Vanguard Newspaper 15 April 2018
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Are you on the Lord’s side? B rethren, we are still in the season of Easter and we have lots of lessons to learn from Easter. Such lessons are meant to guide us as Christians if indeed we are true followers of Christ. Generally, when one is asked a question, on whose side are you? It presupposes that there are two or more issues before you and you are expected to make a choice. To others, the question may mean more than making a choice but for this purpose, we assume, there are two or more sides from which one is expected to make a choice. For a start, let’s look at the two thieves who were nailed to the cross about the same time as our Lord Jesus. Luke 23 vs. 39-43 is our reference “ And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord remember me when Movie Mania The cinema a place some of us call the “movies” is now a favorite hangout for friends, family and even corporate events. It truly is the place to run away to relieve stress, unwind and have a bit of fun watching an interesting movie. There is nothing like watching a big screen if you are into action, fiction, adventure, thriller or romantic movies. After such a long time away from the movies myself it appears like creative talent has really come alive the urge to watch some of the current productions has been revived so I have once again picked up the interest alongside my family. I am so glad I did. The cinema house is very much a public environment with tons of people trooping in and out all day, week, and all month. It is amazing how people behave and conduct themselves in and around the cinema, especially when a hyped movie is showing or a premier has just taken place. thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shall thou be with me in paradise”. Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we are all familiar with this story but perhaps not many of us have a deeper understanding of the characters mentioned here. First, is that these two condemned men were the architects of what befell them. They consciously stole. Perhaps they stole as a quick way of becoming rich or they wanted to belong to the class of the rich in the society. No one can say exactly what their motive was but what is not disputable is that they stole. The Holy Bible did not tell us whether they were armed robbers or pen robbers but it is assumed that the crime they committed was so severe that they had to be sentenced to death by hanging. I know we are all quick to condemn them, but what about you? What is that thing that you are doing secretly just to get rich quick? You were born into a Christian family and taught the Christian values but you chose to deviate from it, all because you want to become society’s big man or woman. Have you ever been to the movies when a block buster is showing? The rush is crazy, some queues are visible while some are chaotic. Some people are in such a haste they cannot wait for the queues. Regardless of the environment all manner of character is on display. from the appearance and what people wear, to the language spoken, the lack of discipline, respect and consideration. I have put togethera few protocol steps that I feel wil be impactful to you as it relates t your next cinema visit. STRATEGIES FOR MOVIE ETIQUETTE Where are you watching? There are cinemas all over now almost a reach in all localities, with many news ones springing up on a regular basis. Have you discovered the nearest cinema to you? Once you have established which cinema you prefer to watch your next movie. It is important to factor in your Therefore, you chose the option of visiting herbalists to make get-rick charms for you. Or you made up your mind to belong to a particular cult group or you decided to use your God-given body to make money and you rationalize it by saying, it is hardship. It is hardship that has made you to become a prostitute. Or you are the lady that does not see anything wrong with using your body to attract customers to your business by engaging in corporate prostitution. Remember that if no one knows that secret ungodly Christian conduct that you are engaged in, whatever you are doing is no secret to God and the day of judgment may come earlier than you think. I’ll share with you the story of one of my seniors while we were in the secondary school in Lagos whom I’ll simply refer to as lady D. Her immediate younger sister Ms. T. was my classmate and friend. Both were daughters of a wealthy mother who traded in imported clothes. We are all in a Christian school owned by one of the prominent Churches. One day, we were talking casually about wealth when suddenly, Lady D said, she must be rich and that if she didn’t get to be rich, she would use a human being to make money. That is she would consult herbalists who specialize in using people to make money to help her. Even as a young teenager, I was shocked and that was the reason, I never forgot her statement. journey time to the cinema, leaving enough room for you to settle down and get into the movie mood before the movie starts. The essence here is because you may have a favorite movie destination your time management must factor in journey time, parking time, ticket purchasing time too. What is on the menu? Knowing what time your movie is going to start or the various movie times will help you to plan ahead. More importantly knowing what movies are now showing in the cinema near you also gives you a better opportunity to make choices. Knowing the movies on the menu will also identity the age limits and restrictions too, which should be strictly adhered to. Most movies are PG for the young kids, PG 13 for age13 and Many years later, almost a decade after we left secondary school, I saw Lady D at Marina car park driving a really posh Mercedes Benz car. Of course, I called her and greeted her. She said she was on vacation from the United States of America. By this time, I had lost touch with my friend, her sister who was If no one knows that secret ungodly Christian conduct that you are engaged in, whatever you are doing is no secret to God and the day of judgment may come earlier than you think also in America. To shorten the story about five years later, I was invited to a party by another schoolmate and somehow, many of us met there. I then asked after lady D. I was told she was in jail in the United States for trafficking in hard drugs. Do you see where she has ended all in a bid to get rich quick? While in prison, would she say she didn't deserve to be in prison?. You won’t be surprised to hear people say, is she the only one who trafficked in drugs, didn’t x, y, z . get away with it the same offense? When we are not true to our conscience we tend to rationalize. We brush away the fact that no sinner will go unpunished except he or she repents. below, PG 16 for 16years above and X rated movies that are strictly for adults. When your children say they are going to the movies it is also important to double check what the rating of that movie is on the menu especially for the young ones. The same applies to you to always check the rating tof a movie to gear yourself up to the movie expectations. Paying for the movie The last time I was at the movies, we arrived 25 minutes before the movie was to start thinking we were well on time after all the one thing we needed to do was pay for the ticket and to go right in. To my surprise the queue was endless and I knew that going by the speed of the queue we would likely have to pick a new time as we were surely going to miss the movie SUNDAY VANGUARD, APRIL 15, 2018, PAGE 37 This brings me back to the story of the two thieves who were nailed to the cross about the same time with our Lord Jesus. In the Bible passage quoted, one of the thieves said, “ If you are the Christ, save yourself and us”. While the second, said, “ Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man ( Jesus) hath done nothing amiss”. Now you see how the first thief wanted to use Jesus as a short cut to his freedom. Freedom to go back to his crime. Whereas, the second, admitted he committed a crime or series of criminal activities and asked for forgiveness. Did you say, forgiveness? Luke23 vs. 42 let’s see what the second thief said, “ And he said unto Jesus, Lord remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom”. The second thief must have had the opportunity of listening to sermons by Jesus and his disciples. Perhaps, as a result of keeping the company of bad friends he became a thief but he knew that there was and still is a kingdom to which Jesus belongs. Not only that, he knew that Jesus was in a position to forgive him his sins. Though he didn’t ask directly that his sins should be forgiven, he knew that only those on the Lord’s side will be in the kingdom of Jesus. Instantly, he received the mercy of God. In Luke 23 vs. 43, the Holy Bible recorded scheduled for that time. My lesson learnt was that if there is a way you can pay for the ticket in advance before the movie then do just that to save you precious valuable time. Seated in front of the big screen For your comfort the further you sit from the screen the better the view. Buy you popcorn and drinks before you are seated to avoid being a nuisance to other viewers. As much as possible use the rest room well before the movie starts as this is a total discomfort to others moving up and down during the movie. Full meals are not allowed in movies so eat well before going in. Your snacks are just about what is acceptable. Yes all movie halls are of course a nonsmoking environment. Discrete and confidentiality while seated Use of phones must be done with deep consideration while in the public screen room. No torch lights are allowed when lights are off. No phone calls while the movie is on otherwise send a response by text or sms. If a call must be received it is smart to keep your conversation discreet and confident. Loud phone responses may attract attacks and negative remarks from other users who will consider the reply of Jesus thus “ And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shall thou be with me in paradise”. Are you still in doubt that his sins were forgiven? Let’s look at where all thieves, liars, cultists etc. will end. Revelations 21 vs. 8 “ But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death”. With the above scripture, we now know where the thief who wanted the short cut to freedom ended just as we know where the one who sought the salvation of his soul ended. Brethren, on whose side are you? On the side of light or darkness. If you choose darkness living ungodly life, always bear in mind that wether you like it or not, Light which our Lord represents will surely overshadow darkness. Take a decision today on whose side you want to be. Remember, like the second thief, as long as you are still alive, it is not too late to give your life to Christ. With Christ in your life comes an end to all challenges be it loneliness, barrenness, unemployment etc. With Christ comes peace, joy and all the good things of life that you desire. In the name of Jesus, every seed you sow this week will produce amazing results. The peace of the Lord be with you and your family. you insensitive, nonchalant and inconsiderate. Whatever you have to say within the walls of the cinema may not go unnoticed be confidential and discreet in your entire conduct. Kids Zone…or Not?‘ Finally yes the movies is a place for the entire family. Ideally take your kids to day time viewings and where all their age mates are, Avoid leaving your child alone once the movie has started, it is better to be wise William when your kids are out in public places. Watch your child’s movements at all times. Unfortunately I have seen some parents take their young under aged kids into a PG 16 movie and others. Violent and hyper active movies are a no kids zone viewing. Caution and responsibility is the assignment of all adults alike. The objective is all about having a good day out for yourself and with others. Make your next outing positively memorable. Avoid arguments even when they are right in your face. Be leader and leader by good example. Please share with me any etiquette experience you have had recently or in the past. Comment on facebook or instagram @JSK Etiquette Consortium. Goodluck! Excess taxation: Ogbe-Ijaw ferry boat union appeals to Okowa T he executives of Ferry Boats Transport Union, Ogbe- Ijaw market (market road unit), have appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to prevail on his Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Vincent Uduaghan and his director, Lucky Omoniy, to stop what the union described as excess taxation of N500 to N1,500 as ticket levies, and N50 per passenger for every boat trip. In a petition duly signed by the chairman of the union, Comrade Samson Timbowei, Josiah Oyimi Oyakoghan, vice, Bernard Facah, secretary, Samuel Tietie, PRO and others, the union also frowned at the activities allegedly carried out by agent of the state government under marine speed boat/local boats revenue tax force and their team, lamenting that the tax force has made life unbearable for them and their passengers. The statement reads: “The act of the tax force is awful, they undermine the safety of lives of passengers on a daily bases as they have continued to chase our boats on motion conveying passengers in the middle of the river and causing palpable fear in the river. Since the inception of democracy in 1999, nobody has attempted any revenue collection in the riverine apart from the ones paid to local government for stickers; because the land and jetty was built and maintained by us. We therefore appeal that the marine local boats tax force set up by the Commissioner and Director for Transport should be removed in order to avert crisis in the riverine. If the government has interest to collect tax from the marine transport union, then let them first make provision of life-vest, speed/local boats and build jetty for us before we will comply with such implementation.” Delta governor’s achievements would earn him second term, says Egone A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ughelli North local government area, Delta State, Chief Patrick Egone, has maintained that the laudable achievements already made by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa would earn him a second term in 2019 governorship election. Egone, current member of Delta State Advisory and Peace Building Council, gave the assurance yesterday at his Ughelli residence, and noted that the people of Delta State are enjoying the dividends of democracy being delivered by Governor Okowa. The former President General of Ughelli Descendant Union UDU, also thanked Deltans for supporting the Governor Okowa-led administration, assuring that more should be expected from the SMART Governor, who is making tremendous sacrifices for the development of the state. He said the leadership and members of the PDP in Delta State are very united, focused and strongly supporting the re-election of Governor Okowa, who has the people and constitutional mandate to serve two terms.