David: the love of a brother

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Reading: 2 Samuel 1:1-3:21

Focus: 2 Samuel 1:26

Relationships are the central to life. Without community, without friendship, without relationship, without connecting with other people, life simply loses its meaning. It is the people in our lives which make life worth living. The greatest tragedies in life are loneliness, rejection, abandonment, and the like. What is life without the people around us?

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Jacob: a new brother…

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Reading: Genesis 32:1-35:15

Focus: Genesis 32:1-12

There is hope! For all of us siblings who grew up fighting and arguing, there is hope! What would seem one of the most difficult situations to reconcile, we find that age and maturity changes things. The story of Jacob and Esau is one that certainly shows that there is opportunity for reconciliation. Even after Jacob deceived Esau into selling his birthright, then to go and steal Esau’s blessing… you’d think they’d be a bloody feud breakout when the two brothers met once again. Instead, we find a joyful, maybe a little awkward situation for Jacob, reception from Esau.

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Friends and the Flock

Many of you who know me well will be quick to understand what this entry will be about. How does one’s relationship with people change when they enter or change into a new profession, particularly one which carries with it authority? In my case, my entry into ministry in the last few years. From a fellow pew-warming buddy to the Bible-bashing preacher, what impact does this have on my friendships and what impact does it have when people meet me for the first time and discover what I do, rather than who I am?

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Friendship Evangelism

A topic of recent discussion with some friends was about “friendship evangelism”. It’s a phrase that has been tossed around evangelism and mission circles with plenty of material to accompany it. I’m not particularly up-to-date on what’s been written, what’s good and bad, etc. however, the essential idea can be summarised like this: “Friendship evangelism is seeking to expose and share the Gospel with people through personal relationship.” Instead of door knocking, street evangelism (walking up to unknown people), friendship evangelism seeks to make known the person of Jesus Christ through developed personal relationship.

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