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This week's theme
The beginning - the heavens declare
1 Chronicles 16:2334
O God, you created a complex and risky world; inspire our imagination that we may worship you in ways that are both ancient and new. Amen
For further thought
In Ancient Israel, the earth was thought to be a flat disc fixed on the waters, supported by mountains. How might our present understanding change how we think of God?
How can science and religion work together for the good of the planet? What can your church community do?
What images would you use to describe Gods energy of life in the resurrection?
Take a moment to leave space for mystery today.
How does the vastness of the universe affect your perception of God?
Looking at the stars one night this week, consider both how much we know about the universe, and how much more there is to know.
Think of one or two people whom you strongly dislike. Can you see anything sheepish in them?
How might living with a sense of active expectation of Jesus coming to us change our experience of our day-to-day lives?
What feelings are evoked by the prospect of the Son of Man coming to you? How might Jesus want to reassure you?
Where do life, work and ministry feel like endurance for you? How does Jesus respond to your endurance?
Where do you notice the desire to act in ways that will win the approval of others? Can you ask God how to respond to those desires?
In what part of yourself heart, soul, strength or mind do you find it hardest to live lovingly? How might God want you to respond?
How might you apply some of these freedom principles to living an ecologically sustainable lifestyle? The freedom to care for creation is an essential part of kingdom living.
Need encouragement? Read 2 Peter 1 to hear Peter remember this mountain moment and use it to encourage others in their discipleship journey.
Today, find and have a listen to the song Everyday by Tom Smith. I can imagine Peter singing this song, confessing Jesus as Saviour and Healer.
Whats preventing you from pressing forward? Do you need all the answers, or just a simple faith? Do you need to be in a good place, or just a place where God is?
And just like Peter I keep learning Are you committed to lifelong learning like Peter? How might you renew your heart and mind today? Perhaps start reading a new book?
Again, Jesus withdraws to pray (verse 23). We are building a picture of how the Messiah prioritises his time, and prayer and reflection seem to be high on the list!
We are used to using words to say what we believe. Can we trust that others might actually be able to see what we believe?
Is it possible to see Gods work being done by others who are not part of your faith community?
Reflect on your own story. What things were important to you once but no longer have the same meaning? How hard has it been to let them go?
Take some time to reflect on past seasons of your life. Recall times of receptivity to God and what that has meant in your ongoing journey in the faith.
What does being a sign mean for you? Share your reflections with a friend; what are the challenges, what are the joys?
What social issues concern you at this time, what conflicting priorities are at stake? Are there insights from todays reading that can be applied to the situation?
How does your church beautifully proclaim Gods good news? How could it do so even more?
How many times is Pauls conversion told in the New Testament? How does his experience still challenge us today?
Where do you see the power of the resurrected Christ around you in the struggles your society is facing?
Who are the Christian witnesses who have challenged and nourished your community or country?
How can your church community share the good news with those who feel marginalised because they have broken the rules?
On the internet, search for artwork featuring the disciples on their way to Emmaus. Reflect on their new encounter with Jesus.
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This week's writer
Heather and Andrew were raised in South Africa, and married there in 2013. Andrew is ordained as an Anglican priest and has a masters in theology from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. He served on the secretariat of the Anglican Church of Southern Afric
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