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Posted 6/25/10 at 5:32 PM | olabode ososami

Michael Jackson, Christianity and the Elvis Effect

Today 25th June marks the first year anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson - a celebration of the lucrative post-humous Michael Jackson (more than a billion dollars/year) industry. The Elvis effect is described as where a premature death can wipe out decades of bad records and bad behaviour, and focus mainly on fantasy, nostalgic grief - and whatever fans elect or imagine to remember.

I have often wondered how much of love of Christ would remain if He were walking the streets of Manhattan...or preaching in London or healing in a village in India. How much attention will He get and what would be the reaction to His teachings...how much of His teaching would be politically correct ... would He be the man of the year...would His spoken word - the Bible still be a best-seller? Will He be a rebel or perceived as a villain? I truly wonder.

Jesus said in John 6[63] It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. [64] But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. [65] And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. [66] From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. [67] Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? FULL POST

Posted 6/25/10 at 6:11 AM | olabode ososami

Can your business, ministry or marriage dare to fail?

The word "failure" is a term most held in contempt ... driving us to conclusions (especially with pressures of economic recession) that suggest God has cursed us for disobedience or that we are misled to keep trusting Him. Culture is heavily impacted by measurements of value ... and our behaviours, joys and frustrations are more shaped by what we percieve to be gain or loss. Few have learnt how to fail.. or even care to consider it as virtue.

The following article is extracted from A.W. Tozer's " Born after Midnight" ... if I were consulted to advise a business, marriage, ministry or indeed any situation (from a Christian perspective) ...perhaps the first question I would ask would be " Can you dare to fail?"... read A.W. Tozer ...

In this world men are judged by their ability to do. They are rated according to the distance they have come up the hill of achievement. At the bottom is utter failure; at the top complete success, and between these two extremes the majority of civilized men sweat and struggle from youth to old age. FULL POST

Posted 6/21/10 at 5:36 PM | olabode ososami

Narnia – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader : Chronicles of Deception

It seems comical for lack of aptitude to apprehend the literary "Christian" master C.S. Lewis - even as we stampede theatres to watch the next Christmas holiday "Money Spinner" milking (in the same genre as Harry Potter andChristmas Carol) the occult fantasy cow - supposedly packaged as Christian allegory to transfixed congregations. My prediction that this will be another chart-buster does not qualify me as a prophet.

Clive Staples Lewis was born in Ireland, the younger of two sons who claimed to have been converted to Christianity in 1931 and was, as he put it: "A very ordinary layman of The Church of England." Undoubtedly a literary genius who authored 40-plus exceptional books which included poems, novels, children's books, science fiction, theology, literary criticisms, educational philosophy, and an autobiography.

I did see the trailer of "Narnia - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and with admittedly limited research/listening to related interviews and previews ... the broad nice message of goodness over evil seemed inadequate to dispel my reservations. The strong inclination to spread the gospel of salvation by avoiding consecration and marketing the appeal of its other noble themes while also denying the Spirit is not new. What is novel (to me) is the deliberate heavy infusion of undisguised anti-Christian elements and bold sorcery...even as many leverage this unwholesome package for acclaim and perhaps many "converts". Others, bored with simple exercises of devotion, engage in the dangerous pastime of uncovering hidden treasures in the vault of Holy Scriptures with spades of magic and shovels of mythology and spiritism...and foolishly expect no adverse consequence. A quote from C.S. Lewis ..."I have the deepest respect for Pagan myths, still more for myths in the Holy Scriptures" (Problem of Pain, p.71) FULL POST

Posted 6/17/10 at 3:42 PM | olabode ososami

How fathers can protect their families.

Isaac was not as wise as Abraham in how he handled his family and I observe three basic lessons we can glean from errors that created the environment for enmity between his children to grow uncontrollably. We can have peaceful homes and marriages if we prayerfully consider some of these key points.

Genesis 27 [2] And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death: [3] Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison; [4] And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.

Love of food/lack of self-control FULL POST

Posted 6/15/10 at 6:06 PM | olabode ososami

Would Christ have been a poor business person?

To what extent do our business practices and personal ethics align with Christ's example especially in the area of giving? Consider for illustration the commendation of the woman who broke the alabaster box of very precious oil and poured "wastefully" on Him.

Mark 14[3] And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. [4] And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? [5] For it m

ight have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her. [6] And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.

The admired sharp dealer (in this case perhaps Judas) cannot miss an opportunity and is quick to see the cost-benefit analysis and also even the non-quantifiable aspects. Many businesses have given very generously like Simon, the leper who financed this meal and the accommodations...but were not commended by Jesus. Others have simply come to their local church or fit in any scenario to "eat"... to seek some turnaround idea or gem of advise that will unlock a door or just soothe a legitimate and often spiritual hunger... again these were not commended. Christ does not commend even the disciples (at this time) - Judas , Peter and the rest who appeared to have left their businesses ...I dare say with an eye to return if things get tough...not having burnt the bridges behind them. FULL POST

Posted 6/10/10 at 3:03 PM | olabode ososami

Nasty Solar Storms and Black-outs ahead

It was recently reported in Yahoo News "The sun is about to get a lot more active, which could have ill effects on Earth. So to prepare, top sun scientists met Tuesday to discuss the best ways to protect Earth's satellites and other vital systems from the coming solar storms.....People of the 21st century rely on high-tech systems for the basics of daily life. But smart power grids, GPS navigation, air travel, financial services and emergency radio communications can all be knocked out by intense solar activity...."

I wonder why the sudden spate of gloomy predictions... as disaster after disaster seem deliberately targeted to threaten even most basic comforts. We could not travel as we wanted; our beaches are as blood of dead men and now this? What would happen if there were a complete blackout of radio, electrical and communication /radar signals due to inexplicable solar activity?

In Exodus 10[21] And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. [22] And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: [23] They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. [24] And Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said, Go ye, serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed: let your little ones also go with you. FULL POST

Posted 6/9/10 at 4:26 PM | olabode ososami

Internet Evangelism...A new Enlargement or Blocker?

Isaiah 54: [2] Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;

Discover a new capability to address spiritual hunger and spread truths of God to millions - inexpensively, without large staff/infrastructure or resources and also without a massive supporting network organisation. The internet offers the speed, scale and the simplicity to stretch in completely new terrains and reach new peoples in record times.

All that seems to be needed is basic interest in Technology (you do not have to be a techie) and a decent internet connection...and of course a passion for God and the gospel. Is it not wonderful - the endless possibilities for the gospel to be made available to people all over the world...especially to previously unreached civilisations? How about a new tool to catalyse the much needed awakening amongst comatose believers which also spreads the truths of Godliness and repentance with viral speed - bringing about the much talked about Revival we have been longing and praying for years to see. FULL POST

Posted 6/6/10 at 6:48 PM | olabode ososami

7 Principles for Financial Peace

John 17[27] Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Peace in the areas of finances is an area in which many seek Biblical perspective and direction. We understand that the peace of God is not just through principles but rather is the gift of God - not given as the world would give...but received by faith and complete obedience to His word.

There are 7 aspects of Biblical ethics that

relate to Financial Peace. This may not be complete but nevertheless is a good place to start. FULL POST

Posted 6/2/10 at 8:23 AM | olabode ososami

Help! I'm the Pastor but not an accountant.

John 12[4] But Judas Iscariot, the one of His disciples who was about to betray Him, said, [5] Why was this perfume not sold for 300 denarii [a year's wages for an ordinary workman] and that [money] given to the poor (the destitute)? [6] Now he did not say this because he cared for the poor but because he was a thief; and having the bag (the money box, the purse of the Twelve), he took for himself what was put into it [pilfering the collections](Amp)

Romans 8[28] And we know that all things work together for good; to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Have you ever woken up to discover large funds entrusted in your care has been lost ... gradually and systematically diverted? Indeed you are a man of the spirit and prayer but you also blame yourself for ignoring available wisdom on controls that would have prevented losses under your stewardship. You trusted your "tongues-blasting" but "yet-to-be-qualified" accountant who also leads your prayer cells and now can not fathom how you could have been so dumb to ignore all the compelling evidence plain before you. Often as Christians we avoid issues as this and instead of also building "adequate processes" that protect against diversions we are perhaps rightly focused to build "strong men (and women)" but still vulnerable to "Judas Iscariot" on an undisturbed mission amazed at our trusting "carelessness". FULL POST

Posted 5/29/10 at 10:17 AM | olabode ososami

What a CEO should be doing in the End times

Someone asked me - what should the Christian CEO (Chief Executive Officer) note and do differently especially in the "End times"? I thought of a few things many of which relate to personal experience.

1. As we are going to render accounts to God, we must remember - to whom much is given...even more will be expected in terms of judicious employment of time, talent, skills, opportunity, connections and resources for the Kingdom of God. The questions we need to answer easily and positively would be ... what have you done for the Kingdom? Who have you told of the Kingdom? How have you contributed to the Kingdom of God? Indeed your taxes are all tidy...but how about your Tithes, offerings ...Be sure the divine Revenue Authority scores you 100% in your local church. Personal debt may be an issue with God for many.

2. The End times are times of rapid and unpredictable change in all ramifications. Corporate structures must be even more flexible...many will exit and enter new business because of the incredible dynamics of customer and market issues at this time. Dinosaurs will suffer for size and lack of nimbleness in a time when swiftness in responding to change is key. The CEO must be ready for change yet anchored with values that must never change. FULL POST

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