Saturday, July 30, 2016

prayer diary Saturday 30 July 2016

Herod apprehended John and bound him, and put him into prison, because of Herodias his brother' s wife. For John said to him: It is not lawful for thee to have her. 
Matthew 14. 3,4

Reflection
John was not afraid to speak the truth of God's law, whatever the cost. So too must we proclaim that truth, however unpopular it may be and however unwilling some may be to hear.

Friday, July 29, 2016

prayer diary Friday 29 July 2016

And they were scandalized in his regard. But Jesus said to them: A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. 
Matthew 13. 57

Reflection
Those who do not wish to hear God's truth may grasp at any excuse for the deafness they choose. Some would not hear Christ, claiming they knew him; and if you speak out some may do likewise. Do not let this silence you; knowing they will not hear does not justify refusing to speak.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

prayer diary Thursday 28 July 2016

'So shall it be at the end of the world. The angels shall go out, and shall separate the wicked from among the just. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire.' 
Matthew 13.49,50

Reflection
Our Lord speaks many times of the judgement to come; and that there are those who will be found wanting. We must therefore strive to be found among the just.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

prayer diary Wednesday 27 July 2016

'The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. Which a man having found, hid it, and for joy thereof goes, and sells all that he has, and buys that field.' 
Matthew 13.44

Reflection:
Nothing in this life can compare with the bliss that awaits us in heaven. Therefore we would be foolish indeed if we did not dedicate all that we have in this life to attaining it.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

prayer diary Tuesday 26 July 2016

'The Son of man shall send his angels and they shall gather out of his kingdom all … them that work iniquity and shall cast them into the furnace of fire.' 
Matthew 13.41,42

Reflection
We must always keep before us that we shall one day die and face judgement. Such thoughts can do much to help us resist the temptations we face in the world.

Monday, July 25, 2016

prayer diary Monday 25 July 2016 (St James, Apostle)

'He that will be first among you, shall be your servant. Even as the Son of man is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister.' 
Matthew 20. 27,28

Reflection
Christian leadership must mirror the leadership modelled by Christ. It seeks no glory, but rather humbly serves, and seeks always the salvation of souls.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

sunflowers

Sunflowers ...


... easy on the eye ... 


... providers of edible seeds ...


... and the original emoticon!

What's not to like?