Tola Akinsulire

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A married guy with a precocious son who works his (I mean me, not my son - I bet you know, right?) day job as a financial guy trying to make real estate projects have some sense to the investor. I like to talk about what I learn along the way as I live my faith in life (family, work, friendships, fellowship, community and anything else you can put here).

When Christians Make Dumb Moves

When Christians Make Dumb Moves
There is a story in the Bible from the book of Jeremiah.
 
For the uninitiated, Jeremiah is the guy who shares mostly bad news to the people of Israel.
 
The summary of this prophet’s inside scope from God was this “You guys have been big, bad, and naughty, God is going to give you an ass-whooping by sending everyone into Babylonian captivity”
 
Well, in the middle of it all, God tells Jeremiah to buy a piece of land.
 
Good old J-man pays seventeen shekels of silver for the land.
 
I’ll skip back in time to share another story.
 
Kings Ahab of Israel & Jehoshaphat of Judah were preparing for a land-based assault strike on Aram.
 
They decided to call in Ahab’s 400 prophets to know if they would have a winning outcome.
 
All of them agree – Ahab & Jehoshaphat would win.
 
 
One of the prophets, Zedekiah, even adds some special effects to the whole prophecy gig. He grabs some iron horns and hollers “this is the winning kit. you win with these.”
 
Everything was peachy until Micaiah shows up.
 
 

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Before Children Became Parents

Before Children Became Parents
The conclusion the post came to was this “despite our parents’ worst efforts, we turned out ok. So it would seem. But we didn’t turn out OK.” And afterward, a list of issues are raised as problems from how they were parented.
 
As a child of that generation, I understand the point. And I also see the gap in the logic proposed.
 
We were expecting 19th-century kids to raise 20th-century kids who will parent in the 21st century.
 
And we thought it was going to be kumbaya.
 
Most of our parents grew up as kids when the only source of information was from the neighborhood they grew up in. When the TV came up, all the news and influences were from their region.
 
By the time they started raising kids, the TV had gone national, bringing influences from all over the country. And let’s not forget the movies and TV shows from other parts of the world, bringing new influences- something completely foreign to them.
 
Schooling had expanded to bring in kids from other parts of the country into one melting pot. Kids in school were not just one culture, it was a party over there.
 
It’s a different world from where they came from.
 
But we say we are better than they were.
 
 

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Marriage Fight Club

Marriage Fight Club

I sent a message to my wife yesterday.

“Thank you for fighting for our marriage with me.”

Maybe it was the emotions I was going through.

Earlier in the week, I was on the phone with a friend whose marriage was fighting against the currents pushing it to the rocks.

He’s not the only one.

Over the past months, similar stories from friends, acquaintances, & fellow Christians.

Something was common.

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