Archives For Biblepraise

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!

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.

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

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.

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.