Gospel means the proclamation of the redemption accomplished by Jesus Christ through His death and resurrection, which is the central content of Christian faith. It is good news. Nevertheless, people hate death, and to talk about it is fearful to them just as it is to me; but any good news which fails to warn about the consequence of eternal separation from God is not a complete gospel.
The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:2 that there is “a time to be born and time to die”; and Hebrew 9:27 affirms that “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this, the judgment”. Let me explain this statement for easy understanding; God has already judged Jesus Christ on the cross in your place. He so loved the world and loved you personally enough to make this switch.Jesus died on the cross and descended into hell.
He is the only one with the capacity to go into hell on your behalf and to come out of it. He decided to suffer the penalty of your sins by dying on the cross. And the Word of God declares that “there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” [Rom 8:1]. In other words, you need not go to hell if you believe in your heart that Jesus died for your sins.
There is hell and there is heaven; therefore, we must die shortly-after in order to begin eternity in heaven or hell. Which is your eternity? If you are not sure it is heaven, sin is responsible. The Bible declares that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God [Rom 3:23]; and that the wages of sin is death [Rom 6:23]. No one can deny that temporal satisfaction is derived from the passing pleasures of fraudulent wealth, fornication, adultery, drunkenness, drug abuse and corruption. But the consequences are agonizing too. Can't you see how the Devil is gradually taking over the lives of our youth and adult in a furious rage of evil?
Hell means eternal separation from God. If you die a sinner, you will be eternally disconnected from God even if you do not want to. But God desires to unite you with Himself in heaven. He is so determined to save you that He sacrificed His Son on the cross; therefore, eternal life through Christ has become a free gift to all who believe.
You dislike death just as I do; but I also hate sin that is responsible. Understandably, I am not a fine example of a Christian leader because of the enormity of sins I committed in the past; but I am a good example of a repentant heart; and I obtained mercy as the grace of the Lord Jesus upon my life was exceedingly abundant. God desires that all should come to repentance and be saved; but you have to do something while you are alive. You must make a valid decision now to accept Christ into your heart and go to heaven.
Repentance is a decision; decision is a resolve to do what you want to do. We make numerous decisions every day; but the life-changing decision you must make today is to confess your sins before God and be remorseful about them. You must also forsake these sins and, by faith, accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour; because He is “the way, the truth, and the life” [John 14:6], no one comes to God except through Jesus.
I watched in dismay, a true movie about an armed robber who forcefully entered the house of a Christian couple while running away from the Police. Despite the trespass, the couple responded by showing hospitality. After sharing with the robber their faith in Christ, they invited him to repent. But he decided that it was too late, so he thought. He became desperate and confronted the armed Police with the gun in his hand. He was shot and killed instantly.
What a contrast! In the story of the criminal who was nailed alongside with Jesus Christ on the cross, when he saw a window of opportunity to be saved, he seized it by remorsefully repenting and asking Jesus to remember him when He comes into His Kingdom [Luke 23: 39-43]. His request was granted.
We live in a guilty world that has relegated God and embraced sex perversion, homosexuality, drug addiction, drunkenness, stealing, falsehood, extortion and corruption; a dangerous world of kidnapping, killing, rape, abortion, suicide bombing, assassination and terrorism. God is willing to forgive these sins; but are you prepared to come to Him in repentance? Remember that your decision to repent ought to be now, because you cannot be sure of a longer time before you begin your finalappointment with death.
To begin a relationship with Jesus, please say this prayer: Lord Jesus, the Word of God touched my heart today. I have realized that I am a sinner and horrified about the consequences of sin. I therefore repent and forsake my iniquities. Have mercy on my soul and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I invite you into my heart to help me live a godly life henceforth. Amen.
Prior to the commencement of the operations of the CDM Academy International, I held the final meeting with my teachers during which I unveiled the school's disciplinary procedures which excluded flogging of children. I explained to them that flogging, to some extent, is child abuse and will not be tolerated. My strong view against this seemingly routine disciplinary culture in almost all Benue State secondary schools was challenged by both teachers and some parents; but I stood my ground. Today, the culture of flogging in other schools is completely absent from CDM Academy.
Similarly, the colonial behaviour of junior students revering the senior ones with titles like 'SENIOR' was prohibited alongside with bullying. Bullying is a very serious offence in CDM Academy. Its consequences can lead to suspension or outright expulsion from school, depending on the gravity of the offence. In 2014, we suspended a student for bullying; in 2015, we expelled an SS3 student for violently attacking another student. These isolated cases are promptly dealt with when reported. Parents should therefore take note of these developments and restrain their wards who intimidate other students.
It is however embarrassing to learn that a student who claimed to be bullied continuously decided not to report, but rather painted a gruesome picture to his parents of what he termed “general bullying” in the school by senior students. According to him, the situation is so horrifying that to report might result in further reprisal from these students. The complainant himself is a senior student. When serious allegations of this nature are made by students, parents are advised to immediately draw the attention of the management for further determination of the cases so that they may not be seen as responding to mere students' gossip.
In 1976, I had the opportunity to travel to the United Kingdom for further studies. Conditions were not favourable. Life and the general aspirations of people that time were remote as basic commercial activities within my community were mostly conducted at subsistence level. It was not easy to comprehend the idea of schooling abroad; and much more difficult to sell such an idea to a parent who was not competent to cope with its financial considerations. Against all odds, my father approved and authorized this adventure.
Where there is 'will', the means to sustain a drive comes by faith. How was my father able to source and pay for my school fees and living expenses abroad? I had no idea; but his determination paid off. Today, it is seen how diligently I am interpreting the experiences and the exposure gained as the result of my studies abroad. My community is being developed; children who register with the CDM Academy International – a direct product of an individual effort initiated by my father – are being transformed.
In this century, the world-view and perception of individuals have dramatically changed. It is no more a fashion, but rather, there is a justified and compelling need to educate children abroad also. No parent wishing to train his child in a competitive environment of internet revolution can anymore afford to ignore the demands that go with these aspirations. You may not have the determination to support your child's further studies abroad as my father did, but you can surely expose him to overseas education environment which helps him to become more articulate with foreign colleagues. This can be done through education excursions.
CDM Academy is unique in Benue State because of its ability to organize international excursions. We are confident that we are in the fore-front of providing this service in the State; CDM Academy is also one of the few schools nationwide which provide this service. Our students have already travelled to the Republic of South Africa and the United Kingdom. Plans for education excursion to France are ongoing but have considerably advanced to implementation stage. Parents have been contacted and some have already made part payment of total funds required for the proposed excursion.
Our ability to sustain this noble task may be challenged if parents decline further support for this project. We acknowledge the ability and concern of many parents who inject good life into their children by taking them abroad every year on holidays; if however efforts are made to trust the school with that responsibility this year, it shall be collectively more useful to these children. We wish to reiterate our determination to run an international school which undertakes international education tours. We therefore appeal to parents to support us continually by keeping the light burning.
60 parents had earlier indicated interest to support this project. Although the response so far is encouraging, we request that parents who have not yet made any financial commitment should do so to enable us proceed. 50% of the agreed fee is needed now to book for air tickets in order to avoid high costs during summer. We may further need to source for foreign exchange now as there seem to be no platforms created for travel allowances from banks. We have also planned to proceed with visa and accommodation booking arrangements before the summer rush when cost of these may become excessive.
Periodic excursion visits abroad are designed to expose our students to available opportunities of learning and exchange of ideas with their foreign colleagues. The acquired experience broadens a child's mind and enhances his ability to achieve greater skills of learning in his academic endeavours. We believe that each student should be given the opportunity to travel abroad once during the six years of course duration. However, international excursions are not compulsory but are planned for students whose parents are willing and can afford them.
To understand and appreciate our motive for initiating international trips abroad, Parents are hereby encouraged to visit our Galleryfor more information regarding our international excursion activities.