Archive for October, 2011
Jesus motivated by compassion (moved inwardly to do something)
What was the disciples motivation? (wordly wisdom)
A difficult situation where kingdom love/power/provision was demonstrated.
Faith to believe that Jesus can do. AJ
“I am a Christian, I have faith in the Lord. My mum goes to church every weekend & I had to go when I was younger but I didn’t appreciate it. I appreciate it now. Its one of the best things that that has ever happened to me but the hardest thing is having faith in something you can’t see but I have overcome that.” (QPR if you are wondering)
Love the Lord your God
Not just head knowledge but heart knowledge.
*Rizpah (2 Sam) by her action of love shamed a nation to behave right.
Rizpah’s story is a sorry one. It’s like something you’d read in a terrible ‘true stories’ magazine and wonder if a story that tragic could possibly be real, or if someone with an overactive imagination has come up with the most pitiful story they could concoct. Even reading the text makes me wince. What this woman went through! Where is God in all this? How might a story this tragic inspire us?
Rizpah the political pawn; Rizpah the accused; Rizpah the powerless; Rizpah the widow whose sons have just been taken from her and brutally executed. Rizpah goes to the place of this atrocity and camps out to protect the bodies of her sons from the wildlife that would devour them. A royal concubine, she chases off birds with sticks. She beats away animals with stones – she utterly humiliates herself, puts herself at great physical risk – from animals, robbers, the Gibeonites, anyone really! Why? To protect the decomposing bodies of her boys. They might be men, but they are her boys and no one else is protecting them – no one else even has the honour to bury their sorry, broken bodies. No one else is outraged, no one else cares enough to help. It’s just her. From the day of their death until the rains came she guards them in the dark, in the heat of the day, just her, alone.
The courage of a powerless mother, who could not save her sons, who could not save her reputation, who was caught in a web of intrigue and injustice. Her courage shames the powerful into action, brings justice. RO
Don’t know anything about Christianity or the Bible & always wondered what it was all about?
TLC shop 5-6pm 16th Oct
Good time to find out.
This Sunday sees the launch of ‘First Contact’. It is a meeting for people who
are new to church, never been to church or just want to know what all the fuss
is about. We will be taking a back to basics approach where religious jargon and
church-speak is banned. There will be no assumptions of what people know about
Jesus, God or the Bible. We are using the TLC Café and it takes place between
6.00 and 7.00. We don’t expect everyone in Agape to attend, in fact we only want
people to attend if they’re bringing someone with them. At present we plan to
run this monthly. Please pray that it is a success