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Great job on the challenge videos! Solid content, and very compelling.
Hi guys. Nice app. Seems a bit buggy on android though. I can’t get any of the content to load yet. Going to keep trying though.
Hi Geoff, thanks for checking things out and commenting.
I know there are some Android bugs – but it’s been challenging to report them accurately with so many different Android devices out there. Can you tell me what device and OS version you have, and exactly what bugs you’ve run into? It would be a huge help when I am working with our developers.
Hunger and thirst.
This challenge really spoke to me. . . but it was also somewhat overwhelming. The ‘ do a little something about ît’ reminds me of those self directed learning sessions in uni. You are often not given any ‘fenceposts’ so you keep going, never sure of when you have dug deep enough.
Type ‘A’ people can burn out, type ‘B’ spread to thin. . . with out both, community as our soundingboard, and God as our guide, this hungering can become quite abstract. It can become a quest for social policy solutions that, although good, organize the needs and legislate solutions.
What is the balance between ‘legislation’ and personal Acton in God’s kingdom?
Hi Steve, thanks for following our daily challenges, and for your question. I’ll post my thoughts on this question by the end of the day, but in the meantime, are there any ideas out there on the connection between action and legislation? Can we risk burning out hungering and thirsting for righteousness?
Glad to hear the challenge really spoke to you. You’re right, the challenge was certainly designed to have you start small without getting overwhelmed, and then keep going. I think it’s what Jesus urges us to do – hunger and thirst – seek righteousness like your life depends on it. Of course, righteousness can be hard to figure out in every situation, and hard to live out. I think the key is to differentiate between righteousness and self-righteousness. If you hunger and thirst for self-righteousness, you’ll fall prey to exactly the pitfalls you’ve described – particularly the isolation from community. If you are seeking actual righteousness – God’s righteousness and God’s kingdom – then community is built right in (the church), guidance is built right in (Scripture, the Holy Spirit, etc.) where the best of our distinct personalities are deployed to hunger and thirst for righteousness in this world, while the worst parts are challenged and transformed by his Spirit.
Hope this helps – thanks for tracking with us! Any thoughts?
Monday’s Challenge Question: When have you been shown mercy?
Monday’s Challenge Question: What overlapping roles do you play in life?
Monday’s Challenge Question: When you envision a peacemaker, who/what do you see?
A number of images come to mind when I consider ‘peacemaker’. There is sometimes a very pastoral person, and sometimes there is somebody who is very focused on justice maybe less pastoral.
Is a peacemaker somebody who protests at the G- 20 or is it someone who serves to defend people in the Congo in a UN military intervention?
Is peacemaking more defined as the continuous struggle against the entropic pull off our falleness, while working towards restoration and reconciliation?
This seems to capture the sense of an active, participatory but goal directed labour.
Wednesday’s Question: What are some of the costs, and rewards, of being a peacemaker?
Monday’s Question: What is the most chaotic situation you have ever experienced? What brought some calm to it?
My answer – treating two overdoses in one night as a volunteer first aid provider. Relief came in the form of an ambulance, after a 40 minute wait!
What makes a good reflector?
I suppose a good reflector of light gives a true reflection of the source of the light, without distortion; and also allows the light to be seen by those who wouldn’t otherwise see the source light.
As Christians we should remember that we are reflectors of God’s work in the world. It is God’s will we are fulfilling and as ‘reflectors’ we can allow people to see God, the source of the light, through us –people who might now otherwise come to know God –I suppose we help God to be seen and “extend” the range of God’s light in this world.
Great answer, Shane!
Monday’s Question: Have you ever bought something, then realized that suggestive advertising had more to do with your decision than the product?
Monday’s Question: Think of a time when you were wronged. How did you react, or want to react? What does it take to get you to react in kind?
Today’s Question: Who expects you to be perfect? Is it you, or someone else? How do you react when you fall short of that standard? Is it possible to be perfect?
Tue. may 28 difference between prudent planning and anxious worry: When i plan prudently, I am thinking calmly, working toward and expecting a positive outcome, using my intellect to the best of my ability.When i arrive at my decision, I then act upon it, or put it out of my mind until i have to act on it. When I am anxiously worrying, my mind is racing with all the possible negative outcomes, I’m allowing my emotions to guide my thinking more than my intellect. I don’t arrive at a rational decision about the problem, I just obsess about it, and can’t stop thinking about it.
The conversation on false teachers this week is one I am looking forward to. I struggle with a sense that on some level the church has “hacked” the life of Christ and used it to create a newer, better, faster and lighter version of god.
I don’t mind admitting I am no longer clear on who possess the “truth”…..is there true teaching or are we as mere mortals incapable of setting aside our interpretations, prejudice etc….it has led me to a place where I prefer to accept that there are multiple truths maybe as individual as each of us!
When I am invited will share my truth I also want to respect someone else’s at the same time.
Thanks for wrestling with this! You’ve asked some good questions and I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts as the week progresses. One question for you – what sources could we use to determine the difference between a hacked Jesus versus the real thing?
I assume the answer would be scripture, but for every church or pastor there seems to be a different take on even that source!!
I think that’s the thrust of what Jesus is saying in this week’s topic: many people will come after him and interpret his words differently one from another. Some “wolves” will twist his words for their own gain, some lost sheep will be misguided, and others will be true to his words. It’s a question of how to tell the difference. As of today we’ve seen four tests in Jesus’ teaching: wolves rely on superficial attractiveness, because their teachings are inconsistent with scripture and their followers’ experience, their teachings are short-lived and they have selfish motives. Have they been helpful in sorting out some of the divergent opinions out there?
good week of foundation discussions, when I think of this topic I am reminded how my upbringing in the church gave me something to draw on when the world seemed to shake under my feet. During some tough challenges I would find myself drawn to a hymn or story that would bring some comfort. I learned at a young age I could talk to god, no fancy prayer open dialogue seemed to work for me.
The foundation of a home is not usually visible from the outside, there might be hints of it in exposed block or a casement window but we take friends to admire it…..like our new pool or kitchen. When the earth moves under that foundation it can form cracks – those of us who are smart homeowners repair it immediately it is key to our investment and our security.
I sometimes don’t notice the cracks in my relationship with God, I need to check the foundation more frequently before the cracks allow moisture in or deepen.
Glad to hear it was a good week – we’re almost done this series, with one week to go. Then it’s on to a series about work and rest…perfect for summer.
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