Beyond Candyland

1 Corinthians 13:11 (NKJV)

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

Matthew 10:1, 5-20, 24-26, 32-39 (NKJV)

1     And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease…

5     These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans.

6     But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

7     And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

8     Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

9     Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts,

10   nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food.

11   “Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out.

12   And when you go into a household, greet it.

13   If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.

14   And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.

15   Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!

16   “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

17   But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues.

18   You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.

19   But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak;

20   for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

24   “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.

25   It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household!

26   Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.

32   “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.

33   But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

34   “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.

35   For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’;

36   and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’

37   He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

38   And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.

39   He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

Pre-Games

CANDYLAND

  • No skill involved
    • Don’t need to be able to read or count
    • Once shuffled, the cards designate the winner
    • You never have to make a choice; just follow directions
    • CANDYLAND is a game that was designed to be outgrown

Finite Games

  • Played in order to determine “winners” and a “losers”

Infinite Games

  • Played in order to continue playing

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