This week's theme
Remembering the Word
God, I will place your word in my heart. Help it bear fruit, for the sake of my community.
For further thought
Consider a creative way of writing out a verse, or a word, from Deuteronomy which has spoken to you.
Is it possible to command love? What would Deuteronomy say?
What impact do you think this second perspective might have on a modern nations political decisions?
Scholars have identified a V shape to this passage; it moves from the desert (verses 25), to the Promised Land (verses 710, 1114) and back to the desert (verses 1416). What effect does this have, do you think?
How can you cherish diversity in your walk of discipleship today?
What words would you use to describe this kind of life? Is it attractive to you?
Time/money/talent audit: take a moment to write a list of what you spend your time, money and talent on. Whom or what do you worship?
I invite you this week, like Moses, to bring before God your disappointments. The Bible gives us language for petition and lament.
I invite you to wrestle with this question of violence in Old Testament passages. Find a good commentary or a wise friend to converse with.
How open are your communication lines with God? When you have had a sense of something God wants you to do, how have you responded?
What distractions are present in your life? What stops you from hearing Gods promptings and being obedient? What do you need to bypass right now to follow God?
Who are the people in your life whom you are called to serve God with? What further support do you need?
What might rules for a new life look like in a world of individualism and immediate communication?
In what ways might you be a model of good works and sound speech?
What contribution might you make to the well-being of the whole community?
Find out how to access internet safety organisations in your community.
Send a message of support to victims or recipients of hate speech or other malicious communications such as graffiti.
Make a commitment for this week to refrain from sharing or commenting on what appear to be false reports.
Read again 1 Corinthians 15:5154. Why is such detailed information given us about the mystery by Paul?
What has falling from grace taught you about Gods grace?
Examine yourself today. Are you able to cast or throw the first stone at anyone?
The 2016 film Notes on Blindness tells the story of British theologian John Hulls experience of losing his sight. Consider today what vision means, and what it means to see truly.
Read and contrast John 10:118 with Ezekiel 22:2527. What similarities and differences do you notice between these passages of scripture?
Where can you be challenged to go the extra mile today?
Who in your life do you need to allow the chance to change? What can our society do to help those incarcerated to better their lives?
Does Christian ecumenism working and worshipping with Christians from other churches require seeing eye to eye on all things?
What is being done for the poor in the village, town or urban neighbourhood where you live?
Young people are very technologically savvy. Could you use technology to share the wisdom you have gained to help them navigate life?
Where have you experienced good pride recently? Where have you known bad pride?
When were you last at your wits end? Where did you find the strength to carry on?
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