October 2018

7th October                      Trinity 19                                            Mark10 v. 13 – 16

People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

The disciples thought they were protecting Jesus from stress by sending the mothers and their children away, but He wanted to see them.  He wanted to give the children a blessing and to let the disciples know how much the children could teach followers of Him.  Jesus wants us to show the simplicity, the honesty, openness and, above all, the trust that little children have.  Those things should be the basis of our relationship with God.  Jesus taught us, too, to enable children to come to Jesus.

One way of bringing children to Jesus is by praying for them.  Another is to tell them and show them who Jesus is.  Pray for a child, or group of children you know.  How can you tell them about Jesus?


14th October                      Trinity 20                  Mark 10 v. 17 -  22

As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honour your father and mother.’ ”“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Jesus challenged the young man to give up his wealth and follow Him.  It wasn't because money is wrong in itself but because it was coming between him and God.  God asks us to let go of anything that gets in the way of our relationship with Him.  It might be the way we use our time, or something on which we rely too heavily instead of trusting God.

What tends to come between you and your relationship with God?  Ask Him to help you to let go so that you can learn to trust in Him alone.


21st October                                    Trinity 21                   Mark 10 v. 35 - 40

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”

All human beings long for recognition and acceptance, but James and john wanted more power and status.  They wanted to be Jesus' favourites - to have special favours.  Jesus pointed out that it is God alone who grants favours.  He gives different gifts to each one of us and we must accept them gratefully. 

What good things has God given you?   Do you thank Him or want what someone else has? Give thanks to God for the good things He has given you and ask him to help you to use them wisely and generously.


28th October                Last Sunday of Trinity                   Mark 10 v. 46 – 52

Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means“son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.”  Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

There were no financial hand-outs for disabled people in First Century Israel!  Bartimaeus was blind and his only option was to beg or go hungry.  As he heard Jesus pass by, he called out for help and Jesus' reply was a strange one - “What do you want me to do for you?”  Jesus knew Bartimaeus was blind but he wanted him to admit to his need and ask.  Bartimaeus had to place whole trust in Jesus.  In the same way, Jesus wants us to recognise our need, to turn to Him and to trust Him.

Listen to Jesus saying to you, “What do you want Me to do for you?”  Think of something you really need, for yourself or for someone else.  Think about it …................Ask Him in faith

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