Sometimes Not Sharing Is Caring And Wise – Life Lessons From The Ten Virgins – Parable

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Sometimes Not Sharing Is Caring And Wise – Life Lessons From The Ten Virgins – Parable.

Most of us have heard the catch phrase, “Sharing is caring.” But is this always true? Well, the parable of the ten virgins as told by Matthew says otherwise. Sometimes not sharing is actually caring. Especially if your sharing causes another person pain or put’s them in harm’s way.

We can take the simple example of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). Would sharing a STD/STI with another person be caring? Of course not. What about sharing drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, porn and other wicked materials with other people. Is that caring? Certainly not.

If sharing causes more harm than good, (even when the harm is to self), then that sharing is not caring. In addition to not sharing being wise sometimes, below are other lessons we can pick from the parable of the ten virgins.

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  1. There are two types of believers. Foolish believers and wise believers.
  2. The oil in this parable can mean a number of things. One of those things is the Holy Spirit.
  3. Wise believers are filled with the Holy Spirit. They live in the spirit and not in the flesh.
  4. Foolish believers, believe in Jesus but they are not led or filled with the Holy spirit. They live carnally.
  5. Wise believers are a light in a dark world.
  6. The journey of faith requires endurance and stamina because Jesus may be long in coming. (But he will definitely come because the scriptures are true and they don’t lie).
  7. Jesus is going to come at any time. We should always be ready awaiting his return.
  8. This is one of those few times when not sharing is a wise and smart move contrary to popular teachings. If the wise virgins had shared the little oil they had, they would have foolishly perished.
  9. There is great and glorious banquet ready for Jesus’s Elect. We have something to hope for. We don’t labor for the good news of the gospel in vain.
  10. Salvation will not always be available. Someday, it will be too late to enter the kingdom of God. It is therefore wise to wash our garments clean, repent and live for Jesus while we still have time.
  11. Being a believer is not a guarantee that Jesus knows you. Only being a true believer in Jesus guarantees that he knows you.
  12. Always be watchful, sober and awake so that you don’t miss heaven and Jesus.

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The Parable Of The Ten Virgins:

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7. “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ 9. “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10. “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11. “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ 12. “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ 13. “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Matthew 25:1-13


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Hope And Justice When Faced With Difficulty And Injustice – Life Lessons From The Persistent Widow – Parable

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Hope And Justice When Faced With Difficulty And Injustice – Life Lessons From The Persistent Widow – Parable.

Difficulty, adversity and hard times are part of life. We can’t avoid pain, disappointment, anguish, grief or calamity who-ever we are and where-ever we live. Sooner or later, these negatives will find each of us regardless of our class or station in Life. However, we need not despair the storms of life come our way. When faced with adversity, we can find comfort, justice, hope, love, joy and peace in the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the Christian journey of faith, there will be times when our faith will come under attack from the enemy. Times when we will feel hopeless and in despair because of seeming injustices done to us. And maybe there will also be times when we pray to God for something and he seem’s silent and distant.

We might even fast and go without various pleasures for days without any change or improvement in our situation. It can be frustrating and very tempting to give up our faith and hope in the Lord when situations like these arise.

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A few days ago I had a conversation with a friend who was going through some difficulties and she needed hope, comfort, inspiration and motivation to keep going. During our talk, one statement seemed to keep recurring, and it was, “Where do I find hope and comfort in the midst of all this chaos?

She kept telling me, “God seems to be silent this time. He has been faithful but this time it feels like he has disappeared.” She went further to say, “I’m not a bad person and I feel like I have done everything right. I go to Church regularly and though I can’t say I’m perfect, I know that I’m not committing any conscious sins. I feel righteous and yet I keep wondering why God doesn’t hear me. Isn’t he supposed to hear the prayers of the righteous?”

“It’s getting harder and harder to keep believing and going on as my situation seems to get worse.” I could empathize with her. I too had experienced situations in my life when I felt hopeless, alone and abandoned.

So, as we talked, the parable of the persistent widow came to mind because it was a particular one that had helped me to keep being persistent despite various difficulties I had faced in life. In my own words, I call the persistent widow, “The woman who refused to say NO when everything around her was pressuring her to say YES and to quit.”

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I call her the woman who chose not to give up despite the odds stacked against her. She is a testament to the power of persistence in breaking rocks and hardships. Her story is a testimony to the power of prayer to change situations and circumstances.

Luke one of Jesus’s twelve disciples writes her story. She was a widow who was faced with an adversity (he doesn’t tell us what the adversity was) and this great adversity drove her to seek help and justice from a Judge.

Unfortunately, this Judge kept turning her down and refusing her requests. Yet despite all this, she refused to be deterred. She kept pushing and pushing. Some may falsely call her behavior stubborn but she wasn’t stubborn like King Saul. To the contrary she was devoted like King David.

A singular devotion that kept her persistent until she finally got what she needed. The Parable, reminds us that our God is not cruel. Our God is a God of compassion and justice. Our God hears our cries and various pleas, and one day soon, he will give us the justice we need.

Are you facing an adversity and a hard situation?
Are you having difficulty maintaining your faith in Jesus because of a calamity or crisis?
Are you seeking and looking for comfort for your aches and pains?

Well, I have a simple answer for you and his name is Jesus. Go to Jesus and tell him what the challenge is. Talk to him. Seek him. Plead with him. Search for him. Pray to him unceasingly! His word says if we seek him with our hearts, we shall find him.

But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Deuteronomy 4:29

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The Parable Of The Persistent Widow:

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think,
yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!'”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.
And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Luke: 18. 1-8


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Your Heart Is A Garden, Please Guard It – Life Lessons From The Tenets – Parable

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Parables are mysteries that are always packed with so much wisdom and knowledge. This might explain one of the reasons why Jesus loved to teach in parables. Depending on various life situations, we can learn so much from just one parable.

Reading the Parable of Tenets in Matthew, so many thoughts to mind. In fact each Bible Verse is a nugget of wisdom for everyday living all it’s on but today we shall just look at 8.

  • Your heart is like a Vineyard. It’s a garden that can produce fruit. Whether you produce good fruit or bad fruit depends on what you sow in your heart. Therefore guard your heart from worldly influences for out of the heart, issues of life flow. Stay away from magazines, television shows, internet sites, friends that don’t feed your spiritual life.

“There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place.”

Matthew: 21. 33

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  • Remember your priorities and what matters most in life. Don’t forget the places you have invested time and resources in. Don’t be a time waster.

“When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.” 

Matthew: 21. 34

  • Not everyone is your friend. Not everyone is on your side. Be careful who you trust.

“The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.” 

Matthew: 21. 35

  • Even when people let you down, betray you, disappoint you, learn to forgive and give them a second chance. It’s not simple but it helps your soul heal.

“Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way.”

Matthew: 21. 36

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  • Sometimes in life, you will be required to sacrifice the most precious things to you.

“Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.”

Matthew: 21. 37

  • Not everyone will honor your sacrifices. Not everyone will appreciate the good you do for them. Do it anyway.

“But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.”

Matthew: 21. 38-39

  • The Lord God of hosts is a God of Justice. He is also a God of Vengeance. Evil may abound. The Lawless may spread wickedness but there will be a day of Justice when God repays those who have done evil.

“Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants? 41. “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”

Matthew: 21. 40-41

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  • Even if you have been rejected by friends, family, the community etc, the Lord thinks you matter and he has a great plan for your life.

“Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” 43. Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.”

Matthew: 21. 42-43


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Daily Finances And Business – Life Lessons From The Hidden Treasure And Pearl – Parable

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Daily Finances And Business – Life Lessons From The Hidden Treasure And Pearl – Parable.

The parable of the hidden treasure and pearl is three short verses long and yet there is a lot it teaches on prudent living, faith, God, heaven, business, finance and investment. Reading it, the first lesson that immediately becomes obvious to me is what it teaches about the Kingdom of heaven and God. Many believers can testify about the many sacrifices they have made or the various comforts they have given up for the promise of a far greater and more precious treasure.

The Bible itself is also filled with many people like Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David etc who gave up the temporary for the permanent (Hebrews Chapter 11 provides more in-depth knowledge of this). As with many parables in the bible, we can glean more than one lesson from the same parable. From this particular parable, we can also glean wisdom and knowledge on how to manage our daily financial obligations in order to live victorious and prudent lives.

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In this blog post, I delve into the wisdom this parable provides in how to manage our investments and business situations in the present world. Below, I collected a list of 17 business pearls from various experts in Finance which I believe correlates with the pearls of wisdom the parable of the hidden treasure and pearl provides. I would also love to hear from you. What lessons does this parable teach you?

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. 45. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

Matthew 13:44-46

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  1. “Sometimes the greatest investments are those that are undiscovered by Wall Street. Don’t be afraid to dust off your pencil and dig into a company’s financials, even if it boasts a small-cap valuation.”  Sean Williams
  2. “Selling requires discipline, just like buying does” …  Douglas Gerlach
  3. “Selling is not a dirty word” … Douglas Gerlach
  4. “Once you have established your investing budget and have learned the basics, it’s time to set your investing goal” … Investopedia
  5. “It is equally important to learn the costs of investing, as certain costs can cut into your investment returns” … Investopedia
  6. “Choose the investments that will become a part of your investment portfolio” … Investopedia
  7. “Don’t let fear or greed limit your returns or inflate your losses” … Investopedia
  8. “Think Long Term” …  Steve Schaefer
  9. “Take advantage of “free money” from employer” … U.S Securities and Exchange Commission
  10. “Consider rebalancing portfolio occasionally” … U.S Securities and Exchange Commission
  11. “Only buy what you truly believe in” … Andrew Fiebert
  12. “Do your own research.  People can recommend things, say whatever, it doesn’t matter.  It’s your money and if you care at all for it you should do the research yourself” …  Andrew Fiebert
  13. “I’ve made quite a lot of money in the stock market and I attribute it to two things: my willingness to take risks and my ability to hunt for great deals” …   Andrew Fiebert
  14. “Winning teams do the little things right” … Kerry Close
  15. “Just as batters shouldn’t allow hecklers to throw them off their game, investors must be confident enough in their strategy to disregard what the peanut gallery has to say” …  Kerry Close
  16. “Be prepared for any pitch that’s thrown at you” …  Kerry Close
  17. “Save first, spend second. Many people save what is left over each month after paying bills and making purchases. Buffett recommends instead that you set a certain amount of money aside each month for savings, then spend the amount that is left” … Drew Hendricks


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The Nature Of God – Life Lessons From The Net – Parable

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The Nature Of God – Life Lessons From The Net – Parable.

“For one to define and understand the nature of the universe, one must first
understand the nature of the force behind its existence.”
― Reid A. Ashbaucher

The Lord reveals himself to us in a myriad of ways:  Sometimes it’s through his Holy spirit, sometimes it’s through people, sometimes it’s through life experiences, but his word (in the Holy Bible)  is an ever present, infinite source that is living and inspirational. While Christ was still on earth, he used an unusual method of teaching many pearls of wisdom. One of these was through parables.

Today, we delve into the word of God, (Matthew 13:47) and explore the parable of the net and what it teaches us about the Nature of God.

1. The Lord’s love is very wide.

His love is so immense and so wonderful, it covers the whole world and he want’s every human to come to a knowledge of him and to have a relationship with him.

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2. The Lord is full of Grace. 

His grace is so great, he gives a chance, to both the wicked and righteous. He gives everyone undeserved and unmerited favor as no human is worth his grace and salvation.

3. The Lord is no respecter of persons.

He wants every human being, those doing evil and those doing good to be saved from his wrath and the judgement to come.

4. The Lord is Patient

His nature is forbearance and he holds himself back from punishing us even as we mock his patience by continuing to sin and live in iniquity. Despite our haughtiness, he is mercifully waiting for us to come to him.

5. The Lord is the Master of Self-control

Even though the Lord see’s all the evil, hate, suffering and heartache in the world, and he has the power to destroy the whole world even as in the days of Noah, he is exercising self control and ruling in wisdom.

6. The Lord is Kind

He has given his disciples and followers the opportunity to bring forth treasure. He continually works in the lives of his children to make sure they keep on multiplying and yielding new treasure.

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7. The Lord is True to his Word.

Someday, when the time is out, the Lord will sit on his judgement seat and command his angels to separate the wicked from the righteous.

8. The Lord is Holy. 

He sits in heaven and he sees and knows about all that is going on here on earth. Heaven is a holy place where only the righteous are allowed. The wicked cannot enter heaven.

The Parable Of The Net:

“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.
When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.
This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied.
He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

 Matthew 13:47-52

If you would like to know more about the nature of God and seeker a deeper understanding, of how we can relate with God in the body, mind, spirit and soul please check out, “Made in the Image of God: Understanding the Nature of God and Mankind in a Changing World.” by Reid A. Ashbaucher. Reid gives a detailed  study and digs in deeply to explain  and provide readers an understanding into the nature of God.

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