Under The Influence of Love

by Steve Popoola on April 14, 2014 in Biblepraise


Have you ever been in love or seen people who are in love? I am not talking of the Hollywood kind of love which appears so intensely passionate one minute and the next intensely cold and hateful.

I am talking about that kind of love – undying, relentless and powerful, defying all forms of obstacles. I am talking about the love so committed and fiercely loyal. That is the kind of love I am talking about here, which unfortunately, is no longer common place in our society today.

Powered Up

by Steve Popoola on April 7, 2014 in Biblepraise

Imagine someone gives you a gift.  You unwrap the gift and inside was  an expensive, gold-plated phone. How would you feel?  What would you do after receiving the phone?

 

How would you feel when you power up the phone and it does not work because it does not come with a battery and has no way of being powered by one?

Overcoming Life’s Tough Situations

by Steve Popoola on March 24, 2014 in Faith

Life can be very tough. People everywhere face different degree of life’s difficult situations. Ask the young man who has a job but who is not well paid, how life is. He will tell you it has been very tough.

 

Another person close by would probably wonder why the young man is saying life is tough when he, a married man with a family, earn less. It can sound funny to a man who has a dollar left in his pocket, to hear another complaining that he only has a thousand dollars left in his bank account and that things have been tough!

Old Fashioned Character

by Mary-Ellen Grisham on March 17, 2014 in Discipleshipship, Faith

For my father, character was very important. Having moral strength and the ability to stand for the right were signs of character, and he praised people who cared about honor, their good name, and their promises. They were people we could trust, and their word meant … something because we could count on them to do what they said they would.

 

Father always supported us in church going and went with us when his job allowed, but he also felt we owed our best efforts to country, school, and home. He thought that we should be reliable people with character and trustworthiness in all that we did.

Time To Rejoice!

by Steve Popoola on March 10, 2014 in Biblepraise, Faith

Many years ago, on Easter Monday, I settled down at home to prepare the week’s Biblepraise Newsletter. Since it was a public holiday, I decided to send the newsletter out later in the day so that most readers, who I know read the articles at work, may find the newsletter waiting for them in their email on Tuesday morning.

 

Just as I was about to power up my laptop, I decided to do a clean up of  the machine, a task I had been putting forward for some time. I took my time to do the cleaning and then pressed the power button. The lights on the keyboard panel showed but nothing else happened. “The battery must be down, I thought, as I pushed in the power cable.

 

The same thing happened. I became apprehensive. I had used this laptop earlier in the day and it worked perfectly, so what could have been the problem?

Strange Confession of a Satanist

by Rubel Shelly on March 3, 2014 in Biblepraise

I don’t know much about satanism or satanists. My only personal contact with an alleged satanic cult came years ago now when I turned a teenaged runaway who claimed to have been exploited by satanists over to the police and human services authorities for investigation – and protection.

 

Frankly, I’ve always been a bit skeptical that many people were “true believers” in the cult’s claims and antics. Most of the public statements and exhibitions seemed more attention-seeking than serious, more like some rebellious adolescent antic than a sinister escapade. This may be just one more.
Miranda Barbour, 19, is accused of murdering a man last November that she met on Craigslist, seduced under the pretense of having sex with him, and then killed. She seems to be in real trouble on that one. But her claims of having killed at least 22 others over the past six years is being treated with skepticism.

How Do You Know?

by Steve Popoola on February 24, 2014 in Biblepraise, Faith, Love

I recently  watched a scene from an episode of NCIS Los Angeles.  Special Agent Kensi Blye was having a conversation with a young girl while they played cards.

 
The girl’s mother had died but before she did, she gave a note to her daughter, addressed to a man who the girl learnt was her father whom she had never met.

 
At some point in the conversation, Kensi asked the girl, ‘How are you sure he is your father?’ The young girl, who was also suffering from a form of autism, just shrugged her shoulders. After a while, when it seemed the discussion has been forgotten, she asked Kensi, ‘Did you know your father?’ To which Kensi replied, ‘Yes’. The girl followed up with the question, ‘How did you know he was your father? “Touché” I said out loud and my son who was also watching, looked at me grinning.

Time To Remember

by Mary-Ellen Grisham on February 17, 2014 in Discipleshipship

Isaiah had a powerful commission to minister and proclaim the Lord’s Word.  In Isaiah 6, he has a vision of the Lord seated on a temple throne accompanied by praising angels.  Isaiah felt unworthy and sinful because he knew his lips were unclean, that sin was weakening both him and the people.

One of the angels takes a live coal from the altar with tongs and touches his mouth, and then Isaiah is ready to accept the Lord’s commission to speak to the people and awake them to repentance and healing.

God Has a Plan For You

by Steve Popoola on February 10, 2014 in Faith

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. (Jeremiah 29:11)

By now the excitement that heralded the start of  the year has waned. The hopes and aspirations of the new  year for many is beginning to look bleak and the future looks so uncertain.  It is back to the daily grind and the harsh reality of today.

For many, the year did not start on a good note – it was not the way they would have wished to start the year. In Somerset,  South West England, it has been a devastation caused by floods. Homes and businesses have been under water for weeks, causing people to evacuate their homes and sources of livelihood.

Watch That Tongue!

by Steve Popoola on February 3, 2014 in Biblepraise

A SOFT answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger. [Prov 25:15]

 

As I was going through my bible last night, my eyes rested on this portion of scripture. I began to challenge myself on this verse, trying to think back on the encounters I had with people in the past, and whether my reaction was in line with the advice given by the wise king Solomon.

I must confess that it didn’t look to good as I analyzed each encounter where I was spoken to in a rough manner and I reacted in accordance with the above scripture verse.

The tongue is a very potent weapon which can be used positively or negatively. James tells us that with the tongue we bless the Lord and with it we curse men who are made in God’s likeness. [James 3:9].