Jesus amazed his listeners in explaining deep spiritual truths by using common life situation and things around Him to illustrate a point: sheep, goats, coins, candles, salt, cities, sand, grain, wine, water, bread, family relationships, farming, fishing, storms, birth, death and a multitude of other metaphors. Life Lessons from Chess is an attempt to follow His model.

Monday, September 27, 2010

29. Rule of Practice

Key Bible Verses: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17  NIV)

Playing chess with my three year old grandson can be a challenge. Every time he moves a piece he captures two or three of mine, then with a confident voice yells out “check!” It always brings a smile to my face, but, I realize that as he matures, in order to really enjoy the game, he will need to know the official rules. The U.S. Chess Federation’s Official Rules of Chess book provides everything you need to know about the approved way of playing the game. It expresses principles governing and guiding the action. Without structure, the game would run-a-muck. There would be no sustaining joy in playing the game. 

God has provided for us a wonderful book that discloses his thoughts. It reveals that he is the maker and author of all things; that he is concerned about every aspect of our lives; it reveals to us the way of deliverance from sin; and the source of power to live a godly life through Christ. It informs us about the world to come and indicates the final destines of the saved and the unsaved.

Every guiding principle we need to know about living for God can be found in the Bible. It is great to know we have a source of knowledge that can provide joy in our journey here on earth.

My Response: Lord, thank you for your Word. Help me to understand and follow your teachings.

Thought to Apply: Always keep in mind that the Bible was inspired by God, and is the only divine rule of Christian faith and practice.

Just for Fun: Here is a game that was played in 1960 between Letelier (white) and Bobby Fischer (black). It is Bobby’s turn. Do you see a check mate?

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