This week's theme

Readings in 1 Chronicles

Today's reading

1 Chronicles 2:1-17

Today's prayer

Thank God that he cares for you and for those who are not valued by society. Pray for those you know who are in need, or who might feel insignificant for whatever reason.

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For further thought

Kindness and goodness are fruits of the Holy Spirit. They are never wasted, though they may sometimes be disregarded by others. Think of some areas that you need to persevere in.

What was your favourite Bible story as a child? Can you remember why? If you didnt know any Bible stories back then, ask a friend or your own children.

Is it possible to uphold a particular code of behaviour without judging ourselves or others in a harmful way?

Consider the difference between saying that someone is against you and saying that they have a different view.

How does your church or community welcome the most vulnerable?

Have you ever felt frightened by or powerless about something that seemed beyond your control? Pray that you will be able to summon strength and reassurance from God next time you are in such a position.

Look up information about Sukkot. A possible starting point might be, or you could read about the Festival of Tabernacles in Leviticus 23:4044.

Make a list of anything that easily and glibly slips out of your mouth and write down, as fully as you are able, what it really means.

Blindness and partial sight are real impediments for many. Visual impairment also takes many forms figuratively. What are yours?

Set aside time in your day to research some of the stories and people you come across online, so that you are better informed.

Find out about food banks, a community kitchen serving meals or a school providing sandwiches and offer your assistance.

List the ways in which you can assist others and meet them on their terms to show, even in small ways, that they matter.

Are you looking for ways to break out of the binaries that keep you and others trapped?

The Greek word for love here is agape. This is the all-giving love demonstrated by Jesus, who promised us his Holy Spirit to empower us to the same.

This is a rather more private letter than Pauls other ones, and its presence here reminds us that whether what we are doing is private or public, we should be focused on Christ.

Resolving conflict isnt about being nice to each other while letting anger fester inside. It may involve being tough and setting boundaries, but focusing on God can help us see how best to do this.

Jesus reminds us to first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbours eye (Matthew 7:5).

Its well known that organisations grow when they embrace diversity and inclusion, because they find new perspectives. The early church was radically diverse and inclusive, and it grew and grew. Thats a lesson for us today.

Throughout history, people have faithfully followed God and shared the gospel so that we can know God today. Lets always be grateful for their witness over the years.

Do we sometimes make promises we cannot keep? Lets be honest and return Gods love by keeping our promises to him and to others.

Do we serve things that have no life, yet control all that we do? Let us serve our Lord, who gives us life every day.

Let us all become instruments of Gods peace and channel the love of God in all that we do.

A willingness to be flexible in how and where we serve God is important. Are we set in our ways or flexible when it comes to serving God?

Allow yourself to be recruited by God as a disciple of Christ, and to lead others to follow him as well.

Knowing Jesus means thinking, acting and having an attitude like Jesus. Do your actions show that you know Jesus or not?

The nuts and bolts of life are important. The purpose of the whole machine is even more so.

Jesus is more of a cartoonist than a carpenter. What do you make of that statement?

Do you dress to project an image of how you want others to see you?

How might you live more simply, tread more gently and love more openly today?

The world faces overwhelming challenges. What dreams might you pursue in order to win even a few small victories today?

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