This week's theme

Stories from Judges: Death and disaster

Today's reading

Judges 9:22-29, 50-56

Today's prayer

Eternal God, school us in your teachings and make us loyal to your commandments. May we never consent to evil, or surrender to temptation or self-contempt.

From Fresh From the Word 2017

For further thought

The traditional Christian and Jewish answer when justice does not come on earth is that justice definitely be served in the hereafter. What do you make of this?

Moses was also like Gideon in making excuses for not believing in God. What other biblical characters come to mind?

Do we put our trust in numbers or in God?

Discerning Gods will is not always straightforward. How have you discerned it in your life?

Judges, we will see, is a violent book. What do you make of Gods relationship to the violence we have encountered so far?

Does the end justify the means or does the means justify the end?

How can this model of friendship be made real in online friendships?

Investigate the presence of the church in post-conflict places of the world like Mozambique and hear the testimony to the remaining life and love of the Spirit. Be encouraged.

Consider any recent reactions you may have had to hurt in your Christian community. How did you react? How might thinking of friendship as a work of love change anything for you now?

Try writing a psalm of lament.

Next time you are present at Communion or the Eucharist, pray for those around as those who are sharing this meal with you. Thank God for the worlds diversity and the beauty of the vision of the banquet.

Whether as a guest or host, take note of each person you meet today. Pray for what is hidden from sight, for any burden they may be carrying and not showing. Intentionally try practising hospitality!

Where have you seen Psalm 55 lived out in your church or friendship group?

Invite someone new over for dinner this week.

In your own words, what does God think of friendship? What is friendship for?

Is Facebook a good medium for intimate friendships? What are its advantages and disadvantages?

Which of your friends help move you towards Gods kingdom? Are the friends that come to mind Christian, or religious, or neither?

Would FaceTime on a smartphone have sufficed for the conversations between God and Moses?

How can you and your church community be living out the end of the story of Acts?

What do you personally hope for? Are there things you have compromised on to see it realised? Have your own hopes eclipsed hope in Jesus?

In what ways is your faith in God swayed by circumstance? How can you develop a trust in God beyond difficulties, triumphs and self-reliance?

Where do you go when you are feeling broken? Who feeds you when youre spiritually empty? Whats stopping you from being fed by God?

Hebrews 13:2 equates strangers with angels. How would you recognise an angelic messenger? In what ways are you fostering an attitude of listening to God?

What are the approaching difficulties on the horizon for your community? How will you speak out about them, and who will you tell?

Intentionally get to know a church that is different to your own.

Spend some time reading about the differences between different churches around the world and pray for those who seek unity in the face of division.

Spend some time equipping yourself to defend the Christian faith pray, do some reading, talk with others and then find a suitable place in which to discuss it with someone.

If you feel isolated in your faith, how might you find fellow Christians? How might you reach out to those who could feel like the only Christian in their community?

Take some time to examine your lifestyle and ponder whether there are any false idols within it. What are they, and how might you change this?

Read a document written by a Christian who turned the world upside down (e.g. Luthers theses, the Barmen declaration or a Kairos Document) and reflect on how it might inspire you.

Where can you see Gods Spirit in someones actions today?

What can you do today to make real the gospel of encouragement?

What is a contemporary dividing wall in your church, and in our world, that needs to come down?

What words from your culture would you use to describe servant leadership? Share them on our Facebook group today.

Do you exclude those who should be included? Acknowledge everyone around you then inclusion will come naturally.

In this digital age have we forsaken our storytelling with electronic devices that occupy us? Tell a story this week, or even listen to one being told!

No step or action you take is ever too small to make a difference in Gods economy. Commit to making small changes that will have kingdom consequences. Start today.

So, is it time to invite that neighbour round for something to eat? Or maybe that person you know who rubs you up the wrong way?

Looking back to the stories of Rahab and Achan (Joshua 6 and 7), can you see further resonance here of whom God deems clean and unclean?

In what areas might showing that Jesus is Lord of your life be seen as a challenge to others?

Read Andy Mathesons book We Not Me for a perspective on how the Christian life is never about individualism, but a Jesus-centred community.

Not a great cook? Nor me! Instead, I keep chickens so I can give the eggs away! How can you become a provider of good things for people around you?

Consider helping in some way at a local food bank or food co-operative.

For one day, choose to fast from a behaviour which lacks love.

Look up some of the facts about world hunger on the World Food Programme website.

Think back to a good decision you made and notice how you proceeded to make it and its consequences.

Make a conscious effort to say a simple prayer of thanks at meal times for the rest of the week.

Choose one of your favourite recipes and make an effort to cook it using only ethical ingredients.

How best might you incorporate this invitation to lift your eyes to the heavens into the prayer and worship of your everyday life?

Why is it that a single candle flame in a darkened room inspires, moves and reassures us more than any elaborate electric lighting scheme ever could?

How might choosing to take a circular view help provide some helpful perspective for situations which cause you stress?

Is the truth of Bible stories best understood through historical or scientific enquiry, or by hanging loose and letting the story speak?

Are we so readily controlled by the need to be purposeful that we find it hard simply to praise God?

Today, parts of Western Europe and North and South America will experience a solar eclipse. If you are able to, make an effort to safely observe it.

What do stars symbolise today? Notice them in books and magazines around you.

Temples were seen in the ancient world as dwellings for God and as a connection between earth and heaven. How are worship spaces conceived in your tradition?

If someone asked you, what stories from the Bible would you say highlight Gods concern for peace?

What idols need knocking down in your walk of faith? Ask for Gods help to identify them.

The Milky Way is tiny compared to so-called elliptical galaxies, which can be twenty times its size.

What do you think the primordial, uncreated divine light would look like, and feel like?

What are the housing issues and needs in your community?

If we feel uncomfortable at the thought of being judged, consider how often we are the ones who actually do the judging.

How can you use your gifts and graces to bless someone else today?

Choose your words carefully today, seeking to speak with wisdom.

Is faith in the God of Matthew 7:7 passive or active?

If you are going somewhere today, pray for those who are travelling alongside you, whoever they are.

What darkness encroaches on your sight? What can you do to allow the light to penetrate that darkness?

Why is it easy to focus on fingertips and miss seeing the stars? What makes practices accessible and intimacy with God remote?

What makes being truly forgiving difficult? Who and what have you found most difficult to forgive?

How do you integrate meeting the demands of religious practice with commitment to loving God with all that you are?

What aspects of Gods integrity are most missing from your life? What will help you reflect Gods integrity more fully?

Why is challenging accepted wisdom and conventional choices so difficult? How have you turned your world upside down in the last few weeks?

Read again Matthew 5:2930 and consider some positive ways of living out the text.

In what way can you express or show love for those who seek to do you harm?

Jesus writes his laws on our heart. What do you understand by this statement? Will you not sin or make mistakes?

What must you do to become the salt of the earth and the light of the world?

There are Christians right now, being beaten, tortured, imprisoned and killed for their faith in and testimony of Christ. Remember to pray for them.

In what way or ways does God give spiritual blessings to the merciful, pure in heart and peacemakers?

If the opportunity arises, spend time with a person who is disabled learning what life is really like for them.

Observe people around you and imagine seeing the people you meet through Gods eyes. How does that change your response?

Ponder on how Jesus who is King attracts you to follow and what you desire for the kingdom.

What gifts do I receive through the service of others and how might I learn to be generous in receiving?

Notice today moments where you see the kingdom being kissed into fullness in your life, and give thanks.

Look at nature around you and see how shelter is offered. If one image stirs your heart, stay with it and speak with God.

What gives you joy? What are your God-given strengths? What does it mean, to you, to tread on the heights?

Jesus said: Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.

Is trusting God different, then? Can we expect that angels will save us from ever stubbing our toes? What do we learn when we do?

In what way are your well-worn feet beautiful?

Hear the oppressed who cry Shame on you. Never ignore the footsteps of the poor.

Think about this beautiful but underused word steadfast what might it mean for your own choices and actions? Would they be easy?

Have you ever considered reading the book of Proverbs one chapter a day through the month?

How is lamenting different from complaining or moaning?

What are some of the other instances in the Bible where God changes his mind and when the word of prophecy apparently misfires?

Who are the most infamous dictators youve spotted in the news this week? Have you considered praying for their downfall?

Use a word search on a Bible computer program or concordance to find out how many time the Bible commands us to Fear not!

How realistic is faith in God in the world of harsh realpolitik? How does the prophet Isaiah deal with this struggle?

Take some time to look back at your own faith journey. Identify the graced moments and the companions who have brought you this far. How can you now help others on the path?

Say a grace before and after your meal. Check out Marys Meals at What can you do to show your gratitude for Gods abundance in your life?

Read The Canticle of the Sun by St Francis of Assisi. How can you live more simply and in greater harmony with creation? Do you have the courage to change?

He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm trusting in the Lord (Psalm 112:7). Look at a newspaper, local or national. Look for the good news and give thanks.

Small kindnesses show Gods mercy to the world. Reflect on Micah 6:8. What would it mean to your relationships to really love mercy?

Read and reflect on Mark 4:2629, The parable of the growing seed. Where is God working maybe unnoticed in your life?

Lend your strength to someone who is finding it hard to trust God, so that together you can stand firm in faith.

What strategies do you have in place to help keep your vocation alive when faced with the demanding challenges of lifelong service to God?

List Gods gifts to you and your community. How does your life reflect your gratitude?

Read John 15:111. Where does the Lord need to prune you in order for new growth to emerge?

Give away something of which you are particularly fond.

In what ways can you turn negative words, thoughts and actions into peaceful interactions that enable others to flourish?

Think about your own community: are there any issues of injustice about which you might be able to raise awareness, and perhaps, mobilise support?

Perhaps youre facing a challenge in your walk of faith. Is there someone with whom you can share your concerns, someone who can pray with you?

Think about something that you could do to build unity in your area: a joint lunch, or a project (looking after a local school), or a ministry (feeding the hungry) and ask God to help you.

Next time you are in a quiet, beautiful space, be attentive to the presence of God simply being there with you and taking delight, with you, in the beauty.

How would you explain the process by which a person is born of the Spirit to someone who asked you?

As you reflect on those dry bones, consider how God might be calling you to speak life and hope into situations of death and despair today.

Today, give thanks for the gift of unity in the spirit with others around the world by posting one on our Facebook page.

Whom am I closing my heart to because I perceive them to be weak or strong?

Do you see those around you as those with whom you share an eternal hope and home?

Who are we inviting alongside us, whom we only allow to receive from us? Try and find a way to allow them to give.

Which relationships do you need to especially hand over to God for the work of his loving Spirit?

Take time to give thanks for Gods creation as you experience it around you today. Give thanks also for your own physical being.

How inclusive is your church, and what could be done to encourage all members to exercise the gifts that God has given them?

What could you do to better understand the people who live and work around you, from whatever culture or background they might come?

Where do you find God within your everyday life, and could anything be changed to make it easier to discern Gods presence and purpose?

How many times have you stayed silent and then afterwards regretted not saying anything?

Have you considered what your area of ministry might be within your church, bearing in mind the gifts and talents that you have?

Are there things that stop you from letting go like those birds, and trusting God as guide?

What special places have helped you in your journey with God? What difference have they made in my life?

How can I use my gifts and skills in the service of God? Am I willing to give him everything I have?

How can I reflect more of the character of Jesus in the life I live day by day? Am I getting better at it?

Can you imagine knowing someones faults as intimately as God knows ours, and still committing ourselves to them in an unbreakable covenant?

Is it true that Jesus is a cross-section of God? If so, what do we learn about the nature of God from him?

Do we react too harshly to other peoples failures? How can we learn patience and grace?

What is your daily pattern of prayer? Do not force an impossible discipline upon yourself, but use the God-given opportunities amidst your daily routines.

What liturgical garments do the ministers in your church wear? What do they symbolise for you?

Where do you feel the presence of God most strongly? Consider creating a space in your home conducive to prayer.

How does God speak to you? Maybe it is through the Bible, or music or the wise words of friends.

Look into the night sky as did ancient peoples, for whom physical and spiritual heavens merged, and for whom stars were a celestial host praising God.

Accept the times of uncertainty in your life. Trust that God is present in the cloud.

Where in your life do you need to look to God today?

What in our world and in your community would need preparing for a visitation from God?

In your time of need, who might be nearby and willing to help?

What testimony, spoken or unspoken, has helped guide you in your faith?

Who around you might lift your weary arms when your strength is failing? Give thanks for them today.

When was the last time you found hope and help in a hopeless place?

Check on line and see how you can help support persecuted Christians.

What can you do to touch the lives of the homeless and others on the margins of society?

How can you use social media to help someone going through bereavement?

Some people do not have a meal or anywhere to live today. Check for organisations on the Internet and see what you can do to help.

Do something that really scares you. Think about how you react to the fear. What else could you do to help you face your fears?

Think of some of the people or things that may be deemed insignificant how do you think you could show care to them?

Is there an area in your community where something seems to be wrong? How might it be possible to challenge the situation?

Are there places in life that you are not willing to trust to Gods blessing dry places which you fear will never become green again?

How is God calling you now? Does that make you feel afraid? Beyond fear, how is it possible to focus more on God?

When have we been courageous and stood in a place which has encouraged others to be reconciled in some way?

When we are afraid of the future, how do we experience the love that God, and the Christian community, have for us?

When have I become aware that the world is bigger and more wonderful than my fears? How can I share those experiences with others?

Have you had events with God in your life that you continue to treasure and ponder in your heart?

Have you ever changed a plan because, on reflection or through circumstances, God seemed to be asking you to do something different?

What would Marys joy have felt like this week of Jesus resurrection?

In what unexpected ways might God be speaking to you this Easter week?

Does the fact of the resurrection of Jesus make a difference in your life?

How important is the empty tomb to belief in the resurrection?

Life is full of trouble of which there is no escape. What do you need in order to help you soar above your difficulties?

What could you do to strengthen your faith in God especially when things seem dismal? Are there tools God has provided that you can use?

What might you need to do to prepare yourself in readiness to help a struggling human being when you least expect it?

When has someone helped you by simply turning up?

If you are in a responsible role, how can you prepare yourself for those times of pressure in having to make unpopular, but necessary decisions?

If you are finding it hard to forgive yourself, seek professional help or ask someone whom you trust to help you find inner peace and freedom.

Mountains are moving into the midst of the sea, but we will still confess your name, and our silence affirms hope.

Have you ever felt abandoned? What feelings were in your heart? How did you keep your faith in God and in the humanity?

How do you deal with the impossible? Are these words of Charles Wesley All things are possible to love meaningful to you?

Are we able to act when, touched by the Holy Spirit, we feel moved with deep, inner sympathy for our neighbours?

How would you judge your physical and spiritual wholeness? What help might you need?

What beautiful things done to you can you remember? For what memories would you like to be remembered?

Have you noticed any April Fools media stories or advertisements today? What makes them funny? How does God use humour?

Read the list of the fruit of the Spirit carefully, slowly. Is there one you are specially drawn to? Is there one you specially see in someone you love or have loved?

How have digital forms of communication and social media changed the way we communicate, in relation to this teaching? Share your views on our Facebook group today.

Where might you today encourage someone who is under pressure?

Consider the phrase Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil. What does this prayer mean in your life today?

What does your inner landscape look like today? What needs patient attention?

What effect might the UN sustainable development goals have on your community, your country?

Consider whether your offerings are indeed freely given, or whether there are strings attached to your donations of time or money or expertise.

What needs to happen in your community to sustain the ecological interdependence of all living things?

What can you do to show that you cherish the land?

What have you stockpiled that could be shared with a wider community?

Find out something about the endangered species in your area, and how you might contribute to their preservation.

What views which you held dearly have you been able to change your thinking about? Celebrate Gods grace to you in bringing about change in your thinking.

Light a candle for the many nameless women who have stood bravely through history for what they believe in.

Imagine what comes to light when you shine a strong light into a dark corner. Now do it!

Are you involved in ecumenical action and meeting others who worship differently to you? How do you speak of them so that unity of the body is enhanced?

Is there a relationship which has become stuck by stinginess and may be unlocked through generous forgiving action?

Find out something about your own ancestry and your family story.

What will remaining in Christ involve today?

When someone feels forsaken by God, is there anything I can do to make him seem nearer?

Is there in my life at the moment any false union I should refuse? Or any division I need to work towards healing?

If I had to atone for every offensive thought, impulse, action or attitude of my own how long would my lifetime have to be?

Do I presume, as a chosen friend of God, that God will be fine with whatever I do?

In conversation, do I focus more on the worlds disasters or on hope in Gods promise?

God listens to our deepest desire. Is my deepest desire for good?

Do any of my choices curse the ground for other people, making their lives more difficult?

Are there times when my yes to God should involve saying no to the group Im in?

Read the words of the Magnificat (Luke 1:4655). What other texts from the Bible come to mind in relation to Esther? Share one on our Facebook group.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (Matthew 5:9). How can you live as a peacemaking child of God this coming week?

What does the book of Esther have to say about religious toleration in your society today?

Where can you exercise Esthers wisdom and patience in your life?

Do you think Esther represents coincidences, Gods hidden action or both? Is it strange to have a book in the Bible that does not mention God? Find us on Facebook and share your thoughts today (

Research anti-Semitism and Islamophobia and reflect on how Christians have been like Haman.

William Temple said that, when he prayed, coincidences happened. Let us look for coincidences after a time of prayer today. provides resources to campaign against the use of people as disposable commodities.

During this week, consider three people you wish to encourage: write what you would like to say to them to encourage them in their Christian life.

Reflect on the people who have lived the faith into us whether we were aware of it at the time or not. Consider how such recalling may continue to inspire you.

In what practical ways in church and beyond we can practice kindness, live out patience and embody gentle thoughts and kinds words with those who hold different views from you?

What do these verses tell us of our faith and faithfulness (how we live out that faith)?

During this week, reflect on these words: For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline (verse 7). How do these words encourage you?

During this week, find one place/moment/person where you can demonstrate being generous and rich in helping.

Reflect on the connection between the love of money and consumerist habits as enslavement. Is the writer too harsh here, given our complex relationship with money? If you are able, share your financial testimony with your community.

Consider our treatment of leaders in our churches: what are our expectations? Are they realistic and grounded on grace and generosity? In what ways will I show appreciation this week?

Reflect on your family relationships: what is good and strong? What needs attention and intentional work? Make a commitment to act on one.

During this week give thanks for a person whose example has influenced you. Consider ways in which you are and can be a better example a witness to the Jesus way.

Reflect on the calling to lead and serve (in and beyond church)? How does our leading and serving map on to the ideal of this pastoral letter? What do I need to do differently?

During this week, consider what it means to pray for everyone in your context: how easy or challenging do you find such an invitation?

Give thought to ways we may continue to witness to the simple, dangerous and transforming fact of a God who loves and saves!

Use the next dream you experience as the text for your time of meditation.

Recall dreams that have had positive impact on your life. Take a moment to identify where the voice of God was present in them.

How can I support those who work to stop violence in my own community? How can I show the peace of Christ through my own life?

Recall others who have given you wise counsel and through whom you have found your way back to spiritual wellness and wholeness. Give thanks for them.

Look for opportunities to be part of interfaith meetings and live out the holy dream of peace on earth.

Take time to recall when something about God has been revealed to you in a dream.

How would you describe the dream of the kingdom of God to someone who knew nothing of it?

Is there an image from a recent dream staying with you at present? Or one that captures something of your own dreams for the future?

What are the dreams that youre currently following in your own life? What effect does this have on those nearest to you?

Count your blessings! List ways God has taken care of you recently, gifts he has given you and people he has sent to help you.

If you can, search out Francis Thompsons poem In no strange land, a meditation on Jacobs dream brought into our own time.

For the next few days, keep a notepad by your bed, and quickly note down when you wake any dreams you can then recall.

Read some of the stories of Jesus and see how he treated people, and ask God to show you how you can be like him.

What counts as working in the vineyard for us today? How does God want us to serve him in our daily lives?

What are the mountains the obstacles, threats or challenges were facing in our lives now? Do we believe that God can deal with them?

Have I become so used to wrong things that I no longer recognise them? Do I need to start seeing like a child again?

Conquerors come and go, and their names are barely remembered. Billions of people have heard of Jesus because he rode a donkey, not a warhorse.

Which of the worlds values do I blindly take for granted instead of judging them by the standards of Jesus?

Could this be me? How can I change? How do I let go? And what for me would be treasure in heaven?

Have you ever felt an outsider? Who are the outsiders in your community now? How can they be included?

We all need forgiveness. What do you want to say sorry for to someone else? To God?

Think prayerfully about someone who has made you disappointed or angry. How can you raise the problem and solve it together?

When has a picture or story in the news moved you? What did you do? Is this another way of God speaking to us?

What good cause or charity do you support, and what are the mountains it needs to move?

What lesson do you struggle to learn from Jesus the Rabbi? What is he trying to teach you? And what lessons have you learnt well?

Where can you see pictures of the kingdom in the ordinary things you see around you? Can you use the everyday to illustrate the eternal?

Who have you not written or spoken to recently? Is there someone who would benefit from your encouragement?

Where in your own life, in your local community or globally do swords need to be beaten into ploughshares? What can you do to help?

Where does all this leave those who are not lucky enough to see an end to their suffering? Is Gods grace selectively bestowed?

Paul says, For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. (1 Corinthians 3:19) What do you think he meant by this?

Looking back over the year, think about how God has been with you, revealed himself to you and made you more Christ-like. Give thanks.

Take time to think about how your ministry points to Jesus and how it could do so even more.

Think of times when God has taken you back to take you forward, and give thanks for these times.

Take some time to sit with those whose pain is not easily comforted, not to give easy answers but to remain in solidarity with their suffering.

Making a practice of thankfulness and giving gifts helps to remind us of the goodness of God.

Let us take this week to look at people as God sees them, not making judgements with regard to their families or backgrounds.

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Loving our Lord in sincerity is the lived reality of a committed life. How would our lives change if we took such a life seriously?

Given the boundaries of holiness, is God a killjoy? Or is holiness God's way of showing us he has our best interests at heart?

Conduct a Bible study to develop a deeper understanding of the whole armour of God and its relevance for twenty-first-century non-military Christians.

In a world divided by gender, ethnicity, disability, class, refugee status and other categories, how do we go about receiving others?

Ask around in your church to discover where the men need help in becoming better fathers. Your findings may surprise you, but it could lead to the development of a relevant and empowering discussion group.

Most people I know want good relationships, but they require work. In looking at today's reading, and knowing how essential good relationships are, what can you do to develop good relationships with those you interact with?

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Look through the past month in your diary or calendar and consider how you spend your time. Are there areas where you would like to steward it differently?

Can you think of examples of people who have made obvious changes to their life in recognition of their identity as 'children of the light'?

Which of the three outputs of anger are you most susceptible to? How might an awareness of the nature of feelings help with this?

Thinking about your immediate context, identify one small step you could take this week to build peace.

How have you 'learned Christ'? Are there particular preachers or writers, times or places that have been instrumental in the development of your faith?

Can you think of a time when you've had to move beyond your natural tendency towards truth or love in communicating with someone?

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Is the church community still a place where people seek power and influence ? Are we willing to let others be in the limelight?

Are there some things that are unforgiveable in a church community? Are there times when Christians should go their separate ways?

What difference would it make in my life or in the life of my church if I really understood the love of Christ?

Are there people in my church who I find irritating? Do they distract me from understanding what the church really is?

Are there people in my church who are different, perhaps a bit awkward, and who struggle to belong? Can I befriend them?

Paul speaks of unity as a mysterious gift from God. Why do we still need to work at it if it is already real?

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In what ways are you moved to make the circle wider, to move the boundaries? Whom do you find hardest to include?

How can you become the glory of God? What can you do to help your community and your nation become God's glory?

How have you experienced But God! What has been your response to the overturning of things, events, expectations? How can you become more alert?

What connections are there between your private prayer life and your participation in the Body of Christ? How are you being called to grow spiritually?

Where does the light of Christ penetrate your life? In whatshadows do you sometimes hide? How can you be more open to the light?

List three ways in which you are fully alive. List three waysin which you are not. Think of how you can become more fully alive.

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'It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than word without a heart.' - Mahatma Gandhi.

Consider the importance of developing your interior life given the pull of Christian activism.

Consider posting via social media something kind about someone who rarely gets noticed or speaking up for someone or a group very different from you.

'The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.' - M L King

'If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside-down, these women together ought to be able to turn it right again.' - Sojourner Truth

Do we need others to be 'sinful' in order to make us as good? What does such a theology say about how we perceive each other?

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Spend some time reflecting on your own faith journey. Where has God called you and sought you out and what has been your response?

'Set the world on fire.' Do Catherine's words inspire or repel me? What is God calling me to do today?

Where can I see God at work in my life today? What should I say sorry for? What should I celebrate?

John wrote that at the end of life we will 'be examined on love'. Pray for someone you find difficult or irritating today.

'Be still and know that I am God' (Psalm 46:10). Take some quiet time to allow God to rest within you.

Reflect on what it means to be the gospel people read. What good news would someone find through you?

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Look at the lifestyle choices you are making and the voices that influence them. Which is the voice of Jesus?

Pay particular attention today to see where Christ surprises you in the people you encounter.

Imagine you are standing with Christ looking at your own neighbourhood. What do you notice? What does Christ notice? Talk with him about your response.

Take some time to look back over your life noticing where Jesus has been present and at work - and give thanks.

If you were to write your own account of your relationship with Jesus at this time, what would be the truth of it?

Giving a testimony can be a powerful witness to Christ. Write your own testimony in a simple and heartfelt way. Talk with Jesus about it.

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What ethical issues does this parable raise for you?

When and for whom does your faith community throw a party? How might you celebrate faithfulness and restoration to community?

Reflect on the times you have been lost, lonely and afraid, either physically or emotionally. Who was it that found you, or what happened that restored you to community?

Who are the 'lost' in your community, and what needs to happen to restore them?

In your faith community, whose witness is taken most seriously? How is the ministry of the older person nurtured and valued?

As you listen with the ears of your ears, where do you place yourself in the story, with whom do you identify?

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Are there ways you can influence governments to change policies? Check out global campaigns by the likes of Oxfam and Christian Aid, and sign up.

Sometimes it's the little things that fill up so much of our day. Consider how you use your free time, and whether a change is desirable.

Have you ever thought that sharing your faith was impossible because you don?t know enough? Just share what God means to you. Such witness is powerful enough.

Do you know people who seemingly spend their whole lives just helping others? Pray for them and let them be your inspiration for today.

How warm a welcome would someone looking even slightly like John the Baptist receive at your church?

Think about those it's difficult to love for who they are. See them as Jesus would see them - worth dying for!

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God knows what we need and he can meet those needs through anybody as long as we are submitted to him and learn to trust him to provide.

Today, let us lay our worries and concerns at Jesus' feet and allow him to solve those problems.

Let us 'go' and obey God's command; God will come and change the hearts of the people and will provide for all our needs.

Following Jesus must be backed by action; so let us act today and always as one who is truly following.

The act of denying and following is a daily practice!

As we go about our daily lives, let's practise treating others as we would love to be treated.

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How disciplined is your prayer life? What more might you be doing to develop a solid and sustaining pattern of prayer?

Try recording your prayer requests in a journal. Mark when you believe your prayer has been answered. What do you notice?

When you are worshipping, try to imagine creation worshipping around you and with you. What difference does this make to your prayers?

What are you particularly grateful to God for? Make a list of things to give thanks for and try to rejoice every day for God's goodness towards you.

Why not learn some prayers and songs of thanksgiving by heart so that you have resources to draw on when times are tough.

Send a card or email today to someone who you know is going through a difficult or distressing time. Assure them of your prayers and support.

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Read Isaiah's strange commission again, described in verses 9-13. Why do you think he is called by God to stop Israel from understanding?

Read Elihu's and God's reply to Job in Job 37:14-24 and Job 38, respectively, and let it be God's response to you in your conversations with God today.

This psalm ends with harsh words for the enemies of the Psalmist, who may have accused the Psalmist of idol worship, some have guessed. What do you think?

This psalm begins in trust but then veers into lament at verse 7. Perhaps there might have been two psalms originally. Can you think of another explanation?

Sometimes even when we seek a dialogue with God, God does not answer (verse 2). Where do you find strength to get through those times?

Read this psalm aloud as if you were an actor on stage. Catch every nuance and change in mood.

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Think about how and when you pray, what helps, what distracts, how any biblical examples can help you pour out heartfelt prayer to God.

A Jewish legend says Elijah declared that jokers will go to heaven because they make people happy. Can you make someone laugh or smile today?

Next week Jews celebrate the New Year and begin preparation for the Day of Atonement. Wish your Jewish friends Happy New Year.

Are there things that need doing in your family or your community which you feel called to but inadequate for? Think of Moses and try!

Sibling relationships are often a struggle. Can you think of something to do to improve yours or those of others?

This story also teaches how precious and necessary water is. Are there ways you can ensure you use what you need well, without waste?

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Turn to God, tune into God and change the world.

Which small steps could you take to make verse 14 come true in your situation?

Be daring as you think about what God is doing in your life, community and world at the moment.

Where can you create forces of love yourself, or link in with those created by others?

Find out more about the City of Sanctuary Movement ( Could your church, town or city be a place of sanctuary?

Go through all the promises in this passage and imagine them all in your context.

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Broadcast news massively favours bad and sad news. Resolve to season your conversation with good and hope-full news stories.

What deeply held prejudice or unthinking value judgement about other people might you identify in yourself or someone else and gently challenge today?

How do you view change - with dread, vulnerability, or faith-full confidence?

Play a game, enter a quiz, pit your wits and then, win or lose,delight in the healthy sociability of what you have just done.

Who do you think of as unpromising or worthless? Might they yet have some redeeming value?

Experiment with using 'creation' words in place of more conventional ways of speaking about salvation.

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Where in your life, or in your community, do you need an exodus led by God? How can you live in the hope of this event?

The God who is the 'I am with you' encourages us not to live infear but with confidence and courage.

'I am Yahweh, "He" is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to graven images.'

The church is the servant community for the rest of humanity. We are to serve others in the manner of the servant of servants.

Can I discern God's hand at work in this world? Who is God raising up? Who is God calling to do his will?

If we know all these things, why should we be still afraid and worried? To whom can we compare our God? No one!

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What does eternal life look like for you? Where do you see love enacted in the lives of people?

With someone outside of your Christian community, reflect on the 'strangeness' of obedience in our context today.

Do your actions show a love for all? Are you working for the common good? What motivates you?

Where in your communities is there a need to place yourself 'on the line' for the well-being of others?

Reflect on what it means to be like Jesus. In what way(s) are you able to imitate Jesus? What difference is it making in your life and in the lives of those around you?

Reflect upon some of the early memories that feed your faith and journey of faithfulness.

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What might it mean to live in a new earth?

Get informed about what human-rights organisations in your country are doing at present and see what you can do for people's dignity and rights.

Plan a rota with your church group to visit patients that spend long weeks recovering in hospital.

Is consumerism leading our life and concerns? Are we ready to challenge this way of life?

Find out about work of prison chaplaincies in your area and see in what way your congregation, group or yourself can help or support their work.

Let's not keep silent about discrimination in our societies. Let's work for churches and congregations open to welcome all people and to celebrate diversity.

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How does God sustain you each day? Are there times when you have been lost but have not acknowledged it?

How can we sing praises with the Psalmist, aware that God knows us more deeply than we can imagine?

What are the dry places in your life that cry out for a river to run through them?

Are you ever asked to sign up to values you do not hold and which seem to deny God's spirit?

How does the extinction of so many species of animal and plant each year affect God?

What unique potential lies dormant, waiting to spring forth in you?

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The unnamed jailer chose life over death. Where can you choose life in Christ today?

What is your community's 'well', or local gathering place? How might you meet Jesus there? How might you share him there?

How can your church fellowship ensure that no one is prevented from coming forward at the call of Jesus?

What prejudices do you notice in your community? Who is not as welcome at the table as others?

Choose your words carefully today, seeking to speak with wisdom.

Where is the Spirit moving and speaking to you today?

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If we judged by a person's value to God, not by their value in human eyes, how might our churches and our world be transformed?

If you have benefited from the skills of a teacher, perhaps you can do the same for someone, by offering your time or your encouragement?

Is there any one, or any group of people, that you find it hard to love - perhaps because of their job, their personality, their political views? Hold them before God in prayer.

Do you know someone like Tabitha? Have you told them recently how powerful their witness is to Christ's love? Perhaps you could do so!

Jesus names Simon ambitiously, according to the potential that he sees in him. If he were naming you now, what name might he give you? How might you live up to that name?

Are there those in your community whose circumstances mean that they are expected to be helped but rarely allowed to minister? How might that feel?

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Find out about examples of peaceful protest around the world.

Have you ever tried to draw your family tree?

Make time to read the whole book of Ruth (it is not that long!) Reflect on your response to Naomi?s story of grief and hope.

If you had a message from royalty asking you to do something, would you do it?

Find out what campaigns for change are happening in your local community - how could you help?

Who do you talk to when you have a problem? Are there wise people in your life who can help in times of struggle?

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Is it harder to be a prophet today, at this moment in history, than it was in biblical times? What has changed?

In the midst of so many stories about good and bad kings, the list of workers stands out. Why aren?t there more recognitionslike this in the Bible?

A CV tells only part of the story. Often, it?s in the CV gaps that the real work takes place.

Have you ever been at a worship service and not felt welcome at the table or at the altar? Have you ever not felt ready? Or worthy? Or willing?

What was Uzziah's true calling?

There are still rulers who throw aside their leadership robes when things get dangerous. Who stands on the sidelines ofwars in our world today?

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Having trouble relating the seemingly angry God of the Old Testament with the New? David Lamb's book God Behaving Badly is a great, informative and easy read.

Ten seconds can change your life, and someone else's. Read The 10-Second Rule by Clare De Graaf.

Some thousand years later, as Jesus rides in on a donkey, the Jews believe the temple is once more about to be filled with God's redeeming power. Were their expectations met, or not?

Are you a risk-taker? If yes, then seek out wise counsel before you step out. If not, then find someone who is. Your wisdom and discernment will be invaluable to them.

How do I know what my strengths are? Read Tom Rath and Barrie Conchie's book Strengths-Based Leadership and discover your strengths to use your own gifts better.

What do you feel you have a right to, that God may be asking you to sacrifice as you worship?

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Do any of my attitudes to socially acceptable violence need reviewing in the light of Jesus Christ?

Am I really aware that God will use me for good? Or do I think my insignificance rules me out?

If I want to serve God by doing great things for him, am I happy when he uses others to do those great things?

If I insert myself in either David's or Jesus' procession to Jerusalem, am I dancing and praising with the crowd? Or, with Michal, staying outside?

Do I still trust God when I can't hear the answers or see the point? Do I really believe he is better at being God than me?

Have I ever consulted another authority, instead of God? An occult spiritual guide, a persuasive friend, my own desires? How did this affect my life?

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May we be ready to listen and hear God as we walk through life; may our hearts be turned to him, to receive his love.

Let your friends help you today, for they may lend a hand in saving your life.

For further reading on this topic, read Ephesians 3:14-21, Isaiah 41:10, and 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18.

Look to Jesus, the one who knows our suffering, shame and weaknesses and did something about it on the cross.

Let us be open to finding God's love and mercy shown through the most unlikely people. May we embrace and help rather than accuse and reject.

Where is God seeking to give you strength and the opportunity to let him be God in your life?

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How can you become more open to receive from God when you have the opportunity to help those around you or when others help you?

Our communities include many who quietly suffer pain, loneliness and sadness. Where might you open yourself to another's suffering so that they might feel less alone?

What are the challenges for you of living in the present moment? Where might God be waiting to surprise you in the midst of your daily life?

Have there been times in your life when the nature of your relationship with God has changed? Are there any aspects of your faith that need to grow and change now?

Do you feel the pressure to pretend to be positive in front of others? What might it feel to be honest about your feelings to others? To God?

Where in your life do you find it hard to ask for help? How might God be inviting you to open yourself to the kindness of others?

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What would you feel if everybody you deemed as poor were to bless you with their riches today? Would you feel uncomfortable, insulted or blessed?

What are some of the treasures you have received from your giving recently?

List the contents of your regular prayer life. How much of that reveals a conversation, and how much of it reveals a programme of demands?

What are some of the ways in which you can improve your relationship with your neighbour? How does God speak to you through them?

What is your reaction to a guest who does not know how to appreciate your hospitality? What does that teach you about unconditional loving?

What would you say is your most valuable possession today? How does that affect your relationship with God?

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Do you ever get fed up when someone just doesn't understand after numerous times showing them? Be patient, just as God is with us.

In life what you are hungry for? Is it wealth, health, or having the latest technological gadgets? What about the relationships you have?

When have you recently felt alone recently? God is always by your side.

Crying is a normal human response to our emotions. When was the last time you had a good cry? What made you cry no more?

Do you at times rely solely on modern medicines and traditional and natural remedies for healing, apart from our faith in our Lord?

When in doubt about rightful actions in keeping the sabbath holy, ask yourself this: will life be harmed or damaged if you do not act?

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As you try to see with God's eyes, ask yourself how you can care for those you see, with practical help and with prayer.

How truthful are you about yourself, and how truthfully do you see God?

Have you ever experienced the sadness of God? What do you think makes God weep, as he wept in Jesus?

How do you see God as a father, and yourself as a son or daughter? What kind of relationship do you have?

What are the 'blind spots' in your knowledge of yourself and in your relationship with God? What can you and God do about them?

What do you think it means to see with the eyes of Jesus?

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Expect to see God this day in every person you encounter. Spend time at the end of your day recalling each one and praying for them.

Pay particular attention to your longings this day. How is the Spirit speaking through them?

Pay attention to the ways God comes to you this day through all your senses.

In your experience, does understanding lead to faith or vice versa?

How would you judge the state of your physical and spiritual 'eyesight'? What help might you need to see more clearly?

Visit an art gallery in the coming week and search out one or two self-portraits - or do so online. What do you learn?

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Could you imagine that anyone might describe you as being in anyway like Christ? If they did, what do you think that they might mean by it?

Look at yourself in a mirror today. What does your reflection tell you? What does it hide?

List some of the gifts that God has given you that enable you in different ways to build up the people around you.

Take a moment today to hold before God your ideas about the end of the world - the whole world, or the personal world around you.

Try to think of one way in which you might, today, contribute to the peace of your own community, family, workplace or home.

What ordinary people and things is Christ gazing on today?

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Keep a gratitude diary for a week or a month. Simply write down the many things God has provided for you.

What sort of music does your church sing? Does it retell the story of scripture to help you remember and never forget the story of salvation?

Scientists have suggested that wind tides might have been responsible for the parting of the waters. How does nature work in tandem with God's purposes?

Determinism holds sway today. It's not my fault! Blame my genes, my education, my background... How does this affect our discipleship?

We live in a culture of instant coffee, instant noodles, instant messaging, speed reading, speed dating, high-speed internet. What is all this doing to our discipleship?

Worship in the beginning books of the Bible featured no words, music or feelings, only food. What are most worship services today like? Why?

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Think of a time when a hardship turned out to be a blessing. Share that story with someone this weekend.

It is easy to become boxed into your own faith. Today, seek out a different opinion, not to agree with it, but to hear it without prejudice.

Are you resisting change in some way or another? Today, Ascension Day, notice if there is anywhere you are not letting God in.

If you are unfamiliar with the effects of anxiety and depression, try to find out more about them today.

As you go about your day, try to keep present in your mind an awareness of the ways you are using the earth's energy.

Think of a change you often pray to see - in your life or others' - and do something to take a step towards it.

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Do you owe someone an apology for breaking a promise? Has someone made a promise to you but failed to deliver? Can you forgive?

Does someone close to you exhibit a godly kind of power? What are the characteristics that make them powerful in your estimation?

Is there is a difference between determination and obstinacy? Do you need to be more determined? Might you be less obstinate?

Is God leading you to so something for someone else such that he or she may receive greater assurance that God is listening?

If you are part of a team, reflect on your role. Do you hide behind others? How might you grow in confidence while empowering others?

Is our God too small?

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Devote some time to a thoughtful reading of the Eucharistic liturgy of your church. Ask God to speak to you again through the act of communion.

Gather a group of people (Christian and non-Christian) around a meal and spend time discussing a current social issue, sharing how your faith shapes your response to it.

If you've never baked a loaf of bread before, take up the challenge. Use the time spent kneading the dough to meditate on your relationship with God.

As you pray, ask God to reveal any unintentional barriers you've put up. Find a way of intentionally overcoming them and building relationships with others.

If you're not already involved in community action of some kind, look into volunteering your time and gifts to help others.

Find a way to extend fellowship to people via hospitality, such as a meal or even a party.

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Taking, thanking, breaking, sharing, blessing: words to describe our witness in the world.

What food staple represents daily bread in your town, city or region?

The poor need justice not charity.

A ship in a harbour is safe. But that's not what ships are for.

If you can get online, visit and search for LOAF.

I might forget to pray but generally remember to eat: how can I make meal-times a religious experience?

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Think about the people you invest the most of your time into right now. Is there someone in your life, who's perhaps harder to love, whom God is calling you to form a deeper relationship with?

What bits of yourself are you putting forward and holding back from God to use to build his kingdom: your time, money or relationships?

Try to spend today being aware of how your worries about the future are impacting on the way you treat people in the now.

Reflect on the 'wilderness' times of uncertainty and discomfort in your own life. What did God teach you in those times?

Spend some time reflecting on how your character has matured as a disciple of Jesus. How are you different from this time last year, this time five years ago, and this time ten years ago?

Think about who the 'familiar strangers' are in your own life. How might you show one of them God's hospitality over the coming week?

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When has 'table-fellowship' sustained you and helped you to learn more about God? If possible, exchange stories of such times - and meals - with someone else.

Set up a bird table or feeding station. If you have one, spend extra time watching the birds there and invite others to join you.

Find out more about Rabbis for Human Rights ( and volunteering to help with the olive harvest in Palestine (

Learn more, using the internet or scanning the news, about the persecution of Christians today - particularly in the Middle East.

Where have you experienced God's presence in a shared meal?

Reflect on all the varieties of bread. Find out about pitta or bagels, chappati or cholla, baguettes or ryebread. Try baking,buying and eating a different kind!

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Like the weeping women, let us do the business of the day, but be ready to keep holy and sacred the Lord?s Day.

What aspect of this tremendous story speaks to you today?

Embrace humility today!

God does not ask us to account for the colour of our skin. Does it matter to you whether Simon was black, white or brown?

What miscarriages of justice can you think of in your own society? Where would Jesus be found?

Make the best choices for yourself and others. Beware of the consequences of wrong decisions!

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Change begins with you. What needs to change in you so that evil does not have its way there?

Where in your life right now do you recognise a kairos moment?

Learn something about God and God?s plan for all of creation by observing something in nature ? something simple, like a flower or an ant.

What group or organisation working to get the world right-side up can you support through prayer, or in other ways?

List the things holding you back from offering yourself unreservedly and completely for God?s work and will.

Allow yourself to be surprised afresh by the ordinary and familiar today.

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If the love of God can make us conquerors over evil forces, how can we enable all creation to experience that love, and create a new world devoid of the power of evil?

Christians are called to be a counter-cultural community. Through bearing the fruits of the Spirit, we are invited to proclaim the gospel that another world is possible.

The opposite of faith is not doubt; it is certainty.

What do you think of the idea of God suffering with Israel in Egypt, and with his people wherever they suffer today?

From the fear of the other, let us grow into the beauty of living and growing together so that we may be able to destroy the evil forces.

Instead of blaming the unpleasant realities, let us transform them through radical organic engagement.

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What celebrated cultural trend do you most struggle with? What does it say about people?s view of God and self? How can you lovingly respond?

How have you been a victim of evil intent? How did you respond to the violation? Concerning the culprit, what?s more important: justice or mercy?

What do you fear most? How do you manage that fear? How can the reality of Jesus? death and resurrection defeat the power of it?

Where do you see evil in the world? How can you fight against it? Where do you need God?s protection from the evil one?

Where in your life are you being tested? What would you lose if you gave in to temptation there? Where will you look for help?

When have you felt at odds with a surrounding culture? Why did it make you seem foolish? How does the cross empower you to respond?

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Thank God for all that is good in your life. It is all the gift of God?s presence with you. Write down some of these good things, and thank others for the good they are in your life.

Consider some role models for good, whether historical or of today, global or local, famous or known only to you. Thank God for them, and learn something from them.

If the greatest of all that we can be is love, how might some of the things I do and say change?

How does the worship of your church reflect what you know of Jesus and what he has done? How could the members of your church serve one another better?

Consider where Christ might be working in your neighbourhood, and look for ways you might be able to join in.

Pay attention today, and make note of all that is good, true and beautiful in your life, around you in others, and in this world, and thank God.

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At the end of this week, what are your thoughts on the cosmic powers? How do they relate (or not relate) to your navigation of good and evil?

Do you see Job as a prototype of Jesus?

How do the ill and disabled fit into your church community? How are they included?

Do you see the commitment to being counter-cultural in the outlook of your friends and colleagues of other religions?

How do you feel about hell as an emphatic warning rather than a final destination? Is religion about reconciliation?

What would the impact be of rejecting notions of eventual punishment, is it justice or revenge? Is final judgement God?s idea or ours?

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Where do you think evil came from?

How attached are you to ?the Devil? in Christian theology?

Do you agree that death is part of the natural created order? Is death really ?the wages of sin??

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How would you sum up the Ten Commandments to a new Christian? Share it on our Facebook group today: www.

Think about popular press and culture: are there groups about whom false witness is built and accepted? How?

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If you are in a covenanted relationship, take a moment to think honestly about the health of your relationship and how you can be a better partner.

Most polls in the UK show support for the death penalty. Why do you think this is? What is the popular opinion on this issue in the country where you live?

What does this commandment mean in practice? Find out about the work of a local charity devoted to early childhood development. How could your church be involved?

Make a point today of noticing invisible work that supports our economy: shelf-stocking, cleaning, caring, warehouse-picking, etc. Do you keep a Sabbath from consumption?

How often and in what context do you swear? Is it an important issue for Christians, why or why not?

Consider these words: ?Until Jesus was all I had, I did not realise Jesus was all I needed.? How do you feel about this statement?

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Think of a time that you have given to someone without expecting anything back and have received something good that you never expected.

As you focus on the positive things in your life, note how this helps you to be content with what you have.

Are there killjoys in your life, people you really struggle to be with? Try to see life from their perspective and perhaps it will change your attitude.

Today, at different points in the day, take five minutes to sit quietly and to focus on God?s love, mercy and grace.

On a piece of paper draw two columns, head them ?Profit? and ?Loss?, list the things in your life that fit into each category.

Think about the people that you admire ? what is it in their lives that you look up to?

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Working for justice and peace is a way of bringing light to our world. How can I support and participate in this work?

How often do I overlook the simple in my search for a life that is fulfilling and open to the needs of others?

What is there in my life that keeps me from putting the interests of others before my own and how can I find a healthy balance between the two?

How do I show joy and delight? Does the laughter and humour I express build warmth and companionship with those whom I love, with whom I work?

In what ways do my concerns about those around me distract me from being more fully present to the call to be Christ in the world?

As this week unfolds, are there colleagues at work, or in your community who need to be thanked and encouraged for the good work they give to others?

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If I?m afraid of the bullies in the playground, it?s because I?ve forgotten that my Dad is bigger than theirs.

Am I satisfied with my Christian witness as it is, or am I restless when I think of those who have still not met Christ?

If I am happy to rest in the love of Christ, am I also willing to respond to his challenge to love and obey him?

Am I a friend of older people, or an ?enemy?? Have I thanked those who have helped me on my journey of faith?

Am I too much influenced by what other people think and say? Is fitting in more important than being true to what I believe?

Which most needs strengthening in my life, the horizontal relationship with other people or the vertical relationship with God?

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Reflect on how your deeds can show the light of Christ to the world.

Consider how you can trust God when you are at your lowest ebb.

Have you thought about mentoring someone younger thanyou? Seek someone out today and start the process.

Reflect on where you saw God's presence in the last 24 hours.

How do you see God's upside-down kingdom played out in your society?

How could you lobby your government on behalf of those who are in poverty?

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Take a few moments to reflect on the gift of creation. What can you do to help sustain the earth?

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In the days ahead, how can you make Christmas real?

Today look out for signs of the word made flesh in your life and your community.

Make up your own acrostic poem, using a familiar Christmas word. Share it, if you like, on our Facebook group page

What was the most recent experience you had that you would call ‘truly worshipful’?

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The turmoil of life comes to us all, but there is an assurance of stability for the person who chooses to hear God’s words and obey them.

Giving to people without reservation opens the door for receiving from God without reservation. Take the position first, and then receive the reward.

Do not seek everybody’s acceptance. It is all right to be hated by others when you stand for Jesus. Stand up for Jesus because, ultimately, it will pay.

Power came from Jesus to touch others because Jesus touched the source of all power in prayers. Let us embrace this habit and see changes around us.

An accusatory mind will prevent a Christian from benefitting from God’s great work. If not addressed, it can develop into further negative actions.

Levi was ready to follow Jesus – just waiting for the instruction. Someone around you might be waiting for the invitation, so extend the invitation to them.

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The healing of the leper becomes a powerful testimony to the priests and the leper’s family and friends.

Jesus calls us from our daily work in order to serve him by using our skills and talents.

Jesus’ ministry was a holistic one that emphasised both words and deeds.

The evil spirit recognised the authority of Jesus as the Son of God. We are to minister in that same authority granted to us.

It is never easy to minister in our hometown where everyone ‘knows’ us.

Jesus had no other special resources to counter the devil’s claims and lies but the word of God.

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During Advent, how relevant is John’s advice on sharing and contentment in life? How do these challenge a consumption-oriented and market-driven Christmas season?

In what way do we take the young generation for granted? How can we avoid it?

Can we attend worship, pray and fast without any particular agenda or goals? Are these an end in themselves?

What is the extra mile we can walk to ensure the spiritual growth of the next generation?

Shepherds went to the manger to seek the saviour; soldiers were commissioned to slaughter him. What is our approach to the babe: stranglers or seekers?

How do we understand the rejection of Jesus from the time of his birth? How can we celebrate Christmas meaningfully?

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What do you consider ‘success’ in this life to be? Is it more than the accumulation of wealth?

We need to ask ourselves as we grow older if as individuals we have become the people that God would have us be, and ask for grace to achieve our true potential.

Are we sometimes hesitant to share good news? Why might that be, and do we have to be sensitive at times?

How carefully do we plan out our lives? Do we welcome the possibility of God intervening and taking us on a different path?

If you struggle to see where you are in God’s bigger picture, consider that where you are right now might be where God needs you!

Think about how easily you give in to the temptation of thinking God will never answer your prayers, and bring to mind Zechariah and Elizabeth.

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As Ann Voskamp suggests, nurture an attitude of thanksgiving by keeping a list of good things in your day-to-day life.

Consider what transformation might look like in your life. What changes would you welcome? Which would you shy away from?

How does your (lack of) openness to allowing others into your life, and entering into the lives of others, affect your experience of church?

How might our understanding of Jesus’ suffering on the cross influence how we react to suffering in the lives of individual Christians – including our own?

How secure are you in your identity as a follower of Christ? How do you measure this, and who do you allow to define it?

What difference does it make to be needed by God, not just wanted? In what ways do you (or could you) partner in God’s work?

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Get involved in an interfaith activity in your area or try to find out more about the life and worship of people of another religion.

Do you know someone bereaved whom you could telephone or visit and so bring to life the promise of comfort for mourners in these verses?

Think of something you have been postponing because you are afraid. Do it, discover whether it is more straightforward than expected. Rejoice in your achievement once it is done.

If you have computer access, listen on YouTube to the choir of Lauderdale Road Synagogue singing Psalm 118:26-29 in Hebrew to a cheerful festival tune.

Think whether there is an organisation near you for people who feel at risk that you could help with your time or money.

List twenty-five things that make you want to praise God, either in your own life or historical events from the Exodus until now.

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Think of a time when God has wiped your tears away, and give thanks.

Where are the tensions and difficulties in relationships in your own life and that of your local church? How are you responding?

Think of a time when a stranger ministered to you, and give thanks.

Listen to Bach’s setting of the John or Matthew Passion and pay particular attention to his setting of today’s text.

What makes Jesus weep today, in your local context as well as in the wider world?

Whose tears have been most precious to you, and why?

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Where is the need for gloves to come off in your life, or in the lives of those with whom you have to do?

As you go about your day, look out for bodies that seem to be weeping, and hold them before God.

Where are the places in your neighbourhood that are weeping?

Where, when and how have you experienced the maternal longing of God?

Spend some time considering the image of God as wailing woman. What new insights does this offer?

Who might be praying this psalm in the world today? Read the newspaper or listen to the news with this psalm in mind and heart.

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What has Jesus taught us by spending time with the outcasts of society on his last days on earth? How would we have spent our time if we were in his place?

Have you ever been negligent and failed to watch every second of the day, as our Lord repeatedly ordered us to do?

How attentively do we, with spiritual insight, discern the unfolding of God’s purpose in the changing panorama of events? What signs do you see you around you today of the coming of the kingdom?

Do we, daily, examine ourselves and ask if we deserve to be considered among ‘the chosen people’? How do our standards compare with the biblical standard?

As practising Christians, do we seriously take our Lord’s warning to be on our guard every day of our lives?

Do we believe that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will remain faithful to the end when faced with situations that challenge our faith?

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Where do people of other faiths fit in? Whether or not we’re looking for their conversion, are they seeing the gospel in action in us?

How ready are we to challenge common ‘Messianic’ thinking among Christians and how does this issue impact on relations with Jewish believers?

Are we able to answer the questions about life and faith that others put to us, with a straightforward gentle response that engages with people

How inclusive or exclusive are we? Do we pick up ideas of openness and imagination from Jesus’ words? How would he challenge us today with new things?

How do we respond to those who believe differently? Do we avoid treating as ridiculous what they believe, and insisting on the rightness of our beliefs?

How do we best serve God with all our resources? And, more important, what does God want from us?

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Read on: Look at the way that Peter’s triple denial of Jesus (Luke 22:54-62 – found in other Gospels too) becomes his triple affirmation when he meets the risen Jesus (John 21: 9-17).

Free-range chickens are a less familiar sight for many of us. What word-picture (instead of the mother hen) would you choose today to show Jesus’ love?

Today, wherever you go, keep your eyes open for creatures or growing things. How are they blessed by God? How does their existence bless us?

Do you need to hear those words ‘Don’t be afraid’? Think about why – and thank God.

Nesting, or migrating? How do you see your own life reflected in the lives of the birds described above?

Think of a work of art that has brought a biblical story or theme alive for you. If possible, find a copy and reflect on it.

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Learn more about birds and bird-watching by reading books, watching films or YouTube, visiting bird reserves or aviaries. Consider putting out grains and nuts as birdfood.

List twenty things that tire you and thirty things that encourage your stamina and wellbeing. Can you improve their balance in your life?

Is there something you can do to make your home or your church a more pleasant place to serve God, either through prayer or by hospitality to others?

Look up the website of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel; see pictures of the many beautiful birds that visit or live in the country.

Find a way to give encouragement or support to someone who needs it, either by giving food or time or a listening ear or money.

In much of the developed world, a lot of food is thrown away, wasting environmental resources. Try to buy only what you will use this week.

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Imagine a gathering of God’s kingdom people, and then picture the camp of the grumblers and fault-finders. Which would you rather be in?

Which of your own motivations can you identify as being for your own gain?

For what aspect of God’s coming kingdom will you pray today?

Investigate and consider supporting a local or national campaign for a living wage.

In what part of your life do your allegiances and priorities need reconsidering?

How can you sow peace today?

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Is the Christian group I belong to looking inside our church walls, occupied in keeping our practices and traditions, or facing the outside world and its needs?

How is social life organised in your neighbourhood, town, place of work, church? Is there room for changes? Who will take action?

Which things in my life are proof that I have accepted the word planted in my heart? Is this word truly part of me?

Like an athlete getting ready for a competition, we too need spiritual preparation for the trials of life. What do you do in this respect? Are you getting good results?

Think of the areas of your life where your actions could be improved, better to reflect your Christian faith.

Does the church tolerate the forms of slavery existing in your country? Has it been vocal against it, or has it also acted as slave master?

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In what way does the Sunday school version of the Joseph story differ from its biblical version? How can we present an unsanitised version of Joseph’s character to children?

As you read through the book of Genesis have you ever noticed that different chapters use different names for God? What do you think is the reason for this?

Look up the hymn ‘O Love that wilt not let me go’ written by George Matheson. Read through the words and try to find the story behind the hymn.

Beware of the prosperity gospel! When was the last time you heard a sermon suggesting that those who trust in Jesus will live trouble-free lives?

Read through Genesis and trace the plot of God’s promise to Abraham. How many Gentiles respond positively to Abraham and his descendants and receive God’s blessing?

Are there longstanding disagreements in your family that need forgiveness and healing? Act now to defuse the bomb. Be reconciled.

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Circumstances beyond our control, and our attitude, will decide what was a blessing and what was a curse.

What is the church doing about unemployment in your town, city, or country? What could you do?

Where in your life do you need to trust in God’s providence?

Find a copy of the recent critically acclaimed movie 12 Years a Slave and watch it to gain insight into the way Christian faith was used to support nineteenth-century slavery.

Which of the Benedictine maxims above appeal to you, or speak to a habit that would help you in your working day?

Imagine God’s Spirit hovering over a chaotic part of your life or the life of the world.

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How important is it to not to feel like a burden to others? What is the best work a person can do?

Who do you know that works in front of a computer a lot? How might you show them that you respect their work?

Do I accept a level of unfairness in my workplace? Are there ways I could challenge unfairness without causing more harm than good?

What motivations do I share with the people who work near me? What do the people in church each Sunday do during the working week?

How are we distracted by good looks and charm (our own or others’!)?

With so many distractions in life, where could I go to imagine God’s kingdom on earth as in heaven?

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Compare Songs of Songs 8:5-14 and 1 Corinthians 13. In what ways do the passages agree and in what ways do they differ?

Do you think all human longing is an expression of our need for God?

Does not even the spiritual life require embodiment for its expression?

Do you think the Christian tradition too often associates sex with shame?

If you are in a long-term relationship, are you giving it the time and attention it deserves?

Are you listening carefully to women’s voices and paying proper attention to the opinions and thoughts of women?

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A notorious evildoer comes into your church and says ‘I want to change. Can you help me to get to know God?’ How would you react?

How good are you at sharing God’s compassion and forgiveness with everyone you meet, not just those you approve of? How can you do better?

Which of the sons in the parable do you most resemble?

If God spares evil people who repent, what does this say about God’s justice?

Can you recall an occasion when you were disobedient, careless or stupid and God started again with you? What happened?

How difficult do you find it to trust God to care for you in hard places?

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What are my blind spots? Where do I fail to see, as my Creator sees, with a loving and kindly vision?

Reflect on time as gift from God. Do I need to change my attitude to its use?

Are we aware of the burdens that weigh others down? Where do we fail to notice and to act?

Where can I make time for myself? Where do I need love and attention?

Reflect today on the true meaning of Christian hope and trust.

Reflect on Ecclesiastes 3.4: ‘A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance.’ Do we fail to pay attention to the griefs that inhibit our flourishing?

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Do you pray for justice for the most vulnerable? How are you involved in seeing justice come?

Consider your own attentiveness to Jesus: are you more like Martha or Mary?

How do we love God with all our heart, soul and strength

Is there someone you know who might gain hope from hearing your testimony to God’s love and power today?

Remember that the people you meet today may be struggling in some way that you might not know, but God does. Pray for them.

Gratitude forms hearts of awe. Take time today to consider your gratefulness for God’s presence in your life, and to rest a little in that mystery.

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Pay attention to what is happening around you. Take responsibility for changing it. Make a conscious effort to be present to the God who is present to you.

Consider the places, spaces and moments you wish to name as wisdom-encounters. Imagine a ‘come dine with me’ TV show with Proverbs 9:5-6 as a strapline!

Consider the subtle and overt ways in which God is being marginalised in our lives. Name some of the events/happenings/people for which you wish to give God thanks. What would your version of Hannah’s prayer be like?

‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it’ (Jeremiah 6:16). Where and how is the call of God working in your life?

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest’ (Matthew 11:28). Consider scheduling a resting time in your diary. As communities of rest, what are spaces for rest that churches create/offer?

How does the knowledge of this all-attentive God who loves each of us intensely, shape your relationships and response to what you may be currently wrestling with?

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Ask yourself how the truth of Christ’s overall authority should be reflected in the way you think and live in the world.

Ask yourself how much you accept to be modelled by the word of God.

Reflect on how much the sacrifice of Christ conquers the power of sin in your life, and give thanks.

Reflect on the ways in which the lordship of Christ should be expressed in different domains of your life. What will be different?

How aware are you of the fact that God hears our cries and knows our needs?

What is the model you follow in your journey of discipleship and in ministry to others? How can Jesus’ self-emptying model inform the life of your community?

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What do I hold on to that is no longer life giving at this point in my life? Are there things that hold me back from exploring my faith more deeply?

Do I see groups and organisations that help children in need as co-builders of the kingdom of God here on earth?

Is it possible to let the hard questions we face become an opening into a deepening sense of God’s grace and protection in our lives?

Take time to recall moments when you have seen the hand of God in the most unexpected places, and give thanks for that memory.

When do you find it easier to look for recognition rather than recognising where Christ is in the ordinary encounters of your daily life?

How hard do we find it to trust God with what seem to be the impossible situations we encounter in our lives?

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Choose one difficult relationship you are experiencing. How can you bring about peace in it?

Are you doing anything in your community to eliminate violence in public media or to eliminate war toys for children?

In failed relationships, is it because one or both parties didn’t try hard enough?

Is there a peace or justice issue that threatens to bring social conflict in your community? What can your group do to redress the underlying injustice?

Unity is God’s purpose. What can we do to help bring people together? Write a letter to someone within your church, urging forgiveness and reconciliation.

Instead of judging, what should occupy our energy? What do you need to do to promote unity in diversity?

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What might it mean to seek the peace and prosperity of where you are? Remember those for whom shalom/peace is a distant hope.

Pray for a place of conflict; pray for true peace with justice. Consider how you might seek others’ prosperity. What might that mean for you?

How can you not just seek peace but pursue it? What could you change in your life, community, or the wider world to pursue peace?

What might be the barriers to true, ‘whole life’ worship of God? What in your life might need changing? (Don’t dwell on guilt; seek forgiveness!)

How in harmony with your fellow human beings are you? How in harmony with God’s world are you? What could you change?

If you could have God change or transform one thing in your life what might it be? What tools do you have to work for peace?

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Take up the challenge described above and resolve to pray for politicians in more depth.

Research what it’s like to be a Christian in a hostile environment, and commit to holding those people in prayer.

Investigate the latest anti-corruption or anti-tax evasion campaigns and pray for the contexts in which this is an action.

Think of an area of your life that you need to entrust to God. Write it down and, over the course of the day, read it over again and lift it up in prayer.

it. For the last three years, I’ve been training for ordination, learning all the things a church leader is meant to know. As an ordinand in a church placement, I’ve had some responsibility but always with the safety net of two ordained people

Spend some time thinking about your various responsibilities and those who support you with them. Pray for each area and all those involved.

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Stand up for the powerless and the powerful will move against you.

Power without accountability is like bricks without straw: it doesn’t work, the house will fall. Where do I see power that must be challenged?

In what ways, in my time, is it given to me to speak truth to power?

In my circumstances, are there orders that I must never obey?

We take Jesus as our model for private life. Is he our model for public life and leadership too?

Good leaders from time to time may look to their people for forgiveness. When last did a leading politician do this? When last did I?

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Are we ready to make any sacrifices today? Reflect on what modern society ‘preaches’ today and what it means to follow Jesus now.

Read the newspaper today, on paper or on the internet, and look for positive news. Can you see there any signs of God’s goodwill for all of us? Take a moment to reflect and pray.

What about Jesus’ compassion? We live in a society that seems to have lost those sorts of feelings. Instead of compassion, blame and fear take the lead. Reflect on what the Gospel is telling us about this.

Have you ever thought of volunteering to help in community or church services? Are you ready for that? Talk about it with your friends or church group. Don’t hesitate. There’s always lots to do for those in need!

Do you believe Jesus can change your life? In what ways? Talk with your church group and friends about it.

Plan how to get involved in community organisations that help those in difficulties. Is your church ready to open its doors without prejudices and judgement?

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Are we discouraged because of the size of the task ahead? Is it because we think it’s up to us, not up to Jesus?

Do we live lives different enough to disturb people, and are we confident enough not to mind if they don't like us because of it?

Have Christians been too willing to try to impose their views on people rather than just offering them?

Are there times in our lives when we have grieved too soon and missed God’s blessing of resurrection?

Do we make faith too complicated and give people the impression they have to jump through too many hoops to become Christians?

Restoration and healing are sometimes costly. How do we make them worth it?

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Which relationships create space for you to be in the presence of Jesus? What are the broken relationships you need Jesus to help you restore?

What are the distractions around you that are stopping you from hearing God? How can you make space in your life to hear God?

In what areas of your life do you feel inadequate? How might God transform those inadequacies and turn them into small wonders?

What is stopping you and your faith community from seeing growth? How can you keep the expectation of reproduction and growth central to your faith?

Who are the ‘small’ people in your sphere of influence that are overlooked? How will you and your faith community seek to serve that group?

What do you and your faith community do when confronted with needs? What are the issues around you that small acts of kindness could transform?

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The next time you celebrate the Lord’s Supper, remember there is always room at God’s holy table for more hungry people. Invite them in.

Learn the names of the children in your church and pray for them. If there are no children in your church, pray that God will send some soon.

When you next take Holy Communion, remember that people from east, west, north and south are welcome at the Lord’s feast.

Make a list today of all the signs of God’s kingdom at work in your community.

Can a diverse range of people find a home in your church? What more could you do to make all feel welcome?

Who are the young people in your church or fellowship? What more could you be doing to encourage them?

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Take a moment to give thanks for those who raised you in Christian faith either as a child or as an adult, and for those whose lives you have touched with your faith.

How do or might you live out the values of the kingdom, to which you belong, by your commitment to the world, to which you don’t?

Which questions are a potential stumbling block for your faith? Is your faith strengthened by the wrestling, or challenged by the lack of answers?

Whom do you find it especially hard to love? With whom do you never agree? Understanding is not always easy, but start by praying for them.

Jesus says, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God’ (Matthew 5:9). How might you be a peacemaker, locally or globally?

How does it make you feel to know that Christ is glorified in you? How will you show that glory in your life this week?

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In the world we will have trouble and face persecution. But don’t worry! Jesus has overcome the world. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

By the resurrection and ascension power of Jesus, and the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, let us powerfully share God’s word always.

Make your ‘joy be complete’ by committing yourself to help a needy person in your church or community this week. Challenge your peers to join you.

Is it right to question God about the death of a loved one? Is it truly possible to experience permanent joy after temporary grief?

The Christian’s life is not free from trials, troubles and challenges. While we are experiencing them, we are being rescued by Christ. Discuss, giving examples.

Read again verses19 and 20 and compare with Romans 8:38-39. What did you learn from the comparison? How can you live out what you have learned?

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Is there something God is wanting to say to you? What truth does the Spirit want to guide you into?

What do the words, ‘sin, righteousness and judgement’ mean to you? Can you love more without being aware of what hinders that love?

Is there anything in our own church culture that we think serves God, but isn’t really doing so? How can we be sure of what service God wants? How can we help those who are misguided?

How might people pick up the wrong idea about who Jesus is? Have you ever misunderstood his works or his words? How can you help people to know Jesus?

Have you ever been unjustly treated, and repaid evil for good? How do you feel about it now? How can you protect yourself while still loving that person?

Do you have a clear sense of what God wants you to say? What frightens you when you talk about God? How can you overcome this fear?

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Seek out opportunities to thank your closest friends for the trust and at-home-ness they give to you. Review your list of virtual friends and either take steps to make the friendship genuine or else weed out those who are included only to make up the numb

Who are the unacknowledged heroes in your community? How can you support them?

Set aside a day for personal retreat and use this prayer as your focus.

Do we sometimes limit our perception of the work of the kingdom to those activities that have the unhelpfully limited label, ‘full-time Christian work’?

Consider what ordinary, mundane encounters in your life today might in truth be unlikely but real steps along your own pilgrim way.

Practise approaching the Bible with an attitude of listening before attempting to analyse or interpret.

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Sometimes sitting and praying without words brings our thoughts and emotions in sync with God’s peace. Stop, and listen to God speak.

Do we need to see to believe? Faith means trusting God wholeheartedly. We do not see God, however we see the many works of God’s love.

Can you see the underlying love behind the instructions to obey? If not, what is clouding the love? It is awesome that someone truly cares!

Do you make promises you feel that you may not be able to keep? Promises made need to be realistic, simple, and – most important – kept.

Do you forget at times that we are just like our parents? Do you forget at times that children imitate what parents do?

Do you feel at times you are always ‘poking in the dark’? The answer is nearby. Faith in Christ will show you the way.

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Wisdom on full stops from comedian Gracie Allen: ‘Never place a period where God has placed a comma.’

Some church members refer to themselves as ‘followers of Jesus’. This implies confession of faith and adherence to Jesus’s teachings. Might such a claim also resonate with Jesus’ depiction of the sheep–shepherd relationship?

When unexpected good fortune finds us, do we perceive something at work beyond what we can explain?

Some say doubt is the opposite of faith, others say the opposite of faith is certainty. Which is closer to your understanding?

According to the principles of community organising, there is a clear preference for ‘power with’ rather than ‘power over’ to bring about change. How might that relate to this scene of Easter evening?

Read Mary Oliver’s poem ‘Mindful’ from Why I Wake Early – a fine poem that explores the art of seeing.

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When Perfect Love reigns, people who formerly lived in fear find themselves called out with linen and spices. Let us follow Joseph and Nicodemus and do likewise.

If you make one step towards God today, he will walk across the universe to meet you.

‘Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them’ (verse 17). How could knowing this truth about God change the way you do things?

They say, ‘Keep your enemies close,’ but can enemies be flipped? What can we learn about how God changes hearts that can mend relationships in our world?

In John’s Gospel ‘glory’ refers to the cross. Is this paradox true in your story? Can God be glorified in outcomes that feel like utter failure? I hope so!

Do you ever wonder what the people who walk past your church pray about? How might your faith community respond if God asked you to love your neighbours with actions and in truth (1 John 3:18)?

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What more can you discover about how the targets that make up the Millennium Goals have been met?

Take an opportunity to do something today that consciously responds to the needs of those you see around you.

See what you can discover about the Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) and the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiatives (MDRI). You could start at

Notice today your use of water: for drinking, cooking, washing, cleaning and other sanitary needs. How much water do you think you use each day?

Try to find out who the biggest land-owners in your own neighbourhood are. How do they use the land they occupy?

Where are your sabbath places? When are your sabbath times?

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How can we identify with the global scope of the Millennium Development Goals? Scripture helps open the personal stories behind statistics quoted in millions.

Today take a moment to imagine Jesus calling you to him, before sending you out. What gifts does he see? What might he say?

Today investigate any of the charities that combat disease, such as The Leprosy Mission or Rotary International’s campaign to end polio. Can you help in some way?

Sit and hear the question the guide asked Ezekiel: ‘Son of man, do you see this?’ What does God want to make sure you see today?

What is your government doing about health care for the most vulnerable, who can’t afford the care Namaan can?

How has HIV/Aids affected your community, or not? How have you seen people of faith respond, or not? Join a discussion on our Facebook group today.

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Being ‘born again’ uses a feminine image for God. How might this image broaden our understanding of God’s concern for the health of infants and mothers?

What are the specific needs of little girls in your community, like the one Jesus took by the hand? How can your community nourish them?

Who are the untouchables in your community? *Lyrics by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh © Chrysalis One Music

What are the gravest dangers threatening the health of infants and pregnant women in your community?

Umuntu ungumuntu ngabantu is an African proverb that says that a person becomes a person because of people; or, more personally put, I am because we are.

We are all wonderfully made by God. How will you appreciate today that all your fellow human beings are so wonderfully yet so differently made?

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Work with others to gather an archive of the stories of women who have offered leadership and ministry in your faith community.

In your faith community are there some people who are never offered leadership roles or whose vocation is denied? Why? What might you do to encourage them?

Visit a local art/craft gallery or exhibition and consider what spirituality might be revealed.

Search out and meditate upon other biblical texts that use feminine imagery to describe the divine nature.

What do you know about migrant workers in your community? How might you engage in the practice of radical hospitality?

Are there barriers to female leadership in your church? In the community? What action could you take?

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Alexandra Wright is senior rabbi of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St Johns Wood, London. She studied at Leo Baeck College, London, where she also taught classical Hebrew after ordination in 1986. She was volunteer chaplain at the North London Hospice and

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Join us in celebrating 135 years of the work of IBRA!
To mark this auspicious occasion we have a special celebration edition available.

Read about our rich history and the origins of our founder Charles Waters, bank manager and Sunday School teacher – not a scholar, preacher, or public speaker – who had a gift for organisation and a vision for making the Bible accessible to all.

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