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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!

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.

Want or Need?

by Steve Popoola on June 12, 2017 in Devotion, Discipleshipship, Faith

Scripture does not tell us much about the growing up years of Samson except that, “And the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him while he lived in Mahaneh-dan, which is located between the towns of Zorah and Eshtaol” (Judges 13:25)
By the time we flip to the next chapter of Judges, Samson is already a grown man. We learn that one day, He went to Timnah where one of the Philistine women caught his eye (Judges 14:1) We are not told what he went to Timnah to do but what we are told was that the minute he saw this Philistine woman, he had to have her. This was one of the weaknesses of Samson. When he got back home, he told his parents, “A young Philistine woman in Timnah caught my eye. I want to marry her. Get her for me” (Judges 14:2)
Samson had no regard for the feelings of his parents or for the letter of the law. Samson as an Israelite was not supposed to marry a Philistine woman. As a Nazarite he was devoted to the Lord and therefore should not even consider marrying someone who was a worshipper of Dagon. When the parents objected to this relationship, He insisted, “Get her for me! She looks good to me” (Judges 14:3)

 

Not by Power or Might

by Steve Popoola on June 5, 2017 in Faith, inspiration

Lately, I have been learning a lot about Samson from the story in Judges 13 – 15. It is not the first time I have read this story but as is often the case when I read scripture, there is always something new to learn even when reading the same portion of scripture you have read before.

 

So as I began reading from chapter 13, I noted that Samson’s mother was barren. We don’t know whether she was past child-bearing age but what was established was that she could not have children. They had obviously been married many years and had undoubtedly tried having children ti no avail. If there was any doubt about her ability to have children, this was made clear when she had a visitation from an angel. The first recorded words of the Angel was, “You are barren and childless…” (Judges 13:3) Of course, the Angel didn’t just come and tell her what she already knew, it was to prepare the ground for what was to follow.

 
The first lesson I learnt here is that no matter what we are going through, God knows. He is aware of every little detail of our lives. It is God’s prerogative to intervene within a short while, after a long while or not at all. In the case of Manoah’s wife, God chose her for the miraculous birth of one of the greatest judges of Israel. Continuing his address, the angel said, “..but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son.”

 
Time and time again, we see God disrupting the natural processes of nature so His divine purposes are accomplished. In this case, God was raising a man who would deliver the Israelites who were at the time being oppressed by the Philistines.
The Second lesson I learnt is that while God is always willing and able to change the circumstances in our lives, we have a part to play. Immediately the Angel breaks the news to the woman, he gives specific instructions, “So be careful; you must not drink wine or any other alcoholic drink nor eat any forbidden food. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and his hair must never be cut. For he will be dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. He will begin to rescue Israel from the Philistines.” (Judges 13: 4-5)

As we will learn later, the Angel’s words came to pass and Samson was born. In verse 25, we read, “And the Lord blessed him as he grew up.”  We can deduce from this verse that the parents , especially the mother followed everything she had been instructed to do concerning the child.

 
There things that God has blessed us with, gifts that he has given to us. We have a responsibility to use those gifts to spread God’s love, joy and peace with the people around us…but are we?

 
Are we seeking to have things just for the thrill of it or to rub shoulders with celebrities and the high and mighty in society?  We have a responsibility to be salt and light to people around us whether they are Christians or not. Samson’s mother knew that the boy was not meant to be exclusively hers but was destined to be God’s instrument to rescue the Israelites from the Philistines.
Are you willing to share what God has given to you so that others can experience God’s deliverance and salvation?

 

(To be continued)

 

Steve Popoola is the editor of Biblepraise Newsletter and the founder of the Biblepraise Fellowship Online at http://www.biblepraise.org. He lives in Kent, United Kingdom, where he works as an IT Professional. He currently serves as a Worship Leader as well as Home Group Leader in his local church and on occasion, speaks at invited events. He is the founder of the Biblepraise Fellowship Online Ministry and Moderator/Editor of the Biblepraise Newsletter. He can be reached through His email address, steve@biblepraise.org

Spotlight On Blasphemy

by Steve Popoola on May 8, 2017 in Biblepraise, Faith

The news making the rounds in the last couple of days, is the investigation into Comedian Stephen Fry’s comments made two years ago. The investigation was triggered by a complaint made against him by a member of the Irish public for making Blasphemous remarks. If a decision is made to prosecute Him, Stephen Fry may be facing a fine of about £25,000.

 

The backlash over this investigation has been making the airwaves with a lot of people calling the investigation silly and irresponsible. I was listening to a radio broadcast and the presenter was obviously livid and you could hear the anger drip from his voice as he berated the Garda Síochána (National Police of Ireland) for such a stupid and unnecessary investigation in this day and age.

 

I have personally not heard or used the word ‘blasphemy’ in my conversations for quite sometime except when reading the scriptures so I decided to revisit blasphemy with regards to scripture.

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.