Samuel – A Lesson in Integrity

by Steve Popoola on August 25, 2014 in Biblepraise

Hannah was a woman in Israel, who lived for many years childless.  She prayed that God would give her a son and vowed that she would give the child back to God.

At a time when many had written her off as a woman destined to remain childless, God answered her prayers and she gave birth to a baby boy.

She called the boy’s name, Samuel and after she had nursed him, she handed him over to the Eli the Prophet according to the vow that she made. (1 Samuel 1)

Samuel grew up to become a Judge and a Prophet in Israel. At this time, Israel was under a Theocracy. When the people revolted and demanded for a King, Samuel was very unhappy.

He was not unhappy because he saw the action of the people as a slight to his person but rather he saw it as a slight to God’s rulership of the people of Israel.

Elisha – A Lesson in Obedience and Faith

by Steve Popoola on August 4, 2014 in Biblepraise

He was a hard working man and going about his own business when he met Elijah. There was something striking about Elijah that got his attention and he paused in his stride. What happened next blew his mind! As Elijah walked up to him, Elisha felt something around his shoulders.

In awe, he realized it was Elijah’s cloak! The significance of this action was not lost on Elisha and immediately, he ran after Elijah requesting permission to go and say goodbye to his family. Elijah nonchalantly asked him to go and do what he needed to do.  (1 Kings 19: 19-20)

Daniel – A Lesson in Devotion

by Steve Popoola on July 28, 2014 in Devotion, Discipleshipship

Israel under Jehoiakim, suffered the humiliation and shame of defeat at the hands of  Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.

The humiliation cut across every aspect of  life;  their economy,  politics and worst of all, their religion.  All the gold-plated fixtures, fittings and utensils of the temple were conveyed to the treasure house of Nebuchadnezzar’s god.

Daniel was one of the children taken captive by the Babylonians.  They were stripped of everything they had.  They had to be taught the language and customs of the Chaldeans. They were not even spared their identity – even their names were taken away from them ( Daniel 1: 7)

 

An Eye for an Eye

by Rubel Shelly on July 21, 2014 in Biblepraise, World Events

The world is watching with nail-biting apprehension as the latest blood feud between Israelis and Palestinians plays out. The present confrontation was triggered by the murder of three young Jewish kidnapping victims and what appears to be the revenge murder of a Palestinian teen.

Palestinian rockets have struck deeper into Israel than ever before. The response has been air strikes followed by a ground assault from Israeli forces. Each day seems to bring another level of escalation to the fighting. Both sides insist it is their legal right and moral obligation to require “an eye for an eye.”
One can make a good case that the biblical directive about eye-for-eye justice is among the most misunderstood – and misused – texts in Scripture.

The Gospel In a Changing World

by Steve Popoola on July 14, 2014 in Discipleshipship, Faith

In today’s world, so many things are changing at a fast pace. As a child I could remember my dad had a radio box in our sitting room called a radiogram. It was a privilege having one of those in your house. A couple of years later, he bought a stereo set  which had a turn-table which played those black shiny record disks. Then came CDs and DVDs. Today, we stream music via the internet or wirelessly via Media servers.

 

In the area of technology, there have been tremendous changes in the design and use of computers.  In the 60′s only a few Companies could afford to buy computers but today, millions of households all over the world have personal computers. Apart from that, a lot of tasks hitherto being handled by human beings are now being done more speedily and accurately with the aid of computers.

Inheritance of the Saints

by Steve Popoola on July 7, 2014 in Discipleshipship, Faith

An Inheritance is a privilege or right, given to someone, to receive (property, title, and so on) from an ancestor by legal possession or Will. 

It is also defined to mean, receiving by bequest of legacy or to receive as one’s portion or come into possession of property.

 

For centuries, the subject of inheritance has played a very important role in the life of men. Parents strive to gather wealth in other to bequeath same to their children and dependent family members.

 

In many cases, those who die intestate (without a will) leave a trail of disputes and turmoil as dependants struggle to claim what they feel is rightfully theirs.  Even for those who leave a Will, there is still the risk of the Will being disputed by interested parties. There have been many cases of people losing their right of inheritance over a legal technicality.

The God Who Sees

by stevepop on June 16, 2014 in Biblepraise

She had fled from home. Her destination, unknown. What is known however, is the fact that she was carrying a baby. She left home in haste so she obviously carried little or no supplies. Thoughts must have been going through her mind like, “What will happen to me?” “Will I ever live to see this baby born?” “Would my body be found in this desert place?”

 

She had previously lived in comfort. She had all she needed but she blew it all by her attitude.  Now she faced an uncertain future.

 

A Prayer For The Chibok Schoolgirls

by Rubel Shelly on June 9, 2014 in Biblepraise


How long did it take for their fate to affect you? If you have a daughter or granddaughter, it likely took your breath away the first time you heard about it.

On April 14, more than 300 female students were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Nigeria. A militant Islamist group known as Boko Haram – a Taliban-like, Al Qaeda-connected Sunni terrorist organization – has been intimidating Nigerian citizens since around the year 2000. It is said to have been responsible for something over 3,500 murders to date.

On the night of the kidnapping, 53 of the courageous and desperate young women jumped from trucks or fled into dense underbrush at times when their captors were distracted. Of those still in captivity, Boko Haram’s leader has boasted that the girls’ education in anything but the Quran has ended.

Learning From The Patriarchs – Part 1

by Steve Popoola on May 19, 2014 in Biblepraise

One thing that intrigues me about the Bible is the fact that it not only shows the good and enviable side of great men of God, it also shows the ugly side of them that I am sure they would not have wanted the Bible to record.

 

Let us take a look at the life of David. He was a boy who loved the Lord with all of His heart. He was never seen by his family as a candidate for the kingship of Israel. This was so obvious when the prophet Samuel was sent to the home of Jesse to select the next king of Israel. When the sons of Jesse were summoned, no one bothered to call for David.

Work – Holdover from Eden

by Rubel Shelly on May 12, 2014 in Biblepraise

Our culture tends to view work as a curse. One should try to avoid it whenever possible. When it can’t be avoided, one should do only what is agreed to by contract in the job description. After all, one works only because it is obligatory to making money; so rear your kids to think in terms of careers that are the quickest and surest ways to get rich. Money, after all, is the only thing that makes the “necessary evil” that is work slightly more palatable.

Not a single one of the very common ideas expressed on the paragraph above is true – except the first one. Our culture does view work as an odious curse, an irritating nuisance, an annoying obligation. From the point of view of Christian Scripture and theology, work is actually a holdover from paradise lost.