is because it challenges his sovereignty by attempting to create a substitute for Him.

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How are You? (By Raji Richard)

“How are you?”
“I’m okay”
A while back, this would’ve been a lie everyone got told.
At peace with my spirit, body and soul? No

I was in private, trying to conquer my fear of death
So whenever I felt ready, I’d go.
Every morning, hold my breath;
Dip myself, cold in the bath.
Until, I Watched Life step out, he got ready to bounce.
And I’m like
“Hold up, wait!
This is suicide
And I’m not ready to die… Come back!”

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I live with the enemy; He’s Me.

“War, huh, yeah! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing”

Edwin Starr, War.

While you (reader of this article) may agree very strongly with Edwin Starr’s lyrics, I will be upfront about my slight dissent from this view. At this very moment, my reluctant fingers and agog computer keyboard will attest to the difficulty in converting my thoughts into words, not because that which I type is false, but because certain truths are not easy to tell. Regardless, my truth:

I have done something dire and they know it.

“He should’ve used his head!”, they whisper.

But what happens when his head is his enemy

And his mind, the culprit?

The puppet continues to wield its own strings,

Caging its master in the delusion of his autonomy.

In reality, his mind isn’t his,

Not now, not yet.

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“…maybe I’ll just drop out of school and go and marry a rich man”-Eki Wari

For the first time, the Editorial Family made a unanimous decision on who to be interviewed. It was the beautiful Eki! Why is Eki this special? Find out from this interview.

It was yet another time to be in your best Queen’s English behavior. A few exchange of pleasantries set the tone for what would be a beautiful interview. (Interview was conducted by Ose and Tope). Here we go:

Can you please tell us a little about yourself and your family, starting from your full name?

My full name is… It’s really long, and most people don’t get it, but my full name is AYIBADIEPREYEKUROEKIYA WARI (laughs). It is 23 letters long and the only place it is written officially is my birth certificate. I am called Eki in every other place.

I am the second of two children in a monogamous setting (laughs). My dad is a doctor and my mum works with the government, my sister is also a doctor who is married to a doctor. I live in Port Harcourt.

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Episode 1 #NakedandUnafraid

Most of us are in search of that special someone who can turn our dark days into rainbows and sunshine. We are often told that there’s someone that we are destined to be with and that the benefits of such a relationship are apocryphal. This brings us to our question:

Is there only one person in the world that God has destined for you to marry or are there more than one?

Remember the rules of the game,

  1. All comments should relate directly to the subject matter.

  2. No comment should be directed against any individual.

  3. Every individual’s point of view should be respected.

  4. Offenders of the above set rules should be ignored so as to keep the flow of discourse.

Introducing… Naked & Unafraid

Starting from next Sunday, CANDENTIA Blog will begin a new weekly segment, Naked & Unafraid.

On this platform, questions regarding delicate subjects will be raised and case studies (whether real or hypothetical) will be put forward for your appraisal.
Here’s the deal: You are allowed to be completely and unapologetically bare about your opinions. You never know what a person can learn.

Rules of the Game

  1. All comments should relate directly to the subject matter.
  2. No comment should be directed against any individual.
  3. Every individual’s point of view should be respected.
  4. Offenders of the above set rules should be ignored so as to keep the flow of discourse.

Stalk this space every Sunday!

NB. If you have questions relating to this segment you’d like to throw to the floor, do not hesitate to reach to us through our Talk to a human page.

Money in the Bank (by Olubusola Oladeinde)

People go through life not knowing what to get. Men walk the face of the earth thinking “Where would my resources come from?” But there is money in the bank waiting for the men of the earth. This money in the bank is sitting gathering dust. In order to get, one must draw near, but before one draws near, he must heed the call of another.

Men of the earth, O men of the earth!
The first man doesn’t know if there is money or not. He can’t hear people calling out. So, he never discovers that the money is gathering dust.

The second man knows. He has heard whispers but he doesn’t know where to look. He’s not covering the distance; he’s not drawing near.

The third man, the ignorant third man. He knows where the bank is but chooses to be uninterested, thinking, “Why should I draw near? Why should I receive?”
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Look within (by Hohenheim)

There was once a king in a distant land, his city was excellent yet he desired more. In that region, his kingdom was one of many Kingdoms; all more splendid than his, so glorious and wonderful than any thought could fathom. This king, day after day stood at the wall of his kingdom gazing over the vast land into these other kingdoms admiring their beauty, their splendour and their unimaginable greatness. With each day that passed, with each gaze, his heart grew sour, full of sadness and despair and he desired more than anything for his kingdom to be like these kingdoms in their statures as he thought nothing could be more than these. So he set out to fulfill his desire and employed every art and science to achieve this goal. Still unable to fulfill his desire, he grew more and more frustrated and so, he sought the help of magic.
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Editorial Day 2017!

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The poster says it all! For the first time in history, the editorial boards of EKSUTH (Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital) and ABUAD (Afe Babalola University, Ado) will be collaborating on an Editorial Day.

Our Roster is already full with a lot of exhilarating performances and presentations from many talented medical students,of both universities. Just two hours, and it is guaranteed to be worth every minute of your time. Save the date and make it a date with us. God Bless!

NB. If you’d like to participate actively in one of the categories of events slated for that day, do not fail to reach us through our Talk to a human page