Bode pastors at The Redeemed Christian Church of God - Nigeria & has published 5 books. "Songs of Joseph" - is his latest work ... a devotional.
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
Posted 10/17/13 at 4:07 AM | Olabode Ososami
Dear Friend, I received your letter only yesterday and thank you for your kind words concerning the devotional “Songs of Joseph” … we have never met, but you will know this reply is written especially for you when you read the words which I pray will encourage and richly bless you.
Most people, like the women caught in adultery, actually did what they were accused of … but Jesus Christ who foreknew the very worst in all of us, did not utter a word of rebuke … but instead offered her an unconditional hand of mercy and forgiveness that silenced all the spectators and caused the stones in their wicked hands to drop. In your case, you … like Joseph in the Bible, were wrongly accused and suffer innocently. Alas you are one of the few who Christ spoke of when on the mount He declared
Mat 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. FULL POST
Posted 10/16/13 at 10:55 AM | Olabode Ososami |
The presence of God is undoubtedly the most awesome source of assurance that all is well. We know we have already won when we know He is with us … in major or minor tasks, we cannot afford to stray as we wish. David and indeed the early prophets, kings and fathers understood this truth … and God honored their faith as they went to war with the ark of the covenant … perhaps a mere piece of furniture to onlookers, but to the Israelites … a potent guarantee that all would be well.
As the US enters a different political skirmish, the third week of the partial shutdown - Obama hopes a debt ceiling will be lifted … and for the escape of more dire consequences. Obstinacy can be a good thing … and it may not.
Jos 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. FULL POST
Posted 10/9/13 at 9:31 AM | Olabode Ososami
In this final part, another important aspect of Godly leadership is featured. One cannot pretend to have covered all the useful leadership factors such as the character of the leader, and I am certain there are many more qualified voices on this and other related subjects. I brought out, in the previous blog, the importance of vision and focus - also mentioning that the leader has flaws and receives divine help - not as an excuse for perfidy and abuse but to bring out the important truth that God hates self-made persons … there will often be limps to humble and compel the leader to lean on the unseen but more sure grace and mercy that only God gives without consulting mortals. This article speaks to the issue of the home.
The successful leader has played his/her God-given role in the family. The importance of the family sounds passé in the postmodern era where the meanings and shades of the word and all it entails are often deformed … with many emerging grotesque options. The heroine of this third part is an exceptional lady called Deborah. FULL POST
Posted 10/2/13 at 10:07 AM | Olabode Ososami
In a previous part, I wrote of the divine help that comes to the leader, and humility that makes that help feasible … adding that God prepares leaders with the necessary equipment, long before crisis pulls them into the important roles they must play. Another aspect critical to leadership is Vision. Indeed, it is the leader’s vision that ultimately divorces the many pretenders to leadership from the lonely icon. Vision alienates the leader from the pack and annoys contemporaries … the very same attribute that must be preserved to one day bring the leader to fulfill divine destiny. Vision is “seeing what others do not see and apprehending a direction that often appears even at its best disconnected to status quo… the to-be of our todays. While vision pushes many seeking its realization to fail many times in the right thing … lack of it creates victories that are utterly meaningless.
Luk 9:51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, 9:52 And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. 53 And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. FULL POST
Posted 9/25/13 at 11:08 PM | Olabode Ososami
Thinkers may not be your first selection in election choices noting as someone said “it is much easier to educate a doer than to activate a thinker” … but we continue to observe that our world is continually shaped by thinkers and their ideas whether for good or evil. Another friend wonders why we need ponder on thoughts that will come to nothing … only that they often do not. It took over a century for us to move from freudian redefinition of sexuality and related thoughts of freedoms to today when Pope Francis, the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church says the Church must stop “obsessing” over homosexuality, abortion, and contraception. Nor can we blame thinkers that originate religions but must still admit perhaps unintended consequence as we read of another chilling and symbolic terrorist attack at a mall in Kenya. The latest thought-bomber must be the highly respected Stephen Hawking who says individuals should have the right to choose how to die. FULL POST
Posted 9/20/13 at 4:10 AM | Olabode Ososami |
Biographies are helpful especially when they are factual in painting the subject - as could possibly be. We soon discover that the best of men will be frail humans and not angels. Yet there are attributes which make for successful leadership, commonalities or traits that seem to distinguish the individuals who made the vital difference to the destiny of nations and peoples.
Tom Hooper’s Oscar winning (must-watch) film – The King’s Speech, is a 2010 British historical drama about King George VI who, to cope with a severe speech impediment, found an unlikely friend and help in an unqualified Australian therapist who assisted him overcome a debilitating and highly unattractive stammer. King George VI did not want or expect to be King …given that he had an elder brother who was already in line. His wife, Elizabeth said once that she was frightened at the prospect of married to a monarch but on hearing her husband (then Duke of York) speak, she felt sure it was impossible for someone with such incapacitating disability to be ever crowned., FULL POST
Posted 9/16/13 at 5:21 PM | Olabode Ososami |
The Bible asks us to be “the salt of the earth and light of the world” implying an expectation to go and shine Christ in careers, business and relationships. This should only be in the context of God remaining always as our source and our jobs and interactions offering another ministry service opportunity. Our obedience to God cannot therefore be subservient to any other obedience; laziness and sloth are typified as abominable acts … and excellence in the market becomes a powerful evangelistic lever.
The saints model work-place victory against formidable odds to prove that God is indeed greater in us than he that rages against us in the world. Many do need to repent and redeem their debt of ministry service in their career place. However, Wikipedia defines an idol as “an image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed or any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or devotion.” The children of Israel had only just barely crossed the Red Sea when they began to dance around a golden calf … product of an inclination that did not drown with the might Egyptian army. FULL POST
Posted 9/11/13 at 7:32 AM | Olabode Ososami
At the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, a ceremony which includes traditional bell-ringing and wreath-laying holds. I do pray that those still hurting will find the relief they need. The Pentagon also plans a moving morning ceremony for victims' relatives and survivors of the attacks, with more wreath-laying and comforting remarks from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other officials, as well as an afternoon observance for Pentagon workers.
On Sep 11 2001, the world view changed permanently for many Americans and indeed for all of mankind. The possibility of a contemporary Hiroshima of a different sort looms …and the horror - that all it takes is for a few malefactors in possession of an evil agenda and more destructive weapons to plunge even a superpower into grief – becomes vivid. It is logical to consider that if we may not be able to eliminate all offense, it must be easier to envisage a world with little or no weapons of destruction … an utopia, where the wolf and the lamb feed together safely … FULL POST