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parable of the talents

The Parable of the Talents (part 2 of 2)

In last week’s post we began to look at the parable of the talents, I have often heard it preached and taught in a way that shows that if we do not use our God given talents then we can end up with our gifts and talents taken away from us and given to someone else.  I am not surprised to find that this generally results in people left feeling burdened with the weight of discovering what their talent is and learning to use/invest it so that they avoid the lot of the ‘lazy and wicked’ servant.  As I mentioned, I don’t think that the actual purpose of this parable is to elicit anxiety, fear, self-doubt or mass panic but to teach and edify, how?  Well the two good servants didn’t seem panicked or anxious about using their talents; it seemed to happen almost naturally for them, they were not running against the clock or carrying out all types of good works to ensure that they pleased their master.  It’s good to focus on this for a bit because this shows us what those who are truly using their talents should look like however, we also need to know why the outcome of the lazy servant was what it was. Continue reading

beauty budding after the storm

He heals the broken-hearted…

I wrote the following post in August of last year, this is a post about promise.  God is a giver, He gives life, someone said it this way God wants to serve us, He wants us to eat of Him and feed off of Him, He is so hungry that we be filled up to overflowing.  If you are in despair today, think of God as someone who wants to lead you to those still waters and lush pastures, He wants to feed you with His goodness and by allowing Him to serve you, someway, somehow He also heals our broken-heart and binds our wounds.  I can feel the difference He makes in me everyday, I am walking towards that land of promise.

Please take the time to read the post below and listen to the accompanying song and be blessed in Him.

Shalom in Messiah.

psalm 147:3

He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 147: 3

It’s another week for us all and I was thinking about what I would write, I thought today I could finish the second instalment on what God had revealed to me about faith, but to perfectly honest I’m not in that place to write about faith today.  I will write about one simple truth today, and that is Love, the Father’s love for us to be more precise.  Some people call it Agape after the Greek word found in the Bible, but as someone who taught the psychology of relationships in a previous life, Agape is just a word, used by people to explain a phenomenon, it has no soul, no essence to me, so I would rather not use that word to describe the Father’s love for His children.

It has been a very hard couple of weeks for me, I used to suffer quite a bit from panic attacks but since my MRI results in November I hadn’t experienced any panicky sessions at all, until 2 days ago.  What’s been happening to make me feel panicky?  Well, it’s been a gradual onset but I first began to see real signs after the London riots this month and there has been a lethargy that has crept up on me and a desire to not face the world has steadily grown stronger.  I know that this is the enemy, but nevertheless the battle is real for me, more real to me than the ones usually broadcasted everyday on the news.  There is a battle for my soul.

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