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This week's theme

Strangers of the world

Today's reading

1 Peter 4:111

Today's prayer

Loving God, you call us to love. Help us to be more concerned with love of you and of others than with our own salvation, in faith that, in your love, our salvation is secure.

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For further thought

Think about the teachings of Jesus. Does he provide any helpful lists of behaviour, or general principles, to teach us how to live?

If someone wanted an account of the hope that is in you if they wanted to know why you believe how would you answer?

What would drive you to disobey the law? How can you challenge unjust systems legally, and when would that make you complicit in the injustice?

How does being a citizen of heaven shape your relationship with the world? Are you set apart and separated, or more closely committed and involved?

True love is possessive in not letting go of the other, persevering in that it does not die out easily, and priceless in that it can never be bought and sold.

God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good (Genesis 1:31).

To the maiden, the man is most desirable and beautiful because he is also most loved (verse 16).

Shakespeare once wrote in Othello that our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are gardeners (Act I, Scene 3).

Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh (Genesis 2:24).

If you are in a committed relationship, where in that relationship do you need to give love time to grow at the moment?

Dont wait for Easter, but turn today to Luke chapter 24 and be reminded of the joy of the resurrection.

Are there any small changes you could make to your life, in order to place God first?

Today, try looking for things around you that remind you of Gods wonder, and give thanks.

Is there a text you have found helpful in times of weariness to remind you of Gods constancy? If not, try memorising verse 31 and using it throughout the day.

Is there any action you should be taking as a result of your prayers?

You may like to read what Jesus had to say about persistence in prayer: Luke 18:18.

Practise pointing your finger. What do you think when moving it in different directions? It may include God!

What signs of the kingdom do you see around you today?

The lover of money will not be satisfied with money; nor the lover of wealth, with gain. This also is vanity (Ecclesiastes 5:10).

Write in your own words a Lords Prayer; ask or give thanks for each of your daily activities in which you will be involved.

Try to express your love and interest towards your family members or friends without words or with secret gestures like a card or small gifts.

If you have refugees in your country, try to visit them in their own place, bringing some goods and praying with them.

Should we practise taking oaths in formal settings, e.g. in marriage vows, in the light of Jesus pronouncements against taking oaths? Why, or why not?

In the light of todays divorce laws, how would you justify, or otherwise, the prevalence of a view which says No to divorce?

Spend some time in self-examination. Is your thought-life pure? Are your thoughts able to withstand Gods scrutiny? How do you think God would answer?

If you struggle with a bad temper, why not seek the help of someone who is able to offer you some practical guidance and encouragement?

If you tend to live according to the letter of the law in practising your faith, what can you do to live out Gods greater purpose?

Who are the disadvantaged in your community? What could you do to be salt and light for them?

How do we make the declaration of Paul that there is no distinction in Christ (Galatians 3:28) a norm in our everyday life?

What are the deterrents against Christian mission in your context?

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Catrin is Methodist co-director of the Centre for Continuing Development in Ministry, at the Queens Foundation in Birmingham, where she works with those in training for, or newly embarked on, ordained ministry, as well as ministers who want to develop th

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