St John & St Mark Church Bury
To know, grow and show the love of God
This is what Jesus often describes; so much so that the good news can be seen as an ongoing story of the reversal of fortune for many.
No stars or shepherds, no angels, no baby in a manger; but it is the Christmas Story, and it brings enough blessings to last a lifetime.
If our welcome is to work, if it’s to change things for people and yes, bring them back again, it has to be accepting and affirming of all.
One of my favourite films is Whistle Down the Wind. A group of children led by Kathy find a man in a barn and believe that he is Jesus.
Take heart. Remember that Jesus never asks his disciples to leave, no matter how they stumbled. He never gives up on us – neither should we.
You always know there is going to be trouble when you hear or read the words “Some Pharisees”. Because some…
The disciples also had their agenda. It was pretty much a one item affair, but it was important to them, who was the greatest?
Are we living a REAL life? The abundant life Jesus not only made possible for us but desperately wants us to have? Are we? Are you? Am I?
Do not be afraid may be the most common phrase in the scriptures, but we know that we have been afraid; and we will be again.
The kingdom of God is like a gardener. But this gardener doesn’t exactly seem to be pushing himself. He throws some seed and goes back to bed
Most of us rarely face real danger. There is stress, perhaps, but actual danger, not so much. However, sometimes life changes.
Mark the brief. Mark the sometimes hasty; Mark who gets to the point and gets there quickly. And the point is: HE HAS BEEN RAISED!
In Matthew, John says to Jesus: “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus’ answer, spoken or not, is “I come to you”.
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