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.

Recognizing the Prompts

by Steve Popoola on September 5, 2016 in Biblepraise

I recently learnt a hard lesson on being sensitive to prompts and signals. As human beings, we have been created to recognise and respond to prompts, signs and signals in order to take action that can keep not only us but others safe from impending harm.

My family and I set out on a trip to Taunton in Somerset, a county in South West England. Along the way, I refused to acknowledge the prompt of the navigator guiding me to take a certain road because I felt I knew a better route. It turned out that I was wrong and ended up taking a longer route through busy city traffic that I would have otherwise avoided.

The Triumph of Grace

by Steve Popoola on August 15, 2016 in Biblepraise, Faith

Grace is the most important, yet most misunderstood concept in Christianity. Its simplicity derives from God’s love towards man – God doing all that is required to redeem man in his fallen state.


Religion has been defined as man’s efforts to appease God. Unfortunately, the best of efforts is not enough to satisfy the requirements of divine law. If there was one person who was well versed in the law and did everything he could to follow the requirements of the law, it was Paul the Apostle.

No Middle Ground

by Steve Popoola on July 18, 2016 in Faith, World Events


When the Future Seems So Uncertain

by Steve Popoola on July 4, 2016 in Biblepraise, Faith, inspiration, World Events

On Thursday June 23, 2016, the people of Great Britain went to the polls to decide the future on England, whether to stay or remain in the entity called the European Union.

Before this time, campaigners had done all they could to convince the electorate which way to vote. Unfortunately, twenty-four hours before the vote was scheduled to begin, many were still undecided. On Friday June 24, 2016, to the surprise of many, a majority of the British voters decided to leave the European Union.

Since this historic decision, there has been a cloud of uncertainty over the future of Great Britain with many seeing the decision to leave the EU as death knell to what was once referred to as Great Britain. While many who voted to leave have been jubilating, there have been reports of people lamenting their decision to vote leave, some even claiming they did so because they did not think their vote would count. Others claimed they voted to leave because they were not happy with the political establishment.

There is no doubt that there is anxiety and in many cases fear of what will happen when Britain officially leaves the EU. There has been talk of increases in taxes and cutting of interest rates both of which will put pressure on the finances of households. Even the hardcore proponents of the Leave campaign admit that there would be a time of financial and economic uncertainty though they believe there will be long term economic prosperity.

Anyone following the way the UK elections have been predicted in recent years will agree that the bookers got their predictions all wrong. First, it was predicted that the Labour party was likely to win the last elections, there wrong, the conservative party one. Then it was predicted the EU referendum is likely to have the Remain votes likely to win.

When we are faced with a future of uncertainty, as is the case of the UK leaving the EU, what do we do? I believe that according to the Bible, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

The disciples were faced with uncertainty when Jesus was crucified on the cross. What had happened was not what they expected. They had heard Jesus talk about His kingdom and had believed that the end of Roman rule was imminent. While Jesus was with them, they were willing to go anywhere with him, even willing to die for the cause if necessary. This hope was dashed the minute Jesus gave up the ghost on the cross of Calvary.

I can imagine the questions that must have raged in their hearts, “What will the future be for me? What will be the future of Israel as a nation? How long will we be under Roman rule? Will God be sending another Saviour?

The future indeed looked bleak, that is, until early in the morning on that third day when Mary went to the tomb and found it empty. Everything changed when she saw her Lord alive. It looked bleak for the disciples until Jesus appeared in their midst and said, ‘Peace be with you! (John 20:19)

The men on the road to Emmaus must have been considering the future consequences of what had just happened in Jerusalem (Luke 24: 13-35) They were apparently troubled and in despair. Jesus walked alongside then and asked, ‘What are you discussing as you walk along?’ (Luke 24: 17) One of them looked at Jesus and concluded that he must be a visitor if he was not privy to what happened in Jerusalem concerning the sentencing and crucifixion of Jesus on the cross. As if that were not enough, they had heard that some women found his tomb empty but instead saw a vision of angels who said Jesus was alive, however no one had seen him.

Then Jesus began to speak with them, referring to what the scriptures had said concerning his suffering, death and resurrection. It was not after he had disappeared while they ate supper, that they realized that it was Jesus. Uncertainty gave way to hope and instantly they returned to Jerusalem to share both what they had seen and heard.

The only certainty in the changing circumstances around us is God and the promises He has made concerning us. Politicians may change but God never changes. Policies may change but God’s promises never change. This is why the Psalmist confidently proclaimed in Chapter 41:1 “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when the earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea”.

The Apostle Paul advices; “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Only God knows the future and if we place our lives in His hands, we can be sure that He will lead us through the uncertainties of life so that when others are worrying themselves silly, you will go through life with a smile on your face because you know the one who knows tomorrow.


Steve Popoola is the editor of Biblepraise Newsletter and the founder of the Biblepraise Fellowship Online at 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,

A Tale of Two Fathers

by Steve Popoola on June 20, 2016 in Biblepraise

As we celebrate another Father’s day, I am honoured to be given the opportunity to speak on the topic, A Tale of two Fathers. Interestingly enough, we cannot begin the discussion on the two fathers without first examining the role of a mother in the lives of these two men.


Hannah was a woman who desired to have a child but for a long time in her marriage, she was unable to get pregnant. The desperation led her to the temple one day where she prayed, pouring her heart out to God in prayer. At about this time, the High Priest, Eli was in the temple and while observing her, assumed she was drunk, since all he could see was her mouth moving with no sound. He came to her and scolded her for being drunk but was soon corrected when Hannah told him why she was in the temple and what she was doing. Having heard this, Eli blessed her and she went away comforted in the knowledge that her prayer has been answered.


Not long afterwards, Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a baby boy, who was named Samuel. In her prayer to God for the child, she had vowed to give up the child to the service of God, which she did as soon as the child was old enough to be left alone. Through Hannah therefore, the two fathers in this story were brought together.

In or Out?

by Steve Popoola on May 16, 2016 in Biblepraise

On Thursday 23rd June 2016, British nationals will be making a decision that will have a huge significance on the future of Britain; whether to remain or to leave the European Union.

Campaigns have started and as it is often the case, there are those in favour of leaving and those against it. Although the polls already show the number of those who are likely to vote on either side of the spectrum, as a British national myself, I still belong to the group of the undecided and hope that by voting day, I would have been armed not only with the information I need to help me make the right decision but also and most importantly, the spiritual guidance to know what God’s will is.

The Power of Friendship

by Steve Popoola on May 2, 2016 in Biblepraise

There was a man who was helped by His friends to get to house where Jesus was speaking. By the time they got there, the house was full and many could not get into the house to hear Jesus speak. I can imagine if it was the present time, there would have been a discussion among the friends along this line;

Friend 1 – “Whose idea was it to come here anyway?
Friend 2 – “It does not matter, we just have to figure a way to get in

Friend 3 – “I agree, there has to be a way

Friend 1 – “Are you guys out of your minds? Can you see the crowd outside? We should have been here hours ago to give us a chance to get inside”

Friend 4 – “What about the roof? Can’t we climb up and make a hole from which we can lower him down?”

Friend 2 – “Great Idea! Why didn’t I think of that?”

Unsung Heroes (Tribute to ‘Mom’ Shirley Lawson)

by Steve Popoola on April 11, 2016 in Biblepraise

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing” (2 Tim 4:7-8)

A hero is defined as someone who is admired for doing something brave or achieving something great.

Society often look at people who achieve what is seen as admirable and outstanding as is the case of soldiers who are honoured for bravery and sacrifice in the defence of a country. There are others who are honoured for their bravery for standing against repressive regimes and advocating for the rights of the people.

There are some heroes however, whose actions impact other people quietly. They sacrifice their time and resources to ensure that others are cared for and encouraged. They are generally unknown in the wider society and they are happy with that. They just keep on giving until the end and are missed greatly by those who were beneficiaries of their giving.

Stop, Look, Listen, Obey

by Steve Popoola on March 7, 2016 in Devotion, Discipleshipship

There are times when in the ordinary course of our business, extra ordinary events occur in our lives, which we cannot explain. When these events occur, we often wonder about the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of these occurrences. We are so focused on the uniqueness of the event that we miss out on the message that God is passing across to us through these unusual events.


In most cases, when these events occur, they are witnessed by people who were not even looking for them. They happen at a time when these people are going about their normal business. We will be looking at examples of people who in the ordinary course of their lives, had an encounter with God

Moses: (Exodus 3)

Moses had run away from Egypt after killing one of the Egyptians who was beating up on a Hebrew slave. He had gone to Midian and settled there. His occupation was to tend the sheep of his Father-in-law, Jethro. Going back to Egypt was the furthest thing in His mind – in fact, it was never going to happen.