A mail delivery van to provoke the idea of the importance of the message over the messenger

The Message that Killed the Messenger (Hebrews 1:1-2:4)

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Waiting for Messages Some messages have more effect than others. For example, the signal not to enter is more effective in the presence of the police. Other messages do not make sense because we can not read them. I do not read Chinese but the same sign in Spanish or English catches my attention. Understanding […]

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Really Rescued, Really Known (John 20)

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We read in verses 29-31 the reason for this account of Jesus by John. “Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may […]

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The Source of Relational Life (John 15:5-17)

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These episodes recount the disciples’ last supper with Jesus. They have left everything to follow him, and it is no small thing. That is why they are in turmoil, because Jesus has told them that he will suffer and die. All their world turned inside out. They are in shock. It may be that you […]

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Your Real Value (Matthew 13:44-52)

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In the last few blog posts we have considered: The nature of the Kingdom of God (the how) – the parable of the sower: productivity (the meaning of life). Listen! The environment of the Kingdom of God (the where) – the parable of the tares and wheat: longevity (perseverance). Persevere! In the centre there are […]

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I am a modern Pharisee (Matthew 12:38-50)

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The Pharisees in the time of Jesus were admired because they tried to put into practice a life that was worthy of respect, that didn’t hurt others and that allowed  actions and sense of being to be integrated. They took seriously that their way of life should reflect their values. They were the equivalent of […]

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The scandal of a name (Matthew 1:1-17)

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We have all read Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus. But Matthew does not begin his story here. He starts with a list of names, the family tree of Jesus. Verse one of Matthew says, “This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham.” If I were […]