THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST IN ME

THE MYSTERY OF ‘CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY.’
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the HOPE of glory. Col 1:27.
The mystery of ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’ has never been understood by many including me until this day that the Lord has opened my eyes as He did to Abraham to see the lamb. It’s a mystery that will change our lives forever if we will grasp and live with the ‘Christ in you’ conviction.

Before we get deep into this mystery let’s check hope and glory. Hope means we are always ready for new and great things even though we cannot fathom how. The answer is ‘Christ in you.’ Glory means to praise (speak in honour of), to honour (good name, self-respect, something increasing one’s good name or self-respect) and it also means fame (state of being known by all).

Christ means the anointed one, meaning Christ in you makes you anointed. This means that all He was, you are. To proof this, He (Jesus) said anyone who has faith in Him will do what He was doing. He will do even greater things than these, because He was going to the Father. John 14:12. This means that Jesus came to show us how ‘Christ in you’ works, all the miracles are in you, all the knowledge, wisdom, understand, power etc. are in you.

Why can’t we do it then? Answer; now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, ACCORDING to His power that is at WORK within us. Eph 3:20. Christ is in us in His fullness but not all Christ is at work within us, for He can only act according to His power that is at work within us. How much of Christ is at work in you? If His power at work in you is not up to that which was at work in Jesus, you won’t be able to do what He was doing and this is where most of us are operating, below average.

Christ in Jesus brought unto Him honour, praise, He was known by all, there was hope for Him even in the grave, not because of Him as Jesus, but because of the Christ in Jesus. Christ in you will bring you to a place of being praise, a place of being honoured, a place of being known by all and there is hope for you even in death. Stay tune for more in Jesus name.

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How to Prepare Fufu and Eru

If you ask me what soup is a must-eat among the vast variety of Cameroonian foods, I’ll have to say ‘Eru’ most definitely. Eru to me is the easiest and most delicious soup of all time. It’s that meal that I eat, and refuse to wash my fingers. Mum would tell my siblings and me to ‘just hang the plate around your neck’. This could preach ain’t it? Eru is a valentine’s day kind of soup. Cooked for those we love. I didn’t say you should use it to charm somebody’s husband ooo. Don’t quote me!

Eru is a native dish to Cameroonians, especially Southern Cameroonians. I hear it is also eaten in Nigeria. Don’t get confused! Eru is not afang soup. Though okazi leaves are used in both soups, the methods of preparation and the consistency are different.

Back to Eru guys. Eru is cooked with a combination of  Gnetum Africanum (the botanical name for Okazi leaves), waterleaf,  crayfish, assorted meat and lots of red palm fruit oil. Ingredients that give it that distinct flavor no other soup has.

I know right? Lol.  Listen, this is not one of those foods that you can simply swap this for that? No way! When I began considering how to make it healthier and thought of what to swap, it quickly dawned on me that it will have to be THE OIL. That’s the only ingredient that is overboard (in my humble opinion) in this recipe. I have actually seen Eru swimming in a sea of oil. Talk about an overflow! :). Sometimes it scares me.

Yet,

There is no Eru without (enough) palm oil. You can’t even call that eru now ah ah. Call it dry okazi soup if you will but definitely not Eru. That will be an insult to the people of the Southern parts of Cameroon whom the soup is native to. There is enough wahala the Southern regions of Cameroon are going through right now and I’m not going to add food wahala on it! M’ba oooo (not me)! My Southern Cameroon friends, I’m with you guys on this one. Together, we will overcome!

O.k. back to making Eru healthier. With the above said, creating a healthier version of this original, one-of-a-kind, finger-licking goodness, is almost (emphasis on ALMOST) impossible.

BUT!

There is good news. Most of the ingredients used in making this delicious soup are VERY healthy. Let’s take a closer look at the three main ingredients:

Eru/Okazi/fumbua/okok leaves – an excellent source dietary fiber, protein, vitamins and essential amino acids.

Waterleaf (Talinum triangulare) – also an excellent source of dietary fiber which provides bulk in meals, as a result, our need for starchy carbohydrate consumption is reduced. It is a rich source of vitamin C and E, Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, proteins and much more. This wonder veggie is strongly recommended for pregnant women as it helps boost blood levels and prevent anemia AND aids digestion. It’s high antioxidants and soluble fiber content makes this leaf to act as a mild laxative. Want to reduce and regulate blood sugar, this is one veggie that can do just that. Waterleaf has even been found to prevent the onset of growth of certain cancers and tumors due ti is high antioxidant content. Waterleaf is a SUPER ingredient.

Crayfish. First of all fish and shellfish is food for your brains. Crayfish have a super healthy amount of protein containing the amino acid tyrosine that literally energizes the brain, making you more attentive, motivated and mentally energetic. Could this be the reason why I feel pumped after a plate of this delicious dish? Hmmm, I am seriously wondering here. Guess I have to find out if there is any research to prove this.  In addition, Crayfish also contains high amounts of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, a healthy supply of vitamin A and D as well as calcium, potassium, copper and zinc.

Now let’s get right to it!

Ingredients:

  • Sliced Eru/Okazi vegetable (2500g)
  • Palm oil (1 Liter)
  • Waterleaf or spinach (2500g)
  • Ground Crayfish (100g) – optional
  • Smoked fish or stock fish (optional)
  • Pepper (ground or 3 hot peppers)
  • Magi, salt, pepper
  • Meat, cow skin (kpomo)
  • Cassava flour

Tips:
1) Eru leaves are very hard to cook, soak them water hours before cooking. It is also good to have enough spinach to take the eru, I usually cook a 1:1 ratio of spinach and eru
2) Save juice from the cooking of meat and stock fish to reuse later in place of water

Method:

  • Wash the eru, leave it in the water to soften
  • Cook the cow skin with a bit of salt, maggi and pepper
  • Cook the stockfish in a separate pot. When ready add it to the meat
  • In a separate pot, cook the spinach with little to no water
  • Place eru in a colander to drain the wash
  • When the spinach is ready, add eru, stir well
  • Add water (from meat), let cook
  • Make sure there is little to none water left when it’s fully cooked
  • Add the meat and stock fish, stir
  • Pour your palm oil, stir
  • Finally add the crayfish. In a few minutes your eru is ready

 

Fufu……………………………………………………………

  • Mix a portion of your cassava flour with cold/lukewarm water
  • Boil a small quantity of water, then add the mixture
  • Stir constantly
  • Add the remaining cassava flour little by little
  • Add water as needed
  • Keep pounding the fufu throughout the whole process while on the fire until it is ready

 

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ENJOY!

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ACHU PREPARATION

Recipe and procedure to prepare achu and yellow soup

Achu is a food that’s eaten mostly in the Western apart and of course north western part of Cameroon. It is usually eaten with different types of soups, for example yellow soup or green soup. It’s a staple food in the western part of Cameroon because the soil and the weather are favorable for growing cocoyam in this part of Cameroon. It can also be called “fufu” in some places or “taro” in the French speaking part of Cameroon. It’s a very traditional food in western Cameroon because of the method of preparation and of eating. In a typical traditional setting, the food is served on plantain leaves and eaten on the floor with the fingers. It’s mostly eaten on traditional occasions, festivals as well as birth and death celebrations. Because of the length of time it takes to prepare achu, it’s hard to find people eating it every day like in comparing to other foods. In the years back, it was common to find two or more people eating achu on the same leaf, symbolizing unity. With the coming of modernism, people no longer eat achu on leaves; neither do they eat in the same plate. However, to maintain the spirit of unity in a family or community, everybody sits at the table at meal time, when achu is the menu of the day. Even though modernism has taken the leaves away, there’s still one thing that modernism will never steal as far as achu is concerned, it’s the fact that it will always be eaten with the fingers and never with a spoon. Bon appétit!

THE RECIPE

• Ingredients
 5 big cocoyam
 4 green bananas
 Water to mix
• Procedure
1. Wash cocoyam well
2. Put in a pot, add water and stand over heat
3. Wash green bananas and add to cocoyam and banana and pound on at a time, using a wooden mortar and pistle
4. Repound while mixing little bit of water until mixture is smooth
5. Serve with green or yellow achu soup

How to prepare yellow achu soup
• Ingredients
 1 kg meat or dry fish
 1 cup palm oil
 1 liter of water
 A piece of lime stone
 Salt and pepper to taste
 Achu soup condiments (Can be found in African shops)

• Procedure
1. Wash meat or fish thoroughly, cut into required pieces, season with salt and boil until cooked.
2. Wash and grind separately, pepper, black pepper and other condiments
3. Heat red palm oil until very hot
4. Put limestone in hot red palm oil and stir
5. Pour meat stock into the hot red palm oil with lime stone and mix until soup is foamy
6. place prepared ball of achu in soup plate, make well in the middle and serve the soup in the achu well
7. With the right hand index finger scoop achu at a time from the outside, dip into the well of soup and eat

If well preserved, achu will keep for up to a week

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Enjoy your meal. The New General

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Democracy: 5 Ways You Can Make It More Meaningful

An equal chance. It was what Abraham Lincoln firmly believed about the Declaration of Independence. It “gave promise that in due time the weights should be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have an equal chance.” The Declaration of Independence delivered the purpose and, eventually, the constitution. Equal chance through democracy.

Within this simple concept comes great responsibility.

Democracy carries a personal responsibility. Just as quickly as the words are read, they evaporate. Fingers are pointed at others, and they speak loudly – “The responsibility lies over there, not with me.”

Even louder, we may hear the echo of Franklin D. Roosevelt:

“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.”

Equal chance carries equal responsibility.

If everyone is offered an equal chance, then there is a duty to embrace the actions of democracy, opening up equal opportunity for others as well as delivering the best government possible to preserve our right, our purpose.

Equal chance carries valuable meaning.

There are great principles in providing equal chance. Principles of freedom are at the core. In freedom, meaning grows. Freedom offers discovery, pursuit, betterment, and much more. In freedom, responsibility joins. Freedom requires attention. It needs care and feeding, and this responsibility belongs to us, the voters and citizens.

In democracy, it is our responsibility to make it meaningful.

Untouched democracy and freedom will fade in the sun of inactivity and inattention. There is great personal meaning in democracy, and it is under our care to advance it, protect it, and embrace it.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela

There are five ways to make democracy more meaningful.

At a minimum, there are five ways we need to pick up the flag of responsibility to make democracy meaningful now and keep it so in the future.

One – Contribute to make your community better.

At every level, there is community and some essence of organization. Neighborhoods coordinate gatherings. Cities facilitate logistics. States deliver services. Nations protect. There is much more than this, which is the point. There is much to do and it requires us to jump in, pitch in, and dig in. Citizen groups and boards are options as are participating in public forums.

To get the most out of our sense of community, we need to get involved.

Two – Consider our horizon.

We cannot be too selfish. We need to look to the future. What do we want our communities, our government, and our mission to look like 100 years from now? When people look back 100 years, what do we want to be remembered for? It is not just equal chance for today. It is about equal chance for the future.

To preserve, we need think ahead and work for future generations.

Three – Do the simple things.

Meaning can come in simple efforts. Let’s be honest. Voting doesn’t take much effort. Yet, in the last election, just slightly more than 57% of all eligible citizens voted in the United States. Other countries get it with over 80% and 90% voting in elections. If we do not vote, then we cannot complain. However, it’s worse. If we do not vote, then we are letting a small group dictate what is done for and to the larger group.

To participate, we need to simply vote. It is our role in democracy.

Four – Do the hard things.

No one said democracy is easy. It takes effort. From military to fire and police services to running for office, all take effort and risk. We need to understand the necessity of each along with the responsibility.

Standing up for others and our beliefs takes as much courage as being open to listening and understanding a new perspective. Compromise is difficult yet necessary at times to get unstuck.

Democracy takes all generations. For younger generations, history needs to be learned and understood in order to gain the context of why our participation is necessary. It can also include internships to gain a closer look and prepare ourselves to grab the baton forward. Youth isn’t an excuse to shed responsibility, just as seniority isn’t a reason to squander it.

Planning and managing in a fiscally responsible way is vital and challenging. Tough trade-offs require a steeliness of purpose. It requires a dutiful spirit of responsibility and hard choices and work.

To serve, we need to engage across generations for future generations.

Five – Exhibit gratitude and civility.

In all that we do, we need to show an attitude of kindness. For our military, civil servants, and political leaders, we need to show gratitude. In all our interactions, we need to embrace civility and empathy. Democracy is too important to waste away in petty arguments or gotcha statements.

To engage, we must connect, understand, and work in a spirit of thankfulness and respect.

Democracy is centered in meaning.

For us who are in a democracy, great meaning is possible. It is our responsibility. Theodore Roosevelt said it well:

“The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first and love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”

Replace the word “America” with “Democracy” and we have our warning and responsibility. We cannot be soft on living. Duty is a call for every citizen. After all, equal chance carries equal responsibility.

We must grasp our role to further the meaning of democracy. Equal chance. It is the purpose to convert our responsibilities into actions. It is what good citizens do. It is what good leaders do.

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BREAKING NEWS!!!

 

NEW SYSTEM OF ABDUCTION UNCOVERED.

A fellow comrade popularly known as “AMBAZONIA”(the only name l got at the time of this information) in BAFMENG, FUNGOM local government area of MENCHUM County was picked up early morning on saturday 5th august 2017.
HOW?
Two military vans are said to have arrived BAFMENG on saturday morning, drove straight to the Fon’s palace and after discussions with Fon ANENG of BAFMENG, the Fon sent a Nchinda (Fon’s guard) with a convocation, requesting the presence of comrade AMBAZONIA at the palace with much urgency. “AMBAZONIA” yielded to the Fon’s convocation without any waste of time. Little did he know that he had been sold to LRC by his own Fon. On arrival, he was bundled into the van and whisked to where only God knows.
QUESTION?

Why did the Fon not protect his subject by simply sending the Nchinda with the convocation, then a vocal message in the dialect, requesting Ambazonia to become invincible, so that the Nchindia could return alone and simply say he couldn’t find Ambazonia?

MY COMMENT.

This is what happens to traditional rulers when they have sold all their rights to Biya and French administration (assimilation) which disregards their authority over their subjects. Today, Fons and chiefs are dismissed at will by SDOs without any consequences.
Where ever “AMBAZONIA” must have been taken to, we have you at heart, pray for you and promise to push till the end.

GODBLESS STATE OF AMBAZONIA,
#strugglecontinues#

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To Southern Cameroonians. The Need for Freedom

Economic | Action | Informational | Ideological | Worth fighting for | So what?

Freedom is an ideal and a fundamental need. It is embodied in many statements of rights. It has, paradoxically, been worth dying for, and many have either been ‘freedom fighters’ or otherwise gone to war against oppressive regimes or enemies who would institute such a state.

Economic freedom
Economic freedom is the ability to earn what money you can, to spend it as you choose and to own what you buy. It allows you to earn more than the next person.

In the perfect capitalistic state, there is no taxation as everyone works hard and gets back what they deserve from their efforts.

In economic repression, the ideal of equality is used to prevent one person from owning anything, although true communism is very rare and those who make the rules tend to have more advantages than those who are equal to them in lesser ways.

Freedom to act
When people are free to act, they can do things that otherwise might be repressed, including speaking about their beliefs and even taking their own lives.

Action freedom also includes freedom to engage in whatever sexual activity you choose as well as performing religious rites and attempting to persuade others for whatever purpose.

Where there is freedom to act, there also needs to be constraints that give reasonable protection from those whose actions would harm others. The most difficult question here is what constitutes ‘reasonable’, and laws can range from lax to tight.

Informational freedom
Where there is informational freedom, people are allowed to know anything and everything they desire. All information is freely available, governments and companies are transparent and secrecy does not exist.

Information includes both the know-what of basic knowledge and the know-how of skills, and freedom of information includes freedom to learn.

When information is free, there are no barriers to communication between people and there is no penalty for sharing.

Information is power only when it is unequally held and although informational imbalance may still exist, it is only the desire of the individual that leads to this inequality.

Ideological freedom
In an environment of ideological freedom, individuals are allowed to believe whatever they wish. This includes adherence to political, religious and scientific beliefs.

Whilst the ideological context permits seeking after truth, it does not require it and people are free to believe things that others hold strongly as untrue or wrong.

Significant tolerance is needed to make ideological freedom work and a common (and hence non-free) belief must be that others have a right to believe things that you do not believe.

So what?
Know what freedoms you value and fight for them as needed. In persuading others, remind them of this need and threaten it as appropriate (though beware of stimulating an over-reaction).

It is a necessary duty of every one to fight for this Freedom.

A Gentle walk to Buea October 1st

The Overseer

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Three Effects of the Atonement

1. The atonement gives us redemption from past sin. ‘Add to your faith, virtue…knowledge…self-control…perseverance…to godliness brotherly kindness…and love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will neither be barren or unfruitful…[Do not forget that] he was purged from his old sins’ 2 Peter 1:5-9.

There is no need to feel condemned or guilty over past sins which you have repented of. ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness’ 1 John 1:9.

2. The atonement gives us the ability to live differently from the world. ‘Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in trouble and to keep oneself unspotted from the world’ James 1:27.

3. The atonement gives us a reason to live, other than for self. ‘And He [Jesus] died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again’ 2 Corinthians 5:15. ‘I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…’ Galatians 2:20.

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ADDRESSING THE MULTIPLICITY OF TITLES AND QUESTIONABLE PRACTICES IN THE BODY OF CHRIST

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