Devotionals

Changes

Sometimes, change seems impossible. We might feel small and powerless in the face of world events, difficulties in relationships may seem unsolvable, perhaps we experience challenges in our faith.

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Treasure

What is Paul treasuring? It’s often said that he is denigrating whatever isn’t overtly Christian. But is he? He explains that, as a Pharisee, he had good reason ‘to be confident in the flesh’; that is, to feel that his human effort was putting him right with God.

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Celebration

One might wonder why I have chosen a passage from Mark to discuss the theme of celebration. Mark is often considered one of the most depressing Gospels, indeed it does not even have a Resurrection narrative.

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Questions

This is an often overlooked Gospel story but is really quite an extraordinary event. Who is this man Simeon? Why had it been revealed to him that he wouldn’t see death until he had seen the Messiah? What kind of Messiah was he expecting to see?

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Giving

When I think of the word 'giving' I usually think about giving money to a charity, giving a bit of my time or maybe giving something up. But during Easter this year, I've been struck again by the fact that Jesus gave his ALL for us. Paul says he "made himself nothing".

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Competition

'For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.'

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Co-operation

'Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?'

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Enemies

It is always tempting, especially as we approach elections, to artificially divide the world into tribes. We tend to imagine ourselves as part of one group, and we compare ourselves with another group. In short, we split the world into ‘us’ and ‘them’.

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To Endure

‘Endurance’ (or ‘perseverance’) in the New Testament is a difficult concept. Sometimes, as in Colossians, it is a positive quality – something to be desired, the ability to stand fast, to wait patiently, to survive.

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When We Have Nothing

'Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.'

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