In today’s reading (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18) Jesus addresses three ways in which the religious leaders of his day showed off. The problem wasn’t only the matter of pride however. Their showing off was especially reprehensible because, pretending to impress God, they had taken their eyes off him and were watching for the accolades of others. […]
-Have you ever been out walking and reached a fork in the road, where you had the choice of either direction. Sometimes in such circumstances I have chosen the easier looking road and at others I have taken the road which I think is more likely to get me to where I want to be, […]
In today’s Bible reading, Paul encourages Timothy to be courageous, to not be ashamed of the Good News about Jesus. We too have a commission to go into all the world and make disciples of Jesus Christ. We too need courage – The Spirit of power and love and self-discipline.
This week we note principles to be learned from Jesus’ instructions to the 72 disciples sent out on mission… They were sent to prepare the way for Jesus. They were to go out (rather than invite people in) in twos. They were to pray for more labourers. They were to be single-minded – not side-tracked. […]