Today’s thought “… but those invited are not worthy” (July 21)

Today’s thought “… but those invited are not worthy” (July 21) One of the more challenging parables of Jesus is in today’s Matthew 22. Jesus says his kingdom “may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son” (verse 2). The “wedding” will see the commencement of the total transformation of… Read More Today’s thought “… but those invited are not worthy” (July 21)

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Today’s thought “… in vain do they worship me” (July 14)

Today’s thought “… in vain do they worship me” (July 14) The religious leaders in Israel in the time of Jesus were zealous in their rituals of worship: the same can be said of the main forms of Christianity down through the centuries. Today in Matthew 15 we see how Jesus confronted the “Pharisees and… Read More Today’s thought “… in vain do they worship me” (July 14)

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Today’s Thought “There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness” (May 27)

There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness Today we read the last two chapters of Paul’s last letter. It was his second letter to Timothy. These chapters (3 and 4) contain some wonderful expressions of his faith in his future. May we all be able to share Paul’s words here and say,… Read More Today’s Thought “There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness” (May 27)

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Today’s thought “Call on the Lord from a pure heart” (May 26)

“Call on the Lord from a pure heart” Paul’s final letter, the one he wrote to Timothy, is probably the most personally challenging one for believers – and that surely includes us today! He is warning and advising Timothy about some “who have swerved from the truth …” (2:18); this problem has plagued believers ever… Read More Today’s thought “Call on the Lord from a pure heart” (May 26)

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Today’ Thought “The word … is at work in you believers” (May 17)

“The word … is at work in you believers” As we started reading Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians we cannot help but be arrested in mind – and feel challenged by Paul’s perception of the spirit among the believers there. Paul had “charged (them) to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you… Read More Today’ Thought “The word … is at work in you believers” (May 17)

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Today’s thought “Let the word … dwell in you richly” (May 16)

“Let the word … dwell in you richly” Deuteronomy 33+ 34, Today we finished reading Moses’ last message to his people – the last two chapters of Deuteronomy. “And then the Lord buried him on Mount Nebo – and the people wept in mourning for him for thirty days” (34:8). They wept for Jesus for… Read More Today’s thought “Let the word … dwell in you richly” (May 16)

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Extra memorizing Scripture-verses Deuteronomy 4:1-2 Don’t add a word to what Jehovah God commands you, and don’t remove a word from it

4 1 And now, O Israel, hearken unto the statutes and unto the ordinances, which I teach you, to do them; that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which Jehovah, the God of your fathers, giveth you. 2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye… Read More Extra memorizing Scripture-verses Deuteronomy 4:1-2 Don’t add a word to what Jehovah God commands you, and don’t remove a word from it

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Today’s thought “Do not add anything to what God commands you, and do not take anything away.” (April 21)

Today’s thought “Do not add anything to what God commands you, and do not take anything away” (April 21) Today we encounter a very important writing which may even frighten us who want to preach. It reminds us of the importance of bringing Gods Word to others how it is and not how human doctrines… Read More Today’s thought “Do not add anything to what God commands you, and do not take anything away.” (April 21)

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Today’s thought “If anyone’s will is to do God’s will” (April 15)

Today’s thought “If anyone’s will is to do God’s will” (April 15) The Gospel of John is particularly soul stirring as we read it. We learn much detailed information about parts of the ministry of our Lord, filling some of the ‘gaps’ in the other gospels. We learn that the centre of opposition to Jesus… Read More Today’s thought “If anyone’s will is to do God’s will” (April 15)

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Today’s thought “You have the words of eternal life” (April 14)

Today’s thought “You have the words of eternal life” (April 14) Today’s John 6 is particularly challenging – for our meditation. It needs deep thought for the depth of its meaning to truly come alive in our minds. Many of his disciples found his words too challenging, too difficult to grasp – and “many of… Read More Today’s thought “You have the words of eternal life” (April 14)

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Additional Bible verses to memorize John 3:20-21 Deeds or works being exposed

We are told that everyone who does evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light, and will not come into the light or near it, for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.… Read More Additional Bible verses to memorize John 3:20-21 Deeds or works being exposed

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Today’s thought “One’s life does not consist in …” (March 20)

Today’s thought “One’s life does not consist in …” (March 20) Today’s Luke 12 contains some of the most challenging teaching of Jesus – it is as appropriate today as it was then! A crowd surrounded him and “Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me’”… Read More Today’s thought “One’s life does not consist in …” (March 20)

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Jesus the Storyteller 3 Reflections of/ on Jesus’ ministry

Reflections of/ on Jesus’ ministry Are all readings equally valid? Relation to course of Jesus ministry The ‘mystery’ of God’s kingdom – cf. The kingdom of heaven is like … (Matt. 13:24, 31, 33, 44, 45, 47) Tares: a reflection of opposition The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in… Read More Jesus the Storyteller 3 Reflections of/ on Jesus’ ministry

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Jesus the Storyteller 2 Interpreting Jesus’ stories

Realist or metaphoric/ symbolic? How much detail? Narrative dimension? Clear or obscure? Timeless or specific to context – single or multiple readings? Are al readings equally valid Metaphor or realist? – the rebellious tenants Traditional Vineyard: Israel Father/ owner: God Servants: OT prophets Son: Jesus Result: AD 70 Gentiles replace Israel A recent reading A… Read More Jesus the Storyteller 2 Interpreting Jesus’ stories

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Jesus the Storyteller 1. Stories and their interpretation – two examples – Luke 11 & parables

A narrative turn of mind – Luke 11 Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? (v. 11-12) Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall… Read More Jesus the Storyteller 1. Stories and their interpretation – two examples – Luke 11 & parables

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