Great Men Die Empty

And as a man was being buried, lo, a marauding band was seen and the man was cast into the grave of Elisha; and as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood on his feet. [2Ki 13:21]

When great men die without passing all they had to God, man and society they then they die with ‘power in their bones’. If no rare accident like the one in the above passage happens, then their gifts will join the great pool of potentials that fertilize the grave yards.

True lives of Extraordinary Gentlemen are made of three stages, learning, living and leaving.

Learning- a man must know and understand all that is around him, through formal and informal education and acquire information in all available formats. He must consciously cultivate learning through conversation with family, friends, mentors and society and God. However, what you learn from these agents is most important. Among all that can be learnt wisdom, morality and Christianity are paramount. A man must also through this learning identify and nurture his field of interest, his talent but most importantly his purpose.

Living- a man at this stage must live by what he has learnt, practicing and experiencing the totality of life. Failing, passing, and excelling and repeating these in different endeavours. He must distil his learning into industry and profession and become more responsible to family, friends, mentors and society and God. The pursuit of his purpose must be paramount.

Leaving- this is composed of depositing and departing. A Man owes it to God, man and society to lead other men to excellence in their chosen fields, identified talents and their purpose. He must not mold them into himself only better, and into Christ as the Ultimate Gentleman. He must pour out himself on earth within the limits permitted by God and then take off into eternity with the majesty of an eagle. But he must leave emptied of all things that can only on earth be done so as to be filled with the fullness of the glory of God himself prepared for him.

Dedicated To the Late President John Fiifi Evans Atta Mills; a man of unequaled integrity.

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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.

The Quest for Purpose: Your Desires

                           Today, i feature the 1st in our series on purpose written by a trusted friend. Enjoy the insight

Your desire could be God’s design for your life.

            One way you can know the purposes of God for your life, career, business, marriage and ministry, is through your desires. God can drop those desires (i.e., your wishes, hopes, aspirations, or even a holy burden) into your heart to communicate His purposes to you. You will find that you sincerely want to pursue a particular course of action. It may be what God wants you to do. You will find that you strongly wish to become a minister of God.

It may be what God has called you to do. You will find that you enjoy teaching people. It may be that God wants you to become a lecturer / teacher. I think you should know by now what the desires of your heart are, your desired future, what makes you feel alive and active, what gives you joy and fulfillment. It could be that that is the will of God for your life.

You will always experience some inner peace and joy about your life choices if God wants you to know He is speaking to you through your desires. Moses wanted to know whom God had given him as partner in ministry. God said Aaron would be glad in his heart upon seeing Moses, even when Moses had not told him anything yet. Let’s take another case: When Mary, the mother of Jesus, paid a visit to Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, the six-month-old fetus (John the Baptist) leaped for joy in Elizabeth’s womb upon Mary greeting her. It showed how Jesus was connected to John the Baptist in ministry. Sometimes it is just like that, if you want to know your God-given partner in ministry and marriage, or your God-given career or business path. You cannot explain it, but you will experience that inner peace and joy over your choice. You would love the idea in an unusual way. Nothing else will gladden your heart more than that desire. But if you are not experiencing that inner peace and joy, and you are afraid that you are on the wrong path, you should be careful. It is may not be the will of God for your life.

However, I must say it is not sufficient to follow your desires to know God’s purposes for your life. Why do I say so? David wanted to build a temple for God to dwell in. But God said, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart. Nevertheless you shall not build the house; but your son shall build the house unto my name’ (1 Kings 8: 18, 19). Then again, when all the people of Israel desired Saul to become their king, it was not in the will of God. God spoke of how Saul would bring evil upon them later in the years, which came to pass (1 Samuel 8: 10 – 18; 12: 9 – 13). So be very careful you are not carried away by excessive desire to make a wrong choice for your life, whether for marriage, ministry, business or career. Let’s learn to end our prayers like Jesus, ‘…..nevertheless not what I will, but what you will’ (Mark 14: 36). And let God lead you always. We will learn about this later in the series.

Finally, it can also happen that God’s will for your life (for your marriage, ministry, career and business) is not the desire on your heart. For instance, God called Jonah to go and preach to the people of Nineveh, but it was not in Jonah’s heart to do that. And he suffered for his disobedience in a whale’s stomach for three days without food and water (Jonah 1). So we should always allow God to lead us, as our desires can be misleading.

By Samuel Tetteh-Baah

Caring For Your Suit

The way a man dresses is an important communication of his personality and life style. Many people judge you by what you wear and how you wear it, so if that is the only impression they will have of you (especially if they will never get to talk

to you), then you must do it right the first time. An extraordinary gentleman must therefore understand the rudiments of dressing and how to work it to his advantage. That is why our first topic in the lifestyle section has to do with apparel.

One legacy of dressing that seems to flood offices, churches and many special occasions (especially

weddings) is a suit. Many men as a result of the merging of cultures all around the world have developed a great taste for suits. Men have come to love great suits, by great designers and they wear suits for important occasions all around the world. In the business world suits can be the norm. However, most men cannot afford along chain of costly suits hanging in the wardrobe. The few they acquire must therefore remain presentable over a period of time. The question therefore is this, how can make my suit last for a reasonable period of time?

Watching my first suit wear out before my eyes owing to a few costly mistakes, I began to search on what makes a great

suit last longer. Today I will like us to consider a few tips caring for your suit.

1. Dry clean, do not machine or hand wash

Dry cleaning is not equal to cleaning with your sponge or towel, it is a process done with special chemicals by professional dry cleaners usually at laundries. Most suits wear away quickly by machine wash or hand washing, the suit might lose their shape and form and the process might weaken the fabric. Do not dry clean your suits too frequently either. The strong chemicals used may wear out your fabric. If you wear your suits often, then dry clean about four to five times a year. And remember, it is not advisable to wear one suit for two consecutive days. A day of rest in between wears is appropriate for the suit to breathe.

2.  Hang upright on suit hangers in airy bags

Do not use slim hungers to hang your suit. Use hungers with broad shoulders that will keep the rounded shape of the

suit’s shoulder. Do not store the suit in plastic bags, not even the ones provided by the dry cleaners. Store the suits in jackets with porous fabric to allow for circulation of air this prevents molds especially

in the tropics. Dry them outside in shade once in a while to expel bad air during long storage.

3. Protect from wrinkle and press in between dry cleaning whe

n needed

To keep an outstanding appearance, do not hang your suit between lots of clothes. This will increase the rate of wrinkle. Press your suit when it is wrinkled but better still give it to the dry cleaners to press it for you without dry cleaning it. They will give it a professional touch. To iron a suit, place a clean cotton or linen cloth over the suit. Do not slide the iron over the clean cloth but ratherpress and lift it up. Brush your suit with a clothes brush when you take it off to keep it clean and looking good.

I hope these tips have been of some help. Please remember to leave your comments.

Best of the day.

The Extraordinary Gentleman

The Extraordinary Gentleman.