Must A Christian Tithe?

The word “tithe” means “tenth”. To tithe is to give 10% of your income to God.

I’ve been tithing since I was in the cradle. I kid you not. My parents ensured my brothers and I had tithe cards, and whenever visitors came to “greet baby” and dropped money, a tenth of it went into the tithe card. Consequently, I grew up knowing that if someone “dashed” me ₦500, automatically only ₦450 was actually mine. It didn’t even require any calculating; it was ingrained.

I have never stopped giving God a tenth of all my income and I don’t intend to, ever. I simply came to the point in my faith where I had to evaluate and own my beliefs and practices based on the gospel of Jesus Christ and not on which pastor said what. Then I realised the truth about tithing for Christians. IT IS NOT COMPULSORY. Read more…

8 Tips For Raising A Thoughtful Child

Have you ever watched a child express sensitivity, compassion or generosity you wouldn’t have associated with their age? Chances are the child wasn’t just born that way. Those traits were instilled in him or her from an early age.

If you’re looking to raise a kind child, you want to take these tips to heart:

  1. Teach your child gratitude. Even at 18 months, children can start learning to say “tanchu” when someone gives them something or does them a favour. Make it a habit. When they forget or get carried away, always ask, “Have you said thank you to aunty/uncle?” It may take a while but if you’re consistent it will definitely stick. Also, thanking them when they give you something helps. There’s nothing quite like teaching by example.

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Caroline Chikezie, “The Governor”

EbonyLife TV’s compelling new series, The Governor, is powered by a cast well known to Nigerians, except for the Governor herself! We know her father, her husband, her son, her Chief of Staff, and even her detractors, but the questions on many lips have been, “Who is this woman?” and “Where did she come from?”

The role of Angela Ochello, former deputy governor and now governor of Savannah State, is played by the charming, talented Caroline Chikezie. Here are some interesting facts about her. Continue reading…

5 Sex Education Tips For Parents Of Teens

My teen years are ever fresh in my mind. It feels just like yesterday, partly because I kept journals which I still have to this day and read regularly, and partly because I have worked with younger teens from my late teen years.

It is true that many teenagers will go ahead to have sex regardless of what their parents think, but does this mean parents should be resigned to their fate and not make any effort in this regard? No; when it comes to the wellbeing of children, parents should never give up. Trying your best to help them handle their sexuality is always worth the effort. Here are 5 tips for parents of teenagers. Continue reading…

 

4 Job Trends That Should Totally Be Embraced In Nigeria

Far too many Nigerians, especially in the larger cities, spend way too much time in transit to and fro the office. Do we all have to be at the office? Must we all be there at the same time? Must we all be at the office all day?

Here are other options Nigerian organisations may consider adopting. Continue reading…

6 Tips For Husbands Of Stay-At-Home Mums

Many people think being a full-time homemaker is easier than being a working parent, but people who know can tell you this isn’t true. Being a stay-at-home mum can be deeply rewarding, but it is quite stressful.

So husband, if you and your wife have decided that you will keep working while she stays with the kids and manages the home, here are just 6 of the many ways you can make her life easier. Continue reading…

6 Things You Should Remember About Your Words

As Christians, we all need to be reminded of what the Bible says from time to time, and this is especially true when it comes to talking. The Apostle James said “We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.” (James 3:2, NIV). Here are a few other things to remember about our words. Continue reading…