Invitation to healing

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Bible reading: John 5:1-15 (NIVUK) The healing at the pool 5 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used […]

Climate justice

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Bible reading: Genesis 1:1-2:1 (NIVUK) The beginning 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. 4 God saw […]

Invitation to tell our story

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Bible reading: John 4:27-42 (NIVUK) The disciples rejoin Jesus 27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, ‘What do you want?’ or ‘Why are you talking with her?’ 28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the […]

Invitation to deeper truths

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Bible reading: John 4:1-26 (NIVUK) Jesus talks with a Samaritan woman 4 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptising more disciples than John – 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptised, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. 4 Now he had […]

Invitation to new life

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Bible reading: John 3:1-16 (NIVUK) Jesus teaches Nicodemus 3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you […]

Invitation to something better

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Bible reading: John 2:1-12 (NIVUK) Jesus changes water into wine 2 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, ‘They have no more wine.’ 4 ‘Woman, why […]

Kingdom compassion

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Bible reading: Matthew 18:21-35 (NIVUK) The parable of the unmerciful servant 21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ 22 Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. 23 ‘Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like […]

Kingdom blindspots

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Bible reading: Matthew 7:1-5 (NIVUK) Judging others 7 ‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way as you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 ‘Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and […]

Kingdom consequences

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Bible reading: Luke 19:11-27 (NIVUK) The parable of the ten minas 11 While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. 12 He said: ‘A man of noble birth went to a […]

Kingdom economy – part 2

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Bible readings: Matthew 13:44 (NIVUK) 44 ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Luke 16:1-15 (NIVUK) The parable of the shrewd manager 16 Jesus told his disciples: ‘There was […]