Our first couple guests on 20 Questions.
Can I say reading their responses made me chuckle (see Osi & Oyin’s responses to question 15). Personally, I enjoy reading my guest’s responses to questions 9 & 10 because I get introduced to individuals I don’t tend to study much about in the bible – case examples Osi’s answer (#10) & Oyin’s answer (#9). Thanks Osi & Oyin for letting us in through your lens.
Osi in 3 words: Christ lover, Friendly, Unassuming
Oyin in 3 words: Relax, Warm, and Supporter
- A. Describe yourself in 4 words?
Osi – Selfless Sinner and God’s Student
Oyin – Daughter of God, Lover of people, Warrior and Builder
- I love God because
Osi – He first loved me, taught me who I am, and then taught me to also love me, love Him and love all that is His.
Oyin – like in Deuteronony 30:20b, for He is my life [my good life, my abundant life, my fulfillment] and the length of my days
- Favorite encounter with God
Osi – Was in August 2014 when He called me to walk and work for Him.
Oyin – When He brought me back up from the depths of despair I had descended to and showed himself as my Abba Father
- Favorite female Christian/gospel artist?
Osi – Not really sure I have one anymore but for the longest it was Rachel Kerr (when she sang Gospel)
Oyin – Sinach/Miranda Curtis/Tasha Cobbs Leonard
- Favorite male Christian/gospel artist?
Osi – Phil Thompson
Oyin – Todd Dulaney/Nathaniel Bassey
- Favorite bible scripture when you are down?
Osi – Isaiah 41:10 NLT “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
Oyin – Psalm 121: 1-8 “I will lift up my eyes to the hills [of Jerusalem]—
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber [briefly] nor sleep [soundly].
The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun will not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your life.
The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in [everything that you do]
From this time forth and forever.”
- Favorite song that lifts your spirit?
Osi – Phil Thompson
Oyin – You are my strength – Madelyn Berry/King of Glory Todd Dulaney
- Favorite bible scripture?
Osi – Revelation 3:14 AMPC
And to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the trusty and faithful and true Witness, the Origin and Beginning and Author of God’s creation: [Isa. 55:4; Prov. 8:22.]
From this I understood why we say at the end of prayers in Jesus’ Name, AMEN. I also understood how the world was created, “In the Beginning.” Finally, I also began to understand how the Beginning was/is the Word.
Oyin –Hebrews 4:16 – Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].
- To me, God stands for …………(acronym- your choice) LOVE
Osi – Faith to love me into sacrificing for me before I even loved Him. Long-suffering to be patient with me while I choose others over Him. Amiable to bring me joy in my depths, solace in my pain, and an understandingly honest ear in my loneliness. Graceful to forgive, convict and empower me to obedience. Selfless to give everything that is Him and everything that He has to make me all that He is.
Interestingly that spells FLAGS… 😀
Oyin – Great Omnipotent Daddy
- Favorite female in the bible?
Osi – Esther
Oyin – Deborah
- Favorite male in the bible?
Osi – Can I say Jesus? If not Methuselah or John
Oyin – Difficult to pick because there are may valuable lessons to be learned from all of them but if I had to absolutely pick, I’d say Joseph
- Favorite thing about Jesus?
Osi – For us He gave, He For…gave. Despite all we did, He chose to do what He did while knowing all we were going to do. He forgave me.
Oyin – The fact that he died for my sins and continues to advocate for me as my brother with God
- Favorite thing about God?
Osi – God loves me so deeply that He sacrificed God so that through God I can function in His image as His likeness. He constantly roots for the under-qualified/underdog (Grace).
Oyin – His immense unfathomable love for me
- I pray because
Osi – it is the only way I can maintain a relationship with God to manifest the groans and moans of the Spirit into words, thereby giving earthly authority for heavenly intervention
Oyin – it is my life
- Favorite parable?
Osi – The Sower
Oyin – The parable of the king who forgave the debt of one of his workers and the worker did not in turn forgive someone else’s debts (Matthew 18: 23-25)
- I would rather/prefer (a) sing praise songs; (b) fast (c) sing worship songs; (d) praying; (e) all of the above
Osi – This question is interesting. Biblically, I’m not sure that we have worship songs. Jesus said we worship in Spirit and in Truth. To do that, our praise (glorification and appreciation of God’s Spirit) must match our Truth (living a life that matches the word). Praise is the summation of glorification and Thanksgiving (enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise). So both slow and fast songs are still praise. When we praise in a lifestyle and attitude of Truth, it becomes worship. Fasting itself is worship. You can pray and miss but you can’t praise and miss. Praise itself is an attuned prayer of adoration glory to God. Since I’m sure C is a trick answer, I’ll choose E.
Oyin – all of the above
- On that last day, I want Jesus to say
Osi – Well done my good and faithful servant.
Oyin – welcome home precious daughter, I am proud of you
- If I could do one thing for Jesus, it would be to
Osi – live a life that brings worship unto Him
Oyin – live a life that is pleasing to him that mirrors who He is
- What does LOVE mean to you?
Osi – Forgiveness, Faith and Selfless Sacrifice.
Oyin – Love is the expression of God to us as a man. It is selfless sacrifice without expectation. It is not because of what the other party does or does not do, it swells from the source and shows forth who the person is without being prodded.
- A testimony/story that makes you marvel everytime about God
Osi – Honestly, my life.
Oyin – I marvel at God when I think of how He saved my soul from eternal damanation and restored me from the depths of my despair. How He made several ways for me when it looked like I was in a hopeless situation and could not find a path forward. He miraculously made a way and continues to make ways to His glory in Christ Jesus.
- I can’t live without?
Osi – God
Oyin – The Love of God, The Word of Jesus and the Wisdom/guidance/direction of the Holy Spirit