Posts by Simbo Odunaiya

Posts by Simbo Odunaiya

Don’t Be Like Jafar!

On Thursday, we watched the Disney movie, Aladdin to celebrate Morayo’s 4th birthday. During the movie, Morayo asked me to pause the movie, she looked at me and asked: “Daddy, why did God create Jafar? He is so mean and evil, and I am sure he supports the devil.” For those who have not watched Aladdin, Jafar is the second most powerful person in the fictional Kingdom of Agrabah, answering only to the Sultan. He presents himself as a respectable…

Because He Lives, We Can Face Tomorrow

About this time last year, precisely on Easter Sunday, I wrote about how difficult and strange the times were.  I did not know at that time that it was going to get a lot more difficult and stranger.  I do not believe I have witnessed or ever heard about so many deaths as I have heard in the past year.  I had thought not having the opportunity to worship at the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday was one of the most…

In All Things We Thank God

My stepdaughter’s father, a devoted Moslem, has this constant response for most things I greet him about.  It does not matter what the live event is, his usual response is “In all things we thank God”.  When his father died and I greeted him, his response was the same.  When he was appointed as a member of one world body on IT security, his response was still the same.  In essence while he is a Moslem, he seems to still…

The Heavenly Perspective

Many things that are desired of a Christian require that we stay focused and always have the heavenly perspective.  Take this idea of virtue or goodness – 2 Peter 1: 5.  How does one add virtue to faith with all the evil that surrounds us in this world?  It is obvious that to be anything close to what is requested of us, our minds must be completely removed from things that go on around us.  Apostle Paul knew that our…

Our God, Our Comfort

The promise we have in the Word of God is that God will not leave us comfortless.  In fact, the Word of God says He is “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort”- 2 Corinthians 1:3b.  This promise is available to us today.  We however go through some things in our lifetime that tend to increase the level of our discomfort and we begin to forget the promise that God will not leave us comfortless (John14:18). “God…

Faith Enhancer

The Bible talks about dead faith, which we can also refer to as empty faith, or useless faith.  It is that kind of faith that is as good as being non-existent because it is not accomplishing what God wants or desires of it.  “…. faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17).  Many of us have only this kind of faith, but God wants us to have faith that is fruitful.  Our faith is…

Pressed But Not Crushed

While we have been hemmed in on all sides with all sorts of undesirable news in recent times, I am never in doubt that we remain more than conquerors through Christ who loves us. “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).  Not only do we all now know someone who has succumbed to the overwhelming effect of the Covid-19 disease,…

Our Lent Be-attitude

The Christian calendar of Lent has come upon us again.  It is meant to be a time of abstinence, penitence, repentance, renewal, and rededication.  It is a time to approach the throne of grace just exactly the way we are and seek mercy and grace from our God most high.  We must make this season more meaningful by allowing its importance to weigh on our hearts so we can focus more on the real essence of the season. Lent is…

Valentine Love

I have experienced different forms of Valentine celebrations in my lifetime.  In my High School days, we will come to class sometimes before the day, all of us looking forward to our usual Valentine Day tradition.  The tradition then was to pick ballot papers that reveal who your Valentine that year would be.  Many of us who did not have the courage then to talk to ladies always hoped and prayed that the master orchestrator will orchestrate the ballot to…

The Interconnectedness Of Our Stories

Judge Frank Caprio is a Municipal Court Judge in Rhode Island who has become a viral video star for his unique type of judgments.  For a while now, I have enjoyed watching some episodes of his court trials.  The unique aspect of his hearings, to me, is the attention he pays to the individual stories of the people brought before him.  In the end when he gives his judgement, they are often more influenced by the stories he heard than…

Loving Oneself

We have been discussing the reality that some Christians find it difficult to love their neighbors because they do not understand the concept of love enough for them to love themselves.  We generally have this false concept of self-love which results in activities of self-indulgence that lead folks to “over-loving” themselves to the point of neglecting the needs of others close to them.  We “love” ourselves so much and do not love others nearly enough.  Our warped idea of self-love…

The Essentiality Of Love

It is interesting to note how people often engage in the right thing but for the wrong reason. It happens all around all the time.  Two biblical examples come to mind.  First was from Paul’s letter to the Philippians in Philippians 1:15-17: “It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former…