Readings for Easter Sunday
Acts 10.34-43, Colossians 3.1-4; and Matthew 28.1-10
Friday 21 April
Cornelius was an outsider, a Gentile, a foreigner. Normally Peter as a faithful Jew would not have entered his home or sat down to eat with him. But now God was challenging him, breaking down his preconceptions and asking him to step outside his comfort zone. Maybe we need to do a little more of that. It is easy to stick with the people we know, the people who look and talk more or less like us. But God has a plan to include all people within his new family, the Church – and he wants you and me to help him do that. Have a think about the people you see in your church. How many outsiders, foreigners, people of different cultures and backgrounds are there – or are they mostly “people like us”?
Question: What could you do – or encourage your Church family to do – to reach out to and draw in new and different people? What barriers might there be?
Prayer: Lord, give me the courage to step outside my comfort zone so that your Church may become the diverse community you want us to be.
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Wednesday 30 November
There is a poem written by Dorothy Law Nolte the full text can be found:
Full Version Of the Poem
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight…
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
In our reading next Sunday from Romans you can see the same theme, Paul writes about: ‘the God of steadfastness & encouragement’.
Question: What are the possibilities for us as children of God? What one possibility will I actively pursue & pray for today?
Lord Jesus with you behind and before us we can be God steadfastness and encourage to be who you would dream us to be. Give us such grace to fulfill that vision in us. Amen
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