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Apr
11

what will you be remembered for? – april 15

Reading Matthew 26 1-13

The pace in our readings slows down as we approach Easter week. Here we have the women pouring perfume – possibly meant for her own death – on Jesus’ head to anoint him for burial – a stark reminder of the importance of Jesus’ death for us all. But what struck me most as I read it was Jesus’ words about her being remembered. So I ask myself what will I do that will be remembered? What legacy will I leave? What will I be willing to sacrifice for the sake of Jesus?

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14
Apr
11

sheep or goat? – april 14

Reading Matthew 25, Highlighted Passage: 25:31-46

Another uncomfortable parable. I have heard it preached on as if the message is that we should care for other Christians but feel that is too narrow a perspective. In keeping with my challenge of reading scripture against myself (with thanks to Pauline Hoggarth), I find myself wondering if I fall in to the righteous category or not!

This is also an interesting story in the light of Rob Bell’s latest book – Love Wins – more on that after I have heard him speak next week in Liverpool. In the meantimne when will I be feeding the hungry, caring for the sick or visiting those in prison in the next month – now that is a challenge!

14
Apr
11

Faithfulness is the key – april 13

Reading Matthew 25, Highlighted Passage: 25:14-30

The familiar parable of the talents which is so often confused in English when people talk about their talents or abilities. The master in the story has given the servants the job olf looking after his money when he is away. The first two look after what they have been given and put it to work, the last simply hides it away

What sort of image of God do you have? The first two are motivated by a desire to see the master’s name and resources well used. The third is motivated by fear. God calls us to a life of stweardship and service. Which of these servants are you most like?

13
Apr
11

live life with care – april 12

Reading Matthew 24, Highlighted Passage: 24:45-51

Jesus continues to focus on judgement but this time his words are aimed at his followers. Those who think that judgement won’t happen to them. He gives a warning about living in the light of his return.

Living like this is not a life of fear – it’s one of expectancy. At any time Jesus may return and we are so looking forward to it that we live as if he was returning today and ready for that to happen. Jesus talks here about living a life that craes for others we meet. Will we live that way today?

12
Apr
11

pray for the persecuted – april 11

Reading Matthew 24 Highlighted Passage: 24:15-28

Jesus teaching here is some of his most chilling. For those of us who live comfortable lives it is hard to grasp their significance. Yet throughout history, people choosing to follow Jesus have faced persecution. Jesus here reminds us that the danger of being confortable is that we settle and forget that persecution is the normal state for believers

Spend time today praying for those you know where following Jesus means persecution

11
Apr
11

judgement is terrible – april 9

Reading Matthew 23 Highlighted Passage: 23:29-39

We see the heart of Jesus as he looks at Jerusalem here. His assessment is motivated by love but is also realistic. I wonder how I look at my city – my society. I believe that god is in control but also when people choose to live without God the consequences are serious.

How much do I have the Father’s heart for my community – wanting to care for them and sharing their pain. If not I am in danger of just being like the teachers of the law who justify themselves – teachers who Jesus condemns?

10
Apr
11

have you responded? – april 8

Reading Matthew 22, Highlighted Passage: 22:1-14

Jesus seems to revel in telling parables that defy explanation – but maybe that is the point it makes us think. The people in Jesus day thought they earned their rights to the kingdom as a birthright or for keeping the rules. Jesus shatters that idea by suggesting that those at the feast will be good and bad alike who have been brought along unexpectedly.

Do I fall into the same trap? Either being overconfident of my own position or condemning of others? Do I judge others by the same criteria?