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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 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

Posted 12/12/13 at 12:24 PM | olabode ososami

No more Suicides (Part 2)

Why suddenly so many suicides amongst Evangelicals – someone has asked? I wrote an earlier article Masterpiece of the Accuser  - in which I described suicide as perhaps the worst of the enemy’s wicked ploys. Sadly, I observe that the overwhelming impression in many other Christian articles I read suggests that those who commit suicide may go to Heaven because of God’s mercy. I fear that the outcome of such corrupt theology is that many now perceive suicide as a legitimate way out of the trials that we are told will come to all.

Judas committed suicide and we know where he is to be found …the home of sons of perdition, Hell. Now I know many think this is a hurtful thing to say given the pains of families grieving. If Judas had a family and a ministry, and good standing in the community, we will be expected to mourn him and speak only of God’s grace ... even suggesting the one Christ called the child of perdition was saved. FULL POST

Posted 12/9/13 at 8:20 AM | olabode ososami

The Overflow of God – A Great Global Christian Gathering.

All over the world, everything that can be shaken is being tossed up and down by strange storms and typhoons. Even all that we understand to be true is being tested and our hope in experience, reason and instincts appear to be under the deluge of a different flood … yet we can only trust in the Good Shepherd to lead us home. Who else do we have to keep us when everything seems to be failing?

Each day I read the headlines and ponder on articles and posts all over the globe and can only come to a conclusion … we must trust in God and God alone, even more than ever. It is not just that the flood of the enemy has of recent become so overwhelming in all its external and internal ramifications, but also that we are warring with an invented sophistry that denies Biblical simplicity and veracity. Our response is faulted not just because it is full or error and plays to the melody of darkness but because it is our response. God answers the flood of the enemy Himself … hence the theme “The Overflow” divinely selected for the annual Congress of The Redeemed Christian Church of God beginning today in Lagos, Nigeria. More people from all over the world, by the grace of God, will gather for a week of worship, teaching, healing and encouragement, than has ever been seen even as the congress is globally streamed. FULL POST

Posted 12/6/13 at 3:28 AM | olabode ososami

Mandela – the Scion who did not Fear Death

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

Biblical Perspective to Wealth and Poverty: Part 1 - Industry

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

Remembering JFK and Samson

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

Be Strong

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

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