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Tag Archive for ‘free will’

Thursday 12 April

Acts 5:27-33; Ps 34; John 3:31-36 Free will We have a choice – we can follow the word of God or we can choose other options. The reward is clear: if we choose to follow God, eternal life. Other options do not offer that reward, indeed they can lead to adversity. It’s our decision whether […]

Tuesday 24 November

St Andrew Dung-Lac & companions Cant. Daniel 3:57-61; Daniel 2:31-45; Luke 21:5-11 Free will That wonderful church in Wellington, Saint Mary of the Angels, is now empty as it awaits earthquake strengthening. The Cathedral in Christchurch needs to be repaired following their earthquake as do some churches. Every day we hear of some catastrophe that […]

Wednesday 18 November

Ps 17; 2Maccabees 7:1,20-31 Luke 19:11-28 Use your talents wisely The nobleman gave each of his servants ten coins to use wisely while he was away. On return he asked each to give an account of what they had done with their money. Those who had made a profit were rewarded but those who gained […]

Friday 21 March

Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28, Ps 105, Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46 Doing God’s work Being entrusted to undertake God’s work places us in a similar position to the tenants entrusted to look after a vineyard for an absentee owner. Like the tenants, we have been given everything we need to do the work and the free will […]

Wednesday 26 February

James 4:13-17; Ps 49; Mark 9:38-40 Supremacy of God Today’s readings talk about the supremacy of God. We have free will, but no matter what man does, God will prevail. In the words of the psalmist “No man can …. pay a price to God for his life”. In the Gospel, the man casting out […]

Wednesday 7 August

Numbers 13:1-2,25-14:1,26-29,34-35 Ps.106, Matthew 15:21-28 Feelings are cruel dictators God wills the best for us but allows consequences and will never negate free will. Adult faith requires trust in God and discernment, not simply reacting on feelings. In the Numbers account God told the Israelites he was giving them the land. Focusing on feeling like […]

Monday 4 June

2 Peter 1:2-7; Ps 91; Mark 12:1-12 Our faithfulness will be rewarded.” Although faith is sometimes tested and we suffer, it is also strengthened by God’s love and the promise of eternal life. Like the vineyard owner he provides all we need to live, and we have free will to use the tools we have […]

Are you chicken?

A Reflection on God’s love and runaway chickens The trouble with chickens all began when I was just a child. My Aunt and Uncle owned a home on what could have been described back then as a bit of a “lifestyle” block. Their neighbours on either side of them, had fields containing sheep. My Aunt […]

Sunday 29 April

4th Sunday of Easter Acts 4:8-12; Ps 118; 1John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18 Greater love has no one The Father lavishes love on us by calling us his very own children. Truly, this is how God sees me! And as if to prove that we are God’s beloved, Jesus shares with us that “No one takes […]

The problem of evil in the world

Like most of us I’ve always been bugged by the age-old question: “If God is love, why does he permit so much evil and misery in the world?”  The goodness of God seems incompatible with the evil and suffering he permits. The biblical answer is the story of Adam and Eve who were banished from […]