Today’s thought “Everyone who is of the truth listens” (April 22)

Today’s thought “Everyone who is of the truth listens” (April 22) Jesus had little to say to the High Priest who first questioned him; he simply told him, “I have spoken openly to the world, I have always taught in the synagogue and in the temple” (John 18:20). Jesus is challenging them; if I have… Read More Today’s thought “Everyone who is of the truth listens” (April 22)

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Today’s thought “The word that I have spoken will …” (April 19)

Today’s thought “The word that I have spoken will …” (April 19) Deuteronomy 2, Proverbs 29, John 12 Deuteronomy, which we are now reading is, to some extent, a kind of history lesson to the next generation – the children of those who had died in the wilderness. This is an example to us –… Read More Today’s thought “The word that I have spoken will …” (April 19)

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Today’s thought “The truth will set you free” (April 16)

Today’s thought “The truth will set you free” (April 16) What did Jesus mean, “The Truth will set you free?” Free from what? John 8 today contains aspects of the teachings of Jesus that we have to think around and put into context to get the correct meaning. The critics of Jesus were usually those… Read More Today’s thought “The truth will set you free” (April 16)

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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 “Using God’s words to justify actions” (April 1-2)

Today’s thought “Using God’s words to justify actions” (April 1-2) How often men use God’s words to justify their actions. (Numbers 16:3) in this godless world we also do find lots of people who say they are Christian, but do not follow the teachings of the Nazarene Jew Jeshua (Jesus Christ) and even have not… Read More Today’s thought “Using God’s words to justify actions” (April 1-2)

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Today’s thought “Father forgive …” (March 31)

Today’s thought “Father forgive …” (March 31) What a heart moving set of readings we have today. In Numbers 14 we read of the tragic failure of faith of the people in the wilderness – how they reacted to the report of ten of the twelve spies which had investigated the promised land: the opposition… Read More Today’s thought “Father forgive …” (March 31)

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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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Today’s thought “That we may see and believe” (February 19)

Today’s thought “That we may see and believe” (February 19) What causes belief – real conviction of belief? Well, it depends what you want to believe; what you see you need to believe! If someone cries ‘Fire’ – you lose no time in acting to verify if the cry is genuine – and seeing what… Read More Today’s thought “That we may see and believe” (February 19)

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Today’s thought “The prayers of David” (February 9)

Today’s thought “The prayers of David” (February 9) The Psalms are divided into five books, and today we complete the second; today’s Psalm 72 ends with the words, “the prayers of David, the son of Jesse are ended”. There are more Psalms attributed to David later on. The Psalms (the Hymn Book of Israel) are… Read More Today’s thought “The prayers of David” (February 9)

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Today’s thought “Vengeance is mine, I will repay” (February 2)

Today’s thought “Vengeance is mine, I will repay” (February 2) Romans 12 is one of the most significant in God’s word. How significant for us is the advice given in verse 12. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” The world around us offers nothing in which we can genuinely rejoice.… Read More Today’s thought “Vengeance is mine, I will repay” (February 2)

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