Archives For Steve Popoola

Easter is Over, Now What?

by Steve Popoola on April 24, 2017 in Biblepraise

Another Easter celebration has come and gone. For some, it is a time to visit family and friends. For others it meant nothing – just another holiday to spend relaxing or organising parties and events.
To the Christian however, what Easter represents is fundamental to our faith. It has nothing to do with Easter eggs or Bunnies but its foundation rests in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The days leading to Easter, is the season of lent, which is meant to be a period of fasting, praying and meditating on the sufferings of Jesus leading to His death on the cross of calvary. It is common for people, even those who are not committed Christians to give up something they like during the season of lent. Now that Easter has come and gone, what next? For many, Easter has become a distant memory. They are already thinking of the next thing to look forward to.

The Blessing of Baptism

by Steve Popoola on April 3, 2017 in Belief, Biblepraise

For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.” Colossians 2:12.

Yesterday, I watched with emotion as my three children were baptised. It was a day I had looked forward to and prayed to see – the day when my children publicly declared their commitment to the the Lord.

Why was I happy and filled with emotion at this event? It is because Baptism is a command given to the Church. Jesus’ last command to the disciples was given in Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age“.

Restoration Not Refurbishment

by Steve Popoola on March 13, 2017 in Biblepraise

It is common these days to see a lot of offers for the sale of refurbished items .  These items are mostly found in the electronic product category range but you can also find sales for refurbished cars, furniture and even homes.

Refurbished items are usually cheaper than the original items and it is common for sellers of such items to use terms like ‘almost new’ or graded like ‘Grade A, B’ and so on. Refurbished items with a very high grade are often more expensive because they look almost as new as the items shipped directly from the manufacturer. The lower the grade of the items however, the more blemish you’ll see due to the fact that they have been used for a while before being sent in for repairs and subsequently put up for sale.

There is a rise in the number of people going for cosmetic surgery these days. It used to be the preserve of the older generation who wanted to continue looking young even as they get older. But these days, even teenagers go for all kind of cosmetic changes to their body because they are not satisfied with the way they look. Cosmetic surgeons help these people achieve their desires as they take them through a process of physical refurbishment. It is a polishing of their physical structure. Which is why when the treatment is completed, they may like what they see but it does not change who they are.

Grow Your Faith With Joy

by Steve Popoola on February 20, 2017 in Biblepraise

I recently took up learning to play squash. One of the hardest things to learn about playing squash is the behaviour of the ball itself. There are different types of squash balls intended for players of various experience levels. The difference lies in the amount of rubber and air inside each type of ball.

Depending on the kind of ball you are using, you’ll find out that when you first start playing, it takes great effort to hit the ball against the wall and have it bounce back to where you want it to.

I quickly found out eventually, that an important part of playing squash is to first ‘warm up the ball’. This is done when players hit the ball hard against the wall in such a way as to make it possible for the other player to do same. After about 6 to 8 of such hits or volleys as they are called technically, the ball becomes warm and bounces a lot better. So what does squash have to do with today’s topic? I hope to explain this as we go on.

Our main Scripture reference is found in Romans 5: 1 – 11. The book of Romans as many of us know, was written by Paul the Apostle. Commentators agree that this book was written by Paul in Corinth while he was staying in the house of Gaius (1 Corinthians 1:14, Romans 16:23)

If Paul were a today’s politician, some parts of his letter in Romans 5 would have been edited appropriately. For instance, he started the epistle with great news that would naturally elicit a very happy response from readers. But it looks like he spoilt it in verse 3, ‘We can rejoice too, when we run into problems and trials….’ I can imagine his political advisers saying, “No Paul, that is not politically correct! You don’t tell that bit to people, they will get discouraged!”

Measure of Joy

by Steve Popoola on January 30, 2017 in Belief, Faith, Love

In the dictionary, Joy is defined as “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires”.  Another definition described joy as, “a state of happiness or felicity”.
There is currently a lot of controversy going on about whether joy and happiness mean the same thing. I am personally not interested in the difference between the two today but rather examining what joy means to the Christian and whether it is something we produce or acquire. As a background to this discussion, I want us to examine the life of a man called Nehemiah and how he and others embarked on a journey from extreme sadness to exuberant joy.

Decision, Purpose and Commitment

by Steve Popoola on January 9, 2017 in Biblepraise

At the beginning of a new year, people everywhere tend to look at the year ahead and try to make some decisions which they hope will improve their lives. Some of these decisions are popularly referred to as ‘New year resolutions’. Unfortunately, many of those who make these resolutions give up on them barely weeks into the new year.

People make decisions for various reasons; It could be as a result of something they read, something they heard or what they saw in others. I have since discovered that decisions not backed by purpose and commitment tend not to have any strong foundation no matter how well intentioned they might be.

Do You Have Room?

by Steve Popoola on December 12, 2016 in Biblepraise

It is that time of the year again. As Christmas draws close, the shopping malls have become as busy as ever and many are feverishly trying to get all that they need as well as buying gifts to give to neighbours, family, colleagues and all who are fortunate enough to be on their Christmas list.

 

A few days ago, I joined some members of my local church to sing carols at the main shopping centre. Many shoppers walked past briskly focused on getting their shopping items sorted. Others slowed down to listen a bit to our songs while some others actually sat down to enjoy song after song as we sang.

 

After we finished singing, I was greeted by someone who asked which Church we were from and after I had told him, I remarked, “This is one of the ways we can remind people what Christmas is all about”. He agreed.

The Greatest Black Friday Ever

by Steve Popoola on November 28, 2016 in Biblepraise

The Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States is labelled Black Friday.  It heralds the beginning of the Christmas shopping season and it is characterized by significant reduction in the prizes of consumer items, thus causing a spike in sales as shoppers take advantage of the low prizes.

This practice has gained popularity in other countries like the United Kingdom where it was reported that about £2M in revenue was made every minute.

Black Friday is over now and there are many who are still basking in the euphoria of being able to purchase items at a fraction of the price, while others are already planning to sell what they bought as they are no longer sure whether they really needed the items in the first place.

Whose Choice?

by Steve Popoola on November 7, 2016 in Biblepraise

For several months, we have witnessed what has been regarded as one of the nastiest presidential campaigns in the United States of America. Not many people would remember all the campaign promises made by Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump but many would remember the personal insults traded by both camps and their supporters.

After all said and done, one person will win and become the next President but I wonder at what cost the election will be won?

Making a choice to elect a leader has always been an issue even from Biblical times. It is easy to make the choice but do people always elect the right person into office and what are the consequences of making a wrong choice?

Trusting in the God Who Provides

by Steve Popoola on October 3, 2016 in Biblepraise

Right from the beginning of scripture, God has always provided for man. We learn from the account of creation in Genesis 2:8, “Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food”.

 

God didn’t just make man and instruct him to till the garden and sow seed for food; He already provided everything man needed. Adam was happy enough to live in the garden with all the animals God had created but God decided something was missing. Adam needed another human being he could relate with, who could be his helper. One again, Jehovah Jireh provided one of the most important needs of man; the need for companionship.