As in Luke 9 Jesus sends the disciples out to proclaim the Kingdom and heal the sick. They go and get on with it, learning as they go!
Sunday, 23 March 2014
In the story of the ruler's sick girl interrupted by the woman with the bleeding we see:
- In the ruler's moment of desperation Jesus goes with him
- In the lady's moment of desperation Jesus affirms her
- When the ruler gets bad news Jesus leads on in faith
- Yet in going into the house Jesus gets the right people around him
- And finally Jesus has power over life and death
Ever wondered how Jesus was able to sleep through the storm? The panicking disciples awoke him, and then he commanded the wind and waves to be silent. Not only did Jesus have power over creation, he also had peace, resting safe in the love of the Father.
Key Challenge: Start changing/improving one aspect of your discipleship by Easter
Sunday, 16 March 2014
What are the stories of our children? Sadly in many ways the evidence suggests a general lack of well-being, a sense of 'not being good enough', 'not worthy'. Any thought of God is lost in the suggestion that God would not be interested in them anyway. It's a story that can also be repeated in adults, even older people. Has society turned us into commodities, so that we simply feel we do not count?
Sunday, 9 March 2014
The disciples had seen amazing things. Jesus had sent them out to do as they had seen him doing, going in his power and authority. And they went! They proclaimed and they prayed for those in need ... and saw God work. It must have been incredible and fantastic, seeing God work in the same way through them - a real high. For them the reality of Jesus and his Kingdom was now surely sinking in.
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Think how you learnt to do various tasks, like riding a bike. The reality is for many things we learn by doing - perhaps after a bit of a demo or advice we then have to get on with it. Jesus understood this: having prepared for ministry, announcing his Kingdom, and then demonstrating it, he then commissioned followers to go out and get on with it.
With Key Challenge: Offer prayer directly for someone who is in need