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Not Alone Today Podcast is a podcast for young adults and teenagers — a platform where their everyday questions are responded to biblically and practically. The hosts, Joseph and Anu Ola are the hosts of Alive Mentorship Group — an online mentoring platform where young adults learn practical life lessons across geographical barriers as Joseph and Anu share unreservedly from their life experiences.
 
This is the podcast where African Proverbs and Biblical Wisdom converge. Each episode focuses on a Yorùbá proverb which is then reflected upon in the light of scriptures. The podcast aims both to showcase a rich collection of African proverbs and offer such indigenous wisdom to young adults of African descent and, indeed, anyone!
 
Joseph is an author, a youth mentor, self-publisher, podcaster and an LFC fan. Since entering the ministry in 2012, he has served churches & ministries in Nigeria, US & the UK. He holds a Masters Degree in Biblical and Pastoral Theology from Liverpool Hope University, UK; a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from Life Church College, Bradford, and a Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. He founded Alive Mentorship Group in 2015—an online mentoring communit ...
 
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This is a 6-in-1 special episode bringing together over two hours of Relationship Content from the Not Alone Today Podcast. For easy navigation, here's a guide: 0:00 ⏩ 1. Help! I Don't Like Who God Wants Me To Marry 19:07 ⏩ 2. Marrying a Pastor 45:14 ⏩ 3. Becoming the Right Person While Waiting for the Right Person 01:12:40 ⏩ 4. The Audacity of Mar…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: “Ohun tí a rí la fi ḿbọ párá ẹni; Bí igi tíná ḿbẹ lẹ́nu ẹ̀ kọ́.” ENGLISH TRANSLATION: "One uses whatever one can find to fill gaps in one’s roof; That does not apply to a still-burning stick." MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: The imagery that birthed this proverb is that of a mud hut with a thatched roof in a typical African vill…
 
In today's episode, we respond to Chika's question sent in from Lagos, Nigeria. Here's her question: "What do you do when you try to work out your relationship with other people and it seems like the more you try to 'express' who you are, they keep misunderstanding?" We discussed a few possibilities for Chika's consideration including but not limit…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: “Àṣá ò gbádìẹ níkọ̀kọ̀; gba-n-gba làṣá ńgbádìẹ” INTERPRETATION: "What one dare do, one does openly" MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: The imagery that birthed this proverb is hunting; the kite (predator) hunts the chick (prey) in broad day light, says the proverb. In that sense, we can easily see the biblical imagery of the devil …
 
Preached on 31st October 2021 Synopsis: Exactly 504 years ago, on 31 October 1517, Martin Luther did an ordinary thing that gave birth to an extraordinary reformation that has totally reshaped the course of Christian history ever since. He sparked a debate that led to what church looks like today. In 1521 (500 years ago), he faced the most gigantic…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: “À-fi-ọ̀rọ̀-wé-ọ̀rọ̀ ò jẹ́ kí ọ̀rọ̀ tán bọ̀rọ̀.” INTERPRETATION: "Allowing-a-current-matter-to-remind-one-of-similar-matters-in-the-past prevents a quarrel from ending easily." MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: Have you ever met someone who ALWAYS recalls your past mistakes in light of your present ones? How does that make you fee…
 
In today's episode, we respond to Betty's question sent in from East Africa. Her main question goes thus: "Pastor, I need your help. I've been married to a man I believe is God's will for my life for a couple of years. However, I have observed in recent times that my husband lies to me and hardly apologises! There are so many decisions we make as a…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: “Omi ló dànù, agbè ò fọ́” INTERPRETATION: "It is the water that is spilled; the water container is not broken." MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: This proverb is usually used in consoling someone who has experienced a loss. It's a way of shifting their perspective from the loss in itself to the fact that there is still 'something …
 
In today's episode, we respond to Helen's questions. Her main question goes thus: "What can you say about a single lady who is waiting and working because she is not sure that it is time for her to get into a marital relationship yet? She is willing to walk according to divine timing; she is working on discovering herself, acquiring useful skills, …
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: “Erín ńtú eruku; ẹfọ̀n ńtú eruku; títú eruku àjànàkú bo tẹfọ̀n mọ́lẹ̀.” INTERPRETATION: "The elephant raises a cloud of dust; the buffalo raises a cloud of dust; the elephant’s ability to raise dust far surpasses the buffalo’s." MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: This proverb speaks of the fact that some things (or people) are sim…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: “Àtètèdáyé ò kan tọrọ̀; Ọlọ́run ní ńṣe orí owó.” INTERPRETATION: "Primogeniture (the state of being the firstborn child) has nothing to do with wealth; it is God Who assigns wealth to (people's) destinies." MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: The proverb counsels against seeking riches by all means rather than fundamentally acknowle…
 
"What are your thoughts on how young moms can manage money in their marital context?" That's the summary of today's question. It is the concluding part of Tunde's question which we began responding to in our previous episode (S3E04) on balancing the roles of a wife, young mom and career person with one's spirituality. Here's Tunde's question once a…
 
"How can a young mom balance spirituality, childcare, marriage and her career?" That's this week's question in a nutshell. Today's question comes in from Tunde who sends a voice note to ask a question based on his recent interactions with 3 of his friends (all ladies) who share some things in common. In summary, here's his question: "3 ladies who j…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: “Ohun tó ṣe àgùntàn tó fi kó òtútù; bó ṣe ewúrẹ́, á ṣe aláìsí.” INTERPRETATION: "The condition that gave a sheep a cold, if it befell a goat, would result in its death." MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: The proverb warns us against being so foolhardy that we dare what others do without having what others have. It reinforces the m…
 
THE QUESTION: Today's question comes in from a listener who asks, "Do you ever worry about whether someone—or many people in fact—might have written about what you have in mind to write about?" Joseph and Anu reflected on this from their writing and publishing experience. Click on any of the links to listen . . . and please, remember to share. ✥ Jo…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: “Bí a bá fi inú wénú, iwọ là ńjẹ.” INTERPRETATION: "If we compare notes with others, we wind up eating bile." MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: If you've ever had to kill a chicken before, you will probably be familiar with the fact that you have to carefully remove the gall bladder and dispose of it. Why? The liquid inside that g…
 
THE QUESTION: Today's question comes in from Tejire, a young lady who has been in a godly courtship with the man she's truly and fully persuaded to be God's will for her life. However, as the wedding day draws nearer, it's been one challenge from her family or the other. She's feeling depressed from the various issues that are popping up (mostly pe…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: “Ọtí gbélé ahun ó kan.” INTERPRETATION: "Wine stays in the home of the miser until it goes sour." MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: The proverb admonishes us to share rather than hoard. To hoard is to deny oneself of the superlative indescribable joy of being the reason behind someone else's happiness. Jesus modelled this kind of …
 
THE QUESTION: Today's question comes in from Ire, a young lady who feels a bit fearful being faced with a dilemma regarding her choice of a life partner. She asks, "How do I hear from God (regarding who to marry) when my heart is full of fear?" The backstory is elaborated upon in the episode. BIBLE VERSES REFERENCED 2 Timothy 1:7 TPT - "For God wil…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: “Ọdọọdún nìrèké ńso.” INTERPRETATION: "The sugarcane flourishes annually." MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: The proverb is typically used as a new year prayer for a perennial good fortune. The idea is that as surely as the sugarcane will yet again flourish in the new year, we can expect good fortune yet again! The truth is that G…
 
"How can you help a younger believer who is addicted to masturbation when previous intervention doesn't seem to be effective?" That is the summary to the interesting question we responded to in this episode. It comes in from Bimpe who asks, "Sir, please I need your counsel on a matter. There's this girl myself and [my fiancé] are discipling who is …
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: "Ìpọ́njú àgbẹ̀ ò ju ọdún kan." INTERPRETATION: "A farmer’s suffering will not last longer than a year." MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: The proverb is based on the concept of sowing (planting) and harvesting. The understanding is that if a farmer plants and begins to suffer for lack of resources or even lack of food to eat, such…
 
"What if someone is addicted to sharing godly and edifying posts on social media?" That is the summary of the interesting question we responded to in this episode. It comes in from Bisi who asks, "Sir, I have a question for your wife. I remember in one of the previous podcast episodes that I listened to, she spoke about how that when she has gotten…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: "Àparò ò ga ju ara-a wọn lọ, àfi èyí tó gun ebè." INTERPRETATION: "No partridge is taller than another except for those standing on earth mounds." (Earth mounds are little heaps of soil usually made with a hoe; in the farm, crops like yam and cassava are planted into the heaps.) MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: Usually, this prov…
 
In today's episode, Anu and Joseph both reflect on some highlights from their time in the Word in the past week. Anu zoomed in on different aspects and prayers from the life of David as recorded in 1 Chronicles while Joseph reflects on a conversation between Jesus, Peter and John in Luke 22. BIBLE VERSES REFERENCED 1 Chronicles 21:8; 22:9; 29:10f L…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: "Bí ayé bá ńyẹni, ìwà ìbàjẹ́ là ńhù." INTERPRETATION: "If life is being good to one, one is likely to act disgracefully." MEANING: Prosperity (especially material-wise) comes with a temptation to misbehave. REFLECTION: The idea this proverb posits is found all over the Bible. God repeatedly warned the Israelites of the tendency …
 
"If the lady I'm convinced God wants me to marry has a bad attitude and character, should I still go ahead?" That is the summary to the interesting question we considered in this episode. It comes in from Zachaeus who asks, "Please sir, there's this question I'd love to ask as well as seek clarity from you with regards to marriage/relationship. If …
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: "Ojú onílá nilá ṣe ńkó." INTERPRETATION: "It is in the presence of the okro planter that the fruits become fibrous (and inedible)." MEANING: The negligent person will watch as his or her affairs go to ruin. REFLECTION: When okro fruits are harvested as at when due, they are very edible and bring gain to the farmer, the seller, t…
 
Is it okay to sleep on a hotel bed on our wedding night? That is the summary of the interesting question we considered in this episode. It comes in from Kwame who asks, "Hi. I have this question on my mind and I would want to know your thoughts about it and whether it is scripturally right or wrong. Myself and my wife-to-be have had a lot of discus…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: ""Níbo ló gbé wà?" nìyájú ẹkùn." INTERPRETATION: ""Where is it?" is a great insult to the leopard." MEANING: One should be smart enough to hide one’s ignorance about things one ought to know because there are some truths that are so self-evident that to query otherwise is to reveal one's foolishness. REFLECTION: The idea being p…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: "Bí ọmọdé bá ńṣe ọmọdé, àgbà a máa ṣe àgbà." INTERPRETATION: "When a child is being a child, an elder must remain an elder." MEANING: One should not permit other people’s immature behaviour to deflect one from the proper course of acting maturely. REFLECTION: The idea being put forward is that people do act according to varying …
 
Have you ever felt disappointed by God? The question we responded to in this episode comes in from Henry who asks, "At those times when you felt disappointed by God, what were the things you did to keep you going and to still trust in God?" We discussed this by sharing some personal case studies of times we have felt such an emotion and the practic…
 
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