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Word to the City – Monday, September 16

This week, we are going to explore the Bible through images and quotes.

Time is a currency in our culture. We spend time, waste time, save time. Sometimes horde the time we have so we can spend it on ourselves. We call this ‘Me time.’

In our scripture this weekend, we read of a wealthy young man who was sad because he didn’t want to part with his wealth.

Reflect on how, then, we can live into this scripture in a culture where time has value.

Word to the City – Tuesday, 12 February

In the video this weekend, we saw how much stuff Frank and Cassie had accumulated. Things they had that they no longer needed. It was only when they invited a guest into their home did they even begin to see through fresh eyes how much excess they had.

Today’s quote is attributed to Joel Osteen. I’m not certain of his original context, but I do know that there are so many people who don’t have enough to survive, and others who have so much stuff they have to pay to store it outside of their homes.

What can you do in your life to restore balance to this equation?

Word to the City – Wednesday, 13 February

City on a Hill was founded on the Scripture verse Matthew 5:14

Christians are to be “… the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”

The light itself comes from God and we sometimes try to hide it. Instead, we should let it shine!

What can you do today to reflect God’s light in the world?

Word to the City – Thursday, 14 February

Matthew 7: 1-5 (NIV)

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Healing the broken in the name of Jesus is one thing we are called to do. Jesus advised us not to judge any person who needed help – because we are all broken in some way. Instead, we should turn to lifting the fallen, restoring the broken and healing the hurting.

What judgement can you put aside today that is preventing you from helping those who are hurting?

Word to the City – Friday, 15 February

Taking a stand and acting like a Christian – means to do things that are unpopular – and this is alienating. Taking a stand does not mean making sure you speak up about one political issue or another – making sure you speak the right beliefs. It means doing things like spending your lunch hour sharing food with a homeless person. It means not gossiping at work, or breaking trust with someone when they’ve told you something secret. It means not participating or condoning unethical behavior at your office – even if it could get you fired.

It may mean skipping a family holiday dinner to serve at a soup kitchen.

It is often a lot easier to say you believe in the right things, than actually doing them. And by doing them, you often alienate others who dislike you are doing things differently than the world says you should. In the video we watched this week, Frank begins losing friends because he’s hanging out with ‘the circus’ – people he has met at the soup kitchen. People who don’t fit into the country club life.

The question is, are those people actually Frank’s friends? Or are they maybe not really his people?