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Today’s thought: leave the Ark, enjoy the procession.

Most times we think that God needs us to save His seemingly diminishing reputation… 

So like Uzzah we fail to look away when the Ark slides from the cart. Instead of holding our place in the glorious procession, we are hasty to intervene. Hasty to put the Ark back on the cart, failing to understand that the cart was only a means to an end, and not an end in itself.

Like the Pharisees, we fail to see that the tides have changed, and a new day has dawned. 

Like the older brother in the story of the prodigal son, we are bugged down with old paradigms, instead of lifting our heads like the father to embrace the new. To embrace the new generation. Not to judge or condemn, but to see them as equals; working towards the same goal – the redemption of fallen humanity. 

Like Martha we complain about Mary, after we have voluntarily put ourselves forward for the task.

Friends, the Ark will get to Judah, with or without us. It is simply destined to do so.

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This Sunday at Healingsprings: Commodities Exchange: What is the value of good reputation?

At the height of Jewish civilisation, we see the development of literary traditions especially in theology, philosophy, ethics, law, poetry, and music; which lasted for more than a millennium. This era gave birth to the books of psalms and proverbs (collection of collections). The latter, a fine example of how Biblical wisdom can be applied to everyday life. It raises questions of values, moral behaviour, work, government, the rule of law, the meaning of human life, right conduct; encapsulated with these words, “The fear of The Lord, is the beginning of wisdom”.

Fast forward centuries later, we see Judas being paid thirty pieces of silver for the betrayal of his leader and teacher. Realising his error he went back to the religious leaders to return the money, when they refused to accept it he threw it on the temple floor and walked away. The leaders went on to use the money to buy a field for the burial of foreigners.

Judas wanted back his honour, on the other hand the religious leaders wanted honour from the people through a seemingly good act; sadly both efforts were futile. In Proverbs chapter 22 verse 2, we find a profound statement, “A good reputation and respect are worth much more than silver and gold”. Wow!

With this in mind, this Sunday’s lecture is entitled ‘ Commodities Exchange: What is the value of a good reputation?

So why not drop-in for a life-changing experience? This 90 mins might end up being a catalyst for some awesome things.

(6:00 – 7:30)pm

The Drama Room, Bexleyheath Academy, Woolwich Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7D

There are free parking spaces directly in front of the school and on adjacent streets

Our Big Sunday Celebration can be best described as a community Christian festival. So in the spirit of thanksgiving, together we: sing, pray, give, celebrate life, discuss current affairs, present thoughts from Biblical themes, and encourage one another; like one big family!

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The Words of Our Elders: Aurelius Augustinus (354-430 CE)

It is not the being seen of men that is wrong, but doing these things for the purpose of being seen of men. The problem with the hypocrite is his motivation. He does not want to be holy; he only wants to seem to be holy. He is more concerned with his reputation for righteousness than about actually becoming righteous. The approbation of men matters more to him than the approval of God. ~ Aurelius Augustinus

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom!