Doing A common New Testament word we translate as ‘sin’ is ἁμαρτία (hamartia), and it’s used for when you throw a spear but miss the target. So sin is missing God’s target. We can play a game to illustrate this. Have a small area for a ‘hit’ and everything else is a ‘miss’. You will … More 2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:13a – On Top of Mount Stupid
We meet Jesus in the flurry of busy ministry. There are needy people pressing all around him so that he can’t even eat his lunch in peace. Most people would have snapped by now. “Can’t you give me some space?” “Stop grabbing at my clothes!” … More 2 Sam 7:1-14a, Jer 23:1-6, Ps 23, Mk 6:30-34, 53-56 – Sheep Time!
Some folks seem to pack a lot of life into a short time. David certainly did, but for other folks it’s different. Perhaps you look back on a long life and wonder what you have accomplished. Perhaps you look at the years stretching ahead and see a desert of monotony – will anything ever happen? Perhaps you stand in the middle, with the time behind lengthening and the time ahead shortening. … More 2 Samuel 5:1-10 – The What and The Why
It can be easy for us to sort people into ’goodies’ and ‘baddies’, like on Scooby Doo. Then we can dislike the baddies because they’re, well, baddies. So it’s OK. But this lament shows a more 3D picture. … More 2 Samuel 1:17-27 – How the Mighty Have Fallen 😦
Saul: What about fighting? Have you got a black belt?
David: (looks at trousers) Errr … My mum sews elastic in to keep them up.
Saul: Martial arts, you twonk! Can you do Karate? Taekwondo? Judo?
David: Origami? … More 1 Samuel 17:32-49 – The Apprentice
1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 – Is This a Convenient Time to Call?
Make a doorbell! This simple electrics project is easy and great fun to make while we think about how we respond to God’s call.
You will need:
Paper clips …
When people call at your house, it’s not always at a convenient time. God’s call is not always convenient either. How will we respond? … More 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 – Is This a Convenient Time to Call?
Hide and Seek
The very last chapter of the Bible depicts the garden again, where this mess all started. But this time there is no hiding from God. We see his face. There is no more night, no more curse, no need to hide. We hear the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and join him for a stroll. … More Genesis 3:8-15 & 1 Samuel 8:4-20 – Hide and Seek
Forget the still, small voice; I need the deafening, heavy-metal-band-sound-system voice before I go, ‘Eh? Sorry, did you say something?’ … More 1 Sam 3:1-10 – Hard of Hearing?
Am I Samuel, hearing God but mistaking it for just an ordinary voice? Certainly God uses the voices of those around us to speak, and I know I need to listen better. Take a few moments to look around you. If God were speaking through the ordinary voices of the everyday, what might he be saying, right now? … More 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20) – listening, but not understanding
The point about this parable, together with the ones about the bags of money and the bridesmaids just before, is the surprise. Here are people getting sorted into the Bible’s version of to Gryffindor saying, “Who, me?” … More Matthew 25:31-46 – Sorting