Inspirational Quotes for the WEEKEND

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By Charles Leyman Kachitsa

Some days would be like that with a promise of good whether yet as the day wears on the weather would prove to be unfriendly. The weather forecast that most often are given on TV or via radio broadcast and in our modern days on technical gadgets such as mobile phones, are to date just a closer prediction of what may be coming.

Ever since creation, man has tried to take control of every thing in the world, yet one such thing as the weather has eluded him. In most parts of Africa there are beliefs that other mare mortals can stop the rain from coming down. I do not know how but perhaps like on the positive side where one has belief that the rains are brought by God, the belief of someone stopping the rain when deep rooted could act as a prayer for such to happen.

After failing to control the weather to bring certainty, man is now complicating things by bringing uncertainty in his entire life. Technology which was supposed to bring certainty has proven to bring even more uncertainness. An example is use of technology in football which perhaps until some other things are sorted like who is the ultimate authority in any game as it used to be, its use has only brought much more confusion. Who is to blame more than man himself?

This weeks quotes are taken from a book that I revisited this week to gain more insight on some aspects in it I felt were more eye opening. I am sure these quotations from it will teach you one or two lessons, read and enjoy:

GLOBAL HUMILITY -Attitudes for Mission by Andy McCullough

If it is true that our cultural lenses make us less objective than we would like, and if it is true that the same Scriptures can be read over and over yet not understood because of blind sports, then it follows that we must be more humble about our theology. Which is the purpose of this book! Avis proposes that ‘because the Church is not generally infallible, doctrines are not irreformable.’

A parable, then, is a double-edged sword. For those whose hearts are being opened to the gospel, there is the opportunity to believe and to engage with the truth. Many will have the experience of Lydia: ‘The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said.’ For others, the function of this ‘hiddenness’ is to bring a tacit judgement, a sign that they are under condemnation.”

In honour-shame cultures, confrontation is complex. To face-off with someone older or higher status than you is an elaborate dance, and even to rebuke a peer can result in a loss of face. You may win the argument, but you will lose the relationship. When Nathan approached King David about his adultery with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah, he was taking his life in his hands. He resorted to parable. ——— Parables in this context enables the teacher to say hard truths in a soft way. It puts the ball in the court of the hearer, and allows them to accept the truth, even to repent, without a public loss of face. —————– I have often seen this ‘indirect discipleship’ work effectively. In one shop that I visit, a lady was often present sitting quietly in the corner listening to our discussions. I usually tell a Bible story and then we debate it. There are always loud, assertive Muslims present who, like the Pharisees and scribes above, are looking for a good argument. This lady, however, after sitting quietly and listening for several months, came to see me and requested prayer and a Bible. She had not been directly involved in the arguments and could show interest without loss of face, something which would have been much more difficult to do for those who had been seen to publicly argue against the gospel.”