Sunday 23rd September 2018

Psalm 1

…for the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked will perish.

James 3:13 – 4:3, 7-8a

Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.

…the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.

And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.

…You do not have, because you do not ask.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.

Submit yourselves therefore to God.

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

Mark 9:30-37 

…”Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

The wisdom of the congregation was wide; who are we to understand God is? Is God one who is retributive in his justice? Do we see ourselves as those among the wicked. Conclusion: in all these things we cannot deny who we are and we need to draw near to God.

Yes, grace is free but we can’t stand in our head knowledge of this and if we are not there, God does not call us to be hypocrites; to pretend. Surely also we are not called to stand for what others are convinced of, but need to meditate on what God has placed in our hearts and what we see in the scriptures.

In this communion with God and membership of a community that is, “…peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy” we can grow and be that blessing that the Kingdom is.

Yes, we may have been passed over and hurt but if we turn our eyes from the way of the wicked to the way of the Kingdom of God we will be blessed.

We need the eyes of a child who, when secure, naturally reaches out to others. Our father is the one Jesus calls father and from the security of his love, we live and move and have our being.

Then we can ask rightly.

There is a mid-week prayer meeting at the chapel with a period of 20 minutes silent prayer on a Wednesday starting at 8-00pm and finishing at around 8-40pm.


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