Are you Listening?

by Steve Popoola on November 23, 2015 in Devotion, Discipleshipship

I read the story of a man who challenged his wife with a riddle,  “You’re the engineer of a train. There are 36 people on board. At the first stop, 10 get off and 2 get on. At the next stop, no one gets off, but 5 get on. At the third stop, 4 get off and 2 get on. Now for the question: What is the name of the engineer?”
“How should I know?” snapped the wife.  The man replied, “See? you never listen! Right at the start I said, ‘You are the engineer of a train.’”

How many times have people asked for directions and still missed their way because they were not listening when they were being given the directions?  While Jesus was addressing a crowd of people, He warned, “Take care how you listen” (Luke 8:18)

With All the Chaos in My Life . . .

by Rubel Shelly on November 9, 2015 in Character, Devotion, Faith

Ever feel guilty when somebody quotes this Bible verse: “Be still, and know that I am God”? (Psalm 46:10).
I’ll bet you’d like nothing better than to find a quiet time today. Maybe you are even planning for it. Wonderful things can happen in times of solitude, stillness, and silence before God. But “stillness” is hard to come by – and simply isn’t available on some days or in certain life experiences.

There’s precious little time for stillness when production deadlines are close. A report is due in three hours. An inspection is in progress. If you live in a big city, there are voices and horns. There is constant motion. Shared living space has someone else’s music, someone else’s TV, and someone else’s voice. Where do you find God in all the noise?

God of the Second Chance

by Steve Popoola on October 26, 2015 in Biblepraise


Grace has one distinctive feature which I cherish greatly. I call it, ‘”The Second Chance Gift’”.

Man as we know, fell from the grace of God. However, our merciful Father, knowing what would happen, had set another plan in motion.

It would have been easy for Him to destroy Adam and Eve and produce another set of humans who would carry out His purpose on earth but God decided on the tougher option – love option. He chose to allow His Son to suffer so that you and I could be saved. He gave us a second chance to get back to the glory He gave to us in the beginning!


As I cast my mind back to the past, there are things I wished I had done differently. There were people who were hurt by the things I said and I wished I had said it differently. There were things I lost because I was not careful enough; there were decisions I made in haste and I wished I had waited a while. The list goes on and on.

Think You Are a Hopeless Case?

by Rubel Shelly on October 12, 2015 in Discipleshipship, Faith, Love

Have you noticed how candid the Bible is about its heroes? It doesn’t whitewash the flaws and foibles of its characters.
Abraham is not only the Father of All Who Believe but the scared rabbit who puts his wife in jeopardy to save his neck. King David is not only the Man After God’s Heart but the adulterer who lies and kills a man to try to keep the affair from being exposed.
Peter is not only First Among Equals in the band of apostles but the frightened fisherman who denies knowing Jesus of Nazareth in his hour of need – not once, but three times.

Walking In His Presence

by Steve Popoola on September 21, 2015 in Devotion, Discipleshipship

Walking In His Presence

By Steve Popoola

I  read about a boy who every night had to walk past what he believed was a haunted house. A friend gave him a good luck charm to give him courage.
An adult said, “It’s sinful to be afraid. Trust God! Be brave!” But the boy was still afraid.  Then someone told him, “I know what it means to be afraid, take my hand, I will go with you”. The boy took the man’s hand and he was no longer afraid.

In discussing the topic, Walking in His Presence, we will be looking at three aspects of God’s presence.

Invisible Protection 

by Steve Popoola on September 7, 2015 in Faith

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. (Psalm 91:11,12)

I am quite familiar with Psalm 91, which is popularly referred to as the Pilot’s Psalm. I believe very much that God protects His people especially when we are not even aware of the danger around us. 

One day in 2005, God opened my eyes a little to show me that He really does protect His own. I was at work on a Saturday and planned to be in church later in the day for a revival programme. By the time I left work, I was already running late. 

Why The Cross?

by Steve Popoola on August 24, 2015 in Belief, Faith

Central to the Christian faith is the cross.  The shape of the cross has become a figure of design for some people and for others, it is just a piece of jewelry. For some others, it is like a talisman that they wear about to protect them from danger.

The cross can be seen almost everywhere but many do not know what it signifies. 

A little background on the cross;  The Cross was used by the Romans as a horrible and shameful instrument of death. It was reserved only for those at the lower levels of society like slaves and servants. So disgraceful was death by the cross that the Romans themselves would declare, “Perish the thought that any Roman die on a cross”. 

Packing Light

by Joseph Mazzella on July 27, 2015 in Biblepraise

 Our neighbors had to move away recently.  An older couple they were headed North to help take care of her sisters who were in ill health.  I am going to miss them.  

They were both so good and kind-hearted.  He was a Rembrandt when it came to home repairs and helped both me and my Dad fix up our homes.  She was always ready to share a sweet smile, an encouraging word, and a delicious dessert. 

His Love Never Fails

by Steve Popoola on July 20, 2015 in Devotion, Love

There are times when a song would keep playing over and over in my mind and I would find myself singing it sometimes even while I am working. 

One of such songs that has filled my thoughts lately is “One Thing Remains” by Jesus Culture.

Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant through the trial and the change
One thing….Remains

Your love never fails, never gives up
Never runs out on me. 

Forgiveness Always Astonishes

by Rubel Shelly on June 29, 2015 in Biblepraise, Character, Faith, Love

 “Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing'” (Luke 23:34). What must people around his cross have thought?

Hatred seems to come so easily to human beings. In a tit-for-tat world, forgiveness seems to make no sense. Why should I turn the other cheek after an insult, if I can match his – and go him one better? Why should you overlook her slight, if you can tell someone about it – and damage her reputation? 

Why should we not burn down your store and house, if you harm someone of my race or faith group – even destroy our entire community? I’m sure you get the point.

The top half of the front page of USA Today carried the headline “Hate in America.” A syndicated columnist wrote of how he was “filled with hatred” over the event. And a radio commentator said, “I’m not a religious person, so I don’t get what these people are saying. I just don’t understand.”