Challenges of A Christian Teenager

   When you hear teenager you probably think rebellious, rude, obnoxious, etc because that’s how they get at that age right?  Do you ever think of why they get that way? Teenagers face a lot when they get to a certain age. They feel different emotions, have experience at school, with friends, etc. They  keep all of that inside and find other ways to get it out.

    Despite the fact that teens have that “I don’t need you” attitude, parents shouldn’t just assume they’re alright. They should spend quality one on one time with their kids from time to time because teens are constantly looking for a secure ground to stand, and if parents don’t act as their “anchor”they will find it some where else.

     As a teenager, there are things your parent talk to you about vs things you find out from the internet. There are things you would rather find out from friends who don’t know jack but think they do, rather than your parents. Now this might sound ridiculous, but there is a difference between being a teenager and being a teenager in a christian home.

         I grew up thinking when a boy touches me, i’d get pregnant (thanks to my aunt Bose). Waking up early hours of the morning for prayers (which i absolutely hated but appreciate now lol), and not allowed to have male friends because my dad will have a fit. I love my dad to death, but he was too damn strict!

      Now I have these feelings i don’t understand for a boy but I cannot talk to my parents about it because they are, permit me to say “too spiritual” I mean how do I even go about it?  i don’t even have male friends! This was one of my experience growing up and being a teenager.

  Imagine this day and age! There is more than just feelings for a boy. I mean things you find on the internet! There is pornography, peer pressure, substance abuse, you name it. How do they deal with all of these? Wanting to be part of the “cool kids” so they don’t eat lunch alone, vulnerable to so much peer pressure. Parents not wanting to have the “sex talk” and expect their teenagers wont have questions,  that’s some fairy tale right there.

       As a christian teenager, a lot is expected from you. You sorta know right from wrong, but you are expected to make all the right decisions, not get in trouble, have good grades, read the bible, have the best company  of friends, etc.

      My advice/thought to parents with teenagers is listen to them. When they are acting up they are actually trying to say something. Don’t start quoting the bible just have a normal conversation, make them feel comfortable to talk to you, be less judgmental with your comments but at the same time guide them through the right path make them know they can come to you rather than the internet or that know it all friend.

  The bible states in Proverbs 22:6 , Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. That same bible says in Colossians 3:21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

    I am not a parent, but i was once a teenager and as a teenager all I wanted was to be able to talk to my parent, share my thoughts, allow them explain things that made me curious, not being scared but feeling like I could talk to them about anything because most of the time that was what I wanted.

    I don’t want it to look like I am starting to rant so I will stop here. Drop your comments and thoughts below Ciao!

 

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Unusual Side Of Muyiwa Revealed! Gets Grimey With Guvna B On New Single – “Alade Wura”

 

 

Multi-award winning Gospel artist Muyiwahas always broken boundaries in his delivery. He is the first and only UK Gospel artiste to sell out the Ocean Music Venue, Hackney, He is also the first and only UK Gospel artiste to sell out the 02 Arena, London. Muyiwa has also topped the UK Jazz and Blues Album Chart for a 5-month period. In 2009, Muyiwa became the first-ever international act to perform on America’s popular entertainment channel, BET, for the prestigious annual celebration of the Gospel show.

It has been 3 years since the distinctive UK Gospel artiste released a work, therefore it is only right that he makes a grand comeback.

Come May 11th, 2018, Muyiwa will release his latest effort titled “Alade Wura”. The unconventional urban music presents Muyiwa in new light, accentuating his return as resplendent due to the unusual style Muyiwa chose for his expression.

Muyiwa has always be known for fusing Conventional Gospel music with Contemporary elements and Afrocentric vibes. Also, he has always been a lover of the Hip Hop genre, therefore he should not come as a big surprise that he is tapping into the genre for a grand comeback.

“Most people are obsessed with trying to create something that fits another people type, another culture. I am doing me. I am British, I am African, I am me,”Muyiwa posited.

He employs the expertise of UK-based Urban contemporary Gospel Rap artist Guvna B to give “Alade Wura” that all-round Hip Hop feel.

“Those who know me know that Hip Hop was my thing and that I was a massive garage head. So for me, it was me reaching back to what I love. Guvna B is like a brother to me and one of my personal favourite artists. We’d never spoken about a collaboration until now.”

Produced by Ghana-based Francis Kweku Osei, ‘Alade Wura’ will be available on all streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play.

EVENT: AN EVENING OF WORSHIP With GOODNESS PATRICK

 

Gospel music minister cum TWC Recording Artist, Goodness Patrick is gearing up for her first ever worship concert tagged evening of Worship.

The event will take place at the CFI Auditorium, right in the heart of Delta State University, Abraham and will play host to Lagos based gospel minister and I Dey Hala yooo crooner, Minister Sam with other amazing gospel ministers.

The date is 20th May 2018.

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The event is proudly sponsored by TWC Media Ltd

Event: An Evening Of Worship with Minister Sam 2018

 

29th April will mark a new beginning in the life of some people at the forthcoming “Evening of Worship with Minister Sam”

The program which has been running since 2015 has been a tremendous blessing to the participants who travel far and wide to be part of it. It’s a gathering for both young and old to worship the almighty God.

Ministering along the convener,  Minister Sam are; Gospel reggae crooner, Buchi,  Nosa, Zitu Benefa and Worshipculture Charismatic singer and Pastor, Nonso.

This event will be hosted at RCCG Cornerstone Parish, 126 Okota Road, Opposite Zenith Bank Isolo, Lagos. And will start by 5pm

Chris Shalom Reveals Title Of Forthcoming 6th Studio Album! 


Gospel music minister Chris Shalom is ready for the release of his 6th Studio album titled “My Beautifier”.

After the release of the 5th studio album “You are the Reason”, theGolden Voice, aka Chris Shalom embarked on the “Worship in Every Place” series. From the series, singles such as “My Beautifier”, Dry Bones are Rising” were birthed and has now translated into the 6th studio album.

“My Beautifier” was not just successful in statistics with close to 2 million views on Youtube, but the impact rippled across the world, garnering feedback and testimonies. Little wonder Chris Shalom chose to name the 6th studio album after the track.

The new album will form the body of work that makes up chapter 2 of the “Alive in Worship” series. “You are the Reason” album, which is the chapter 1 was released in 2015. The wave-making album contains singles such as “Power Belongs to You”, “God of Miracles & Wonders”, “Unto the King”, amongst others.

Chris Shalom will reveal more details on the forthcoming 6th studio album in the coming days. Keep your eyes peeled!

EVENT: BARAK THE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE / UNVEILING OF THE PSALMS ALBUM BY IMARA JOYCE | @imarajoyce @7promediang 

Abuja based Gospel Minister Imara Joyce is set to take us into deep worship as she has announced the date for her music concert tagged “BARAK The Worship Experience”. Her much anticipated Music Album PSALMS would also be unveiled at the concert.

As a preamble to what to expect from the Album the “PSALMS” Imara Joyce released a single “Amarachi” just last week and its available for free download. The song can be gotten HERE

According to Imara Joyce “Barak the worship experience promises to be an awesome experience in fellowship and worship as God have ordained great minstrels to be a blessing to the body of Christ”.

Ministering at Barak are Panam Percy Paul, Elijah Oyelade, Kel-vocal, Asu Ekiye, Solomon Lange, EmmaSings, Inyang Ani and The Family Worship Center Choir Lugbe.

Date: 25th March 2018

Time: 4pm

Venue: Salem Academy Hall (Family Worship Center) Lugbe FHA, Abuja

 

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‘Shocking Behavior’: Only 1.5 Percent of Syrian Christians Accepted into Western Nations

‘Shocking Behavior’: Only 1.5 Percent of Syrian Christians Accepted into Western Nations

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Only 1.5 percent of Syrian refugees granted refugee status by Western countries in 2016 were Christians.

The charity Barnabas Fund said the United Nations has “failed miserably” to protect those refugees— of which many are Christians.

“This is shocking behavior by the U.N. and U.K. officials,” said Barnabas Fund’s Martin Parsons in an interview with Express.

“In 2005 the U.N. adopted the responsibility of states to protect citizens from genocide and crimes against humanity. These statistics show that it has failed miserably in this. Christians and other minorities have been treated shamefully by the U.N. And the U.K. has outsourced its own responsibilities in spite of repeated representations.”

According to figures recently released from the charity, Christians make up about 10 percent of Syria’s population.

In the United States, only 125 of the 15,479 Syrian refugees admitted into the U.S. were Christians.

In the United Kingdom, the country sheltered more than 8,000 refugees in 2015 and 2016, but only 70 were Christians. There were only 22 Yazidis, another religious minority.

The United Kingdom’s Home Office responded to the numbers this week, saying: “We are clear that our scheme will prioritize the most vulnerable refugees, and that is why under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees identifies people using established vulnerability criteria.

“We are working with the UNHCR and other partners to reach groups that might be reluctant to register for the scheme for fear of discrimination and unaware of the options available to them. These groups include all religious minorities.”

Many Christian organizations have said that these “promises” are not helping other believers enough.

“We don’t see anything. It’s not happening,” William Hollander, who partners with persecution watchdog Open Doors in Iraq, told The Christian Post in October.

“The big frustration for the Christians and everybody at the moment is that [they] are being betrayed by the political powers.

 

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ISIS Targets Christian Town, Killing Scores of People, Including Children – Amanda Casanova

ISIS Targets Christian Town, Killing Scores of People, Including Children

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Islamic State soldiers have reportedly killed “scores” of people, including women and children, in Qaryatayn, a town that was once predominantly Christian.

Syrian troops recaptured the city over the weekend, but found that ISIS had killed many civilians.

“These are people who don’t know God, they don’t know anything. They killed children and women with knives, they beat women, broke their arms,” a town resident said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

It’s unclear how many were killed. The Associated Press said 67 were killed, while Homs province Governor Tala Barazi told Reuters that “more than 60 were dead” and more than 100 are missing. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said some 128 people were killed.

Abdullah AbdulKarim, a former resident of the city, said the latest slaughter was revenge killing. His own uncle and two of his cousins were shot.

“They came into town with a hit list,” he said, adding that soldiers went door to door for weeks looking for people.

According to International Christian Concern, Qaryatayn was a predominantly Christian town until about 2015 when ISIS first captured the city.

The town has been recaptured and taken back between Syrian and ISIS forces many times. The town was finally recaptured again by ISIS earlier this month.

 

Written by: Amanda Casanova

Millions of Poor People Are Left Uncovered by Health Law

A sweeping national effort to extend health coverage to millions of Americans will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people that the program was intended to help, according to an analysis of census data by The New York Times.

Because they live in states largely controlled by Republicans that have declined to participate in a vast expansion of Medicaid, the medical insurance program for the poor, they are among the eight million Americans who are impoverished, uninsured and ineligible for help. The federal government will pay for the expansion through 2016 and no less than 90 percent of costs in later years.

Those excluded will be stranded without insurance, stuck between people with slightly higher incomes who will qualify for federal subsidies on the new health exchanges that went live this week, and those who are poor enough to qualify for Medicaid in its current form, which has income ceilings as low as $11 a day in some states.

People shopping for insurance on the health exchanges are already discovering this bitter twist.

“How can somebody in poverty not be eligible for subsidies?” an unemployed health care worker in Virginia asked through tears. The woman, who identified herself only as Robin L. because she does not want potential employers to know she is down on her luck, thought she had run into a computer problem when she went online Tuesday and learned she would not qualify.

At 55, she has high blood pressure, and she had been waiting for the law to take effect so she could get coverage. Before she lost her job and her house and had to move in with her brother in Virginia, she lived in Maryland, a state that is expanding Medicaid. “Would I go back there?” she asked. “It might involve me living in my car. I don’t know. I might consider it.”

The 26 states that have rejected the Medicaid expansion are home to about half of the country’s population, but about 68 percent of poor, uninsured blacks and single mothers. About 60 percent of the country’s uninsured working poor are in those states. Among those excluded are about 435,000 cashiers, 341,000 cooks and 253,000 nurses’ aides.

“The irony is that these states that are rejecting Medicaid expansion — many of them Southern — are the very places where the concentration of poverty and lack of health insurance are the most acute,” said Dr. H. Jack Geiger, a founder of the community health center model. “It is their populations that have the highest burden of illness and costs to the entire health care system.”

The disproportionate impact on poor blacks introduces the prickly issue of race into the already politically charged atmosphere around the health care law. Race was rarely, if ever, mentioned in the state-level debates about the Medicaid expansion. But the issue courses just below the surface, civil rights leaders say, pointing to the pattern of exclusion.

Every state in the Deep South, with the exception of Arkansas, has rejected the expansion. Opponents of the expansion say they are against it on exclusively economic grounds, and that the demographics of the South — with its large share of poor blacks — make it easy to say race is an issue when it is not.

In Mississippi, Republican leaders note that a large share of people in the state are on Medicaid already, and that, with an expansion, about a third of the state would have been insured through the program. Even supporters of the health law say that eventually covering 10 percent of that cost would have been onerous for a predominantly rural state with a modest tax base.

“Any additional cost in Medicaid is going to be too much,” said State Senator Chris McDaniel, a Republican, who opposes expansion.

The law was written to require all Americans to have health coverage. For lower and middle-income earners, there are subsidies on the new health exchanges to help them afford insurance. An expanded Medicaid program was intended to cover the poorest. In all, about 30 million uninsured Americans were to have become eligible for financial help.

But the Supreme Court’s ruling on the health care law last year, while upholding it, allowed states to choose whether to expand Medicaid. Those that opted not to leave about eight million uninsured people who live in poverty ($19,530 for a family of three) without any assistance at all.

Poor people excluded from the Medicaid expansion will not be subject to fines for lacking coverage. In all, about 14 million eligible Americans are uninsured and living in poverty, the Times analysis found.

The federal government provided the tally of how many states were not expanding Medicaid for the first time on Tuesday. It included states like New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee that might still decide to expand Medicaid before coverage takes effect in January. If those states go forward, the number would change, but the trends that emerged in the analysis would be similar.

Mississippi has the largest percentage of poor and uninsured people in the country — 13 percent. Willie Charles Carter, an unemployed 53-year-old whose most recent job was as a maintenance worker at a public school, has had problems with his leg since surgery last year.

His income is below Mississippi’s ceiling for Medicaid — which is about $3,000 a year — but he has no dependent children, so he does not qualify. And his income is too low to make him eligible for subsidies on the federal health exchange.

“You got to be almost dead before you can get Medicaid in Mississippi,” he said.

He does not know what he will do when the clinic where he goes for medical care, the Good Samaritan Health Centerin Greenville, closes next month because of lack of funding.

“I’m scared all the time,” he said. “I just walk around here with faith in God to take care of me.”

The states that did not expand Medicaid have less generous safety nets: For adults with children, the median income limit for Medicaid is just under half of the federal poverty level — or about $5,600 a year for an individual — while in states that are expanding, it is above the poverty line, or about $12,200, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.There is little or no coverage of childless adults in the states not expanding, Kaiser said.

The New York Times analysis excluded immigrants in the country illegally and those foreign-born residents who would not be eligible for benefits under Medicaid expansion. It included people who are uninsured even though they qualify for Medicaid in its current form.

Blacks are disproportionately affected, largely because more of them are poor and living in Southern states. In all, 6 out of 10 blacks live in the states not expanding Medicaid. In Mississippi, 56 percent of all poor and uninsured adults are black, though they account for just 38 percent of the population.

Dr. Aaron Shirley, a physician who has worked for better health care for blacks in Mississippi, said that the history of segregation and violence against blacks still informs the way people see one another, particularly in the South, making some whites reluctant to support programs that they believe benefit blacks.

That is compounded by the country’s rapidly changing demographics, Dr. Geiger said, in which minorities will eventually become a majority, a pattern that has produced a profound cultural unease, particularly when it has collided with economic insecurity.

Dr. Shirley said: “If you look at the history of Mississippi, politicians have used race to oppose minimum wage, Head Start, all these social programs. It’s a tactic that appeals to people who would rather suffer themselves than see a black person benefit.”

Opponents of the expansion bristled at the suggestion that race had anything to do with their position. State Senator Giles Ward of Mississippi, a Republican, called the idea that race was a factor “preposterous,” and said that with the demographics of the South — large shares of poor people and, in particular, poor blacks — “you can argue pretty much any way you want.”

The decision not to expand Medicaid will also hit the working poor. Claretha Briscoe earns just under $11,000 a year making fried chicken and other fast food at a convenience store in Hollandale, Miss., too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to get subsidies on the new health exchange. She had a heart attack in 2002 that a local hospital treated as part of its charity care program.

“I skip months on my blood pressure pills,” said Ms. Briscoe, 48, who visited the Good Samaritan Health Center last week because she was having chest pains. “I buy them when I can afford them.”

About half of poor and uninsured Hispanics live in states that are expanding Medicaid. But Texas, which has a large Hispanic population, rejected the expansion. Gladys Arbila, a housekeeper in Houston who earns $17,000 a year and supports two children, is under the poverty line and therefore not eligible for new subsidies. But she makes too much to qualify for Medicaid under the state’s rules. She recently spent 36 hours waiting in the emergency room for a searing pain in her back.

“We came to this country, and we are legal and we work really hard,” said Ms. Arbila, 45, who immigrated to the United States 12 years ago, and whose son is a soldier in Afghanistan. “Why we don’t have the same opportunities as the others?”

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