Hope and reconciliation: God breaks in 1

2014-52.1 Luke 1:30-31 Monday, December 22, 2014 The change bringer Whenever we draw near to Jesus, change happens   Luke 1:30-31But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the…

Season of hope and reconciliation 5

2014-51.5 James 3:18 Friday, December 19, 2014 We live as peacemakers in a world of conflict And then it all goes quiet… conflict enters in and the atmosphere changes for everyone. But we have the capacity to be spiritual, as well as practical, peacemakers. James 3:18Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.…

Season of hope and reconciliation 4

2014-51.4 Matthew 5:9 Thursday, December 18, 2014 From focus on what I am doing, to focus on what Jesus is doing How can we glorify God in this? This first question a peacemaker asks brings light to the situation.  OUR hero of yesterday’s story, Jim Garcia, was an example of a life dramatically turned around…

Season of hope and reconciliation 3

2014-51.3 John 1:17 Wednesday, December 17, 2014 God’s message to us in one word Ex gang member Mike Garcia has a new and vital role as a peacemaker working alongside medics in an emergency department of a Los Angeles hospital in a challenging district. John 1:17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth…

Season of hope and reconciliation 2

2014-51.2 Luke 1:51-53 Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Stuck in a rut The motorcycle proficiency test calls for tight control – not easy on a big bike Luke 1:51-52He has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts… but has lifted up the humble.  WE all want hope – we all want that confident expectation…

Season of hope and reconciliation 1

2014-51.1 Romans 15:13 Monday, December 15, 2014 The God of hope Window of a patisserie in Carpentras, Provence. Our ‘shop window’ is essentially one, very attractive, item on display Rom. 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope…