Recession-proof Christian Life

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Posted 9/14/10 at 4:44 PM | olabode ososami

The Cross ... its true meaning by Zac Poonen

Chapter 53 of Isaiah is the chapter of the cross and begins with a question: “Who has believed our message?” Who in Israel would believe what Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would come, not with power, but as a despised person, as a root out of a dry ground?

“He grew up before His Father” (Isa.53.2). The secret of Jesus’ life was that He did not live before the face of men but before the face of His Father. He was not attractive to men when He hung on the cross. We read that “He had no appearance that we should be attracted to Him.” (Isa.53.2)

The message of the gospel is not attractive to man even today. Christ was not accepted by the world in the first century; and He is not accepted by the world in the twentieth century. The Christ that some claim to appreciate today is a false Christ, and not the real One Who spoke against sin, against the love of money, and taught people to love even their enemies. The real Christ is despised, forsaken and rejected even today.

And if you follow the real Christ, I assure you that you will face the same rejection by the world that He faced. You will be despised even by much of Christendom, just as Jesus was by most of the religious people of His day. It was not the Greeks and Romans who despised Jesus and rejected Him, but the Pharisees (the fundamentalists of His day). FULL POST

Posted 9/11/10 at 6:17 PM | olabode ososami

Recession proof Love – Remembering 911

In the times of abundant iniquity, the love of many - Jesus Christ said would grow cold. In the bid to survive even as media networks fan the fiery embers of fear for fiendish gain increased competitiveness for scarce resources and harsh economic climate persists – many must find themselves vulnerable to a hardening that always comes surreptitiously to the unguarded.

Matthew 24[12] And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

I ask myself – how can I make the love of God in my life that manifests in practical acts of charity for others especially those I perceive as unlovable ... recession proof? I also ask myself some questions...

  1. Would I still love God if suddenly sent to the back of a lonesome desert? Or suddenly denied of a much desired breakthrough? How warm would my love be if suddenly exposed to very different cultures and peoples?
  2. When faced with opposition and strong resistance that cause me to buckle - can I still be thankful? Am I happier when I have my way and miserable and fretful when I can not?
  3. Do I (in subtle ways) take credit for the good things God is doing - forgetting to thank Him? Do I despise His chastening not thanking Him for the things I do not understand or like?

What separates children of God in the Bible, with recession proof love for God and His creation, from the others who struggle? FULL POST

Posted 9/9/10 at 3:16 PM | olabode ososami

Quran Burning and the Emerging Christophobia

Publicity is raising record-high awareness and interest in Islam and a growing acceptance amongst “humanist” masses who - at least by default - increasingly present the Bible as odious. I recall the prophetic observation of my friend Mark Lipdo in Jos, during recent genocides against Christians in Nigeria ... “Christians are perplexed by what now appears to be an apparent collusion between the media and the Muslims. Grumblings persist that media reporting often favour Muslims, no matter the situation.” Lipdo remarked.

The local Nigerian Newspapers feature the proposed September 11th Quran burning even as new fears spread with a special Ramadan holiday “deliverance” when over 100 members of an Islamic extremist group escaped incarceration on Tuesday following a violent raid of their prison in Bauchi, Northern Nigeria. FULL POST

Posted 9/8/10 at 5:21 PM | olabode ososami

Custodians of God's wealth

We are custodians of God’s wealth. We are stewards and not owners. All things come from God – all things are by His grace. There is nothing that we have that did not come from Him. Never get into thinking that it is your money. The more of God you see in your money, the better a steward you will be. We know the parable of the talents.

Matthew 25[14] For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. [15] And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. [16] Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. [17] And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. [18] But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. [19] After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. [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. [22] He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. [23] His lord said unto him, Well done, 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. [24] Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: [25] And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. [26] His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: [27] Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. [28] Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. [29] For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. [30] And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. FULL POST

Posted 9/6/10 at 1:31 PM | olabode ososami

Workplace Revival and Labor Day - Nebuchadnezzar's Repentance

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of America. Even in the worst recession there are blessings worth counting and thanking God for.

“In light of huge layoffs and mass job uncertainty, the coddled millennials have become aware that success—and having a job period, for that matter—is not something you're entitled to, but something that requires discipline, hard work, and even (occasionally) doing stuff the boss tells you to do. As the LA Times reports: Stunned by a barrage of pink slips instead of promotions, Generation Y — people ages 18 to 30 — has swallowed a piece of humble pie. Those who still have jobs are adopting new workplace attitudes and making themselves more valuable...” Time FULL POST

Posted 9/1/10 at 5:21 PM | olabode ososami

The Demographic Bomb – The Problem is not Islam. Part II

Lately, I saw a video on Muslim Demographics that got me thinking. Watch it (below) and form your own opinion on the issues. The Roman Empire expanded by conquest controlling extremely vast territories through military might and bureaucracies. As birth rate amongst the Romans declined, the armies and bureaucracies began to be dominated by peoples from conquered regions with diverse religions. Due to manpower shortages, Rome was left with no choice ultimately but to recognise a wider citizenry and “heathen” religions - instituting a “polytheism” in which all religions were equal as long as they served and obeyed the government. Soon the whole system began to decline and decay from within. What does the Bible have to say about population growth?

Genesis 1 [27] So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. [28] And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Deut [8:1] All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers. FULL POST

Posted 8/30/10 at 7:55 PM | olabode ososami

How to grow the congregation? Strippers versus Church ... a New Beginning.

A Pastor is glad that his Church in Ohio - New Beginnings Ministries is growing and the members united as neighbours come every Sunday from the nearby strip club to protest the opposition of the church to their trade...and risk to their livelihood. Meanwhile – as they come to protest they listen to the gospel and receive tracts. CNN Belief Blog 

The modern day “Paul” Pastor Bill Dunfee is causing a mini-riot reminiscent of the apostle in Ephesus. Plainly put, though his methods are somewhat brazen - I wish I had his guts. Often I’ve felt the Church has come under a dont-bother-me and I-wont-bother-you spell and would rather tackle grand national big-ticket political issues like corruption, abortion the media and at sensational rallies etc while fierce demons next door have a field day.

Churches in Nigeria march to protest corruption and bad Washington rallies hold – and we retire to a good night’s sleep as nocturnal workers resume their beat under our windows. NOT so for Bill Dunfee. It would take some courage to disturb legal livelihood of others in a tough Recession - where legal livelihood conflicts with the word of a society that cares more about human rights and sensitivities than pleasing God.


Posted 8/27/10 at 4:54 PM | olabode ososami

Much Ado about Evangelicals Partnering with Mormons – Wars of Faith.

How do you respond to issues related to partnering either in ministry, marriage, business, politics and cooperation for good causes? Especially in business and social causes, alliances are almost inevitable and the modus and value of additional spiritual due diligence remains questionable till you consider some thoughts.

“A handful of prominent evangelical activists are defending their decision to attend television host Glenn Beck's conservative rally in Washington this weekend after some Christians complained that evangelicals shouldn't be partnering with Beck because of his Mormon faith ...” CNN Blog

We are in a vicious spiritual battle – your enemy has said "no prisoners are to be taken." Instructions are to kill, steal and destroy at sight. However tactics are now more refined to wait patiently for unguarded moments and strike to wreak utmost damage at the time of greatest weakness. FULL POST

Posted 8/23/10 at 10:49 AM | olabode ososami

Postmodern Syncretism as Claremont School of Theology trains Pastors, Rabbis, and Imams.

Training and preparations for half-baked religious amalgams and practices did not originate in Claremont.

When Jerry Campbell became president of California's renowned Claremont School of Theology four years ago, low enrollment and in-the-red books threatened to close the 125-year-old institution. But since Claremont is the only United Methodist seminary west of Denver, Campbell resolved to find a way to stay open. Drawing from classic American entrepreneurial wisdom — when faced with extinction, innovate — and a commitment to engage today's multi-faith culture, this fall Claremont will commence a first on U.S. soil: a "theological university" to train future pastors, imams, and rabbis under one roof ... the hope of officials at all three organizations is that when leaders study their own religious traditions together alongside friends of other faiths, they will develop the respect and wisdom necessary to transform America's fractured religious outlook.” Time Magazine .

In 2 Kings 17:24-33, we see the king of Assyria bringing people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim, and relocating them in the towns of Samaria, replacing the exiled Israelites. They moved in as if they owned the place and made themselves at home. But GOD was just another god to them; they neither honoured nor worshiped him. Then GOD sent lions among them and people were mauled and killed. To solve the problem the idea came to find some priests who were taken into exile from there to go back and live there and instruct the people in what the god of the land expects of them. One of the priests who had been exiled from Samaria came back and moved into Bethel. He taught them how to honor and worship GOD. But each people that Assyria had settled went ahead anyway making its own gods and setting them up in the shrines that the citizens of Samaria had left behind. Soon an academy of multi-worship emerged as they honoured and worshiped GOD, but not exclusively—appointing all sorts of priests, regardless of qualification, to conduct a variety of rites at the local fertility shrines. They honoured and worshiped GOD, but they also kept up their devotions to the old gods of the places they had come from. FULL POST

Posted 8/21/10 at 2:08 PM | olabode ososami

Diagnosing Order in your Church Organisation.

The Bible emphasises the need for decency and order. Order suggests alignment, unity and peace in all aspects

I Corinthians 14[33] For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. [40] Let all things be done decently and in order.

Romans 16[17] Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. [18] For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

Often times an environment of chaos was rebuked or corrected before Christ ministered e.g. in the feeding of the thousands with a few loaves and fishes.

Matthew 15[34] And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes. [35] And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.

Jesus insisted on order before the miracle. I suspect there is a level of expansion/the miraculous that requires a measure of order to be in place before release. FULL POST

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