Lent Thought for the Day 2019

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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 is from David

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

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

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

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

19th March John 4: 43 – 54 The proof of the pudding

Desperation drove the official to seek out Jesus. Belief caused him to return home before he knew his child was ok. Proof only came later.

How much of our faith do we accept and how much do we want God to prove things before we believe him?

Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman

18th March John 4: 27 – 42 Let us build a house…

Standing on the shoulders of giants is how Einstein explained his scientific achievements. He recognised he could not have got where he was if not for those who came before. We are the same. Some plant, some tend and some reap. Yet it is God’s kingdom we build and all the glory is his.

Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman

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

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

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

14th March John 3: 16 – 21 God loves the world

When you shine a light into a dark room it shows up every blemish. You cant see cobwebs in the dark but you sure can in the light. It’s the same for the dark parts of our own lives. Christian faith shows where we fall short and where we just get it wrong. Let’s be thankful we have a loving God who came into the world because he loves it!

Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman

13th March John 2: 23 – 3:15 A Fresh Start

Christianity is about change. It changes our relationship with God because it changes us. Faith in Jesus means changed priorities, changed hopes and dreams, even changed fears. The Bible calls this being born again. If we are going to be true to faith we should not minimise this part of it.

Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman

12th March John 2: 13 – 22 That man has a real temper you know

Jesus cleansing the temple was not an impulsive act where he goes into a rage and loses all control. It says he first made a whip. He prepared for what he was about to do. He made that whip with full knowledge of how he was going to use it. There are times when we have to make a stand recognising our lives won’t become easier from it. Pay for wisdom at such times and compassion! Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman

11th March: John 2: 1 – 12 Are you ready yet?

Apparently the volume of these jars was reputed to be 120 gallons. Jesus created 120 gallons of wine!

We always get hung up on the wine here and we miss that Jesus seems to have had a sense of timing.

It’s like he knew where he was going and when it would happen. Notice how content he was to wait till the time was right?

Waiting is not our strong point and at times we need to remind ourselves that waiting is a big part of Christian faith.

Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman

10th March: Mark 2: 18 – 22 Please sir, can I have some more?

Fasting is a well known thing across many religions and faiths. When people challenged Jesus about why his disciples didn’t fast they were missing the significance of who Jesus actually was. To the average person he was not the messiah but just another teacher.

They were so caught up in the ‘usual’ religious practice they failed to see Jesus.

We need to constantly aware the trappings of our faith don’t get in the way.

Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman

9th March: John 1: 43 – 51 Nothing good comes from there.

Nathanael’s own prejudice almost cost him an encounter with Jesus. It was only because he took a chance something good might have come from Nazareth that he met Jesus and life went in that particular direction. Whether we admit it or not we all have prejudices.

Is it possible we miss an encounter with God because we don’t believe God could be in this or that place?

Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman

8th March: John 1: 35 – 42 Influence me!

With the rise of social media we have the rise of ‘influencers’. People who can form public opinion by endorsing products or services and getting their followers to spend their money.

Ultimately they all pale into insignificance when you consider how Jesus drew people to himself. He didn’t change purchasing habits, he changed the destiny of the world!

How does it feel to be part of this worldwide movement for good?

Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman

7th March: John 1: 29 – 34 What do you see?

John the Baptist is arguable one of the greatest prophets yet even he lived with questions. Was Jesus the one or was it someone else? He knew God was there though at times he could not see him. At no point did he stop believing whilst still living with the questions.

Perhaps for us its not finding the answers that’s always important but being able to live with the questions.

Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman

6th March: Luke 18: 9 -14 To be the best!

We live in a world where we are constantly encouraged to measure ourselves against others. It might be whether we are richer, more beautiful, have more friends or more influence. Jesus reminds us that God’s measure is not our measure.

It’s worth reminding ourselves of this from time to time.

Today’s thought-for-the-day is from Norman

Lent starts this week…..Wednesday 6th March

Each day throughout Lent there will be a ‘Thought For The Day’ from the ministry team here at Granton.

Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in our Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.

We’ll be sending out a ‘Lent Thought for the Day’ right through from Wednesday 6th March until Easter Sunday on 21st April.

Thought for the Day during Lent

Each day throughout Lent there will be a ‘Thought For The Day’ from the ministry team here at Granton.

Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in our Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.

For that reason, we are publishing a ‘Lent Thought for the Day’ right through from Wednesday 6th Marh until Easter Sunday on 21st April.

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