But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. (Mt 25:18, ESV)
When I read the parable of the talents, I never quite think of myself as the wicked and lazy servant who buried his talent in the ground. I was actively serving at church – it wasn’t like I wasn’t using the talents that God gave me! But there’s another way to bury our talents apart from not using them, and that is by being complacent.
Their wings touched one another…two wings of each one touched one another. (Ezekiel 1:9,11)
Be close enough to know each other’s heart, and to give and receive encouragement in the truth.
One of the most moving phrases in Paul’s writing to Timothy is, “…I remember you in my prayers night and day, greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears…” (2 Tim 1:3-4).
Timothy’s sincerity in ministering met hard times. His wings seemed listless, then lifeless. The easiest way would have been just to let Timothy go home. But Paul knew God’s grace and gift had been with Timothy and still was. What Paul saw in Timothy was two levels: first, it appeared that Timothy wanted to give up, and second, Timothy had a genuine faith. Continue reading
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I testify.
Occasionally, people tell me that they learned to cook by helping their mothers in the kitchen. Yet, I didn’t have the same opportunity because my late mom, for uncertain reasons, wouldn’t allow my siblings or me to help her in the kitchen.
No. It’s not a new football (soccer) club.
You Only Live Once For Christ.
Don’t live life as a sub.
Let not the world your heart entice.
Why not give all you’ve got?
Or have you His grace forgot?
Life here is just a dot.
Why labour just for a speck, a spot?
Eternity is a priceless promise.
Christ paid with precious blood.
Don’t let the world’s lies bombard us.
Our love towards Him a flood.
One of the most marvellous blessings in observing God’s church grow according to His word is to see how God composes the body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 12:24, the Greek word for “composed,” sygkeránnymi, is made up of two words: sýn, “identified with,” and keránnymi, “mix into a new and improved compound” – properly, mix together into a superior compound – “a holistic blend” (unified whole) where the parts work together synergistically. (Source)
I have heard testimonies and also witnessed personally how different generations, working with one heart and mind, not only complement each other, but combine to bring out a greater advantage. An older generation has the insight and blessing of experience, while the younger generation has the energy and drive.
Each generation must love God sincerely and there must be trust towards each other in order for God’s blessing to take place. Continue reading