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.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

16. Lean On A Friend

Key Bible Verses: Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two. (Mark 6:6-7)
A good rule of thumb in the game of chess is, whenever possible connect your rooks by putting them on the same line without the obstruction of other pieces. Their strength is greater than the sum of their parts. In this diagram, White obviously has more material; however, it is Black's move. Do you see the checkmate sequence? Be sure and look at all of Black's pieces before you make your decision. After you figure it out, what would you do if it was White's move?

Jesus emphasized the importance of working with a partner as we “build His kingdom.” Someone you can count on. Communication is the key word here. When each member of your team knows what is going on, a lot can be accomplished. When there are obstacles in the way and communication breaks down, major trouble is imminent. Make sure the two of you are on the same “wave length.”

My response: Lord, help me stay connected with my partner. Remove any obstacles that may get in the way of living your message.

Thought to Apply: Lean on me when you’re not strong and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on. (Bill Withers)

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