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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 5/4/14 at 8:35 PM | olabode ososami

Job, Christ and Robert Redford

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

Posted 4/21/14 at 6:58 AM | olabode ososami

Resurrection and the Age of Biometric Surveillance

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Just reflect on the new possibilities. You want to pay for some groceries and a new technology scans your face instead of your credit card … bringing up information associated with your identity. These technologies will not just serve to criminalize a part of the population, but will defeat any desire for anonymity or freedoms and remotely control access to services based on predetermined profiles.

Should we trust a central electronic policing that can stop an individual’s ability to procure a can of coke at the till … or disallow the entry of an individual into a bus if systems percieve a civil threat? These technologies are quite close in maturing to pilot rollouts and it is still unclear how legislation should regulate an ability to pick you out from anywhere in the globe and the power it confers on those who will manage these capabilities.

The 21st century marked the advent of formal declaration that we can no more pretend to be nations ruled by the authority of the word of God and this theme propelled a new regime of rights to be freed from what was called religious dogmas. It seems, before the mid-century, society will celebrate a new Biometric Surveillance ability to impose a perfection as defined by a government we trust more than the Creator. Will the guardian angels of the 21st century be dispatched through electronic detection machinery capable of a 24 by 7 monitoring, control and restriction of all movements … stopping for example an escaped convict from purchasing a cup of coffee … but with scope for other potential abuses? FULL POST

Posted 4/18/14 at 7:03 AM | olabode ososami

Amina's Plate

It will be a while before the wounds from events of the last week, at the capital town of Abuja, Nigeria - are healed and the pain soothed from her memory. The bomb which ripped through the popular Nyanya bus terminal, on the 14th of April, filled with morning commuters, left only scattered body parts and destroyed vehicles. There will be no official list of the affected …only the memory of human parts strewn on the dusty floor being collected for the morgue. Many would not even be reported missing, most unrecognizable…there will be little DNA testing.

Zainab always brought her sister early to the terminal to await the arrival of the many who worked in Abuja but could not afford the rising cost of accommodation. The Easter festivities were around the corner and many will be generous. Amina did not go to school, they could not afford it, her profession was to seek alms from generous travelers and all she had to master were the Christian and Moslem greetings and prayers and guess the appropriate songs. Sometimes it was obvious what to do after some observation. Often she got it wrong … but few could resist dropping a few coins on her twisted aluminum plate. FULL POST

Posted 4/12/14 at 11:11 PM | olabode ososami

After the Fast

The Rose is a flower striking in beauty emerging from a seasonal bushy plant. It can look very unimpressive when her time to bloom has not come. But then there is a glorious spring and mid-summer in which the Rose blooms in glorious colors …but the autumn soon comes and the petals begin to fall to the ground and the gardener must prune the bush down …to wait afresh for another season of fresh double blooms. The gardener must therefore learn to wait. Fasting is like a period of waiting.

Spring is the time when new flowers spring forth … that which was previously imagined dead, pruned and fallen springs back. The word spring suggests acceleration. In God, there is an acceleration of goodness, re-blooming, harvesting, promotions and overflowing beauty and joy.

Song of Solomon 2:1 I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.

Fasting is a time of denial and looking to God. As the fasting starts for some in the harsh winter season and now ends in the spring … so will there be a springing forth of joys and testimonies. To live is Christ … Christ is the Rose of Sharon …the beautiful Rose, pruned down and blooming for us … you will enjoy His beauty. As you abide in Him … there will be a fresh bloom of new goodness for you in Jesus name. Amen FULL POST

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.


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

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