Connected Quotes: Christianity and Wealth

The bible says;

The blessing from the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow to it (Prov.10:22 NET).
The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself (Proverbs 11 vrs 25 NKJV)

He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich (Proverbs 10:4 NKJV)


A man with an evil eye hastens after riches, And does not consider that poverty will come upon him (Proverbs 28: 22 NKJV).


…he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished (Proverbs 28:20 NKJV).


The Neighbour Principle

“You must take reasonable care to avoid acts or omissions which you can reasonably foresee would be likely to injure your neighbour. Who, then, in law, is my neighbour? The answer seems to be persons who are so closely and directly affected by my act that I ought reasonably to have them in contemplation as being affected when I am directing my mind to the acts or omissions which are called in question.”

This statement by Lord Atkin in the seminal case Donoghue v Stephenson (1932), lays an important foundation for our discussion today of the all-important question involving “neighbours”.

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In a fast-passed world where the “breath” of time is constantly in shortage, there is a common tendency of many of us to disregard or better still, give close to no contemplation to consequences that our little actions have on people around us. The world is constantly moving to a point where the only important person is “me” and all things are right as long as “I derive maximum satisfaction”. This selfish mindset seems to be guiding many personal, family and business decisions. No one seems to care about the unknown person that will be affected by our little selfish and self-aggrandising acts. It is like this, our judgement of what is moral seems to increasingly be self-centred, not God or neighbour centred. This I believe is just not “Christian”. Since it is largely the norm to make selfish decisions in the little things we do, it is not surprising that outstanding business and political decisions are made selfishly with only the one company, country, political party or decision maker as the only consideration, this also is not “Christian”.

Since it has become conventional or ordinary to make self-centred decisions, I want to propose the Extraordinary way. Next time you are considering a word or an act (e.g. like a good answer to a “stupid” question or the appropriate dress for a party or church), consider what emotional, psychological, physical or spiritual consequences it will have on anyone close enough to be affected and make all appropriate adjustments. For as the bible says,

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (Ga 5:14).

Love works no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law (Ro 13:10).
God bless you and have a wonderful day.


Caring For Your Laptop.

It has taken a while to finally put together a debut article that I am satisfied to publish on the blog for Extraordinary Gentlemen. I figured that a good place to start was an area I am very comfortable with, and one that I readily thought of was IT. Now for many of us who own laptops, it may represent our single biggest asset not only in the initial cash we parted with in order to acquire it, but also the potential it holds to turn income for us in the future, and extra money that it will cost us to get it back up if it should fail.

In view of this I want to write you a short guide to keeping your laptop computer so that it can last you a reasonable amount of time. Some of them may seem “common sense” but that is exactly the reason why you should be told about it because the tendency is that that might be the very thing you will overlook.


• Never put your laptop in a bag while it is still on. this is primarily done because we tend to underestimate the heat coming out of the vent of our laptops but such a mistake may cost you your motherboard.

• Never use someone else’s charger on your laptop: Yes even if it is by the same manufacturer (unless you are absolutely sure that the output voltage of that charger is the same for yours) other than that you will damage your battery permanently and it might go on to affect your laptop.

• Never put an object on top of your laptop.

• When the laptop is open do not place objects on top of it, you might accidentally close it and damage you screen.

• Never open or adjust the laptop by holding the screen and letting the weight of the lower part do the hard work.

• You may have heard to clean your laptop with a damp cloth, in your own interest, get one of the specialized cleaning kit for laptops, cleaning with water is costly.

• Never put your food or water and other drinks, beverages etc on the same table with your laptop computer, most especially when you do not already have money for its replacement.

I hope you enjoyed these short tips. Next time, I will be treating you to some useful programs that will make you computing experience richer.

By Cephas Samwini

Why the World Must Prosper!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee (Ps 122:6).
Our lord Jesus Christ in his all-important prayer for his disciples and we those who now believe in him prayed “I pray not that thou should take them out of the world, but that thou should keep them from the evil one” (John 17:15). Living in this world even after we have been saved, means that we will be in continuous interaction with the world systems. Every happening in the world therefore has either direct or indirect bearing on our wellbeing, that of those we love and the success of all we do for man or God. And yet, the world is no lover of Christians!
When our well-being, that of those we love and the success of all we do for man or God is complete, then we are prosperous. Yet the systems that govern the earth which we together call the world is corrupted and is therefore not in the design to further prosperity of Christians. After all, if we define prosperity God’s way, then the world is in poverty, for like the Laodicean church in Revelations, the Lord says to the world, For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing; not knowing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked (Re 3:17,).
If we will deal with such a wretched system, it is bound to affect and limit the effectiveness and efficiency of our Christianity.

The preaching of the gospel in a warring nation
The evil rule of ungodly governments
The irresponsibility of selfish companies
And the suffering of the homeless across your street
The world we live in must prosper, but it must prosper God’s way,

Nations are at peace not by the unstable security the current systems offer,but the peace of God that surpasses understanding.
Nations are enlivened by the rule of righteous men (Pr 29:2)
Companies have a conscience as well as a counting house
Where no one is afraid to love a stranger
Pray the prayer in Psalm 122: 6-9, pray for the prosperity of God to plague the earth.
God bless you, and remember, I love to read your comments on this article.

Money and Christianity

If you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” (Lu 16:11, NIV)

Wealth in Christianity is a matter of continuous debate with different perspectives being dominant at times and denominations of Christianity. However, the fact is that how you deal with earthly wealth is cardinal in determining if you will be entrusted with heavenly riches. For “If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” (Lu 16:11KJV) or in other words, “If you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” (Lu 16:11, NIV).

I do not believe that God or Jesus Christ will be willing to give you the true riches of their heavenly kingdom if you do not prove your faithfulness in earthly finances.  It is therefore important that in our quest to become Extraordinary Gentlemen, we understand how to prove our faithfulness with earthly riches. After all, the Extraordinary Gentleman must excel in his Marriage, Ministry (purpose) and Money ( career and finances).

When I talk about money in the context of an Extraordinary Gentleman, I refer to all legitimate efforts to generate, manage, multiply and distribute wealth of any acceptable form. It is not sinful to be rich, for money answers all things pertaining earthly needs (Eccl 10:19) and the blessing of God makes one rich (Pr 10:22). However, the love of money is the root of all evil and inevitably leads to wandering away from  salvation (1 Ti 6:10, Eccl 5:10), for you cannot serve two masters, God and money (Lu 16:13, NIV).

It works this way, money is a force in the ruling system of the earth called the world, as such, love of it means love to the world and enmity to God (Jas 4:4). Love of money occurs when you value  the demands of money above the demands of God and righteousness. You begin to yield to the lusts of the world that are readily lying prostrate at the command of wealth. These lusts include gluttony, drunkenness, fornication, adultery and greed in all things, even in things pertaining to the church. Thus you begin to take decisions chiefly against the perfect will of God, trusting your riches and new power in the world rather than the unfailing love of God. The end of such a man is sudden destruction (Ps 49:6-14, 49:20, 33:16-19, 147:10-11).

 Therefore, the key virtue for a wealthy Christian should be integrity, for the law of heaven concerning wealth on earth is this, “Do not trust in extortion and take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase do not set your heart on them”(Ps 62:10,NIV). The source and the result of a man’s wealth must be pure in the eyes of God.

God bless you, and remember, I will love to hear your thoughts on money and on this article.