In John 12 v 1-11 we encounter Jesus, six days prior to Passover, visiting close friends in Bethany to enjoy a dinner given in his honour. In the wake of Jesus’s radical teaching and miracles of deliverance and healing, including Lazarus’s resurrection, he left both convicted new believers but also further fuelled the discomfort and opposition of the religious leaders.
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I have just come indoors from wandering around my garden. The snowdrops are out, the winterflowering heathers are pinky-red and leaves of crocuses and daffodils are emerging. It is spring again! It is time to complete winter pruning and start sowing seeds indoors for summer glory.
I think we often limit God to our own view of the situations we’re in, without even realising we’re doing it. If I’m struggling with something, I’ve normally got a good idea of how I think God should sort things out and I’ll pray He does it that way. I know what I think I’m good at, and so I’m (sometimes) ready to let God use me in those ways.
Have you ever heard of Luke Cameron? He was the young man in Cheltenham who spent 2014 doing a good deed every day in tribute to a friend who had died of cancer. An Act of Random Kindness (courtesy of the ARK in Evan Almighty). In that year he was able to bless over 365 people - a lot more actually as on the last day he handed out a £5 note to 73 random people. What a wonderful thing to do!
As a Western democracy, we boast about Free Speech, insisting that it is a fundamental building block of civilisation. Millions have gathered around the slogan ‘Je suis Charlie’ in order to express their outrage at the murderous action of the two brothers who so emphatically stopped certain people mocking the man they revere the most, the prophet Mohammad.
Needless to say the last few months have been eventful. For me, I’ve been baptised, became an adult and survived the UCAS application process, and it has been easy to lose sight of God under the need to think about finances, university and the world outside Bicester.