Thought for the day
Thought for the week by Ken Williamson.
Most of us have some things we would like to have or to do. We often refer to these things as our bucket list, and sometimes these are huge things, whilst others may well be small and trivial to others. Needless to say, they are all things that would in some way make a significant impact. As we await news from the government about the next possible steps out of lockdown, we all have things we would like to happen. However, we need to be patient and ask ourselves what we really need instead of what we would really like. In the bible, a blind man visited Jesus; Jesus as him, ‘what would you like me to do for you?’ Can you guess his reply? It was simple, ‘Lord let me see.’ The man precisely knew what he needed, and that is what he asked Jesus to give him.
What would you ask Jesus to do for you? He is ready and waiting for you to ask.
Thought for the Day Wednesday 24th February Rev Alex Dunstan
In the Bible, there is a phrase about us being a ‘pleasing aroma’ to God. You can find this in 2 Corinthians 2:15. But what does it mean to be a ‘pleasing aroma’? As you will have guessed, we are thinking about the sense of smell today!
In the sense that the Bible is using the phrase, ‘pleasing aroma’, it uses it as an analogy. You may have been in the company of a group of people and find that one person in particular seems to be a blessing to the whole group and brings to it a sense of life and well-being. That would be a person being a ‘pleasing aroma’.
If you are in hospital and you have a visitor, when the person leaves, they may well have left with you a sense of blessing that lingers.
If we are being a pleasing aroma to the Lord, then we go about our daily lives trying to do as God would want us to do – blessing others, giving time, glimpsing Jesus in other people, sharing the Good News of Jesus.
We are one of those people who, when we leave a room, will have made a difference for the good of others.
Think about those special people in your life who are a pleasing aroma to you and give thanks to God for them. Think about ways that you might be a pleasing aroma to others.
Thought for the Day Tuesday 23rd February Rev Alex Dunstan
Today we are thinking about the sense of taste. Having had a time in my life when I was on Liquid Diet for eighteen months, taste is ever so important to me. I love the taste and texture of food! Do you have your favourite food?
When we are children, very often, we have to taste small amounts of ‘new’ foods to see if we like them. You can watch a babies’ face change dramatically when trying a new flavour for the first time. If a new taste is good, then we will try more, and then try the new flavour out with other things.
Psalm 34:8, says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
Have you ever thought about tasting God?! Trying him out? Seeing what he is all about and what his ways are like and getting to know him in your life. You may find that after a few tastes, you are longing for more.
Taste and see…why not give him a try!
Thought for the Day 16th February Rev Alex Dunstan
Ken was writing yesterday about Mondays. It reminded me of a rhyme that my dad taught me years ago which was all about the day you were born on. The start went like this,
“Monday’s child is fair of face
Tuesday’s child is full of grace…”
Here we are on Tuesday, and there’s that word, ‘grace’ which we use at times, but I must say, I often wonder what it really means! Grace means generosity. Sheer overflowing generosity. The thing about this word is that it comes up in the Bible so many times.
By the grace (generosity) of God, he sent his only Son into this world to save us from our sins and die on a cross for each one of us. Jesus himself was full of grace in all that he did during his life on earth, modelling abundant generosity
And since his resurrection, he offers grace (abundant generosity) to us – we hear the words, ‘May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.’ (2 Corinthians 13:14)
Carry that with you this Tuesday. Jesus wants to bless you with his overflowing grace and generosity – keep a lookout as you catch glimpses of it happening!
Thought for the Day Thursday 11th February Ken Williamson
Alex had us thinking about football yesterday and I want to continue on a football-related theme today. All really successful teams, particularly those who win trophies all have a number of things in common. They all have great teamwork, with everyone working towards victory united by a common purpose and plan. Now, while individuals do shine from time to time, success is built on being united in their approach. The same should be true of us at the moment, we need great teamwork and be united in our approach to the COVID pandemic.
Jesus disciples offer us a great example of a unity of purpose and being united as a team. By the time Jesus left them, he had fully trained them and had instructed them in how they were to fulfil their task.
In Matthew’s Gospel, he instructs them,
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.”
What a great example they have been, millions have been joining their team for nearly 2,00 years; it is the greatest team to be on.
Thought for the day Wednesday 10th February Rev Alex Dunstan
I really enjoy watching football. When times are not restricted, I am a season ticket holder at one of our local(ish) teams! If you keep up with football, I wonder what you think about VAR?
It seems as though those who wanted to use VAR are trying to make football perfect by using digital means. VAR ends up slowing the game down; causing players not to celebrate goals and causing fans to discuss VAR rather than the game or the referee!
Perfection is not going to be achieved in a game played by 22 human beings. What the players want to do, is the very best for their team, score goals and see if they can be better than they were in the last game, or in the previous season.
As Christians, we are called to follow Jesus. We strive to do our best for Jesus, knowing that we will get it wrong at times and we will try again to do things as he would want us to. We are never going to be perfect, until we go through death and live our eternal life with Jesus. During our earthly life, we ‘press on towards the goal’ of trying to become more like Jesus in every way.
There’s no VAR to keep us right, but we do have Jesus walking with us and God’s Word to guide us.
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)
Thought for the Day Tuesday 9th February Ken Williamson
We find ourselves in the midst of an arctic type cold snap, the snow has returned and it leaves so many feeling even more isolated than usual. It will rend many unable to get out for those things deemed to be essential under our current restrictions. Now more than ever we need to be encouraging to each other, so now is the time for a phone call, a text message or a facetime conversation. It is hard to put a value on a few encouraging words, it takes little time to make a phone call or send a message, yet to the recipient, they made be as valuable as solid gold. It may be enough to lift their spirit and to help them to get through the day with a little more ease.
The bible has much to tell us about caring for others, in his letter to the people of Ephesus Paul wrote:
“And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another just as God has forgiven you in Jesus.” Ephesians 4: 32
Can I encourage us all to encourage one another during these isolating times?