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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 4/12/14 at 10:31 PM | Olabode Ososami

Do you know Him?

How can we know someone as awesome, as mighty, as limitless, as infinite as God except that He reveals Himself to us. God is great. We are grass. How much of God will grass ever discover. Yet God reveals Himself to us by His creation, by His living word and by His innumerable hosts of messengers and ministering angels, watching over us. Indeed, much of our wanderings and problems arise from poor knowledge of God. The enemy of our soul, he himself having been one of his most trusted angels before, does know well that those that know their God will be undefeatable in their exploits.

The result of not knowing God is that we fret, we fear, we are too easily discouraged and place too much emphasis on our deeds - good or bad, as if they could do anything to God's infinite purposes. If we knew God, then we will know that God sees our thoughts clearly from afar - even before the thoughts came to us. God is so complex and so simple. He is so big and yet so small. He does not need a microscope to manage the unseen cells and organisms yet to be discovered. He does not need a telescope or a space ship to reach out to galaxies that fit into his hands. How could we describe Him. All our words are too limited, because we can only use our experience and created senses to observe that which created us and is well beyond our experience. All our words fail. FULL POST

Posted 3/31/14 at 8:14 AM | Olabode Ososami

Christian Film and the Cost of Correctness

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We seem to be in that season of new films coming out under different genres … with many offerings in an emerging category which could be termed “Christian Interest”. These are films that have some reference to the Bible in a primary form such as in title or in main characters and which hope to attract some fervent Christians and more especially the teeming curious segment barely familiar with scriptural truths.

Many argue that Hollywood and her cousins are less likely to be the media through which deep convicting thoughts will be seeded … claiming that the commercial objective of the average filmmaker will conflict with the potential offense likely to be associated with depth of Bible exposition and resolution of accuracy versus cultural correctness.

Indeed the early Christians were given that name in a derogatory scenario …they were poor people, who around the year 30 AD, formed communities which emerged to be contesters with the prevailing culture and often triggering violent persecution. Things have changed and today persecution is much more subtle. A good Christian film should accomplish all of three broad objectives – apart from being a good film in terms of technical and performance quality. FULL POST

Posted 3/23/14 at 7:23 AM | Olabode Ososami

Searching for the Missing Flight 370

The world continues to be transfixed at the realization being unveiled before us, in that hundreds have simply vanished and it is not as clear what exactly was their fate. The findings of scattered debris in different locations have yet to answer the question on what exactly happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Was there an explosion, suicide, accident, a hijack or even theft … and what went wrong and where? Latest satellite and modern technologies which have professed answers on the mystery of space, light years away, cannot now explain what happened a few miles above the earth.

1Sa 9:3  And the asses of Kish Saul's father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses.

There is a similar narration in the Bible of the story of the disappearance of Saul’s father’s asses. God uses this incident to cause a meeting with Samuel who finds the next King of Israel. Samuel is able to announce the discovery of the lost asses. It also becomes clear that God uses the disappearance to compel a greater event of the anointing of Saul. Saul is anointed by Samuel and is directed to where the asses will be found. In I Samuel 10:9, we read that Saul receives another heart from God and all happened exactly as Samuel said that very day.

1Sa 10:9 And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.

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Posted 3/7/14 at 12:04 PM | Olabode Ososami

Winning The Culture War

A lot has been written on what many call the emerging cultural captivity arising from battles which are still as spiritual as when Luther literally threw his ink bottle at the devil, but perhaps more subtle in the sense that new guises to defeat the cause of the Kingdom of Christ are being mustered. But in Christ we fight a sure battle in which the end is already known … "we win in Christ”. We cannot help observing the strategies of hell and understand well how to counter them only from consulting the pilgrim’s battle manual – the word of God.

I am drawn to the text of the woman caught in adultery … in which we can observe tactics of darkness and how light came. There are two (2) main onslaught platforms from which arrows of darkness have been well aimed. First, is the platform of the spirit of sexual perversion which has ravaged the culture and supervised the exchange of long-held divine truths on purity, faithfulness, marriage, gender identity and sexual proclivity for novel deceptions that suggest that everything goes as long as partners are consenting. The end is a trap in a wicked mire of oppression aimed at destroying its targets and society. In the text a woman is caught in adultery. Today, many will say what is wrong with adultery if the circumstance peculiarly drives such a scenario. We are in an era of prenuptial agreements and freedoms that argues that marriage is more like social experimentation … and media, news and Hollywood advertise alternatives and dreams that oppose the very existence of God talk less of His expectations and demands on His creation. The truth that mankind was wonderfully made for God’s own pleasure has been exchanged for the lie that humanity arose from an accidental spark and evolved from apes or fish etc. In the western, more developed and knowledge-rich economies, the propagation of these freedoms makes incidences of adultery and far more deviant sexual excesses increasingly the norm as God gives up societies to their evil devices. FULL POST

Posted 2/8/14 at 9:35 AM | Olabode Ososami

Is the Earth 6000 years old?

Listening to the Ham-Nye creation debate , I fear that there are some questions that are not as helpful in that they add little value to solving today’s challenges …instead, they often contribute to muddling the issues. The Bible is a book inspired by the Holy Spirit and there is a large extent to which it cannot be fully unlocked except by that same Spirit. It is not clear if being the salt and light is achieved by winning arguments, nor are we told logical persuasion is God’s way of salvation. The Apostle Paul actual boosts of not gaining converts by clever arguments and disputing although he was well educated.

Both science and interpretations of scripture in the past have been proven to be erroneous …but this does not prove we should discard either. There is an important difference - in that scripture claims an unchangeable God to be its author while science searches for other means to validate its shifting claims. When the Bible says we know in part, it must mean that there are things for which we must still wait for revelation and others that we will never know until God chooses to reveal them. But this also applies to science albeit in a different way. Faith is therefore required for both science and spiritual matters and higher laws when discovered will claim to debunk lower ones … but no one can claim to have established the exact complete reality of matters – except by faith. FULL POST

Posted 2/4/14 at 9:21 AM | Olabode Ososami

Divine Health and Cancer

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently warned about a coming tidal wave of cancer. The institution perceives a strange increasing trend for which causes are not fully known and solutions elusive.

Pro 1:22  How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? 23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. 24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: FULL POST

Posted 1/20/14 at 9:03 AM | Olabode Ososami

The State of the Global Church

If Jesus Christ had to give an address on the state of what we know as Church, I wonder what He will say in 2014. I begin by admitting that this article is neither prophetic nor as revelatory as it should … rather, I have penned very plain observations that could easily be challenged by a different lens or any searching with deeper discernment. Still, as the Apostle John who gave us the Revelation of Christ – the last book in which he wrote of divine letters to the Churches, I can depict five principal types of the assembly in the present times… each one robust and well upheld to thrive and be sustained in its own unique pattern. None of these classifications are meant to identify any existing denominations or religious institutions - but are more like spiritual entities (for want of better expression) bound and upheld by commonalities evident in practically every Church gathering of mortals. The five depictions are as follows.

  1. The Persecuted Church
  2. The Church Sorely Distressed
  3. The Powerless Church
  4. The New Generation Church
  5. The Church of the People

The Persecuted Church refers to assemblies seen more often in scattered pockets and sometimes but more rarely in much larger numbers also more often in less affluent cultures. The Church mostly isolated and compelled to thrive only under extremely hostile social and political factors. This Church has had no alternative but to rely on God and be led by His Spirit. It has no other supports and nothing else explains its continued relevance and existence where she will be found. Needless to say, the saints are too buffeted and exhausted to discover and refine creeds or theology and for which the simple truths given to the disciples must still suffice. The Persecuted Church has not the luxury of sophistication – but is meek and simple, united in a quiet anguish, forced to be unstructured and fluid because this is the only form the Holy Spirit will permit its survival. Yet I sense this is the triumphant Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. The unadorned Church that has overcome overwhelming odds, survived major assaults and onslaughts … this is the mocked Church that has fought for and kept the faith - awaiting the return of her first husband, Christ. One will recognize her by the evident outpouring and overflowing love of Christ and a divine oneness. The Persecuted Church is also the most elaborately faked of churches as she is the most precious, like a priceless diamond. FULL POST

Posted 1/3/14 at 6:26 AM | Olabode Ososami

Do I need a New Year Resolution?

It is common at this time to resolve to do new things and revisit situations and some will document goals and objectives based on a vision for the year. How biblical are these practices?

The Bible encourages us to have a vision for our lives within the context of keeping His laws. Seeking things that are not biblically right for us is courting sorrow from the very start. Writing the vision helps us to focus and encourages action in realizing what God has ordained.

Pro_29:18  Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Hab_2:2  And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

Still, there are some points worth noting on this subject of moving forward with your New Year resolution. Also remember that God's priorities tend to focus on us growing in humility and most importantly the eternal destiny of souls.

  1. The most important thing that needs to change is how we think if we expect to see changes in our lives. It is the renewal of our minds and not our deeds that drives the revolution of outcomes.
  2. Repentance must often precede redirection. An unpleasant harvest in a previous year is typically the result of a wrong seed sown. Repentance acknowledges the wrongs we have done and is the basis for turning in a different direction. Our resolution should often include making amends when there is need to do so … saying we are sorry and admitting the errors we do not want to make again can be more impactful than resolutions to go to the moon.
  3. We do not need the occasion of a New Year to seek redirection of our lives. In similar vein, we can start afresh even if we break our resolution before the end of the first week in January. If January 1 proves a false start … still start again. The calendar we use is of pagan origin … do not be obsessed with it.
  4. Diligence to work our plans and follow through in spite of initial resistance is often required. Even when God has given us a vision - hindrances and resistance can be expected … Christ set Himself to achieve what had been ordained for Him. This means a diligent focus that disregards sometimes unhelpful flattery as well as the most discouraging circumstances.
  5. We have a personal responsibility to react appropriately at various milestones and this begins often with retaining the right mental mindset always. We need to choose our responses well …knowing what to disregard and what to feed with attention. Let me leave you with an important suggestion for the year. Learn not to take all your observations seriously … there are many things we should act as though we did not hear or see. What the enemy attacks first are our thoughts …we must guard them from many thought-arrows aimed at polluting our vision. Have a wonderful year.

Ecc_7:21 also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee:

Posted 12/21/13 at 8:10 AM | Olabode Ososami

A Christmas Carol - Will you let Jesus Go?

A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens about miserly, cold, unfeeling, old and curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge and his holiday conversion and redemption after being visited by four ghosts on Christmas Eve. The book was first published on 19 December 1843 and quickly met with commercial success and critical acclaim. The tale is viewed as an indictment of 19th century industrial capitalism and has been credited with returning the holiday to one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of Puritan sobriety and sombreness. Till today it remains perhaps one of the most popular themes for family entertainment in the season and is noted for having secularized the season - making it a holiday that all may enjoy. The best thing about this classic is its significant role in reinventing Christmas with an emphasis on family, goodwill, and compassion.

In this clip, see below, a young Scrooge chooses his love of money over love for his fiancée. FULL POST

Posted 12/16/13 at 8:13 AM | Olabode Ososami

Overflowing Joy

Shepherds were in the field keeping watch over their flock by night when the angel brought the news of great joy. The joy that is Christ is described as great and far reaching to all people all over the world. It will not be contained but it will spread till all hear the good news and are enveloped with the joy. The angel adds that there is no reason to fear.

Luk 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

The season is a good time to partner with God in the ministry of driving away fears … the fear of the unknown for God is omniscient – all knowing, the fear of failing because God declares we are more than conquerors, the fear of death … for He has come that we might have abundant life. Fear holds us back from moving forward when we should. Fear shrouds our dreams in doubts, suffocating initiative… but there is the joy that flows from our quickened spirit causing our soul to magnify God and sing new hymns of adoration. FULL POST

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