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Posted 12/6/13 at 3:28 AM | Olabode Ososami
He would always admit that he was not a saint …but perhaps only a sinner trying to get it right. Mandela realized in the course of his struggles that non-violent resistance was not going to be enough to realize his destiny, eventually received a life sentence on Robben island and became a symbol of the movement to end Apartheid.
Imprisonment for 27 years did not stop him - refusing release on odious terms, rejecting compromising offers … nor did a myriad of various personal, political and other challenges deter him. In the end he became the unwavering representation of nonviolent civil disobedience and peaceful transition, equality and a new South Africa …and was awarded the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. We observe one man with a rare humility – completely disinterested in enriching himself and who combined a deep historical tribal affiliation and dedication with a contemporary legal language as he leveraged his pioneer low-priced law firm defiantly to serve oppressed black people - thus making a historical difference that eventually ended an epoch of wickedness. It was not easy but Nelson was prepared to wait, embracing change in strategy and always having a hope that defies the harsh immediacy … many, even his dear spouse may have deserted or disappointed him but his only friend “Time” remained faithful. FULL POST
Posted 11/28/13 at 9:55 PM | Olabode Ososami
The concept of harvest in the Kingdom refers to salvation of souls but there is an underlying principle. God demands that labour and industry be exerted to precede increase … even though another principle establishes that it is God who gives the increase and increase may not necessarily be a derivative of labour. Still the ethic of work and diligent effort is always exalted in Christian traditions …John Wesley called it a toiling, a hard peculiar work (planting and watering) not always pleasing to the flesh.
Mat 9: 37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
In the parable of the talents, Christ further helps us understand who will receive His well done…. Mat 25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Here we see the diligent is given more – enriched with more talent and wealth even as the idle is disgraced. Diligent industry seems to be the hallmark of the one God sends to the field … FULL POST
Posted 11/22/13 at 3:41 AM | Olabode Ososami
I am of a generation constrained to remember John F. Kennedy as a golden charismatic personality, larger than life …a kind of perfect messiah of the American Civil Rights struggle and model of leadership to embrace … until I studied and saw some of the biographies and documentaries. I have always thought biographies are a bad idea - if they are to be truthful - as they will only depict the best of most but the rarest of men, as mere clay … weak and always more brittle than they would have wanted to be remembered. JFK was luckier than most to be always pictured as a youthful smiling ageless tower brought down before any serious cracks were permitted to show. Like Christ, perhaps it is better for life to be shorter and impactful …but we are never certain which will be our best years …for some like Winston Churchill, the peak moments came in their sixties. Samson also did not live for long.
Unravelling Presidential assassinations tend to be like driving in a thick fog … the inability to try murdered suspects only further thickens imagined plots as to what happened. Leadership models have no ready casts for JFK, the “playboy” President who openly paraded his dalliances while the elegant Jacqueline hugged her horses and lavish evening gowns wondering if God would answer again her prayers … even as Marilyn Monroe is reported to have overdosed with pills. Samson’s Delilah lived longer. FULL POST
Posted 11/18/13 at 1:04 PM | Olabode Ososami
The challenge in Christian living is often that of first realigning our goals. The ultimate goal of the Christian life is not to do or accomplish, the ultimate goal of the Christian life is to be … to become like Christ. In the book of Romans we see two types of Christian lives – one weak and struggling (Romans 7:18-25), the other reigning and overcoming (Romans 5:1-11):. The difference between these two is mainly in strength and spiritual energy. How do we gain or develop the spiritual strength we need to live victorious Christian lives?
Isa 40:27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God? 28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. FULL POST
Posted 11/16/13 at 11:25 AM | Olabode Ososami
In Daniel 3, there is a compelling picture of the image of 60 cubits tall and 6 cubits breadth ushered and led by 6 (six) repeatedly identified instruments of music ... We do not need to be reminded of the significance of the 666 tagging, the number we are told in the word of God identifies the ministry of the antichrist. Over the ages, music is being prepared for its final role in the global worship of the antichrist on the platform of a universal false religion.
Daniel 3:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. …  Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,  That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:  And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.  Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of music, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.  Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.  They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever.  Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the golden image:  And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.  There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.  Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king.  Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?  Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well : but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? FULL POST
Posted 11/6/13 at 6:03 AM | Olabode Ososami
In Genesis 6, Noah was told to warn the people of judgment, preaching this message for 120 years as he built the ark (as instructed) the saved were to come into. The ark symbolizes Christ our Salvation. Only his children/family believed him. If he had a church … he had no converts on the message of judgment … but his family for 120 years. He preached judgment and righteousness and not breakthrough (2Peter 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;) … but no one listened.
Luk 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
The end-times is a time when the message of salvation that speaks of coming judgment will be scorned. It was a time of great exploits of men, the age of pleasure, arguments and silly, vain prideful disputations, essentially doing as we wished … a time of men of worldly renown but of great continual wickedness in thought and deed … like today.
Mat 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Christ explained that that the generation of people that will be alive on the earth in the End-times will witness an important event called the "fig tree" blooming, and putting forth its leaves. So what or who is the "fig tree"? Throughout history, nations have been typified by "types and figures" to describe them. Russia is the "bear", America is the "eagle", England the "lion", and Israel is the "fig tree". So Jesus was saying that when you see ISRAEL re-blooming; whenever that would take place, then that generation would be the one that would be on the earth and living when the end occurs. Israel was destroyed in 70 AD, and did not "bloom" again until May 14, 1948 when Israel became a nation. The generation that witnessed that event will be alive on the earth in the days of the Son of man. Note this happened 65 years ago … if we consider that today’s average global life expectancy (according to Wikipedia) is 65.7 for male and 70.1 for female then it means we are surely closely approaching the end. FULL POST
Posted 11/5/13 at 11:04 AM | Olabode Ososami
The Bible is rich in promises of help and encouragement to help the saints in holding on even through the worst of trials. These can be sent to encourage someone or be used as a focus verse for prayer for someone hurting. If there ever were an award ceremony for encouragement quotes , nominations will be as follows … As you read, I urge you to add your favorite “help” scripture as a comment … perhaps someone will be blessed and helped by the same verses that encouraged you.
Romans 8 : 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 Nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord
Top 12 Encouragement and Help Quotes
12. Psalm 85 : 12 Yes, the Lord will give what is good; And our land will yield its increase FULL POST
Posted 10/29/13 at 11:51 AM | Olabode Ososami
At a time when religion and Christianity globally is either being balkanized by infighting, threatened by persecutions or being civilized to a new humanism, Nigeria surprised many when the President officially honors the Holy Land with a state visit and pilgrimage.
“Israel and Nigeria share the belief that the progress we make in our own countries and societies can benefit our neighbors and regions at large. I know that one of highlights of your trip was the signing of the Bilateral Air Services Agreement between Israel and Nigeria. You are a leader who opens the skies for the horizons of tomorrow. Hand in hand, let us soar along the runway of progress and freedom towards a brighter future," President Peres told President Jonathan.
Meanwhile, Jonathan, who met earlier in the day with the Minister of Defence, Mr. Moshe Ya’alon, must be concerned about security concerns and needs to urgently learn how Israel turned a serious security threat in an open desert to what is globally acknowledged as a competitive advantage in Military Intelligence. FULL POST
Posted 10/24/13 at 8:27 PM | Olabode Ososami
There are times when one feels under the cruel onslaught of criticism - the scourge that only few can bear without falling into a melancholy despair. Job would know about this as he declared Job 5:21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh. Indeed only the most mature can absorb the scathing arrows of many a critic and still be undisturbed. The adversary and friendly critic have both found your Achilles heel and aimed arrows well. They leverage real evidence to show that you have botched an assignment and their flaming arrows burn with fire that claims to be truth. We can learn and adjust …humbly taking correction, but also fend off the worst ambush on our faith when grace exists to choose more enlightened responses.
The pained Job was indeed already beleaguered in heavy distresses when Eliphaz the Tamanite chimed in thinly veiled mockery. Job 4:7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off? 8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. FULL POST
Posted 10/22/13 at 10:43 AM | Olabode Ososami
It is interesting to see that when God decided to write Scripture, the very first book He wrote was about a godly man. That shows us what God is always looking for. He looked for a godly man in the time of Enoch, in the time of Noah and in the time of Job. God planned from the beginning to give us 66 books of Scripture. And in the very first of those books, He wrote about what was uppermost in His heart – a godly human being.
Now notice the first sentence in the first inspired book of Scripture: “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job, and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil” (Job 1:1). Can you see the heart of God in the first sentence of Scripture? It was about one man - a man identified by his name – Job - and by the place he lived in– Uz (so that he is not confused with some other Job living somewhere else). And God gives His testimony of that man – not about his cleverness, or his wealth, or his reputation with other men, but only about his character. There we see what God truly values – uprightness, fear of God and turning away from all evil. FULL POST