Our lives are often focused on survival; having enough to live each day, putting a little aside to enjoy a moment of pleasure and making sure that there’s something left for the days ahead when our eyes grow dim and our strength ebbs away. Continue reading
As a follower of Christ I’m called to make Him the priority of my life and yet there are so many other things that I fight with as they seek my attention and devotion. Today I was reading 2 Corinthians 5 and this verse popped out at me: 2 Corinthians 5:16 “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.” In the context of what Paul was writing I was reminded of what my focus and my message need to be.
Mark 10:17-31: The story of the rich young man presents us with a clear statement by Jesus on what isn’t required to enter the Kingdom of God. Unlike other passages where he speaks about what the Kingdom of God is like, this is about what it is not. Continue reading
Mark 9:33-50: It’s not surprising that to find our travelling band of disciples confronted with their own ambitions to be the greatest. They’re all very human and quite like the rest of humanity, including me. In reading the text the embarrassment can be sensed and the reader can imagine each of the disciples trying to disappear into the shadowy parts of the room as Jesus spoke. Continue reading