HOPEFULLY HELPFUL TALK || EP. 09

The Tongue Is To Be Bridled

You reveal who you are when you speak. Powerful, purpose-driven people talk less and listen more.

Build your value without exposing how much you do not know. (Proverbs 10:19)

THE CHOSEN REVIEW: INVITATIONS

The seventh episode of The Chosen begins with loud hammering.

Sparks from glowing hot metal precedes the conversation between two men who turn out to be Moses (Stelio Savante) and Joshua (Advait Ghuge).

While Joshua argues respectfully with him, Moses is smelting something, beating the metal into a shape that avid bible scholars are quite familiar with; the bronze serpent.

The episode is titled “Invitations”.

“Anyone who looks upon the bronze serpent and believes in the power of Yeshua, will live. It is an act of Faith, not reason.”

In this episode, we see Matthew visiting a woman who appears to be his mother, her caution toward him and mention of Matthew’s father show that even amongst his family, Matthew is considered a traitor and therefore, an outcast. All the while, Matthew shows signs of inner contemplation.

Erick Avari, whom we have come to love and respect, is magnificent with his portrayal of Nicodemus. Nicodemus is pressured by the Roman side to put a stop to Jesus of Nazareth.

He opts to talking to this Jesus instead, and the ensuing conversation is the stuff of Christianity’s most memorable sermons.

The philosophical juxtaposition between the Kingdom of God and the Roman occupation of the time of the story is so displayed that we are piqued to ask ourselves:

What would you do in old Nico’s shoes?
Do you sympathize with Jesus?
Would you follow Jesus when you hear him call?

The meeting between Jesus and Nicodemus is often told but not with such detail and background. The famous conversation around being “born again” is dramatized as Jesus speaks with compassion and analogy.

The hug between Nicodemus and Jesus is a strong statement about God’s love.

Episode 7 ends with the dramatic call of Matthew, the tax collector.

One sentence that sticks with us is “Get used to ‘different’ ”.


PS: To watch this episode, download The Chosen app here.


Please read our review of The Chosen’s Ep 6, Indescribable Compassion.

HOPEFULLY HELPFUL TALK || EP 08

Happiness Comes From Within


You may get worn out by anxiety when you struggle to receive approval.

Happiness doesn’t come from trying to prove a point to others or trying to get people to like and approve of you.

It will come from doing the things that you love and connect with, without expecting accolades or approval.

Many times, your happiness gets tampered with when you become concerned with the accolades, approval and recognition – all external factors. (Psalm 128: 2, Ecclesiastes 2:11)

HOPEFULLY HELPFUL TALK || EP 07

Extraordinary’ Isn’t Reserved For Certain People

Anyone can be extraordinary in one/more areas of their lives as they choose.

This is not about rank, status or money, though these may and should come, eventually.

Being extraordinary in this context simply means still being the ordinary you but far better than average (in one area) – someone who is excellent under objective scrutiny.

The greatest is the person who sacrifices and serves more than the others.

The greatest are the people who make the most sacrifices to serve and be of value in one/more areas of their lives.

Anyone can be great (Matthew 20: 25-28).

THE CHOSEN REVIEW: INDESCRIBABLE COMPASSION

The sixth episode of The Chosen comes fully packed.


The miracles, the dialogue, the acting, everything blends together in this episode to make the character development and subplot unravel perfectly.


The two miracles we witness happen in controversial situations. Jesus could have easily walked away from healing them but defied the odds and showed them compassion.

This reiterates the fact that the love and mercy Christ has for humanity is indescribable.


One major scene in this episode is shot in Zebedee’s house and it features the healing of the paralytic.

It would seem like an ordinary scene with different components and conflicts going on but surprisingly, the chaos blossomed into a bursting delight.


We see through the eyes of Matthew and Nicodemus how the miracle they witnessed created a quest, a yearning for truth, much of which will be depicted in the coming episodes.


Indescribable Compassion portrays Jesus as a friend, teacher, the saviour and most importantly, the son of God.


PS: To watch this episode, download The Chosen app here.


Please read our review of The Chosen’s Ep 3, The Wedding Gift.

THE CHOSEN REVIEW: THE WEDDING GIFT


What exactly is so special about weddings?

Is it the attendant dining and wining coupled with the merriment characteristic of such events? Or the joyous ambience accompanied with noise or perhaps the likelihood of seeing new faces who are gorgeously dressed for the occasion makes the whole idea of this celebration so fascinating?

No matter our opinion about weddings, you would agree with me that it is one of the happiest moments in the couple’s life.

No doubt Mary the mother of Jesus, played by Vanessa Benavente, was definitely excited about the wedding she had been invited to by her best friend. We see the glow in her face as she arrives at the wedding venue.


Another guest who had been invited was Jesus, Mary’s son and you can be sure he took his friends along for the event. Is that not typical of some of us? At the feast, there was something different about this ordinary guest who had been invited as time would later tell.


Just at the time the wedding was getting interesting, a mishap occurred. This was something that would bring shame and humiliation for the couple and their families, more daunting was the fact that it was going to leave an indelible imprint upon a supposed glorious day.

In such a situation you would do anything to avert such a heavy cloud of disgrace on yourself, and of course, the solution for averting such catastrophe would be the best wedding gift anyone could ever give to you! And indeed it was for this couple. You would want to see their reaction.


In this same episode, Peter receives a call. This ordinarily should be fine for a bachelor who only had to look after himself but how do you explain this when you are a family man with mouths to feed? How do you tell your wife that you are leaving your source of income to follow a man you just met to a destination shrouded in mystery? What reaction should we expect from every wife? Is this call a gift or a burden?


Episode 5 of The Chosen’s Season 1 tells us how we can share in other peoples joy as well as their pains through the simple act of giving.

Watch Season 1 of The Chosen from their app here.

Please read our review of The Chosen’s S1 Ep4: The Rock On Which It is Built.

THE CHOSEN REVIEW: THE ROCK ON WHICH IT IS BUILT

Desperate times calls for desperate measures and this is the situation Peter finds himself; owing taxes and defaulting on the deal he made with Quintus, the Roman Praetor. However, the toughest challenge is telling his wife, Eden, about his present situation. “Maybe God will get your attention now!” These are the words Eden tells Peter as tears run down her cheeks.

But how did he get here? How did he put himself in a mess only God can pull him out from? Will he be able to save his house and family, how will he pay his taxes? Don’t ask me; watch this 48-minute packed episode!

The series of events in this episode builds up to the beginning of Jesus’s ministry; the miracle of the fish and selection of Jesus’ core disciples. Andrew is shown running with a burst of excitement to tell Peter that he has seen the Messiah; the man they have been praying for but he (Peter) is unbothered and has lost his faith in God. The only thing on his mind is settling their debts.

Peter sets out to the sea, troubled, and with no hope, he needs a miracle and he is desperately counting on it. With no fish caught, Peter and his friends head to the shore where they meet Jesus. The moment he tells Peter to cast his net, Peter explains the ordeal he faced all through the night but Jesus did not flinch, so he cast his net and he couldn’t believe his eyes! (Yes, no spoilers).

Peter, a man who needed a miracle to save himself, got one of the most referenced and talked about miracles when all hope was lost.

Do you find yourself in a similar situation, don’t fret, God is still in the business of doing miracles!

PS: The miracle of the miracle of the fish is one behind-the-scenes video you should watch. You can find it on The Chosen App here.

Please read our review of The Chosen’s Ep 3: Jesus Loves The Little Children.

THE CHOSEN REVIEW: JESUS LOVES THE LITTLE CHILDREN

The third episode of The Chosen starts slow and quiet. We meet a curious little girl and her wary friend who stumble on a wood craftsman all by himself in a sparse, middle-eastern forest.


This episode gives a graphic background to the passages of the gospels; describing a time when Jesus spoke to the little children. Jesus’ human side was well depicted as the children increased in number with every visit, helping him work as they asked him numerous questions.

In their big, sincere eyes, there is a childlike wonder that seems familiar, they draw the viewer in to their conversation with Jesus and it leaves us asking for more. The episode felt rather solemn; the quiet way he spoke, it was almost sorrowful to watch as some of us could see ourselves in those children and yet remembered all we had read and thus, what was to come.


The signature way the character who plays Jesus, (Jonathan Roumie) introduced himself by quoting Isaiah 60 takes one’s mind back to the time Jesus stood in the temple and did the same thing.

This episode showed that children are much better followers of Jesus than we adults; they asked questions and were open to corrections and learning new things. We loved the serenity of the episode and it ended with a simple gift to Abigail that showed God’s premeditated love for us through Christ.

Have you seen The Chosen yet?

All episodes are available on their app which you can download here and watch for free.

Please read our review of The Chosen’s S1 Ep 2.