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Read Psalm 15

Monday

Read Psalm 15

Lord, who may enter your Temple?
   Who may worship on Zion, your sacred hill?

2 Those who obey God in everything
   and always do what is right,
whose words are true and sincere,
3     and who do not slander others.
They do no wrong to their friends
   nor spread rumors about their neighbors.
4 They despise those whom God rejects,
   but honor those who obey the Lord.
They always do what they promise,
   no matter how much it may cost.
5 They make loans without charging interest
   and cannot be bribed to testify against the innocent.

Whoever does these things will always be secure.

Footnotes:
Psalm 15:1 HEBREW TITLE: A psalm by David.
Psalm 15:1 See 2.6.
Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

The answer to the question: "Who may enter your Temple?" is very simple; someone who does what is right.  Verses 2-5 paint a picture of a very normal good and kind person.  

Pray

Take away my ego and set me free to do what is right in your eyes.


Read Luke 10:38-42

Friday

Read Luke 10:38-42

38 As Jesus and his disciples went on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha welcomed him in her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat down at the feet of the Lord and listened to his teaching. 40 Martha was upset over all the work she had to do, so she came and said, “Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to come and help me!”

41 The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha! You are worried and troubled over so many things, 42 but just one is needed. Mary has chosen the right thing, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

I like the contrast of this passage to the previous one about the Good Samaritan.  The Good Samaritan shows love by serving; and so does Martha; but we will never be able to love properly without learning - and so Mary who sits at Jesus feet; as a disciple in training to be a Rabbi - learns.

Pray

Lord my love will make no sense if it is not in service of you; so teach me to sit at your feet and to walk in your paths.

Read Luke 10:25-37

Thursday

Read Luke 10:25-37

25 A teacher of the Law came up and tried to trap Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to receive eternal life?”

26 Jesus answered him, “What do the Scriptures say? How do you interpret them?”

27 The man answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind’; and ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’”

28 “You are right,” Jesus replied; “do this and you will live.”

29 But the teacher of the Law wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?”

30 Jesus answered, “There was once a man who was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when robbers attacked him, stripped him, and beat him up, leaving him half dead. 31 It so happened that a priest was going down that road; but when he saw the man, he walked on by on the other side. 32 In the same way a Levite also came there, went over and looked at the man, and then walked on by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan who was traveling that way came upon the man, and when he saw him, his heart was filled with pity. 34 He went over to him, poured oil and wine on his wounds and bandaged them; then he put the man on his own animal and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Take care of him,’ he told the innkeeper, ‘and when I come back this way, I will pay you whatever else you spend on him.’”

36 And Jesus concluded, “In your opinion, which one of these three acted like a neighbor toward the man attacked by the robbers?”

37 The teacher of the Law answered, “The one who was kind to him.”

Jesus replied, “You go, then, and do the same.”

Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

We think too much and love too little.

Pray

Let me know what it means for you to say to me:
"You go, then, and do the same." (Verse 37)

Read Colossians 1:1-14

Wednesday

Read Colossians 1:1-14

From Paul, who by God's will is an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy—

2 To God's people in Colossae, who are our faithful friends in union with Christ:

May God our Father give you grace and peace.

3 We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you. 4 For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all God's people. 5 When the true message, the Good News, first came to you, you heard about the hope it offers. So your faith and love are based on what you hope for, which is kept safe for you in heaven. 6 The gospel keeps bringing blessings and is spreading throughout the world, just as it has among you ever since the day you first heard about the grace of God and came to know it as it really is. 7 You learned of God's grace from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is Christ's faithful worker on our[a] behalf. 8 He has told us of the love that the Spirit has given you.

9 For this reason we have always prayed for you, ever since we heard about you. We ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will, with all the wisdom and understanding that his Spirit gives. 10 Then you will be able to live as the Lord wants and will always do what pleases him. Your lives will produce all kinds of good deeds, and you will grow in your knowledge of God. 11-12 May you be made strong with all the strength which comes from his glorious power, so that you may be able to endure everything with patience. And with joy give thanks to[b] the Father, who has made you fit to have your share of what God has reserved for his people in the kingdom of light. 13 He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us safe into the kingdom of his dear Son, 14 by whom we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven.

Footnotes:
Colossians 1:7 our; some manuscripts have your.
Colossians 1:11 with patience. And with joy give thanks to; or with patience and joy. And give thanks to.
Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

Verses 9 & 10 - "We ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will, with all the wisdom and understanding that his Spirit gives. Then you will be able to live as the Lord wants and will always do what pleases him."

Pray

Lord give me a deep knowledge of your loving will for me in my life - so that I might serve you and live for you with all my heart, mind and soul.


Read Deuteronomy 30:9-14

Tuesday

Read Deuteronomy 30:9-14

9 The Lord will make you prosperous in all that you do; you will have many children and a lot of livestock, and your fields will produce abundant crops. He will be as glad to make you prosperous as he was to make your ancestors prosperous, 10 but you will have to obey him and keep all his laws that are written in this book of his teachings. You will have to turn to him with all your heart.

11 “The command that I am giving you today is not too difficult or beyond your reach. 12 It is not up in the sky. You do not have to ask, ‘Who will go up and bring it down for us, so that we can hear it and obey it?’ 13 Nor is it on the other side of the ocean. You do not have to ask, ‘Who will go across the ocean and bring it to us, so that we may hear it and obey it?’ 14 No, it is here with you. You know it and can quote it, so now obey it.

Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

This passage promises great prosperity to the Hebrew people but it is on condition that they 'obey him and keep all his laws...' and that they turn to him with all of their hearts. (Verse 10)
Sometimes we think that if we get the laws right we will be successful but the emphasis is on a changed and transformed heart.

Pray

O for a heart to praise my God,
a heart from sin set free;
a heart that's sprinkled with the blood
so freely shed for me.
- Charles Wesley


Read Psalm 25:1-10

Monday

Read Psalm 25:1-10

To you, O Lord, I offer my prayer;
2     in you, my God, I trust.
Save me from the shame of defeat;
   don't let my enemies gloat over me!
3 Defeat does not come to those who trust in you,
   but to those who are quick to rebel against you.

4 Teach me your ways, O Lord;
   make them known to me.
5 Teach me to live according to your truth,
   for you are my God, who saves me.
   I always trust in you.

6 Remember, O Lord, your kindness and constant love
   which you have shown from long ago.
7 Forgive the sins and errors of my youth.
In your constant love and goodness,
   remember me, Lord!

8 Because the Lord is righteous and good,
   he teaches sinners the path they should follow.
9 He leads the humble in the right way
   and teaches them his will.
10 With faithfulness and love he leads
   all who keep his covenant and obey his commands.

Footnotes:
Psalm 25:1 HEBREW TITLE: By David.
Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

There is a saying I've heard from various celebrities: "Live your truth!"  But the Psalmist invites God: "Teach me to live according to your truth." (Verse 5)
Worship is deciding who or what has the greatest worth - it is important to know who you are and 'live your truth' but it makes more sense to live according to God's truth.

Pray

Your truth O God is kindness and constant love; righteousness, goodness, faithfulness - teach me to live according to your truth.


Services at 8:45am and 11am in July and August

Dear Table View Methodist Family,

For the Sundays in August our services will be at 8:45am and 11am only.  The 8:45am timeslot is exactly halfway between 8 & 930; so I hope that those who lose 45 minutes of sleep and those who lose 45 minutes of sleep will see it as gaining 45 minutes of daylight in which to enjoy your Sunday and gaining 45 minutes of rest and relaxation to begin your Sunday :)

In surveying the congregation online we received 62 responses and the results are as follows:

A compromise was suggested in that in July and August we will continue with the current format and from September revert to having and early and a later service.  Those in favour of an 845 service were about 60% and those who wanted to keep two English services in the morning about 40%.  We've made sure there will be enough chairs this Sunday; and look forward to enjoying a packed church.



For those who are nervous about the busy children at the 845 service; don't worry - it won't be the same as the holiday time services when there was no Sunday School.  Our services begin with the whole family in the church so we can sing and pray together; after this they go to their classes. 

So I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday at 845am and 11am.

God bless,
Gus