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This week's theme

Fire in the Bible - God and fire

Today's reading

Exodus 3:110

Today's prayer

Dear God, grant us the courage to stand up against the evils of society like Moses did, so that we may be agents of justice through the fire blazing within us. Amen

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For further thought

How can you more forcefully protest against the injustice aroundyou?

Think about your home, work and social environments. How can you be faithful to Christ in sharing the good news in word and deed?

At times, our impression is that God is leading us to a place we dont want to go. Reflect on how Jonah and Jesus responded.

Reflect on times when Gods answer to prayer has surprised you. Consider the reasons you were surprised.

In your times of personal prayer, remember those whose work puts them in danger.

Consider the desert roads in your current journey of faith. Why have you defined them as such and how might your journey to such a place be a point of growth for you and blessing for others?

On the journey of faith we should be alert to the possibilities for positive impact on those we encounter.

If Jesus calls us all to focus on our own individual path, does the church lay too much emphasis on orthodoxy and unity?

Today, you may not feel much like rejoicing. Find the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffers poem, Men go to God when they are sore bestead as an alternative.

Look at some pictures or sculptures of Jesus surrounded by his disciples. Do they resonate with the gospel picture? Is it only women who are missing?

Blind people often challenge our use of blindness as a metaphor for dimness. Look up the books by John Hull, for example. How can we work around this?

Where are the price labels in the shop window of your life? Can you make a counter-cultural act today which tells others more about Gods shop window?

God promises us a crown of beauty instead of ashes (Isaiah 61:3, NIVUK). What do these words mean to you as a disciple at the moment?

How would you put the way of Wisdom into your own words and describe it to a friend who has not read the Bible?

What do you know about the water that comes from your tap: its source, how its purified? Where did your community get water 150 years ago?

Find a charity focusing on the needs of children. Read about its work. In what small way (it might not be money) could you help?

Can you think of a time when you have needed to be reminded of this? How did you respond?

How do we as nations, communities and individuals react to those we see invading our space?

Take a walk through your community, pausing by places like the library, shop, bus stop, health centre, school. Pray for those who need and use them.

Have you ever challenged somebody, or been challenged yourself, to stand on your own feet? Was that a difficult conversation? What did it teach you?

How do you react to the thought that God chose you? Does it ring true to your experience? What responsibilities might it give you?

Do you find it helpful to answer I dont know what the worlds coming to with I do know whos coming to the world?

Remember people you know who have to judge others: in law, in exams, in interviews. Ask God to keep them clear, careful and fair.

Has it been true for you, as it is for some Christians, that times of great difficulty have also been seasons of gain and growth?

Name the Christians with whom you are most deeply and firmly linked. In what ways do you depend on their patience, and they on yours?

What do you believe that will help you to die without fear? How can you renew your grip on this part of your faith?

What warnings and corrections do you think would help your Christian living to stay on track?

What do you pray for when you pray for Christian friends? Can todays wish-prayer suggest concerns you could take up with God on their behalf?

Where have you known bonds of Christian fellowship that remained strong across the miles and the years? What can you do to strengthen these now?

Pause to reflect on any tensions in your local or national community, and consider what you might do to build bridges across the divisions.

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Vinod is a theology graduate from the United Theological College, Bangalore. He works with the Student Christian Movement of India in Bangalore as Associate Executive Secretary of the Mission and Scholarship Desk and pastorally assists at the Church of So

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