Sunday Collectives 5/26/14 – 6/01/14
Waiting. It’s one of the hardest things we do. Waiting for answers, waiting for the phone to ring, waiting for someone to arrive. Waiting is loaded with expectations and anticipations. We are waiting for something, someone and things will change when the waiting is over.
Waiting is a pause in our lives, as if the picture is frozen on the screen and we wait for someone to once more push the play button. Waiting is hard.
By Olabode Oluwatosin
Matthew 18;21) Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?22) Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
God is too GOD to be creating junk files… He is too supreme to be establishing laws or stating facts that are of little or no significance… Anyone that studies scripture deeply and closely will realise that God spoke in certain patterns, pending the context and all the time to “hit a certain Nail”…
By Barry Werner
The wise leader will learn from everything in their environment. Read Proverbs 6:6-8.
Every leader has the potential to learn principals of leadership by simply studying the organization and activity of an ant colony.
Nature abounds with illustrations of animals and insects that store up provisions during times of abundance in preparation for times of scarcity. God gave them instincts to look ahead and prepare. In today’s verses the ants do what needs to be done when it needs to be done to make provision for the future.
For much of human history, people have been executedbecause of their beliefs. These people weren’t killed for antisocial behavior (like murder, rape, or treason); they were slain simply because of their inner-conviction about reality. We’re more tolerant today. That’s good. I don’t want to be burned alive because I believe that Android phones are better than iPhones (though I confess to liking roasted Apples…). It’s right we abandon belief-based execution, but remember those who experienced it.
Thousands of men and women willingly suffered slaughter without recanting. They believed so strongly, they wouldn’t pretend to deny their beliefs; even to save their lives.
By Bill Perry
The moment couldn’t be any more poignant. It was their last meal together, at least that side of the cross. And at this pivotal meal — what was expected as the Passover but became the first Lord’s Supper — the disciples were as clueless about what was going on, as they were so many times before.
With Judas already departed, entering the darkness of what would begin his eternal night, Jesus broke the bread and shared the cup, reinterpreting their meaning in light of himself. Once a memorial of their bondage in Egypt, now it would be a memorial about what would transpire in less than 24 hours.
“Jesus wept.” (John 11:35) That is the shortest verse in the entire Bible, yet those two words are so profound and powerful. Why did Jesus weep? Might it be because Jesus seeing Martha and Mary in such a grief and anguish over the loss of their beloved brother Lazarus? Jesus already knew that He would raise Lazarus in just a few moments, but He still wept.
I believe that Jesus felt compassion, seeing the grief death causes to those who have lost a loved one. Death is not natural and came into the world because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve. Their sin caused first of all spiritual death i.e. eternal separation from God, and secondly physical death. When God made Adam and Eve, He made them perfect, they were sinless and in communion with him….
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