Sunday, July 17, 2011

Transformation through the Spirit of Adoption

Psalm 139: 1-12 God you have searched me and known me
Romans 8:12-25 Creation Groans with Labour Pains
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 The parable of the weeds scattered among good seed

Like creation, we are groaning with labour pains as we navigate in a world that focuses on material things, which give us a false sense of comfort and contentment in life. What will happen if we are spiritually adopted? What is the "Spirit of Adoption?" To belong, to be known, to be loved - that is what our world is groaning for and that is what the Spirit of Adoption offers.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Be the Garden

Isaiah 55:10-13 Watering the earth
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Parable of the sower

Every gardener knows how to prepare the ground for seeds and water. Our spiritual life is about being the ground -- ready to receive the seeds of God's word (Matthew) and to be watered by the showers of God's love (Isaiah). So our spiritual life is about cultivating, being fertile and receptive -- and the exitement of what grows in the garden of our lives.

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

What Comfort?

Zechariah 9:1-12 Promise of restoration
Matthew 11:25-30 My yoke is easy

Jesus says, "Take my yoke upon you...for my yoke is easy..." How can it be easy to bear a yoke? Perhaps it is all based upon acceptance -- of our life circumstances, rather than wasting energy on how things should be different -- and of ourselves, as we are, adequate, loved and given the courage we need to live our lives faithfully. Imagine having this wisdom and the pain of watching others flounder without it! What would you say?

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