A man gave me an Origami bird he had made, He does it as a project with some kids and I thought how great an idea. Teaching kids the beauty of creativity. What struck me is that not only is it a children's project but this man also gives birds to random people he encounters in public. … Continue reading The Bird of Hope
Religious syncretism, the fusion of diverse religious beliefs and practices. Religious syncretism is the reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief.” This is most evident in the areas of philosophy and religion and usually results in a new teaching or belief system. More and more I'm learning just how serious this matter is and that this doesn't … Continue reading Monday Meaning : Syncretism
Habakkuk 2:18-20English Standard Version (ESV) 18 “What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols! 19 Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; to a silent stone, Arise! Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid … Continue reading Meek Monday Meanings: IDOL
I'm sure you've heard the saying, patience is a virtue. What if we thought of patience, like patients? Like having a task to carry out as part of your service to this particular client. Each patient representing something that is executed and maybe even something new learnt. It is the attitude of waiting and being expectant … Continue reading Meek Monday Meaning: Patience
Proverbs 27:15-16 A continual dripping on a day of violent showers and a contentious woman are alike;16 Whoever attempts to restrain [a contentious woman] might as well try to stop the wind—his right-hand encounters oil [and she slips through his fingers]. Have you ever checked yourself to see if you are generally quarrelsome? Sometimes quarrelling just … Continue reading Wife-able Wednesday: Are you Quarrelsome?
Romans 1:17 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” What is faith? In the greek: Faith( Elpis) el-pece' From elpō which is a primary word (to anticipate, usually with pleasure); expectation (abstract or … Continue reading Monday Meaning: Faith
I decided to devote Monday's to exploring the meaning of words or sayings. Why you ask: because I believe that words matter. Monday's are usually an any topic goes kind of day. I'm thinking of so many things that sometimes its hard to keep focused and on track. Alas, I press on with intention. I was recently reminded of Nehemiah 8:10 where we find the origin of the quote "The joy of the Lord is your strength" We all know that people have a tendency to whip out their nifty quotes and proverbs for your every need. Sometimes they're really genuine and heartfelt but then there are other times when it's as common as a Whatsapp image with poor graphics. They're stated verbatim or over stated and sometimes do more harm than good. Even worse if they are slapped on us like a wet band-aid without really understanding the meaning or without care. I'll be honest I am pretty sure that one of these has been me! I'm learning folks.
What have you been entrusted with today? How have you guarded this deposit with care? How about the truth about your faith does your life show you care about what was originally give to you as a gift? I challenge you to apply this principle to all of your life.
Isaiah 43:19English Standard Version (ESV) 19 Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. I'm writing this on Sunday evening, very reflective as I start this new week. You see I'm about to face some unexpected changes that … Continue reading The Winds of Change
As she squeezed the last few pieces of yucca into the bowl the corner grew dim in the thatched roof house. Ulga grasped for the flint and struck it, lighting a small flicker in the pit that quickly grew. Tolu unconcerned about the dim home perched forward as far as his tiny frame could, just … Continue reading The Light Dance: a short story