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Celebrities / Re: Olamide Signs Empire Record Label Contract - Pictures by Empowerment(m): 12:12am On Feb 19, 2020
mbahdi:
The rich keep becoming richer.while the poor keep becoming more poorer than celestial church rat
Guess you wish to be poorer than the rat you just mentioned... Why tag a particular denomination? It's so wrong of you.

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Religion / Re: What The Bible Teaches About These Five Church Practices by Empowerment(m): 10:28pm On Mar 13, 2016
San

5. Tithe:
At this point, I know many will come for me. Therefore, this may be longer to drive my point home. Tithing started with Jacob and not on God's instruction, contrary to the belief of many people. [color=#990000:

[/color]Voila! And it started. But what was the original tithing system before the popular Malachi 3:10 method.

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The passage above was the proper way of tithing; use your money to buy what your soul lust after and eat before God. Why pastors don't preach this, I don't know. Greed, perhaps. Christ while on earth in human form taught man all he needed to know about God's worship and living with fellow men. From prayer, to fasting, to offering, to giving, to sacrificing, etc. What did He say about tithing? Nothing! What did the Apostles teach about tithing? Nothing! As a matter of fact, Christ paid tax to an earthly government, prayed, fasted, gave, sacrificed and so on, but did He pay tithe at all? No! [color=#990000]

I know many will claim "we operate both the Old and the New Testament". If this is true, how come we don't practice some of the commandments in in Leviticus 15

1. As the Old Testament practice, a woman with her monthly flow MUST not come near the Temple because she's unclean. Do churches examine this? NO! Save a few (white garments).
2. When a woman is caught in the act of adultery, the Old Testament practice was instant killing by stoning her to death. Does it happen in Christianity today? No! If we operate both Testaments, how come we cannot carry out this act? Simple! Because Christ demonstrated the perfect example - forgiveness. Under Christ, some Old practices were abolished, including tithing which is an Old Testament practice to the then Israel. It is hypocrisy to pick some parts of the Scripture that suits you and dump the rest.
Tithing began before the law was introduced. The Law simply regulated the tithe. Abraham tithed to Melchizedek, 400 years before the time of Moses and the Law, and according to Romans 4:12 we are to walk in the footsteps of the faith of Abraham. If tithing was good for him, it should be good for us, too.
We give tithes like Abraham gave them—not by the Law but by faith. And beside that, if the people of God paid 10 percent before the Law, and 10 percent under the Law, shouldn't we, who live by grace, be doing any less when we have a better covenant (Heb. 7:22)?
There is a passage in Hebrews, which deals with this issue directly. It is Hebrews 7:8:
In the one case, the tenth is collected by men who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living.
Melchizedek received Abraham's tithe. The Hebrew writer shows that Melchizedek is a prefigure of Christ. We can conclude that just as Abraham gave a tithe to Melchizedek, we give a tithe to Christ who is declared to be living.
Some people think this is a new issue. It is as old as the second century when more and more Gentiles were being converted. The early Jewish believers had no problem with tithing since they had done it under the Law and gave it to the priests. They simply gave their tithe to the elders of the church and did by love. However, as the church became less Jewish this issue came up to the church fathers. They answered the question of tithing with Matt. 23:23: "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former."
Notice Jesus said, "You should have practiced the latter (justice, mercy and faithfulness), without neglecting the former (tithing)." The fathers argued, and rightful so, that Jesus word ends the discussion. Since Jesus said not to neglect the former—being tithing—then no believer should neglect tithing. I wholeheartedly agree!
Some argue that Jesus words are not applicable to us today, because Jesus was under the Law and spoke to those under the Law. Their theory goes something like this: Jesus was giving an instruction to the Jews, so His words are not binding to us.
The problem with this interpretation is that these teachers are bringing Christ down to the level of a Jewish prophet or Teacher of the Law. Jesus is the Word of God made flesh, so this means every word that comes out of His mouth is eternal. He cannot say anything without it being "spiritual law" and everlasting. Jesus emphasizes this point by saying, "Heaven and earth may pass away, but my words will never pass away" (Matt. 24:35).
These supposed Bible teachers are making the words of Jesus pass away—obsolete and out of date. Besides, these same teachers pick and choose which teachings of Christ in the gospels they believe are applicable to us. I notice that even these teachers agree that most of Christ's teachings are for us; however, because they are predisposed against tithing, they have had to come up with an excuse for not obeying the clear word of Christ in Mat. 23:23.
As a believer, you have to show who your Lord is! Is it the teachers who tell you tithing is not New Testament and who tell you that Jesus word on the subject is out of date; or is it Jesus who clearly told us not to neglect tithing? No modern teacher has the right to tell you to disobey Jesus instruction on tithing. Period!
Even if the only passages in the New Testament was Jesus' word, then that would be sufficient, however, I want to present other New Testament passages on the subject. Let's look at Paul's teaching on giving.
Paul also uses the pattern of tithing under the law in 1 Corinthians 9:13-14 and says, "Don't you know that those who work in the temple get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel."
Paul argues that just as the priests got their food from the tithes of the people, so the preachers should live the same way. This passage clearly shows the mentality of the apostle and his understanding of carrying over the concept of tithing into the church. The passage often used to contradict this is 2 Cor. 9:7: "Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
The argument goes something like this: "Each believer has a right to decide for himself what to give and should not be told what percentage he should contribute."
The problem with this argument is that the above passage is not dealing with giving to support the church, but rather giving to the poor. Under the Law, giving to the poor was a freewill offering. The Law commanded freewill offerings as well as tithes: "But you are to seek the place the LORD your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go; there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, what you have vowed to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks" (Deut. 12:5-6).
It is quite inconsistent for people to appeal to freewill offerings yet claim that tithing has been abolished. Both tithing and freewill offerings were incorporated in the Law as the above passage shows, but they preceded the Law, thus they both should be practiced. The burden of proof is placed on those who teach that tithing has been abolished. If so, where in the New Testament does it clearly say that tithing has been abolished?
One last thing, notice the resemblance of the language Paul uses in the first passage in Galatians and compare it with the Old Testament passage about tithing:
"Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor" (Gal. 6:6).
"And you and the Levites and the aliens among you shall rejoice in all the good things the LORD your God has given to you and your household. When you have finished setting aside a tenth of all your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give it to the Levite, the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied" (Deut. 26:11-12).
Galatians 6 is dealing with giving to the teacher of the gospel and he uses the same language about the Levites receiving the tithe of the people and he calls it "all good things." This is pretty good internal evidence that the early church tithed to the ministers of the gospel, although, I admit it is not explicit
Family / Re: My Uncles 2nd Wife Is Still A Virgin @ 41 by Empowerment(m): 8:39pm On Jan 16, 2016
It's very possible she's still a virgin.... there is a term in Yoruba race called Lakiriboto. it needs to be visited traditionally. I hope she gets healing
Sports / Re: Chelsea Fans Thread by Empowerment(m): 3:43pm On Aug 31, 2015
maxwell530:
@op...creating a bbm or whatsapp group should have been better....and beside we already have an existing cfc whatsapp group,won't you mind adding you to the group?
I wouldn't mind as well please. +2348060606901
Education / Re: Thief Caught At University Of Ibadan! And Stripped! (nnamdi Azikwe Hall) by Empowerment(m): 7:47am On Jul 21, 2015
Fellow Nairalanders, I believe the jungle justice won't bring sanity to our community other than give avenue for a thief to beat a thief. This doesn't speak well of our community and country as a whole.
Business / Re: With No Doubt. Fiverr Is The Very Easier Way To Earn Money Online by Empowerment(m): 11:31pm On Jul 20, 2015
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Business / Re: Football(+ Other Sports) Betting Season 9 by Empowerment(m): 8:33am On Apr 15, 2015
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Business / Re: Bitcoin 101: Introduction To The World Of Bitcoin & How To Earn Bitcoin Online by Empowerment(m): 12:57am On Apr 14, 2015
Carry on Bro.... Awaiting u seriously.
Sports / Home Based Eagles Leave For South Africa Today by Empowerment(m): 6:01am On Jan 07, 2014
Super Eagles will leave the country for South Africa the venue of the 2014 African Nations Championship(CHAN) today a player in the team, Ifeanyi Edeh has confirmed.
The Eagles rounded off their preparation for the CHAN
tournament on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over the Walya
Antelopes of Ethiopia at the Abuja National Stadium.
The Enyimba of Aba striker said that the players and
officials of the Eagles are billed to land in South Africa on
Tuesday ahead of the competition meant for domestic
league players which starts next Saturday.
Nigerians are pooled alongside Mali, South Africa and
Mozambique in Group A and they will face their West
Africans first in what will be a rather close contest.
The Eagles are making their debut in South Africa after
their inability to qualify for the first two CHAN held in 2009
and 2011.
The competition starts on January 11th and ends on
February 1st. We wish them the very best of luck.
Sports / Re: Mikel Winning AFOTY Award Will Be An Insult To African Football by Empowerment(m): 9:58am On Jan 06, 2014
heykims:
So coz of d fact dt I mistook 2006 for 2005 means I dont know soccer. Clap for ursef.
Keep hyping him nd we sincere Africans will keep saying d fact nd d obvious. No wonder one also said Yaya Toure is nobody beside d then Makalele of chelsea. I laugh in Swahili.
I av nothing against anybody o nd Enyeama who I tip for d award isnt my relation.
This present Chelsea's Mikel doesnt deserve to represent African football across d globe I will always say.
Shut up ur stinking mouth young man, u are nothing But a God forsaken hater that has nothing to show for his foolery. Give me 5 of Mikel 's Nigerian mates that appeared at the WYC in 2005 that still plays for both the national team And their respective clubs actively till date. Give me 7 in Africa And 10 in the world all over aside Messi And Fabregas. Mikel is a winner And a champion. The great king Kanu of Nigeria And Africa scored zero goals at the nations cup And mind u less competition made Ur Yeye Toure a factor at City. 2006 till date is no joke, he represented the country well, delivered greatly for his club. Here comes Toure amongst the star studded Ivorians, could not even upbeat the. Mikel u hate. Toure is. good But has not tasted competition in City talkless of his national team. Mikel deserves it And if u think he doesn't, it's ur opinion which u have every right to But if he eventually wins, go hug transformer. Imagine the first Nigerian that made the top three cut in over a almost over a decade, u claim doesn't deserve it. Bad belle oshi........... #smellos
Sports / Re: Mikel Winning AFOTY Award Will Be An Insult To African Football by Empowerment(m): 11:57am On Jan 04, 2014
The fact that Mikel made the final three simply means he's one of the best African players in 2013. For the fact that he got BBC recognition for the first time as a Nigerian since Okocha last won it should make u think straight. The fact that he won the goal.com Nigeria player of the year twice consecutively should make understand that he was outstanding. You mentioned 2005, name 5 of those players at that competition apart from Messi that Is still playing perfectly and well known for both club and country. In almost a decade, tell me one Nigerian footballer that has made the CAF top three? That is Where u missed it. Playing against Coted'ivoire at the cup of nations, mention How many super star we fielded as a team against the star studded ivorians. How many of his 2005 colleagues are still playing for the super eagles till date. Everybody must have his minuses just as Kanu Nwakwo as prolific as he was, he never scored a goal at the nations cup. Mikel deserves this honour and he will win it. Stop blabbing, face reality and support your country man.

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Sports / NFF Explains 2014 World Cup Financial Matters by Empowerment(m): 7:57am On Dec 19, 2013
The Nigeria Football Federation
has come out to explain in detail
all financial matters around the
country’s participation in the
2014 FIFA World Cup finals.
Speaking in Abuja on
Wednesday, NFF’s Director of
Competitions, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi stated clearly that all
postulations and assumptions by some uninformed football
analysts were terribly wide off the mark.
“We have been reading and listening to a lot of ‘expert
views and analyses’ on the financial details of Nigeria’s
participation in next year’s FIFA World Cup finals and most
of these conclusions carry bold marks of ignorance.
“For the avoidance of doubt, FIFA will pay each
participating member association the sum of $1.5million
(about N240million) as preparation money, and this is
verifiable from all quarters, including FIFA headquarters.
“The amount guaranteed for each team’s participation in
the championship is the sum of $8million, and no team
will get this exact sum because the money will be subject
to with-holding tax, deductions on accommodation and all
extras, and some other deductions. More importantly, this
money will not be paid until after the World Cup finals, and
when what is left is eventually paid, certain percentage of
it goes to the players.”
Sanusi, a doctorate degree holder in sports administration
and who is also president of the Nigeria Association of
Colleges of Education Games, lambasted those who had
gone on air and to the press to talk about the NFF not
needing any money to prepare the Super Eagles for
participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
“A number of these commentators are simply misleading
the public. It is unfortunate that those who should know
are the ones who have been at the forefront of the negative
campaign. To prepare the Super Eagles adequately for a
big impact at the World Cup will gulp a lot of money, in
camping programmes, friendly matches and general
logistics.
“The NFF has nothing to hide. All monies received from our
participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be duly
accounted for.”
Sanusi also described as laughable insinuations in some
quarters that the present NFF administration has much to
prove.
“The present NFF administration headed by Alhaji Aminu
Maigari has achieved much more than any before it, ever
since the NFF came into being as NFA, and this is a fact.
Records don’t lie. In three-and-half years, the
administration has won 10 trophies, qualified Nigeria for
the FIFA World Cup finals with ease and fostered better
relationships with other agencies and Nigeria Missions
abroad, as well as breaking new grounds in human
capacity development and empowerment programmes.
“Those challenging the present NFF should first challenge
themselves to make impact in their own areas of
endeavour.”
Sports / Re: World Cup 2014 – Match Fixtures Of African Teams by Empowerment(m): 7:44am On Dec 19, 2013
The Nigeria Football Federation
has come out to explain in detail
all financial matters around the
country’s participation in the
2014 FIFA World Cup finals.
Speaking in Abuja on
Wednesday, NFF’s Director of
Competitions, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi stated clearly that all
postulations and assumptions by some uninformed football
analysts were terribly wide off the mark.
“We have been reading and listening to a lot of ‘expert
views and analyses’ on the financial details of Nigeria’s
participation in next year’s FIFA World Cup finals and most
of these conclusions carry bold marks of ignorance.
“For the avoidance of doubt, FIFA will pay each
participating member association the sum of $1.5million
(about N240million) as preparation money, and this is
verifiable from all quarters, including FIFA headquarters.
“The amount guaranteed for each team’s participation in
the championship is the sum of $8million, and no team
will get this exact sum because the money will be subject
to with-holding tax, deductions on accommodation and all
extras, and some other deductions. More importantly, this
money will not be paid until after the World Cup finals, and
when what is left is eventually paid, certain percentage of
it goes to the players.”
Sanusi, a doctorate degree holder in sports administration
and who is also president of the Nigeria Association of
Colleges of Education Games, lambasted those who had
gone on air and to the press to talk about the NFF not
needing any money to prepare the Super Eagles for
participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
“A number of these commentators are simply misleading
the public. It is unfortunate that those who should know
are the ones who have been at the forefront of the negative
campaign. To prepare the Super Eagles adequately for a
big impact at the World Cup will gulp a lot of money, in
camping programmes, friendly matches and general
logistics.
“The NFF has nothing to hide. All monies received from our
participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be duly
accounted for.”
Sanusi also described as laughable insinuations in some
quarters that the present NFF administration has much to
prove.
“The present NFF administration headed by Alhaji Aminu
Maigari has achieved much more than any before it, ever
since the NFF came into being as NFA, and this is a fact.
Records don’t lie. In three-and-half years, the
administration has won 10 trophies, qualified Nigeria for
the FIFA World Cup finals with ease and fostered better
relationships with other agencies and Nigeria Missions
abroad, as well as breaking new grounds in human
capacity development and empowerment programmes.
“Those challenging the present NFF should first challenge
themselves to make impact in their own areas of
endeavour.”
Religion / Re: My Little Experience In Celestial Church Today by Empowerment(m): 12:08pm On Dec 16, 2013
Lil'knight:
Celestial is an heavenly created church, d word itself means heavenly!!!
Jst lyk oda churches, celestial is nt created by an individual or any human, it spiritually descended to earth and since den it has been spreading worldwide. What makes pple criticize d church is ntn buh simply because of d doctrine, and dis isn't right cos d lyks of oda churches lyk catholic, anglican do av....comment reserved
Guess most of our people don't really know what. it takes to be a believer. If u want to make mockery of a church, it's fine and no one will hold u responsible But my piece of advice is that you are what u believe. If the church is not right ur mum will opt out. Let's all be cautious of things we say and How we say them. So we won't experience the wrath of God unknowingly.
Forum Games / Re: Picture Puzzles To Keep Your Eyes & Brain Active by Empowerment(m): 11:48am On Dec 16, 2013
Jbluv55: This thread is mainly for fun and so you should all just catch your fun from it. Its going to be dealing with pictures of all sorts in accordance with NL rules and users wud be made to answer questions about the pictures. Any member can post pictures and any picture puzzle must have a definite answer.

I will start with the picture puzzle below. Members are required to tell us how many square boxes they can count. grin

Let the party begin.

NB: when an answer has bin submitted, you shud not modify but you can submit another answer(a new reply) if you no longer feel comfortable with your initial answer. wink
The answer is 26

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