Posts by Simbo Odunaiya (Page 2)

Posts by Simbo Odunaiya (Page 2)

Thinking Of The Present

As I started meditating about writing on this topic, a song immediately came to my mind, “One day at a time”, the version by Cristy Lane. “Yesterday is gone, sweet Jesus, and tomorrow may never be mine.  Lord help me today, show me the way, one day at a time”.  We all need to live life one day at a time.  Just as the Bible has always enjoined us not to dwell on the past, it also teaches us not…

April 28, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE –

Blessed people of God: Last night, Governor Dewine outlined a responsible protocol for getting Ohio back to work.  There are different recommendations in the protocol for different sectors of the Ohio economy.  While Religious activities are still classified as essential activities, we are still enjoined to act responsibly.  In the outline by the Governor, the stay at home order is still in effect and gatherings of over 10 people are still prohibited in Ohio.  One key aspect of the outline…

Thinking About The Past

It is amazing how our thoughts sometimes tend to hold us back. The mind will always wander and when it does it tends to think mostly of things that are long gone, especially things we have no business thinking about. The Bible is very clear that our thoughts or what we think about are important to God. The prayer of the Psalmist in Psalm 19:14 says, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable…

Thinking About The Future

Times like these affect how we generally think about the future.  There is palpable fear about contracting the dreaded novel corona virus.  Added to this fear is the uncertainty that the virus has induced everywhere.  Uncertainty about your studies, uncertainty about your jobs, uncertainty about your finances, and uncertainty about your health.  Sometimes this past week I heard the leading infectious disease expert in the United States say ordinary things like shaking hands or hugging friends may be a thing…

Redeem The Time

This is definitely an Easter with a difference.  In my over 60 years of life, I cannot remember an Easter Sunday that I was not in a Sanctuary to celebrate the Easter Sunday.  I have written in the past about how the Easter period should be the most joyous of all Christian celebrations.  The joy of Easter is not the kind of joy we see in everyday life.  This is so because it brings into memory one of the most…

Completed By Faith

There are two dimensions of faith.  One speaks to the trust and the belief we have in God.  Hebrews 11:1 says “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”  So, our faithfulness in God demands that we trust Him no matter what the situation is.  Our song says God is bigger than our circumstances, and this must naturally lead to trusting Him above all circumstances.  The other dimension of faith speaks to…

COVID-19 April 2nd Update

April 2, 2020 Update: Government of Ohio Extends Stay at Home Order Blessed People of God: The government of Ohio, today, extended the stay at home order till Friday, May 1, 2020.  It takes effect on Monday April 6, when the old order expires.  The order is essentially similar to the previous one, but it also included some little variations to limit overcrowding in grocery stores and state parks.  The full information can be accessed at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home.  I urge you all…

March 22nd Update: Government of Ohio Stay at Home Order

Brethren:  Today, the Government of Ohio activated a stay at home order in order to stem the rise of the COVID-19 infections.  This stay at home order takes effect beginning Monday, March 23 at 11:59pm for two weeks, in the first instance.  The details of the order are in the document attached.  Please familiarize yourself with this document so as to know how it affects you personally. Naturally, this order affects the way we have been conducting our services which was based…

Peace Through Patience

It is interesting to note that patience is one of the attributes or characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit.  Growing up, I had always heard it said that patience is a virtue.  So, I am not surprised to learn that God holds patience very high among the attitudes He wants us, as His children, to exhibit.  So, it has been said that patience is linked to better health; that patience makes people better friends and neighbors, and that patience…

March 18th UPDATE

Good morning blessed people of God: As you know, we continue to we have continued to monitor developments on the COVID-19 so we can adjust as it relates to our Worship services.  This is to let you know that the situation of things is about the same, maybe a little tighter, in terms of gathering.  Since we last had our service, gathering at bars, restaurants, and gyms have been banned in Ohio.  CDC has advised against any gathering of people…

We shall Overcome

Good day blessed brothers and sisters of CICC: I just want to touch base with you all, first to check on how you are doing in this era of self-quarantining and social distancing, and to encourage you and let you know it shall be well.  I trust you are doing well by the grace of God.  We continue to receive daily news of growing cases of infection here in the United States, and in our State, Ohio.  I urge you…