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Posted 7/6/13 at 2:08 PM | olabode ososami

The Isolation of Morsi

The world watches a still unfolding scenario as the Egyptian Army ousts the first “freely” elected president now apparently abandoned by traditional allies. “Over my dead body!” Morsi was said to have replied to Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s ultimatum to work out differences with the opposition – confident that a “coup” will not be acceptable in the largest Arab nation.

As Islamists protest the double standard of embracing the overthrow of a democracy when it portends the decline of power of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood - the country’s acting president – Adly Mansour has his hands full, as Morsi supporters plot their next moves.

In another headline, at least 30 people were killed yesterday by Islamist militants in the deadliest attack yet on schools in Nigeria’s embattled northeast … another yet-to-mature democracy.

There was a time when the West sent Christian missionaries to the “dark continent” bringing the gospel which led to an enlightenment that not only influenced the spiritual climate but ultimately affected values and traditions. It did not matter that trade and power side-agendas often had destabilising effects. Now it sells democracies and freedoms and only God knows the side-agendas. FULL POST

Posted 7/4/13 at 6:35 AM | olabode ososami

The Fame of the Gospel

The Gospel is a beautiful story, but it is more than a story. It is the power of God to save and transform lives. The story of Joseph was spread all over Egypt. This gladdened the hearts of the Egyptians. The gospel has the power even to gladden the soul of the heathen who continue to serve their own God. Society will change and rejoice if the gospel is preached. Governments will hear and rejoice when the gospel is preached. Far and near all who hear the word of God will be touched that this is truth. But who will come to God?

Bible Text: Genesis 45:16 And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.

Not all who hear come ... many are glad, and even pleased with the truths of God. Did you read that Herod was a disciple of John and loved to hear him. The governor Felix heard as Paul preached for years but said ... at a convenient time, I will call for thee. Many have itching ears like the Greeks and fascinated with the romance and suspense or perhaps the morality and wisdom. The fame of the gospel is very different from revival when people come to God. FULL POST

Posted 6/29/13 at 7:58 AM | olabode ososami

Obama, Marriage, African Renaissance and the Church

Associated Press, Senegal reports that President Barack Obama on Thursday praised the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage as a "victory for American democracy" but clashed with his African host over gay rights in a sign of how far the movement has to go internationally.

Africans are accustomed to being perceived by the West as primitive in their thoughts on everything including marriage …just as spirit-filled Christians are labeled as judgmental, legalist hypocrites sometimes because of flickering inconsistencies which presumably disqualify them from holding any moral positions. What right does a continent of corrupt, abusive dictators have to point fingers at the wisdom of a nation acknowledged as the epitome of post-modern correctness… a nation that spreads the goodness of democracy and freedoms? Still there is the difference between the one who carelessly falls in the grime and keeps creeping out till it gets it right and the other who defends the rights of the mud and swims happily in it till it sinks and drowns in shame. FULL POST

Posted 6/27/13 at 4:15 AM | olabode ososami

A Great Deliverance

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Joseph explains that his brothers only facilitated a great deliverance. The brothers did not know that the famine was to last five more years, and without Joseph they would all have died of hunger. What lessons emerge from the text in today's devotional? Let us meditate on only three.

Gen 45:6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

Joseph explains that his brothers only facilitated a great deliverance. The brothers did not know that the famine was to last five more years, and without Joseph they would all have died of hunger. What lessons emerge from the text in today's devotional? Let us meditate on only three. FULL POST

Posted 6/22/13 at 5:27 PM | olabode ososami

The High Impact Life

The knowledge of God gives you the strongest position in any circumstance and whatever must be accomplished can be done but only if we are in agreement with God. There must be the urgent realization that we are indeed products with a purpose. God never intended that we should be here to wander without direction. Our purpose relates to peculiar problems God needs to be solved by each. Even the most identical twins did not come to address the same problems. Not only did we come to solve a problem, but the problem is also geographically predefined. It is sad that many seek to redefine the geography of their purpose. If God wanted me to be an American then I would be an American. God already gave me the best option - I am a Nigerian. You cannot be an individual with impact until you solve the problem God sent you to solve.

The Bible is the blueprint to all of life’s problems … the foremost constitution that lays the fundamentals and the basis of which the nation state and citizens are organized …that which determines how all actors should relate. The answers to life’s situation can be found therein. FULL POST

Posted 6/15/13 at 7:44 AM | olabode ososami

Happy Father's Day

It is indeed wonderful to celebrate fatherhood and the glorious gift of a father …not just biologically but more so as a guardian, a helper … a coach. Still, the ultimate gift to humanity has always been the Fatherhood of God … the uniqueness of God as our father seen in the parable of the prodigal son who came back home to be received by forgiving arms. Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. This is truly a good day for fathers to unconditionally forgive relations, erring children or spouses. Celebrate today with generous forgiveness.

Honor today the Father in Heaven who is pained by our wanderings …but still loves us … expecting our return. The Father that does not wait for our rehearsed apology before He runs to welcome us. The Father who never gives up on us … celebrating with His best and fatted calf to announce our return. The Father with limitless resources … who forgives and forgets our unpardonable wastages – whose largesse is not reduced by our squandering … our Father that defends us from the justified accusing positions of the older brother. Our trusted advocate. FULL POST

Posted 6/13/13 at 8:56 PM | olabode ososami

Resurrection Biology and Rising Bones.

God showed the Prophet Ezekiel a vision of a valley of dry bones and asked “Can these bones live?” Today the answer would more likely be a more confident “yes” as the promise of “resurrection biology” makes it now possible to revive from dust, long extinct mammoths, tigers and pigeons that perished over centuries and billions of years ago. Hannah has also less need to mourn as new medical advancements make it easier for conception to be engineered in a laboratory …with choice of specifications for the embryo.

Science and technology is indeed pushing limits and increase in knowledge has vastly given humanity the confidence for bolder exclusion of the one many only once knew as the “old man …upstairs”

Defiance of Bible boundaries is now a hobby. Many feel free to explore all possibilities even as others simply do not want to think on these things until they discover their little angel retailed a kidney to raise cash for an ipad or their son vended in high school - sperm cells which will raise a child somewhere someplace. It is already now boring to make arguments for traditional marriage and gender uniqueness given what many already consider as a social “done deal”. But the word of God still is forever settled and has responses even to these matters. FULL POST

Posted 6/1/13 at 2:23 PM | olabode ososami

The Hatred of Boundaries

What is going on in the legislative arena in nations even as one country legitimizes same-sex marriage while another bans it …as one country recognizes gender-neutral status …and other countries come up with newer variants of legislation redefining old social contracts? The intention of this article is not to demonize any group or national initiative but to paint on canvas a picture that makes Bible counsel clearer even as different nations adopt different perspectives on the issues as they wish. The picture is that of the Potter and the Clay.

The Nigerian grappling with perhaps more fundamental issues perceives the battle to redefine marriage/neutralize gender as an unnecessary distraction or at best an evil luxury … the Nigerians proactively block attempts to complicate the present understanding of marriage contracts with what is perceived as new viruses from the West … noting that it was the same West that introduced “Christian” traditions of marriage… and now appear bored with its boundaries. FULL POST

Posted 5/18/13 at 11:28 AM | olabode ososami

Do not go off Facebook

I have found many coming to the conclusion that it is best for serious Christians to go off Facebook and to create safer and more controlled and targeted enclaves on the social media for them. This is like running back again to the safety of our church while called to be relevant within and outside church walls. Many also have retreated from electronic media, having regretted the things they posted or have changed their minds or have directly or indirectly felt the unseen blows of unkind less forgiving critics … or having found themselves talking much more than they initially intended … only to earn a badge of foolishness. Others like Prophet Jeremiah are nicknamed the crazy weird alarmists always with bad news. The good thing from all this is that many are warned to be extra-cautious so as not to hurt the very interest they seek to support. Granted. blogging on spiritual insight is not the same as writing about new cookery recipes. Take some time to get it right. Have a break if you must. FULL POST

Posted 5/12/13 at 8:00 AM | olabode ososami

For Mother's Day

The times we are in now are in no way like what we expected or have ever seen. The issues at hand have progressed in so many complicated turns it is difficult to know where to start. The corruption of values and decay of family structures are producing strange results which are not easy to confront. Homes have been exposed to new dangers that old traditional admonitions can no more arrest. Marriages are being ravaged by strange modern monsters even as children turn to media for direction in the absence of parental maps. But the word of God, and Christ Jesus – the same, yesterday, today and forever must remain our light and salvation. Read article "An Open Letter to Michelle Obama: Beyonce is Not a Role Model" by Rakhi Kumar.

Naomi was a mother, who eventually woke up to correct her journey path … to return back to Bethlehem. She faces old family errors and mourns the loss of her husband and sons …she offers her daughters in law the opportunity to stay in Moab, but Ruth follows her to Bethlehem …only to find redemption, grace and favor that eventually wipes the tears from the face of Naomi and brings restoration and revival to all. Orpah remains in Moab no more to be heard of. FULL POST

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