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by Steve Popoola on
In most religions of the world, adherents are instructed to strive to do good in order to earn the right to an after-life of peace and enjoyment. At the end of your life, you are judged on how good you have been and weighed on how bad you have been to determine how or where you spend eternity. The absoluteness of this may have brought about the teaching and belief in purgatory where people would have a chance to suffer for a while by paying for the bad things they did while they were on earth. This encouraged the giving of penance here on earth to reduce the time that will be spent in such a place.This point brings me to something that Jesus didn’t say. He never said that there would be a place of temporary punishment before going to heaven
by Steve Popoola on
As a growing Christian, I heard many versions of what it meant to be a Christian. While in come cases, it was presented as a new way of life with its many blessings and sacrifices, in other cases, the Christian faith was presented as the gateway to a life of bliss and nothing to worry about. I also had to deal with different opinions on how a Christian should live and this ranged from austere to very liberal.One of the things that has helped me deal with the various and differing points of view is to not only examine what Jesus said but to also examine what He did not say. So what are the things that Jesus didn’t say? There are quite a lot but I would like to focus on a few things that people seem to believe He said which He didn’t.
by Steve Popoola on
Presumption, perception, assumption. These are human traits which attempts to explain circumstances that are not easy to understand with rational thinking. This was exactly what Jesus’ disciples did when they came across a blind man while they were passing through Jerusalem. (John 9:1-3) They initially rationalised that the man’s condition had to be as a result of sin. This can be deduced from the question they asked Jesus, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:2) Jesus’ response blew their assumptions out of the water. “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” Even Jesus Himself was at the receiving...
by Steve Popoola on
On Tuesday 25th August 2020, I was waiting for my brother to call with updates on a medical test my mum was supposed to undergo, in preparation for a follow-up appointment with a medical consultant the next week.When my brother eventually called, I asked how it all went, only to be told that my mum had gone to be with the Lord. I was stunned. That was not the news I was expecting to hear. For a few seconds, I was lost for words. I didn’t know what to say or ask. My mind went blank and no matter what I wanted to say, I just couldn’t find the words. It took a couple of seconds for me to hear my brother calling out with concern, “Hello! Hello! Are you there?”  I assured him I was okay and will talk later. Living thousands of miles away from my mum and my t...
by Steve Popoola on
There is an innate desire in every one of us to be approved. Whether it is at home, at work, in Church or within any setting we find ourselves, there is always that desire in us to get the nod from others, regarding the things we have done. This is not necessarily a bad thing because after all, if we are commended for doing good, it motivates us to want to do better. The problem comes however when the tide changes and the same people who approved us and said things that made us feel good, no longer see the great things they lauded us for but rather start focusing on our short comings.The first recorded miracle of Jesus was at Cana in Galilee (John 2) We don’t know whether the couple was a relation or not but we know that Mary, Jesus’ mo...
by Steve Popoola on
We live in uncertain times and this has been made more obvious with the way the Coronavirus pandemic has caused significant losses to nations, communities, families and individuals in terms of both human and material resources. Although a number of countries are easing back on the lockdowns imposed earlier in the year, it is evident that life as we know it will not be the same in the near future until a vaccine is found to immunise against the virus.With all of this going on, it is easy to feel worried and anxious. Many have been furloughed for several months and are not sure of getting their jobs back, some have actually been let go of their jobs at a time when most companies are not even recruiting. As Christians, we not immune to wha...
Steve Popoola
Steve Popoola is the editor of Biblepraise Newsletter and the founder of the Biblepraise Fellowship Online. He lives in Kent, United Kingdom, where he works as an IT Professional. He serves currently as a Worship Leader in his local church and on occasion, speaks at invited events.