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Olabode Ososami

Bode pastors at The Redeemed Christian Church of God - Nigeria & has published 5 books. "Songs of Joseph" - is his latest work ... a devotional.

Posted 5/8/15 at 5:49 PM | Olabode Ososami

Lessons from 70th Anniversary of End of World War II

In the UK, there will be celebrations this weekend including a special service at Westminster Abbey to mark 70 years of Victory in Europe (VE) day, the end - on May 8, 1945 - of a threat of looming darkness that gripped the world. Hitler did not seize power but was voted into the highest office leveraging a time of intense dissatisfaction to convince Germans that between imminent economic devastation which could not be arrested, threat of communism and Nazi troopers … it was obviously far safer to lean to the “only strangely overzealous” Nazis. Hitler's Nazi Party became the largest elected party in the German Reichstag, leading to his appointment as chancellor in 1933. No one could foretell the pogrom that was ahead at the time Hitler was cheered as chancellor and as the nightmare unfolded, the entire world only gaped in shock that it was possible for just one man’s rabid vision to go so far. Hitler’s War became the deadliest military conflict in recorded history in absolute terms of total dead, with over 60 million people killed. FULL POST

Posted 2/23/15 at 2:23 PM | Olabode Ososami

The Magic of Oscar Vanity

Another year has passed and once again screen deities have convened for their annual honors gala. A celebration indeed of the best of glamour, art and talent converging in magical screen offerings that have captivated billions of viewers. I am not a fan of movies and I probably watch much less than the average, the only awardee movie (best actor) I had seen, of the many honoured, was "The Theory of Everything" which for me was a disappointingly distorted but sympathetic portrayal of the life of the celebrated atheist - Stephen Hawking, given that I had taken the trouble to research the subject before going to the cinema.

The “Theory of Everything” did portray the local church as the ideal spot to hunt for an adulterous affair … and also another award winning performance of “Glory” from “Selma” was heralded and applauded tearfully - without any consideration for whom the glory was intended for – the Almighty God. FULL POST

Posted 10/26/14 at 4:20 AM | Olabode Ososami

Is Ebola a Demon or a Disease?

Demonic activity will often manifest in some form of oppression or disability, even disease. But the question remains relevant as the virus travels across the oceans to Manhattan. Drug companies give some assurance that a vaccine would soon be ready and cure serums soon on the shelves.

Demonic activities tends to be more resilient. They thrive on godlessness and lifestyles that the Creator describes in His word – as sinful. We are in times, when we assume sin is limited to what we disapprove or can dislike – but we would be God if that were the case. Only a prayerful study of the word of God reveals to the broken heart what is or not sin.

Exo 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. FULL POST

Posted 9/14/14 at 1:23 PM | Olabode Ososami

Global Call for Prayers to Halt Ebola

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God answers prayers especially when we all unite to pray. The virus may have been contained in Nigeria as reports suggest that there are no more confirmed cases after eight died out of 21 patients were reported to have contacted the virus. We give glory to God. In other parts of West Africa the situation seems to be getting out of hand. The outbreak, which has killed nearly 2,300 people, is devouring three neighbouring countries, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and the Liberian president has just called for urgent help in view of the completely overwhelming situation.

Doctors are now afraid to come to the aid of patients, as another health worker Dr Oliver Buck died yesterday as the World Health Organisation (WHO) claimed that they could not meet the request to fund her evacuation costs to Germany. West Africa needs continued prayer of the saints all over the world that “this disease will stop spreading, that the diseased will be healed and restored to health and that peace will return to the countries battling the crisis.” FULL POST

Posted 8/25/14 at 1:33 AM | Olabode Ososami

No sequel for Mrs Doubtfire

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Robin Williams was everyone's favourite nanny and we gather that Fox 2000 was planning a sequel. In the original film, the comedian played a recently divorced actor who used his talents to transform himself into a Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire so that he could see more of his three young children.

Just one day after his shocking suicide, beloved comic Robin Williams, 63, was secretly cremated and laid to rest off the coast of California's Marin County. His ashes were said to be scattered in the San Francisco Bay near his famed Mrs Doubtfire house. His widow, Susan Schneider, has confirmed that Williams was privately facing the early stages of Parkinson's disease, along with battles with depression and anxiety, prior to his death.

I have never seen a Robin Williams movie that was not brilliant and enjoyable … and Mrs Doubtfire seemed so wholesome to watch with many lessons . Still … It is now almost laughable to suggest as in Deuteronomy 22:5 which deals with the issue of men dressing in women’s clothing and vice versa that we all were amused at what God hates. In this passage in Deuteronomy, God commands that a woman is not to wear that which pertains to a man and a man is not to wear that which pertains to a woman, for all that do so are an “abomination.” Modern day fashion have made this admonition almost ludicrous, but it still remains in the Bible and His word never returns void. FULL POST

Posted 8/8/14 at 10:59 AM | Olabode Ososami

You are Loved

The Holy Spirit descended upon Christ and His first message was an assurance of love …not instructions, not power, not a demonstration of miracles … not great and hidden wisdom …but the love of God. Jesus hears God confirm that He is the beloved of God

Mat 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: :17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

“The Holy Spirit as a Divine Helper rekindles hope (Romans 15:13). It is therefore, time for the hopeless to abound again in hope. Because hope makes not ashamed (Romans 5:5), we are trusting God that through this convention, shame will be terminated where found in our lives. The barren shall shall be helped and they shall become fruitful, the sick and the afflicted shall obtain help and shall be healed, help will flow in the direction of the bound and they shall be set free, the forgotten shall be remembered at last, every good thing that might have died in our lives shall come alive again, there shall be uncommon signs and wonders. They shall all be divinely helped.” says Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God.

I was pondering over the lyrics of Josh Groban’s song “ You are loved … which so inspiringly declares ...

Everybody wants to be understood ...Well I can hear you
Everybody wants to be loved ...Don't give up
Because you are loved.

As the ministry of Christ began, He will begin to teach many things that even today thousands of years later, many still do not understand. He would be despised by men, rejected of men …only to be spat upon and crucified. But He will always remember these important words of the Spirit of God …”This is my Beloved Son…” and these words will burn in His soul as He stood before Pilate, as Judas betrayed Him, as Peter denied Him … as the mob rushed to attack Him. He will remember that God hears all His prayers and loves Him. How I pray someone will be blessed and encouraged by the Holy Spirit not to give up on God. You are loved in spite of all you may see or think. Do not fear Ebola ... you are sheltered and loved. FULL POST

Posted 7/18/14 at 1:21 PM | Olabode Ososami

World Cup and the Tears of Brazil

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It was quite moving to watch the Brazilians weep at the loss to Germany in the final rounds of the World Cup competition. The tears and great grief were not faked …rather the flow demonstrated the love they had for their own and the biting pain of watching the Germans score goal after goal. One learns so much from the truth that it is natural to support only one team and the joy of one is often the pain of another.

This can be related to John’s Epistle when he warns that we cannot be happy when the world scores nor can the world be happy when Christ scores. Christians will often ask “ how can we be sure we are children of God ? …” but the answer is simple … “ are you on the Lord's side? …who are you supporting? …the world or Christ?” Every time a soul returns home and the kingdom of God is extended you are rejoicing as a goal is scored again for Christ …and when the world opposes the will of God and nations are bewitched by idolatry, Christians are burdened with a sorrow. FULL POST

Posted 6/9/14 at 8:30 AM | Olabode Ososami

Peace when there is no Peace

The pursuit of peace is laudable but cannot be at the expense of conviction. The narrowness of the path defined for Christianity as revealed in the NewTestament means to live under the constraint of the word of God … accepting its dictates and recognizing the rapids we are warned to avoid. Morality today, on the other hand, in society is defined by changing accepted norms and strange reversals lead us to conclude that at its best can only be likened to shifting sands. We cannot therefore be certain of the boundaries which will define the morality of tomorrow. On the contrary the Bible insists, to the chagrin of many – even saints, on an absolute standard that is eternally settled.

The rise of Hitler came on the peak of a social and political naivete that humanity are a naturally decent race which led to many peace loving moralists to trust that people are essentially good and have decent motivations. John Calvin in the 16th century studied the Bible on the other hand and warned of an intrinsic depravity of which none is immune and unseen wickedness ruling even in the religious, political and academic corridors … admonishing that while we can and should strive to be trustworthy, flesh and blood are never to be ultimately trusted. FULL POST

Posted 5/29/14 at 8:52 AM | Olabode Ososami

Perspective on Chibok Kidnappings and Terrorist Insurgency in Nigeria

A lot has already been reported on the kidnappings, bombings and escalating insurgency in the Middle and Northern Nigeria with sundry offers for assistance in combating the malaise. The middle belt also represents the boundary or buffer zone between forces of evangelical Christianity and Islam … both perhaps concerned about spiritual incursions especially in the context of a Christian President and gains in the popularity and influence of Christianity even in the North.

The greatest battles will always involve the war for the souls of men. Western media have not reported the fast rising influence of evangelical Christianity in Nigeria burning through in a revival fire that must be threatening dark corridors … first spiritually and ultimately physically and politically. Conflict is inevitable … there is a raging of the heathen that cannot stop the Church. We already know that most of the kidnapped girls were Christians … and the implied complicity to stall the spread of Christianity has not received much media attention. The largest and fastest growing evangelical Church in the world today is in Nigeria and the most brazen missionary groups have rekindled their efforts in sacrificial obedience to see the great commission fulfilled especially in the North of Nigeria and beyond … accepting that today’s saints are indeed an end-times army. But then we ask as did the Psalmist? FULL POST

Posted 5/4/14 at 8:35 PM | Olabode Ososami

Job, Christ and Robert Redford

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Robert Redford, aged 77, has been recently named amongst Time Magazine’s 2014 most Influential People in the World. He will perhaps be best remembered for his latest performance in “All is lost”, a truly inspiring movie. After surviving the confusion in ”Noah”, many may have pretty much decided to steer clear of Hollywood’s Christian genre and go to the Bible for their inspiration. “All is lost” does not pretend to be a Christian movie but it closely, in many ways, mirrors the battle of faith.

The plot begins with an unexpected boating mishap which causes the unnamed skilled mariner to eventually come to the conclusion, after eight days, in his final note "I'm sorry. I know that means little at this point, but I am. I tried. I think you would all agree that I tried. To be true, to be strong, to be kind, to love, to be right, but I wasn't." He declares, "All is lost."… a final admission of failure, guilt and futility of all self-help methods. After a brilliant and skilled survival effort, he is defeated and alone … hopeless. The movie has only a sole actor who says absolutely nothing but "help" throughout the film …if only our words were fewer. FULL POST

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