Recession-proof Christian Life

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Posted 5/27/10 at 10:37 AM | olabode ososami

Church Demolition in Kano – Northern Nigeria. 20th May 2010

"Wherever there is found a man, there is a minister free to preach. The whole world is our parish, we know of no fetter upon our feet, and no gag upon our lips. Though kings should pass laws, the servants of Christ can bear the penalty, but they cannot disobey their master, though the emperor should say the gospel should not be preached by any unauthorized denomination, as I have heard he has said of late, we care not for him. What cares the church for a thousand emperors ..."Charles Spurgeon - The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Vol. 7

My friend Mark Lipdo of Stefanos Foundations sent me the following note to share with those who care. This is based on a report by Rev. Murtala Dangora, ECWA Kano.

The Church in Kwasam, Kiru Local Government Area of Kano was founded in 1981 by the mission department of the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) Kano District Church Council. The church is located right in the midst of hostile Muslims. Before now both Christians and Muslims lived together here but three years ago the Christians migrated to settle about a kilometer away from the Muslims and formed their own community. Yet these Muslims, though a kilometer away, would not permit a Church in their own community. FULL POST

Posted 5/26/10 at 5:38 PM | olabode ososami

Deeply disturbing Oil Spill hits Louisiana Coastline

Exodus 7[19] And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone. [20] And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. [21] And the fis

h that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt. [22] And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the LORD had said. [23] And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he set his heart to this also. [24] And all the Egyptians digged round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river. [25] And seven days were fulfilled, after that the LORD had smitten the river.

Revelation [16:1] And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. [2] And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. [3] And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man : and every living soul died in the sea.

When God promised to pollute the waters He did not say it would be with the help of BP, Halliburton or Schlumberger. This blog does not claim every disaster is the hand of God but only attempts to bring to the fore what these perhaps only vaguely related scriptures imply for present times. FULL POST

Posted 5/23/10 at 12:22 AM | olabode ososami

The Leadership Diet

A lot has been written already on leadership and many mindsets on the topic abound in management and philosophical theories. The Bible does have its perspective on leadership practices and in many examples we observe that God finds, chooses, selects, prepares and trains His leaders for pivotal roles in business, ministry and politics. Leadership in the Bible is neither accidental nor self-initiated. It was also not based on self effort or declared intent or necessarily strong resolve. God chooses His leaders often using the foolish to confound the wise. Still, the unprepared cannot lead nor can the sluggard escape a destiny of begging in harvest. This post is part of a series of articles dedicated to leadership from a Bible perspective and what the word of God says on the topic using, among others, Jesus Christ, John the Baptist and Daniel as case examples.

Jesus Christ was prophesied to come as a leader and commander. In Isaiah 55[4] Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.

In John 4[32] But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. ... [34] Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

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Posted 5/18/10 at 10:34 PM | olabode ososami

Volcanic ash restrictions paralyse Europe as the heavens and the earth are shaken

Isaiah 13 [13] Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. [14] And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.

Luke 21 [10] Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: [11] And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. [12] But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you , delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. [13] And it shall turn to you for a testimony. [14] Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: [15] For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. [16] And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. [17] And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. [18] But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

Eyjafjallajokul (pronounced ay-yah-FYAH-lah-yer-kuhl) erupted in April for the first time in nearly two centuries. During its last eruption, starting in 1821, its emissions rumbled on for two years...There are fewer sights more fearful than the eruption of a volcano ... The April 14 eruption at Iceland's Eyjafjallajokul volcano forced most countries in northern Europe to shut their airspace between April 15-20, grounding more than 100,000 flights and an estimated 10 million travellers worldwide. The shutdown cost airlines more than $2 billion, and carriers complained about what they described as arbitrary closures. British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh called the latest disruptions "a gross overreaction to a very minor risk." FULL POST

Posted 5/15/10 at 1:04 PM | olabode ososami

Two heads better than one in no.10 and Laura Bush

Mr David Cameron, 43, becomes the youngest premier since Lord Liverpool almost 200 years ago, and the first Conservative in No 10 since John Major departed 13 years ago. This achievement comes only after agreeing a deal with the Liberal Democrats to lead Britain's first coalition government since the Second World War. Mr Cameron's administration will be quite far from the one he had planned. He promised there would be "hard and difficult work" ahead and said his administration would focus on "rebuilding family, rebuilding community, above all, rebuilding responsibility in our country". The Government will be the first coalition since Winston Churchill's wartime administration 70 years ago. After falling 20 seats short of a majority, Mr Cameron, we understand, was forced to accept a deal to lead a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats.

Alliances have been contrived out of sympathy like in Joshua chapter 9 when the Gibeonites deceived Israel into a treaty which guaranteed their protection. Other coalitions were for survival, progress of trade, protection and/or gain resulting almost always in "spiritual prostitution" which birthed moves of syncretism. Many eventually become like the Samaritans in 2 Kings 17 [41] So these nations feared the LORD, and served their graven images, both their children, and their children's children: as did their fathers, so do they unto this day.

Strange forced marriage between incompatible positions aimed only at outmaneuvering an opposition or consolidating an edge is not uncommon in scriptures. God established clear prohibitory measures in His codes to preserve purity and the setting apart of His chosen ones referred as His peculiar people. In I Kings 15:18-22, we see three competing Kingdoms of Israel, Judah and Assyria. King Asa of Judah empties the treasures of the house of the Lord and sends to Benhadad of Assyria to break the League between Assyrians and Israel so as to weaken Israel and establish King Asa's rule. Without this alliance, Baasha, King of Israel would have leveraged the treaty with Assyria to crush King Asa. FULL POST

Posted 5/14/10 at 9:20 AM | olabode ososami

The Rich Fool

If we can gather so much financially and succeed in material and visible things...surely we deserve some credit. Jesus Christ did not always think so.

Luke 12[15] And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. [16] And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: [17] And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? [18] And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. [19] And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. [20] But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? [21] So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

In the text Jesus Christ warns... FULL POST

Posted 5/13/10 at 3:21 PM | olabode ososami

A Post-Recession Business Vision

As the Recession gradually recedes many have started to envision again - new dreams and new ideas are being incubated. I had written several related posts on New Business Opportunities,Business Planning and Envisioning. Please do browse them.

What is vision?
Vision is the capacity given by God to see clearly beyond one's natural eyes. This is being sensitive to the Holy Spirit as He flashes a future outlook well beyond the present moment. God does not reveal all of the future at the same time because we are often not prepared mentally or physically

Genesis 15[1] After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. FULL POST

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