Confident At His Coming

by Steve Popoola on November 20, 2017 in Biblepraise

I was raised by very strict parents and most often than not, my brothers and I always felt apprehensive when the clock ticked towards their return from work. We would check and double-check that everything was in place and that we had removed every trace of things we had taken liberty to do while they were away. In spite of every preparation and thought, it usually took less than 5 minutes from the time of their arrival to reveal most of what happened in their absence.

As a parent, I have learnt certain traits in my children which helps me deduce if they have done something wrong and anticipating my response to their actions. For example, when I ask them if they have done something I told them not to do, I could tell by their expression, even before they open their mouths what the answer is.

There are many Christians today who have some element of fear about the coming of Christ. They think they have not done enough and don’t feel confident enough to expect the commendation, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” (Matthew 25:21)

To such Christians, God has this encouragement; “And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. “ (1 John 2:28)

In Search of Peace

by Steve Popoola on November 13, 2017 in Biblepraise

Peace is one of the most essential needs of man. It is true that the basic needs of man are often mentioned in terms of food, clothing and housing but without peace, these essential needs become difficult and almost impossible to attain.

Due to the importance of peace, immediately after the Second Word War, the United Nations was established and its main aim was the maintenance of international peace and security.

Since its establishment, there have been various armed conflicts in different parts of the world in which many have died. According the University of Michigan’s Correlates of War project, there were a total of 194 actual wars between 1945 and 2001 and this does not include over 3000 disputes which were not classified as actual wars. In spite of its efforts, it is obvious that the UN is incapable of maintaining word peace.

Special Guest

by Steve Popoola on October 30, 2017 in Biblepraise

At various times in our lives, we play hosts to some special people in our lives. The guests could be strangers or could be family members who no longer live with us.

Before a guest visits us, the first thing we do is to create an appointment. The process can simply be a phone call, a text message, a letter or a verbal agreement at a previous meeting. The essential part of that agreement would be the date and time of the visit.

Once the appointment has been made, both the guest and the host begin planning towards the visit. Usually the guest will think of things such as what to wear, gifts to buy (where applicable) and plan the journey to ensure that he/she arrive at the agreed time.

There Is More!

by Steve Popoola on October 9, 2017 in Biblepraise

It is so easy for us as Christians to get caught up in the routines and activities of Church life. We come to meetings, we get involved in various roles within the fellowship, we try to lend a helping hand where it is needed and we go away with a sense of satisfaction that we have done our bit to support and advance the kingdom of Christ here on earth.

We give our resources and time and we pray for our families, our community, our country, the Church, as well as others we know who need our prayers. In other words, we are model Christians worth emulating.  While all these are commendable, God wants us to know that there is more!

At The Crossroads

by Joseph Mazzella on September 25, 2017 in Devotion, Discipleshipship, Faith

When I was a young father and Autumn would spread her colorful carpet across the hills and mountains of my home, I would often load my kids into the car and embark on a Fall foliage tour.

We would take the back roads and look at the leaves shining in the sunlight.  There would be glittering golds, blazing reds, and outrageous oranges, sometimes all on the same tree.  We would drive and stop and look and be in awe of the beauty of this world and the glory of God’s creation.

God is Speaking But Are We Listening?

by Steve Popoola on September 11, 2017 in Devotion, Discipleshipship, Faith

Many today are still wondering whether God still speaks to us. Some church denominations even believe we are no longer in the dispensation of God speaking to His people and that no one should expect direct communication from God to His people.

I read an article from a Theologian who believes that God no longer speaks to us because His word is already given to us in the Bible. He based his argument on the fact that God spoke in Biblical times because as at that time, the work of redemption was in progress and therefore God needed to speak to man at various times.

Now I am not as knowledgable as that historian but I know that even after Jesus went back to heaven, God spoke to the Apostles in various ways apart from his written word. Acts 10: 9-16, Acts 13:2.

If God does not speak to us today what effect would that have on us? This was brought home to me recently when I came across a story told about a mighty battleship caught in a vicious storm.

Reconciliation

by Steve Popoola on August 14, 2017 in Biblepraise

Although I have worked as an IT Professional for so many years, my first University degree was in Accounting. In Financial Accounting, one of my favourite topics was Bank reconciliation statements.

When checking how much they have in their bank accounts, people usually check how much they have as their balances. It is common when checking bank statements either online or on paper statements sent to customers to see two different bank balances. One would be balance available to spend, while the other will be balances pending transactions that have not been fully processed by the bank.

The Unending Kingdom

by Steve Popoola on July 31, 2017 in Church, Discipleshipship

I looked up the dictionary meaning of Kingdom and the Webster’s dictionary, it was defined as, “a politically organised community or major territorial unit having a monarchical form of government headed by a king or queen”. It is also defined as the “the eternal kingship of God” or “the realm in which God’s will is fulfilled”.

 

The Kingdom of God is one of the most misunderstood terms in the Bible. The first time it is mentioned in the new testament is in Matthew 3:1-2. and it occurs 33 times in the book. “In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

God’s Love Never Fails

by Steve Popoola on July 10, 2017 in Biblepraise, Love

As one of the worship leaders in my Church, when I choose the songs I would lead in a meeting, I have often found that out of the songs, there often would be one particular song that would keep intruding in my thoughts.

One song in particular that I love singing is, “One Thing Remains” written by Christa Black-Gifford, Brian Johnson & Jeremy Riddle.

The first verse goes as follows;
Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant in the trial and the change
One thing remains
One thing remains

Liberty for License

by Steve Popoola on June 19, 2017 in Discipleshipship, Faith

If Samson was alive today, he would be telling people who love to live on the fast lane, “been there, done that”. Samson lived his life breaking every rule in the book. He was chosen by God to rule Israel, yet lived carelessly and did things that were clearly in contrast to God’s laws. He relied on his superhuman strength which was given to him by the same God that he took for granted.

Chapter 16 of the book of judges starts with Samson going to Gaza which is clearly an enemy territory. While he was there, he saw a prostitute and spent the night with her. News soon went round that Samson was there and an ambush was laid for him with the anticipation of taking him out in the morning. Unfortunately for them, Samson got up in the middle of the night, tore the city gate out of its hinges and carried it away. A city without a gate is defenceless and at that point, the people were concerned more about replacing the gate than follow him.