24th March Mark 5: 1 – 20 Playing the long game

Jesus had done something incredible, cast out a legion of demons and restored a man’s sanity, and what did the people say? “Can you leave please”. When we try to change places for the better, we can often get push back from people who’d just prefer if things were left alone. It can be disheartening. But Jesus wasn’t disheartened, instead he sent the healed man to tell his story, and slowly people started to realise that actually something amazing had happened. Today's Thought for the Day i...
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23rd March John 7: 1 – 13 Fame vs Faithfulness

Jesus’s brothers couldn’t understand why someone as gifted as Jesus wouldn’t, want to show off his talents. They expected him flaunt his talents and gather as much fame as possible. But Jesus wasn’t interested in being famous, he was interested serving God with his gifts. When we discover a gift, our first question shouldn’t be “how can I use this to make money/get famous”, it should be “how can I use this to serve God and help others”. Today's Thought for the Day is from David
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22nd March John 5: 30 – 47 Jesus Shaped Hole

The Pharisees spent their lives memorising the scriptures, debating it’s meaning and scrutinising every minute law, and yet they’d missed the big picture. They hadn’t realised what when you put all the pieces together they all point to Jesus. It’s easy to get lost in the minutia, but it’s important to step back and see the bigger picture. Today's Thought for the Day is from David
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21st March John 5: 19 – 29 A chip off a different block

We’ve seen Jesus interacting with human family, but he also had a different family. Jesus was the Son of God, and the way he lived reflected that. God as an eternal, all-powerful deity can be hard to understand, let alone relate to. But we are lucky that in Jesus we can see God in way that we can understand and relate to. Today's Thought for the Day is from David
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20th March John 5: 1 – 18 More than my job’s worth

What a dreadful shame that the religious leaders were so caught up with Jesus miracle on a Sunday they completely lost sight of how a man had been healed after 38years. The man was so delighted to be healed he couldn’t keep quiet. Don’t let small rules make you miss the chance to celebrate good things by God. Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman
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17th March Mark 3: 31 – 4:9 A chip off the old block

It must have been pretty rough on Jesus family when he ignored them publicly like this. Yet on other occasions he clearly spoke about respecting your father and mother so what was going on? Jesus was the messiah who came here for very specific reasons and nothing was going to distract him. Whilst its good not to be distracted, remember we are not the Messiah and family should be pretty much at the top of our priority list. Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman
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16th March John 4: 1 – 26 Why are you speaking to me?

This is one of the only stories where Jesus admitted to being the messiah. Notice he admitted it to a Samaritan woman whom custom says he shouldn’t have been talking to anyway. When you read the gospels Jesus always puts people above custom. He never lets the way we’ve done things get in the way of changing people’s lives. Quite a challenge for us all. Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman
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15th March John 3: 22- 36 Whom do you serve?

John understood that he was always going to be eclipsed by Jesus. His whole purpose was to prepare the way, to get people ready for Jesus. Likewise our role is not to take the place of Jesus. For faith to grow it means we must decrease and he must increase. Over time, Jesus should play an increasing role in how we live. Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman
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