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metanoia

February 9, 2014 1 comment

If you’re a member of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), like I am, or know someone who’s one, the 100 days fast that began on January 2nd is no news. It’s been rough. I missed the very first day because I didn’t remember – it didn’t even cross my mind, until night time when a friend asked how I had fared!

Since then, I missed a few more – one for breaking at 3pm (even though I could have continued), another to nausea, and four more to sheer laziness X_X. I know the penalty for missing a day was to double it, so my seven days meant fourteen more days. That meant rather than ending on April 11th, like we should, I would be ending on April 25th. I didn’t want that, so I had to do something drastic. I also know that a whole week of fasting without breaking equals 14 days, and a month of fasting without breaking equals the 100 days. So, I opted to do one week of fasting to make up for my missed days.

I started February 1st and ended February 7th. It was actually nuts. Certainly one of the hardest things I’ve ever embarked upon. Even a friend volunteered to check up on me from time to time, and we even worked out an SOS signal! It got so bad that at some point during the week, I began to question the point of the fast. I even dreamt about chocolates one night lol. Thankfully, by the fourth day, I think my body had succumbed to the will of my spirit.

I will say this though, I enjoyed a stronger communion with God this past week; as all I could do, aside from work, leisure time, drink water and milk (to prevent an ulcer), was to pray and read my bible. It was during one of my “episodes of questioning”, I got reminded of a revelation on faith the Holy Spirit had given me over a year ago. This is what I wish to share today. Hopefully, in some little way, it encourages others who struggle/are struggling with the idea of fasting and wondering what the point is of all this. I hope this speaks to you:

The link between God and man is faith in Jesus Christ. We all know from Hebrews 11:1: faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith is perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses] (AMP). My revelation was faith or F.A.I.T.H. is Forgetting All Impossibilities, Trust Him. It means abandoning/forsaking all difficulty, all futility, all impracticability, all infeasibility, all unattainability, all unlikelihood, and simply, trust God.

You’ll note that it isn’t “forget” all impossibilities, it’s “forgetting”. It is a continuous act. It isn’t something you switch on when you have to, but you need to have your faith burning every second of every day. Metanoia is the Greek word for repentance. I know repentance is Christendom means confessing all sins, forsaking all evil ways, and professing Jesus as Lord over you life and Saviour of your soul. I’m referring to the literal meaning of Metanoia – to change one’s mindset. You need to change your mindset on the concept of faith as something you need to hold on to in times of need only. The bible already states in Hebrews 11:6a: And without faith, it is impossible to please God (NIV). I’m sure you don’t want to please God only in your time of need, right? You definitely want to trust God for every single detail of your life.

Anyway, we all need faith during this period for our individual reasons; which I believe can be summed up into:

1. Deliverance/Salvation: For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? – Romans 8:24 (AMP).

2. Relationship:  But without faith it is impossible to please God and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists – Hebrews 11:6a-b (AMP).

3. Miracles and Testimonies: He is a rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out] – Hebrews 11:6c (AMP).

All you have to do is renew your mind, and this period is the perfect time to start. Even if you’re not fasting, today is always the best time to start the renewed you. Repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of [a] reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord – Acts 3:19 (AMP).

So, my fellow RCCG members, as you’ve decided to seek His face this season, your times of refreshing will come. All you need to do is simply continue FAITH – forgetting all impossibilities [and] trust Him – for your deliverance, for your salvation, for your renewed relationship with Him, for miracles, and for your testimonies. I hope this makes sense to you, and you’ll mull it over some more in your mind.

I’ve returned to my regular fast – breaking at 6pm – since yesterday. I’ve definitely learnt my lesson, and I won’t dear miss another day. I broke with just fruits yesterday, so I wouldn’t shock my body. I learnt a woman died last week in Nigeria because she broke with heavy food – eba or the likes. Please always break with fruits first, or at least, semiliquids/semisolids like custard and smoothies. Anyway, today, I’ll have a banana, and a delicious grilled chicken breast salad 😀

God bless you!

whats your angle?

June 20, 2012 Leave a comment

A couple of months ago, I shared that the Senior Pastor of RCCG Restoration House Hamilton, Dr. Olayinka Dada introduced Future Leaders In the Making (FLIM) Sundays and on those Sundays, three youths were given ten (10) minutes to teach/speak to the congregation. In April, he introduced Super FLIM. In Super FLIM, three of the past FLIM winners would compete. For the premier edition, Peace E*, Tope S* and I were appointed to compete. Click here to view my interview for the event.

The premier Super FLIM edition was on Sunday, April 29th, 2012. I was the first speaker and spoke on a topic I termed What’s Your Angle? It was an examination on why Christians do things for/to God.

I drew my text from James 4:3a – When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives (NIV). I originally read from the Amplified Version and started from verse 2 so verse 3 would make more sense – 2 You are jealous and covet [what others have] and your desires go unfulfilled; [so] you become murderers. [To hate is to murder as far as your hearts are concerned.] You burn with envy and anger and are not able to obtain [the gratification, the contentment, and the happiness that you seek], so you fight and war. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3 [Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures.

What’s your angle? What angle are you working on? In this context, Angle means viewpoint, opinion, attitude. Informally, it means a secret motive. For example, she’s been too friendly lately—what’s her angle? “What’s your angle?” is a question usually preceded by coaxing; especially with parents and friends. A perfect illustration is when one needs a favor and plans to obtain it by first offering unwarranted compliments to put the person in the perfect mood conducive for favors. Sometimes, that’s what we Christians do with God.

Think:
Why do you come to church? – dress up, eye service, network, pray, praise or worship?
Why do you give offerings? – to be blessed or to bless God for His goodness?
Do you praise Him because he deserves it or because you want something from Him?
Is God just a problem solver to you? – is when you’re in trouble to only time to speak to God? Some people don’t even let Him solve their problems, they devise solutions, tell Him and wait for Him to work His “magic”.
Is God just an ATM to you? – does God only hear from you when you want this and want that?
Why do you return your tithes? – to have Him open the windows of Heaven and pour out a blessing or to honor Him because you respect Him?

I believe it is okay to be motivated by your needs because He is our provider and He sustains us, but I don’t believe it’s okay to do things God likes/wants simply because you want something back.
Christians, myself included, sometimes operate on the premise that we have God all figured out – if we praise and worship him, He has to bless us. Unfortunately, there is no secret formula to figuring God out and we can’t put Him in a box.
The truth is God doesn’t have to do anything! In fact, the only thing God certainly has to do is what He wants to do. Psalm 115:3 – Our God is heaven; He does whatever pleases Him (NIV).

Consider:
It pleases Him to keep and sustain you. A brain/cerebral aneurysm is the swelling or dilation of a cerebral artery (supplies blood from the heart to the brain) or cerebral vein (returns blood from the brain to the heart). When it eventually bursts, it causes paralysis, coma or sudden death. It is one of the scariest ailments because there are no symptoms or definite causes; it just happens. God has kept you day in, day out.
It pleases Him that you have His breath. He could take His breath anytime He likes and you would seize to exist. He hasn’t because it pleases Him that you live. He has also woken you up every day for the past X years. It isn’t your alarm that does. If He ever forgot to wake you up, you wouldn’t be living.

A lot of us have no idea how many things God protects and shields us from daily, yet asks for anything, but a little gratitude in return. It isn’t necessarily because you asked that you are alive, but because it pleased Him.

Change your perspective:
1. Stop the “gimme gimme” attitude with God (Acts 20:35c).
2. Seek God’s face and not His hands all the time; He wants a relationship not set up a request line.
3. Give offerings because you want to honor Him (Proverb 3:9).
4. Return your tithes joyfully because you respect Him (Malachi 3:10).
5. Learn to show appreciation and be grateful for all He does. If you don’t what to thank Him for, just run through your day in your head.

In conclusion, it is not wrong to have expectations when coming to God; it isn’t so much about what you are doing, but why you are doing what you do that matters to God. Thanksgiving is the ultimate and that should be your angle.

I hope you’ve been blessed?

As before, please follow this link to watch the actual video of the ministration on facebook or this link to watch it on YouTube. Once again, I saved the best version of the sermon for last lol. Enjoy.

This time I didn’t win, and rightly so, I also think Tope did an amazing job.

the father-child dynamic

February 24, 2012 Leave a comment

In line with the vision of the church – Restoring Potential, Raising Leaders, the Senior Pastor of RCCG Restoration House Hamilton, Dr. Olayinka Dada introduced Future Leaders In the Making (FLIM) Sundays. On FLIM Sundays, three youths each permitted to give a ten-minute (10 mins) sermon, they are scored on various parameters by a panel of judges and towards the end of the service, the youth with the highest score is proclaimed the winner.

I had my turn on Sunday, November 20th, 2011. I was the second speaker and spoke on a topic I termed The Father-Child Dynamic. It was an analysis of the relationship between a Father and a Child in comparison with the relationship between God and a Christian.

I drew my text from Matthew 19:14 – But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. I originally read from the New International Version (NIV) – Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. I laid emphasis on ”for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”. Now, let that phrase resonate within you as I share the message with you.

Jesus knew we have so much to learn from little children. He knew there are some things we forget as we get older and lose our innocence, and that is what we will explore. We are going to rediscover some of those lost attributes, and revive them by God’s grace. Here are some basic characteristics of children:

1. Adoration: Children adore their parent(s) – in relation to comparison (1 Corinthians 1:31) and in relation to imitation (1 Peter 1:16). Children boast in their parents in comparison to other parents. For example, “my dad has a bigger car than your dad.” Do you boast about God to others? Children like to imitate their parents too. For example, as a child, if my dad was a lawyer, because I adore him, I’d want to be a lawyer too, so I could grow up to become just like him. Do you try to emulate Jesus in your daily life? Do you want to be just like Him?

2. Faith: Children believe their parent(s) without an element of doubt (Matthew 21:22). For example, if my dad told me as a child that he was going to get me the moon for my birthday, I would believe against all logic that if he told me I was getting the moon, he was going to get me the moon. I wouldn’t care how he was going to do it, all I would know is I was going to get the moon and I wouldn’t care what anybody thought. Do you have unconditional faith in God? Do believe His promises to you against all logic? Do you believe he can do the unfathomable just for you?

3. Forgiveness: Children forgive easily (Luke 6:37c). Children get offended too, but forgive offenses easily. For example, as a child, if my dad told me he was sorry/apologized after upsetting me, I would forgive him, forget about the issue, become friends with him again and we can play with my toys. Do you readily forgive others after they wrong you and apologize? Do we hold on to it and wait for an apology? Do not hold grudges; as far as God is concerned, there is nothing anyone can do to you that is absolutely unforgivable. Remember, an important thing to note is that God forgives us as we forgive others. Remember, to err is human, to forgive is divine.

4. Obedience: Children are obedient, most of the time. It doesn’t mean when they do mess up that adults will let it slide. We do not have that luxury with God either. God demands total obedience from us; obedience is non-negotiable with Him (Joshua 1:8). When children do wrong or are disobedient, we are instructed to use the rod to correct them. Do not think God will not punish you, just because He forgives you. His punishment is worse because you do not know when He will, where He will or how severe it will be. Obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22b).

5. Teachability: Children are teachable and always willing to learn (2 Timothy 2:15). Children ask questions, a lot of questions, because they want to know what you know and learn more. Do you ask God questions and wait for His reply or do you assume you know everything and can handle it all? Teachability comes from humility; your level of education is immeasurably inferior to God’s vast knowledge. You need to humble yourself in God’s sight so He can lift you up and reveal mysteries to you.

In conclusion, there is nothing in the bible put there without reason. I’m sure you can see we have quite a lot to learn from little children. Never forget, no matter how old we get, we will always be God’s little children so learn to Adore Him, Boast in Him, Imitate Jesus, Forgive & Forget, have Unwavering Faith in Him, be Obedient to His Word, be Humble and be Teachable.

I hope you’ve been blessed?

Please follow this link to watch the actual video of the ministration on facebook or this link to watch it on YouTube.

I saved the best version of the sermon for last lol. Enjoy.

Oh and by the way, I won! 😀

business from the bedroom

April 23, 2011 10 comments

I was contacted by The Creative Africans for an interview on Monday, April 11th, 2011.

If you’re wondering who they are, as I initially did, The Creative Africans is an online organization that conducts video interviews of African entrepreneurs with the sole purpose of inspiring African youths and helping them develop the spirit of entrepreneurship in order to help shape the future of Africa through learning from experienced entrepreneurs. They are motivated by their belief in another side of Africans – the side which is full of creative, energetic, intelligent, prudent, strong and successful people whose stories should be told in order to encourage other young Africans around the world and help put Africa on the map of entrepreneurship on a global scale.

I was humbled they thought my story was inspiring and successful enough to motivate a lot of African youths. They would have loved to have an audio or video interview, but since it couldn’t have been organized at the time, we settled for written. We agreed to arrange that (audio/video) for a later date. I got the interview questions the following Monday (April 18th) and the interview was published on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011. Here’s the interview:

Sylvester Kay-Adade

Sylvester Kay-Adade

Can you give the readers some background information about yourself and your company?

Certainly. I’m Sylvester II Olusola Kay-Adade. I was born on May 29th, 1987 to Mr. Sylvester I and Mrs. Fehintola Adade in Lagos, Nigeria. My dad was of mixed heritage and my mum is Yoruba. I have four lovely sisters- Ronke, Anthonia, Rita and Veronica.

I’m a Businessman, Entrepreneur, President and Chief Executive of The SKA Group Inc. My first business venture, Pearl Kreations, is my popular venture. It initially made just button-badges, and that is where my nickname- Mr. Buttons originated from.

I love to read and watch movies. I also love to play chess and lawn tennis.

When and how did you start your business?

I started doing business in January 2008 when I launched Pearl Kreations. I had been saving for quite some time; and when I was all set, I decided button-badges were going to be the right use for the money.

How did you come across the idea and what made you think it was profitable?

A very good friend of mine, Sombiri shared his idea to make badges for Nigeria’s forty-fifth (45th) Independence Day celebrations. We put our heads together and joggled some ideas, but there were several setbacks to accomplishing the goal so we gave it a rest.

Sometime in 2007, after moving to Canada, I remembered the buttons idea. I did the research- button designing, the type and cost of the equipment and materials required and so on. I tried to partner with Sombiri, but he had moved on to other things; so I had to go about it on my own.

I couldn’t be certain if it would be profitable or not at the time, but I felt it was worth the shot. I believed it would be better to know I tried, rather than wonder “what if”.

On your twitter you were talking about networking being the key. How has it helped growing your business?

In my opinion, networking is all about putting yourself out there. It’s about getting acquainted with like-minded people and building your contact base.

In my case, I’ve always been sort of an introvert. I also have an expressionless face, which sometimes makes me seem unapproachable.

I’m learning to grow out of my shell by smiling, meeting new people – and introducing myself as an entrepreneur and giving out my business cards. So far, I’ve met prospective clients and made a couple of deals with people I met at formal and networking events.

How have you used social media to improve sales?

After hearing that in 2009, companies like Dell and Starbucks, made additional revenue in the sum of tens of millions of dollars basically for free; by simply communicating with customers via twitter, I realized I wasn’t maximizing the potential of the facebook and twitter accounts. We started by engaging our fans and followers by throwing competitions and communicating with them directly.

Since January 2011, Pearl Kreations’ sales have increased almost fifty percent! Facebook and twitter are incredible networking tools.

You have had 3 business successes: buttons, clothing line and estate management. How did you do that?

It is all by God’s grace. After successfully running Pearl Kreations for about two years, I realized I actually enjoyed business and decided to diversify.

I wanted to go into something else; something that was close to my heart – style. Soon after, I started Suave Clothing. It is a high-end formal clothing store. We started by retailing luxury accessories like sunglasses by Carrera, cufflinks by Christian Dior and belts by Salvatore Ferragamo and the likes. As sales soared, I decided to launch Suave Clothing line of superior quality dress shirts. Manufacture has been halted, but we will resume by launching our brand of superior quality suits and dress shirts for stylish youths and young executives.

Suave Clothing also provides wardrobe consultation services; and since 2010, the company posts style articles for men and women on The SKA Blog on a quarterly basis. You can read more about Suave Clothing at in my website.

Another thing I’m passionate about is real estate. I invested some of the revenue from both businesses in real estate, bought a property, developed it and started renting. This real estate venture is called RansRive Realtors. In time, I hope it will provide temporary and permanent accommodation through the letting and sale of commercial and residential properties.

I’m able to manage these businesses through the parent company called The SKA Group Incorporated. It’s based in Canada, but conducts business worldwide. The SKA Group is into other ventures like advertising (Spinners), document management (Sylver Productions), financial services (SKA Ventures), space optimization (RCubed-Merit) and many more. Some are still projects, while others are operational. Some are privately-owned, while others are in partnership with other companies and entrepreneurs.

What cheap marketing techniques have you used that proved successful in the early days of your business?

Sponsorship of events (by offering free products), word of mouth/referrals and social networking (blogs, facebook and twitter).

What is your experience about making business plans before starting a business?

I think it is important to have a business plan. It helps you map out the life of your business – mission, vision, values, competition analysis, location analysis, SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis on the industry, target market analysis, trend analysis, sale projections etc.

Pearl Kreations didn’t have one when I started, but it does now, and I strongly believe I could have been much more successful today if I knew then what I do now about the importance of business plans.

What is the entrepreneur eye you mention on your twitter?

The entrepreneurial eye is the ability of see potential, viable business opportunities any and everywhere. You can read all about my initial experience with the entrepreneurial eye on my website.

What is the worst experience you have ever had as an entrepreneur?

There’s nothing quite like having a great idea, pursuing it and then having your hopes dashed. I’ve had my share of disappointments. My worst experience would be when every single of my countless proposals addressed to film companies and banks were rejected or not responded to. It hurt, but I kept pressing on. My application to supply buttons for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics was initially rejected, but I was persistent. Eventually, I was awarded the contract! So you see, you cannot afford to give up!

Tell us more about your KAFF?

The Kay-Adade Family Foundation (KAFF) is a private organization I founded to support our (my family’s) favourite charities, provide free healthcare for orphans and under-privileged families, assist The SKA Group with some of its social responsibilities and support entrepreneurship. KAFF currently sponsors the Canadian Bible Society, the Juravinski Cancer Centre Foundation, missions and outreaches of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Worldwide, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and some promising entrepreneurs.

In the near future, KAFF plans to additionally fund young, budding entrepreneurs through a biannual competition called the KAFF Challenge. The winner will be awarded a cash prize to start up as well as the backing of The SKA Group, if necessary. It will also provide scholarships for prospective students of the Pearl Academy, Covenant University, Ota; and McMaster University.

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That’s all folks!