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Posted 8/18/10 at 5:23 PM | olabode ososami

Paternity Testing, Tiger Woods and Spiritual Altars

Tiger Woods was born to Earl (1932–2006) and Kultida (Tida) Woods (born 1944). He is the only child of their marriage but has two half-brothers, Earl Jr. (born 1955) and Kevin (born 1957), and one half-sister, Royce (born 1958) from the 18-year marriage of Earl Woods and his first wife, Barbara Woods Gray. From childhood he was raised as a Buddhist and actively practised this faith from childhood until well into his adult career. Tiger has attributed his deviations and infidelity to his losing track of Buddhism.

Paternity testing was the goal of a recent court case involving a former partner of Tiger Woods. The case was handled by a Florida judge who dismissed a paternity case filed against Tiger Woods by Devon James. The adult movie actress, whose real name is Melinda Brinling, alleged that Tiger Woods was the father of her 9 year old son Austin after reportedly having a relationship with the professional golfer sometime in 2001. FULL POST

Posted 8/16/10 at 8:17 PM | olabode ososami

Obama, Muslim rights and Carnal Weapons

It seems America is waking to the reality of some peculiar battles and tests ... with hidden opportunities as well as greater snares if it responds in emotional outbreak. The creation of a Christian “heaven on earth” by the founding fathers - even if not debatable in historicity is at least now colliding with the fundamental human rights of Muslims. I cannot fathom how freedom-loving American Christians are now fighting rights of Moslems to build their mosque wherever they wish in accordance to the law - though I recognise the sensitivities. I do pray that families still hurting from the 911 unfortunate incident will find the grace to forgive and release all bitterness and pain. God will convert painful tests to testimonies that will lead even more to come to Him.

Proverbs 16[17] When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

2 Corinthians 10 [4] (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) FULL POST

Posted 8/15/10 at 12:30 PM | olabode ososami

Internet/Digital Media Battlefield Strategy Part II

In my previous post I described the Internet/Digital media as a Battlefield for destiny... and explained the strategy of Jacob when he changed the offspring of Laban’s cattle by flooding their mind with the images of what he wanted them to produce. We can also win with the same principle.

A lesson from that article and Bible text is that we become what we continue to (voluntarily or involuntarily) see and not necessarily what we like, understand, admire or even approve of. An element therefore to winning the battle is to sponsor and project on the internet and indeed other media considerably much more material to promote more interest in the living truth ... every spirit-filled Church therefore will have a strategy for digital media. FULL POST

Posted 8/11/10 at 6:41 PM | olabode ososami

The Internet/Digital Media – Conquering on the Spiritual Battlefield or Gaming with Destiny.

Digital media is the new reality offering revolutionary opportunities – as the printing press once did...with unique advantages of low cost, little skill, almost no barrier to entry, confidentiality, speed, 24*7 availability, privacy and unprecedented reach. No doubt, this is an enlargement for evangelism but offers equally ideal conditions for other less laudable purposes.

I already had some exposure in Information Technology and programming when the Marketing Consultant at the publishers of my second book advised me to key into digital media to spread the word. “Be careful it’s addictive” she simply added. I later discover this to be an understatement. There are seven principal areas of consideration as follows:

1. Source: Matthew 4[4] But he answered (the Devil) and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. There is a gulf of difference between the word of God and that which proceeds out of the mouth of God. Indeed the deceiver has the word of God but God does not speak through him. Absence of discernment plunge many into strange waters – even based on the word of God. Jesus knew the difference so will all who are truly conquerors in Him. FULL POST

Posted 8/9/10 at 4:07 PM | olabode ososami

Bible Perspective on Healing of Job Loss

It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job: it's a depression when you lose yours.-- Harry S. Truman..

How true. How do you heal of the humiliation and leprosy of losing cherished employment? It is so much easier to watch and analyze this when it pertains to others. Often we think we know how others feel but we do not. Instead, we perceive situations that do not directly affect us to be lighter and magnify the impact of our direct impressions. I believe God must give this direct experience to a few so that they can understand how it truly feels and minister genuine support. I have had the direct experience of job loss and all I can honestly say was that it was not what I would have expected or written about. Never say "I know how you feel" unless you have truly had the experience. This article is about healing. What does the Bible teach us on this?

In Luke 17[12] And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: [13] And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. [14] And when he saw them , he said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. [15] And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, [16] And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. [17] And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? [18] There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. [19] And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. FULL POST

Posted 8/6/10 at 1:42 PM | olabode ososami

The Problem is not Islam

Having lived in an environment where brands of faith and religious persuasions coexist and brutal acts of persecution and socio-religious tensions are not uncommon, I have often wandered what should my focus be and how can I still live victoriously in Christ.

2 Thesalonians 2[3] Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come , except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; [4] Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

This text suggests that the son of perdition emerges after a falling away - the revelation of a person sitting in the temple of God. The devil’s masterpiece comes from the (false) church and not the Mosque or a Buddhist temple for the apostasy predicted can only be from those who knew truth causing the conclusion that the greatest threat to the faithful is the gradual disguised erosion and watering of divine truths and ignorance of the power and word of God i.e. idolatory in the church. FULL POST

Posted 8/5/10 at 9:30 AM | olabode ososami

Prayers and Wisdom for finding and keeping the best Job

In preparing resumes there are obvious clues that many miss and also simple ways to enhance your presentation to stand out from the others. I have listed seven of them.

  1. Research your company.   Write a targeted resume and not a general all-purpose document. Visit the recruiting page/web site of the company and glean useful details about what they may be looking for. Make it obvious that you care enough to spend an hour to understand their hot-buttons. Most companies through their advertising make what they want to be known for very obvious except to the very disinterested. You may be a genius, but you do not want to be perceived as not passionate about your prospective employer.
  2. Be concise but professional. Do not write your resume in haste. This is the image of your person that you are projecting, so do not be perceived as careless with it. A poor self-image is not humility. On the contrary, it suggests laziness and inability to make the extra effort for things that are important... and this is a put-off. Use an up-to-date word-processing capability, explore templates (avoid the common ones – you want to stand out), Use the spell/grammar check. Use the Thesaurus to find simpler, better choice of words. Your language should be conservative, formal and polite to be safe (except you are applying for a DJ at a radio station). Ensure basic information is easy to find i.e. Career Objectives, Basic Profile, Employment History, Education, References (or available on request) and Summary of other pertinent information ( the key word here is pertinent).
  3. Integrity is key. Be careful of subtle exaggeration and self exaltation. Do not stretch the facts, avoid superlatives and instead simply present your credentials. Do not say “I was consistently in the top quartile in my class or was an exceptional student”...instead present verifiable qualifications. Do not deliberately hide information to manipulate the process. This is also a matter of integrity. It is acceptable for example to state your age (if required) even though you are over the cap for the job. You may want to add other qualities that support your eligibility. Your rare honesty and candour will be noted. It is much worse to be perceived as hiding your age or other relevant information you imagine not in your favour. You do not want to give the impression that there are more skeletons that will fall out of the closet later.
  4. Link your successes to the context What company A considers a success may be very different from company B. Research the attributes that are being sought. No need to state that you climbed the Mt. Everest and leave the panel wondering what will be your next adventure and how this will fit the hectic work schedule for the position. However, do not be shy to be unique in conveying evidence that indeed you stand out in what you have to offer. Be careful how you present your extracurricular activities. Sometimes this works and often it may not. Activities that reinforce team behaviour and creativity are generally perceived well. Do not manipulate readers of your resume.
  5.  Get another opinion on your resume. You are the worst person to review your resume. The ideal person to review your resume would be someone in the industry you are targeting who understands the position and perhaps even the typical recruiting process. Remember, the first person to screen your resume may likely be a more junior recruiting officer – (trained to find certain key facts) and not the VP sales looking for a Turnaround Plan. Encourage feedback from your reviewers and rewrite completely if necessary. You can also present alternatives to friends reviewing your resume and seek their inputs to help you make a winning choice.
  6.  Do a value check. This means you put yourself in the position of the target company and ask honestly ... “what value am I bringing onboard?”...if you cannot identify any then reflect again on the resume – if anything has been left out. Do not lie or oversell yourself. The chances are that you do indeed have some unique qualities you just may have missed out.
  7. Triple check for spoilers. The top spoilers of a resume would be
    1. Poor grammar/sentence construction/spelling...poor choice of words (e.g. trying to impress with big words)...use standard word-processing checks/Thesaurus
    2. Too much detail – too wordy...this is not a novel
    3. Hiding pertinent information and stretching the facts
    4. Shoddy presentation that conveys haste and lack of care

In addition, do pray. Remember that your source of livelihood is definitely not your employer but God. Ask for favour, grace and the will of God even as He prospers the processing, handling and decision making relevant to your resume. Do not be afraid to ask God to shut doors against wrong opportunities. Indeed, sometimes the best decision from that company needs to be a firm “No” - when God has something better. Finding and keeping that job may not be God’s will. FULL POST

Posted 8/3/10 at 4:29 PM | olabode ososami

Money Baggage and Daniel’s Den

There are weights – unhelpful significant additions we carry around restraining the divine work of grace and hardening us to leadings of the Holy Spirit in finances and other areas. Money baggage includes beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours developed from observing finance matters as we matured. This includes the formative associations, experiences and literature that shaped thinking as well as situations prevalent, tolerated or celebrated. When we surrender our lives to Christ, baggage rebels instinctively against the renewal of our minds.

In summary I list below five pieces of baggage related to finances – giving more attention to discuss the last of which I admit a bias to see as perhaps more encumbering especially from a spiritual perspective. All these items come in a deceptive garb but really are merciless predators positioned to tear apart God ordained destiny.

  • Idols
  • Certain lingering experiences
  • Untested assumptions and misread observations
  • Fears
  • Philosophies of Achievement - Humanism

Idols: We unconsciously embrace the good and the not-so-good in kindred, leaders or examples of admired persons. How many lusted over 50 room mansions of celebrities? ... Or gaped as films and TV commercials arrested our thoughts and screen idols alighted happily from white limousines (not considering that this joy could be only part of another script - unreal). Why is “Idols” – reality television competition - so popular in all nations? Many vain but well acted mind-distorting scenes and images remain etched in the mind, influencing desires and distorting priorities. We also tend to embrace the brand of faith and beliefs of people close to or historical icons admired by us. We unconsciously hold on to fond but made-up memories of people to whom we feel attached - clinging to models God may want released. These idols have crept into worship ...producing music and pastoral theo-tainment instead of discipleship. FULL POST

Posted 7/30/10 at 12:36 PM | olabode ososami

Divorce, Money and the Gore Model or "till death do us part"

I have been happily married 21 years...relieved the toughest periods are perhaps over only to be perturbed that after another two decades, if unwatchful, all my “dignity and grace” can still plummet into a chasm of separation. I pray not.

By the altar we made our vows ... Numbers 30[2] If a man vows a vow to the Lord or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break and profane his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

The Washington Post - The Gift of the Gores  heralds a new world-view and model “... there's another way to look at it. The Gores have handled their decision to separate with dignity and grace. In doing so, they have given us all a great gift -- an opportunity for a deeply important and mature conversation about the changing nature of marriage in a time when women have equal opportunities, when people are getting married later in life and when life expectancy is much longer....Not only should we respect their decision, but in some ways we should rejoice in it.... I have known Al and Tipper Gore for almost as long as they have been married. There is no question they were very much in love. They were affectionate with each other, warm, teasing and respectful. I never heard a hint of any scandal....They were together for 40 years, raised four kids, shared a lot of pain and a lot of joy, they have had an extraordinarily exciting life together and they should be proud of that. But people change, even those who are deeply committed to each other...” FULL POST

Posted 7/26/10 at 8:57 AM | olabode ososami

Tony Blair, Faith and Globalization ... New Threats and End-times.

I read an article recently on secrets to happy retirement and “Intellectual curiosity” was listed...” Adults over 70 who choose brain-stimulating hobbies over TV watching are two and a half times less likely to suffer the effects of Alzheimer's disease, according to Richard Stim and Ralph Warner's book Retire Happy: What You Can Do Now to Guarantee a Great Retirement. Not only will shunning TV make you happier, it will make you healthier.” I imagine that when intellectual curiosity is mixed with faith can be an even more potent elixir. Tony Blair dedicates the rest of his life to “rescuing faith from the twin challenges of irrelevance—the idea that religion is no more than an interesting aspect of history—and extremism.”...also adding"Faith is part of our future... and the values it brings with it are an essential part of making globalization work." Also watch a recent CNN interview of Tony Blair for more context. FULL POST

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