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URC Daily Devotion 16th September 2019

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But what does it say?

‘The word is near you,  on your lips and in your heart’

(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);  because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, ‘No one who believes in him will be put to shame.’  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ Reflection What was I thinking? I know there will be many of you who will relish a theological challenge on a Monday morning, but I think it was, to me, a simple statement that drew me to this reading. “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

I am not sure it is that simple. Aren’t there pages of Terms and Conditions that have to be read and agreed to? And, surely  there are huge differences between Jew and Greek, and many other groups of people today? We don’t have to look far beyond the places we inhabit to find those who are marginalized and excluded. Even if, and when, they call on the name of the Lord!!

Maybe it is only God who can bridge the huge divides that surround us.

On a Monday morning it may seem an insurmountable task, but maybe calling on the name of the Lord is a good place to start. Prayer Hear us, when we call on your name, Lord.
Save us,
Save us. 
And let us be a bridge over the chasms of division and exclusion in our world.
Do not let us fall.
Amen Today's Writer Fredwyn Hosier. Synod pastoral Consultant, Thames North and Elder at Palmers Green URC Bible Version   New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Bible: © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved Copyright © 2019 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.


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URC Daily Devotion 15th September 2019

Sun, 15/09/2019 - 06:00
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and did his dwelling change,
When Jacob's house went out from those
that were of language strange,

2 He Judah did his sanctuary,
his kingdom Isr'el make:
3 The sea it saw, and quickly fled,
Jordan was driven back.

4 Like rams the mountains, and like lambs
the hills skipped to and fro.
5 O sea, why fledd'st thou? Jordan, back
why wast thou driven so?

6 Ye mountains great, wherefore was it
that ye did skip like rams?
And wherefore was it, little hills,
that ye did leap like lambs?

7 O at the presence of the Lord,
earth, tremble thou for fear,
While as the presence of the God
of Jacob doth appear:

8 Who from the hard and stony rock
did standing water bring;
And by his pow'r did turn the flint
into a water-spring.
  This can be sung to any Long Metre tune.   Reflection This Psalm is probably my favourite of all 150. When I was younger, it was the Psalm we used to sing in the school choir to the Anglican Chant ‘Tonus Peregrinus’, and the ancient words of the Book of Common Prayer still spring to mind whenever I read it - ‘When Israel came out of Egypt, and the house of Jacob from among a strange people’.

Psalm 114 is a Psalm that, since the 6th Century, has been used at Christian burial services and while ministering to those who are dying. It also has an association with Easter Day, and is often read during Easter services - the deliverance of Israel seen as a metaphor for our deliverance from sin.

First and foremost, though, this Psalm is a song of God’s strength, power, and glory. It is a Psalm that tells of God’s glories in times of old, when God led the people of Israel out of slavery, and prepares us for the wonders and glories to come.

It is around this time that the Church enters a season known as ‘Creationtide’. Described by its organisers as ‘a period… dedicated to God as the Creator and Sustainer of all life’, it is during this season that we are called to give thanks for the world in which we live.  Many churches will hold their Harvest Services around this time - they will give thanks to God for the blessings of this life, our food, our homes, our families and friends.

But it is also at this time that we are called to remember those who go without, those for whom the harvest is not a time of celebration. It is our duty to provide for them, just as the Lord provides for us.

Let us pray that we may never forget ‘the presence of the Lord’, and pray that He may continue to provide to those who need it.     Prayer
…Living Lord, prepare us now
Your willing helplessness to share;
To give ourselves to sacrifice,
To overcome the world’s despair;
In love to give our lives away,
And claim Your victory today.

(Alan Gaunt, b.1935, R&S 611 v4) Today's Writer Michael RJ Topple is a Lay Preacher in Training, Lay Pastoral Assistant of Long Melford URC and member of Chappel URC, Essex. Bible Version   Sing Psalms! © Psalmody and Praise Committee, Free Church of Scotland, 15 North Bank St, Edinburgh, EH1 2LS Copyright © 2019 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.


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URC Daily Devotion 14th September 2019

Sat, 14/09/2019 - 06:00
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For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they have not submitted to God’s righteousness.  For Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. Reflection
Have you ever broken the law? You might well reply “Yes, but not intentionally.” Law can be very exacting and complicated, I know this from the experience of working in a Crown Court for some years. Often laws are amended but the new slant on any particular law is not always adequately publicized resulting in people being caught out. When you consider that the vast majority of people in Paul’s era were illiterate, it raises the question what chance did they have in understanding the Law. The Jewish Law, the Torah, was very precise but its interpretation had been complicated by the Scribes with their own interpretation of what the Law meant. Paul, like Jesus, had no problems with what was written in the Law, but on the other hand did have issues with the way in which it was being interpreted and applied by the scribes and Pharisees. In Jesus’ time, it would seem that its application was as much about social control by the Sanhedrin, thus keeping the Roman authorities happy, than being aware of the nature of a meaningful relationship with God.

Paul reminds the Church that it was Jesus’ death and resurrection that brought about a new relationship between God and the believer rather than adherence to a set of rules in order to have a closer relationship with God. That description ‘believer’ is the key to that different kind of relationship with God. No matter how much we have struggled to find a meaningful relationship with God, He always welcomes us back home just as the father did with his prodigal son. Our salvation from the power of sin was brought about by Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection rather than adherence to a set of rules – Hallelujah.     Prayer Redeeming God, so often we feel that we can only function by following a set of rules, forgetting that it is through faith in your redeeming love that we receive forgiveness for our weakness and sins. Open our minds to the truth and magnitude of Your love for all, through Jesus our Risen Lord. Amen Today's Writer The Rev’d Colin Hunt, retired minister, worshipping at Hutton & Shenfield Union Church, Essex    Bible Version   New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Bible: © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved Copyright © 2019 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.


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URC Daily Devotion 13th September 2019

Fri, 13/09/2019 - 06:00
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For who can resist his will?’  But who indeed are you, a human being, to argue with God? Will what is moulded say to the one who moulds it, ‘Why have you made me like this?’ Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one object for special use and another for ordinary use?  What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience the objects of wrath that are made for destruction; and what if he has done so in order to make known the riches of his glory for the objects of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—  including us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? As indeed he says in Hosea,

‘Those who were not my people I will call “my people”,
   and her who was not beloved I will call “beloved”. ’
‘And in the very place where it was said to them, “You are not my people”,
   there they shall be called children of the living God.’

And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, ‘Though the number of the children of Israel were like the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved;  for the Lord will execute his sentence on the earth quickly and decisively.’ And as Isaiah predicted,

‘If the Lord of hosts had not left survivors to us,
   we would have fared like Sodom
   and been made like Gomorrah.’

What then are we to say? Gentiles, who did not strive for righteousness, have attained it, that is, righteousness through faith; but Israel, who did strive for the righteousness that is based on the law, did not succeed in fulfilling that law. Why not? Because they did not strive for it on the basis of faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling-stone,  as it is written,

‘See, I am laying in Zion a stone that will make people stumble, a rock that will make them fall, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.’ Reflection “…who indeed are you, a human being, to argue with God?” (v.20)

Now there’s a sentence to ponder!

The original sin in the Garden of Eden was Adam and Eve thinking they knew better than God. They wanted God’s position, God’s authority to decide what was right and what was wrong. In this regard, very little has changed.  Still, we have ideas well above our station. Still, we think we know best. Still, we argue with God and God’s word. Still, we make pronouncements as to what God does and doesn’t allow or approve of.

The hard truth is that God is the potter and we are the clay. Not the other way round. We need to let God be God, rather than creating a god in our own image. We need to hear God’s word and let it challenge our twenty-first century Western notions of what’s right and wrong. We need to let God shape and mould us into the people God longs for us to be... however uncomfortable that may be.

There is an apocryphal tale told about the brilliant Renaissance artist Michelangelo. Michelangelo was asked about the difficulties that he must have encountered in sculpting his huge masterpiece David. But he replied with an unassuming description of his creative process: “It is easy. You just chip away the stone that doesn’t look like David.”

Are we prepared to let God chip away at us: at our sin, our self-righteousness, and our desire to be in charge? Are we prepared to be shaped into humble lovers of God?

When we do, it’s liberating. I don’t have to be in control. I don’t have to ‘save’ myself or anyone else through my good works. I don’t have to be God, for that position is already taken Prayer Great and glorious God,
You are the Potter - we are the clay:
we often forget that.
We confess our sin, self-righteousness, and hard-heartedness,
bowing before you seeking forgiveness,
trusting in your love and mercy,
looking to all that you have done in Jesus.
Shape us into your people,
fill us afresh with your Holy Spirit,
help us to love you with all that we are,
faithfully walking the way of Jesus
today and every day.
Amen Today's Writer The Rev’d Matt Stone, Minister, Herringthorpe United Reformed Church, Rotherham. Bible Version   New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Bible: © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved Copyright © 2019 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.


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URC Daily Devotion 12th September 2019

Thu, 12/09/2019 - 06:00
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For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh.  They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

It is not as though the word of God had failed. For not all Israelites truly belong to Israel,  and not all of Abraham’s children are his true descendants; but ‘It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named after you.’  This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as descendants.  For this is what the promise said, ‘About this time I will return and Sarah shall have a son.’ Nor is that all; something similar happened to Rebecca when she had conceived children by one husband, our ancestor Isaac.  Even before they had been born or had done anything good or bad (so that God’s purpose of election might continue, not by works but by his call) she was told, ‘The elder shall serve the younger.’ As it is written,

‘I have loved Jacob, but I have hated Esau.’

What then are we to say? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means!  For he says to Moses,

‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.’

So it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God who shows mercy.  For the scripture says to Pharaoh, ‘I have raised you up for the very purpose of showing my power in you, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.’ So then he has mercy on whomsoever he chooses, and he hardens the heart of whomsoever he chooses. Reflection
After the mountain top confidence of Chapter 8, Paul suddenly seems consumed by anguish. You probably did not wake up this morning worrying about Abraham’s family politics and might even be tempted to join those who suggest Romans would be a better read if Chapters 9-11 were quietly removed.
Or you might have seen enough of Church life to be struck by how pertinent the question of who is being steered by God remains. Full of Chapter 8 confidence, we rejoice in God leading his people forward, only to find the Elders’ Meeting cannot agree amongst themselves. If we are all within God’s Covenant should Esau expect to defer to Jacob, and Ellie expect to defer to Jane? Has God chosen to use Ellie or Jane to explain the divine will? If “them at Synod” do not share our enthusiasm for our building project, who is being inspired by God?
Then Paul disturbingly lobs in the even more tricky idea that God might choose to use Pharaoh, who never darkens the door of the synagogue and is the epitome of everything about the powerful that the United Reformed Church likes to condemn. Paul thinks God has to be allowed to work as God wills.
That may not be how we would play God, especially if we have the task of chairing that Elders’ Meeting. However, Paul’s conclusion is not that we beat down those who think God has steered them in a different way from us. Rather he will develop an argument that is around obedience. As the theologian Karl Barth put it, the real risk is “disobedient exclusion from the benefit of the Gospel”. When my energy goes into wondering why God did not make everybody else like me, I can easily miss that it is me God really wants to remould. For the Gospel to give me life in all its fulness, it may need change starting with me.
And more of that in tomorrow’s reflection.        Prayer Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
forgive me when I expect you to privilege me over others,
give me the humility to see you at work even in those I find hard to trust,
help me to celebrate all those you have given me as companions on the Way,
change me into the person you want me to be,
and do it all with mercy
Amen     Today's Writer John Ellis, Past Moderator of the URC General Assembly and Secretary of Capel United Church in Kent. Bible Version   New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Bible: © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved Copyright © 2019 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.


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URC Daily Devotion 11th September 2019

Wed, 11/09/2019 - 06:00
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If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.  Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written,

‘For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Reflection One afternoon long ago, helping me push the baby in the buggy, my daughter said in a thoughtful sort of voice, “You know God, Mummy?” “Yes dear” I said cautiously … “Well I think, I think it's all about love really, cos I love you and you love me – so God is here and ... and if I ran away all the way up there (pointing) and you stayed here – I would still love you, and you would still love me – so God would still be here!” and off she skipped, leaving Mummy astonished at the wisdom of someone not yet four!

It is beyond us. What can we say, Paul asks, that will truly convey the nature of God as we know God in Jesus? God who is for us, who embraces us with a father's love; Jesus, God's Son, our brother who knows what it is to be human, sharing our path from the manger to the cross – living still to represent humanity to God and God's love to humankind. Nothing in all creation we are assured, can separate us from this love that we know in Christ. All that life or death can throw at us is powerless against it.

Do we really believe it, though, and act on it? Most of us rarely experience hardship, distress, famine, persecution, and the rest, and we are grateful for that. But in many places at home and abroad people of faith (or no faith) suffer in many of these ways. So many that it seems impossible that anything we can do will make a difference, so, often, we feel powerless and do nothing. Yet it is only in sharing the unconquerable love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord that we will know in our hearts and in our lives the reality of that love. Love must be embodied, to be real. My four-year-old had it right: where there is love is where God is found.     Prayer All-embracing God, 
Your love is beyond measure.
It surrounds us and supports us and never fails
even when nailed to a cross.
Our love is uneasy and often falters at
the first obstacle, or fades as time passes.
Forgive us when we are afraid to love
for it is when we find love for others
that we find you, Lover of All. Amen   Today's Writer The Rev'd Heather Pencavel, Retired Minister, Thornbury URC Bible Version   New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Bible: © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved Copyright © 2019 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.


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URC Daily Devotion 10th September 2019

Tue, 10/09/2019 - 06:00
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And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit  intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. Reflection In our weakness we often don’t know how to pray.  We look at the world and are tempted to despair. As I write I hear news stories of President Trump both pandering to racists and saying the most racist things I have ever heard a democratically elected leader say.  The newly elected president of the European Commission has highlighted that 17,000 people have died on the Mediteranean Sea over the last five years as they fled oppression; she promises to make Europe’s asylum systems more humane so that our borders don’t remain places of despair and execution.  In the UK, again as I write, the press is speculating who will be appointed to the cabinet as the Conservative leader changes letting someone else have a go at trying to simultaneously have and eat cake. In all this it’s hard to know how to pray. We may pray that Mr Trump comes to his senses, that those who hear his words will use their anger to effect change; that (of course other) governments change their asylum policies; and that the great British public comes to it senses (but might have differing ideas about what that might look like).  

In our own lives it’s hard to know how to pray as we don’t have the full picture. In a difficult personal context Paul wrote that we need not worry because, in our weakness God’s Holy Spirit takes our prayers and makes them articulate.  Our incoherent cries of rage and our impotent despair are transformed by the Holy Spirit (God within us) and made coherent and powerful before the throne of God above us.     Prayer O God,
before you we sigh, moan and rage,
hear our inarticulate prayers,
and transform them into words of power
that we may be transformed 
into powerful agents of change.
Amen.   Today's Writer The Rev’d Viv Henderson, Minister, Minehead URC   Bible Version   New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Bible: © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved Copyright © 2019 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.


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URC Daily Devotion 9th September 2019

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 06:00
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For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope  that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.  For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Reflection I would need to have greater experience of suffering before stating so confidently to others, ‘the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us.’

Of course, it’s Paul who says it, and he knew more about suffering than I do. Beaten, rejected and imprisoned on more than one occasion, he was, most likely, executed on account of his faith in Jesus. And Jesus certainly knew what it was to suffer.

Yet Paul has the vision to connect his personal suffering, and Jesus’s sufferings, with the big picture. Yes, currently, everything is caught up in futility and decay, but (and it’s a big ‘but’) this is with Creation’s glorious freedom always in view and always intended.

Believing that current suffering will give way to glorious freedom does not arise from a careful calculation of our current circumstances. Whether we’re pondering experiences of personal suffering or the prospects for a planet ravaged by humanly caused climate change, matters in themselves are too complex, and often the details too depressing, for us to foresee the future with clarity or with sunny optimism.

Instead, along with Paul, we hope for what we do not see. We work towards that for which we hope – individual joy, renewed relationships, a flourishing planet. We continue to do so, even when we struggle and ‘groan’, sometimes wondering if we will ever achieve these things.

What will keep us going in such unpromising circumstances? It’s recognising that our best actions are actually a joining-in with God’s firm intention for the glorious freedom of all things. In such realisation we find hope, and in and by such divinely inspired hope we are saved.   Prayer Gracious God,
even amidst futility and decay,
give us a vision of your glorious freedom;
for ourselves,
for others,
for your world.
And give us hope
so that we may continue to work towards it.
Amen.   Today's Writer The Rev’d Trevor Jamison, Minister, St Columba’s United Reformed Church, North Shields. Bible Version   New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Bible: © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved Copyright © 2019 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.


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URC Daily Devotion 8th September 2019

Sun, 08/09/2019 - 06:00
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O praise, the LORD's name praise.
2 Yea, blessèd be the name of GOD
from this time forth always.

3 From rising sun to where it sets,
GOD's name is to be praised.
4 Above all nations GOD is high,
'bove heav'ns his glory raised.

5 Unto the LORD our God that dwells
on high, who can compare?
6 Himself that humbleth things to see
in heav'n and earth that are.

7 He from the dust doth raise the poor,
that very low doth lie;
And from the dunghill lifts the man
oppressed with poverty;

8 That he may highly him advance,
and with the princes set;
With those that of his people are
the chief, ev'n princes great.

9 The barren woman house to keep
he maketh, and to be
Of sons a mother full of joy.
Praise to the LORD give ye.

This Psalm can be sung to the tune St Ethelreda which you can hear here.   Reflection Psalm 113 is one of the Hallelujah Psalms (Psalms 111-118).  It is also the first of a collection of six psalms (Psalms 113-118) that are known as the Egyptian Hallel and are used in the celebration of Passover.  This Psalm is a call to praise. A call made to all God’s people or indeed all creation to praise God.
 
The Psalm pivots on the central question (metaphorically and physically) Who can compare unto the LORD our God? It is a rhetorical question needing no answer other than the given description of God transcendent yet fully involved with God’s creation. We see an outline of God’s care for God’s suffering people (hence its use within the Passover liturgy.)

The Psalm goes on to underline why we are called to praise. Called to praise because of the Kingship of God, a king with a preferential option for the poor.
 
In other words, explains the Psalm, we are called to praise God, because God not only has an equalities manifesto but is active in lifting the poor giving them a position amongst respected citizens.
 
“7 He from the dust doth raise the poor,
that very low doth lie;
And from the dunghill lifts the man
oppressed with poverty;
 
8 That he may highly him advance,
and with the princes set;
With those that of his people are
the chief, ev'n princes great.”

 
Of all potentially marginalised people barren women are also identified. The security of women was predicated on their roles in relation to men – daughters, wives, mothers.  To be barren led to being outcast within the Israelite society.
 
The manifesto promises belonging and citizenship, a discipleship of equals, in God’s basileia community and thus the call to praise.   Hallelujah!     Prayer Hallelujah
Steadfast God, 
God in Community holy in One, 
you hold together glory with compassion for your peoples. 
You model a passion for justice and love.
You are our God, there is none like you.  
We are your kingdom people.
 Early in the morning all creation wakes and is compelled to sing.
The blackbird joined by the robin and Jenny wren and then the finch
Praising you in a fourfold dawn chorus. Hallelujah   Today's Writer The Rev'd Helen M Mee, Synod of Scotland Bible Version   Sing Psalms! © Psalmody and Praise Committee, Free Church of Scotland, 15 North Bank St, Edinburgh, EH1 2LS Copyright © 2019 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.


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URC Daily Devotion 7th September 2019

Sat, 07/09/2019 - 06:00
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Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.  But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit[i] is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.
So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—  for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’  it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. Reflection These are powerful, life changing verses. What does it mean to be in the Spirit? 

Verse 9 tells us we are no longer in the flesh but because of righteousness (being made right with God through Christ’s death), we are ‘life’, we are alive in the Spirit. It has nothing to do with who we are or what we have done, but it is everything to do with Jesus and His sacrifice. The Spirit was in Jesus and raised him from death. It is exactly the same Spirit who now has taken up residence in our lives, because we believe. It is so simple to believe. It is not supposed to be hard. It is the easiest, least complicated mindset that we can choose to live. Choose to live these verses.  Then, by the Holy Spirit within you, your body will move away from things that are not good for you and you will be led forwards into righteousness, holiness, healing, power, faith, trust and an unfathomable knowledge of who God is for you. 

‘Abba’  is so much more than a substitute for the word father. In Aramaic it means it conveys a depth of devotion, endearment, longing-to-be-with cherishing that our English word cannot convey. To be a child of God is about belonging, a deep closeness, enfolding and being enveloped by God’s never ending love. I heard recently that understanding God’s love is like falling backwards into a great big pile of soft laundry that has just come out of the drier. Burying into the warm, comforting folds of soft sheets, which fill every inch of space around you, is like burying our lives into the heart of God. It’s a great way to teach children to pray and physically feel how much they are loved. Maybe we should try it too?  In childlike abandon, to dwell deeply on and fathom the mystery of what it means to live life in the Spirit.      Prayer Abba! Right now I let myself fall into the comfort of your heart feeling the warmth and softness of your hold; the joy of knowing I am loved.  There is no need to understand you, I just embrace the mystery of your love. I cherish you, Holy Spirit, your presence within me. Nurture, guide, sustain and energise me for the day ahead.   Amen.   Today's Writer Jo Patel, Wattisfield URC, Suffolk. Bible Version   New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Bible: © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved Copyright © 2019 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.


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URC Daily Devotion 6th September 2019

Fri, 06/09/2019 - 09:12
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For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.  For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Reflection Although these verses are full of release they may cause us inner conflict, perhaps even feeling like a bit of a damper at times; bringing us into the sense of condemnation, which we are told we are no longer subject to. They can come across as being very different to a lot of things that are commonplace in the places of worship of which we are a part, and where we seek to serve our Lord. It does however reflect in clear terms the immensity of just HOW greatly Jesus has set us free in a way in which nobody else has been able to.

We no longer live under the Law with its restrictions, dictates and stranglehold sense of needing to adhere to the “straight and narrow.” The difference is that we are meant to live the life of the Spirit, and not be shackled to those things from the past which may well have dogged our steps. Very clearly we are told to walk in the Spirit, and not according to the flesh.

There needs to be a full realisation of the extent of such freedom into which Jesus has so wonderfully released us. Perhaps something that only the Holy Spirit can truly liberate us into, in His way and timing ridding us of the sense of condemnation. Jesus Himself reminds us that if we know the truth in Him we shall be free (John 8), and that is freedom with great emphasis, and eternal effect. However, such is only as good as the amount of freedom which we allow ourselves to enter into, and appropriate. It is not holding back, but embracing the fullness and the releasing effect of the life of the Spirit which Jesus, in His love for each one of us, longs for us to lay hold of and enjoy.     Prayer Gracious Father!
What a gift you have given us!
Freedom from the confines of the law,
and all of its heaviness.
Freedom from the condemnation which at times
was too unwieldy to bear.
Freedom to walk according to the way
which Jesus has prepared for us.
Freedom to set us free to be truly
the people you ask us to be.

Freedom to be walking day by day,
in your life and peace.
Amen.   Today's Writer Verena Walder, Lay Preacher and Elder, Tabernacle URC, Mumbles Bible Version   New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Bible: © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved Copyright © 2019 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.


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URC Daily Devotion 5th September 2019

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 06:00
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For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.  For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand.  For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin. Reflection It can be a little unnerving to hear Paul talking in terms of not being able to do the good that he wants to do. It’s usually others that he is taking to task for getting things wrong – whether it’s the ‘foolish Galatians’ or the Corinthians that he ‘does not commend’. Not only that, but he quite openly commands the Corinthians to ‘be imitators of me, as I am of Christ’.

This is the man who said that if anyone had reason to be confident in the flesh, he had more. Yet, here Paul is saying that nothing good dwells in his flesh. This is clearly a heartfelt experience. The man who spends his whole life trying to live out his faith still struggles at times. He finds it impossible to practice what he preaches.

I, for one, am very glad to hear it, because that is the lived experience of anyone who preaches; indeed, of anyone who has the temerity to try to lead another in the ways of Christ, or even simply to walk the way for themselves. We keep getting things wrong.

Paul has two things to say to us, when we are struggling to walk the way. The first is that the reason that we find it so difficult is that ‘sin dwells within’ us. In other words, we’re never going to get it right all the time, so we should not despair. It’s ultimately not entirely our fault. (We could add: so long as we do our best!)

Secondly, Paul says, ‘Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord’. That’s because (as we’ll hear tomorrow) Jesus has dealt with sin and we will not ultimately be condemned.

So let’s carry on doing our best to walk the way, in the full knowledge that we are asking the impossible of ourselves, but that God has it covered, when we get things wrong.

Thanks be to God through Christ Jesus our Lord.     Prayer Living God,
You know each of us, better than we know ourselves.
You know when we struggle to walk your way
and you know when we are not trying as hard as we could.
Thank you that you have dealt with our failure;
that we are not condemned.
Help us to walk each day a little closer to your path.
For you are the way,
Amen.   Today's Writer The Rev’d Jacky Embrey, Moderator of the Mersey Synod Bible Version   New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Bible: © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved Copyright © 2019 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.


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URC Daily Devotion 4th September 2019

Wed, 04/09/2019 - 06:00
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That the law is sin? By no means! Yet, if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, ‘You shall not covet.’ But sin, seizing an opportunity in the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. Apart from the law sin lies dead.  I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died, and the very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, seizing an opportunity in the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good. Did what is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, working death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. Reflection Here we are in the liminal state between sin and law. Where boundaries which seem clear dissolve the closer one tries to define them. Where thresholds which seem to delineate transitions shift like the sands of the sea. Where the more one tries to pin things down, the further apart they seem to move.
 
Although Barth might claim “the law is quite obviously the point at which sin becomes an observable fact of experience” and “law brings all human possibility into the clear light of an all-embracing [contest]”, everyday life is much more messy. It does not matter whether we are contemplating the Old Testament statement of the Law or statute law in England (or elsewhere), behaviour that might be considered sinful may not be illegal and things which are lawful could be regarded as sinful.
 
It is clear that matters of behaviour, personal conduct and attitude which the “standard” Christian of 1919 would have considered as “obviously” sinful are for many Christians of 2019 matters of personal choice. And vice versa.
 
It depends on the way one interprets the Bible as being the Word of God. In the URC we believe that “The highest authority for what we believe and do is God’s Word in the Bible alive for his people today through the help of the Spirit”. The help of the Spirit is vital in guiding us through liminal regions.
 
I have recently been working through a book of poems* in which a black man and a white woman respond to borders and boundaries experienced by refugees. One poem reminds us that
 
if what culture is
is different ways of seeing things
and what language is
is different ways of saying things
then the challenge is
to gather these
different ways to fight challenges.
 
For “culture” substitute “sin” and for “language” substitute “law” and then define the contest.

*The warriors who do not fight, Alison Phipps and Tawona Sitholé, Wild Goose Publications, 2018     Prayer God
you give us life
you give us discernment
you give us freedom
you give us courage
you forgive our sinfulness.
 
Give us strength
to navigate liminality
to plough through the messiness
to face the challenges
of sin and law.
 
Amen   Today's Writer The Rev’d Ron Reid is a retired minister in the Mersey Synod serving as Link Minister at Rock Chapel, Farndon.  He is a member at Upton-by-Chester URC. Bible Version   New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Bible: © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved Copyright © 2019 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.


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URC Daily Devotion 3rd September 2019

Tue, 03/09/2019 - 06:00
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but if her husband dies, she is discharged from the law concerning the husband.  Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man, she is not an adulteress.
In the same way, my friends, you have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God. While we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.  But now we are discharged from the law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we are slaves not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit. Reflection Paul reflects on the way life changes as circumstances change.  He is writing to knowledgeable people who understand the Law. They had been bound by the Law and he wants them to understand how their lives had changed.  The biggest change in our relationship with God was the life on earth of His son Jesus.

We have been freed from the old Law so we may bear fruit for God.  What sort of fruit do we bear? As I look out of my window, I can now see apples, pears and plums growing in my garden, it is perfectly clear which is which.  A few months ago as I looked at the blossom it was impossible for me to tell what would come from the trees. If I was an expert gardener, I’d been able to tell the difference, but I am not an expert.

Is it clear to those around what fruit you bear for God?  We can look at Christians labouring worldwide with organisations such as Christian Aid and know that they bear the fruit of loving service.  We see many of our churches supporting Christian Aid through their links with Commitment for Life. What a wonderful name for a movement, we should all be committed to living our lives for Jesus.

We do our service not because we are forced to do it by laws and fear of retribution, but because we are freed from the captivity of the law and able to flourish as we enjoy our new life in the Spirit.

We are walking the way, living the life of Jesus today as we allow God to flourish in our lives, not as slaves but as free people who can rejoice as we know that we have freedom that Jesus earned for us.     Prayer Loving God
I thank you for Jesus,
I thank you that through His sacrifice I am freed from the old laws.
You loved me before I knew you.
You gave the gift of Your Son while we were separated by my sin.
Help me to enjoy my life in Jesus
Help me to bear fruit and share this wonderful life with others.
Enable me to be a fruitful Christian in the world today
 
Amen   Today's Writer John Collings, Lay Preacher, Rutherglen URC Bible Version   New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Bible: © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved Copyright © 2019 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.


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URC Daily Devotion 2nd September 2019

Mon, 02/09/2019 - 06:00
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Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death.  But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Reflection Come with me to the land of my nightmares. Marmite is discovered to be a wonder-food. (If you like Marmite, pretend with me that you don’t.) More than just packed with B-vitamins, Marmite heals all ills, ends war, solves global warming and even cures the common cold!  Eat Marmite and I’ll never die! Amazing - but I hate it. A law is passed that everyone must eat Marmite every day. Blergh. But it’s the law, so I grudgingly shove down the minimum I can get away with and wash away the taste with chocolate.

And then the law is repealed! Huzzah! I am free. No more Marmite for me! But freedom from Marmite means freedom from its life-giving benefits. The law was designed to bring life, and what I think of as my freedom is actually killing me! Not because anyone is making me die, that’s just how it is without Marmite.

Sigh. If only Marmite were chocolate! If chocolate were the cure-all, which by law I had to eat every day, I’d happily obey. If the law were repealed, I’d still eat, because that law would be in my heart.

That is what God has done for us in Jesus. The Law that was written on stone and made us aware of sin, leading to death, is now written on our hearts and leads to life. Marmite becomes chocolate and we are “obedient from the heart”. We are free from the Law, (Paul poses the question), so should we now abandon it? “No way!” he exclaims. The gift of God is the miracle of turning Marmite into chocolate - putting the law in our hearts so that we obey from love, not duty, and gladly follow the path to eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
To think about: Does it matter what we do, since we are not under law but under grace? Why?     Prayer Generous God,
you redeem us from the debts that we have earned,
and give us freely what we have not worked for.

You rescue us from the road to destruction,
and set our feet on the path to life.

You free us from the chains that we ourselves have forged,
and adopt us into your family as beloved children.

Blessed be your name forever.
Amen   Today's Writer Fay Rowland, graduate student, Wesley House Cambridge, St Botolphs, Northants Bible Version   New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Bible: © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved Copyright © 2019 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.


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URC Daily Devotion 1st September 2019

Sun, 01/09/2019 - 06:00
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Blessed is the man who fears the LORD
And finds delight in following his word.
2 His children will be mighty in the land;
His line will know the blessing of God’s hand.

3 Riches and wealth within his house are found;
His righteousness for ever will abound.
4 The man who stands for mercy, truth and right
Will find the darkness turn to morning light.

5 Good is the man who gives and freely lends;
To his affairs with justice he attends.
6 Surely a righteous man will stand secure;
His memory for ever will endure.

7 Though bad news comes, he will not be afraid;
His heart is firm; he trusts the LORD for aid.
8 He will not be alarmed, his heart holds fast;
He’ll view his foes in triumph at the last.

9 He freely shares his riches with the poor;
His righteousness for ever will endure.
The LORD himself exalts his servant’s name;
He gives him strength and dignity and fame.

10 The wicked, seeing this, will feel dismay;
He’ll gnash his teeth and soon will waste away.
The wicked and their dreams will come to nought;
They never will enjoy what they have sought.  
You can hear a Free Church of Scotland congregation sing this to the tune Chilton Foliat here. Reflection Reading this Psalm, I’m struck that our version uses 28 male pronouns, for either God or a person - it’s in the singular, about individuals. Let’s keep travelling along the road toward inclusive language. Witness Brian Wren: ‘… that “man” originally meant “a human being”, male or female or “humankind as a whole” is irrelevant if it no longer conveys those meanings unambiguously.’
 
But then I lingered at verse 7: ‘Though bad news comes, [the righteous] will not be afraid…’.  Really? If, as Psalms 111 and 112 suggest, a righteous person is one who keeps the commandments of God, can we unfailingly claim that they will not be afraid? Well, if righteousness is just about narrowly, anxiously obeying some rules, then there is little evidence that such a righteous one is exempt from fear. Real fear can be a visceral thing – a discombobulating gut-wrenching, not least when breaking the law or feeling that life is spinning out of control. Often, all that eases fear is someone else’s companionship – their walking with us through the ‘bad news’. Is that what this Psalmist means?
 
Alternatively, the commandments can be seen as about our relationship with God, and with each other. To keep the commandments – like practising justice,  caring for the poor - nourishes our trust in God and our confidence in those around us. Thus could it be that ‘when bad news comes’ the righteous - the one who finds God’s grace in the commandments – is indeed less afraid? Maybe that is why the hymn, Abide with me, means so much to us. We sing it when bad news comes; it is our reaching out for the hand of God in the risen Christ, who so reliably, so resiliently walks with us. ‘I fear no foe with thee at hand to bless.’     Prayer Eternal God,
we come seeking you,
but not to test you,
nor, in finding you,
to bind you to an image or a gesture.
We need from you no tricks to prove you exist.
No miracles.
Just a clearer sense of your love,
by which, walking with you as our companion,
we are freed from fear,
through Jesus Christ, Amen.
 
after a poem of Rainer Maria Rilke   Today's Writer The Revd Nigel Uden, Downing Place URC, Fulbourn URC and Stetchworth & Cheveley URC in Cambridgeshire and a Moderator of the General Assembly. Bible Version   Sing Psalms! © Psalmody and Praise Committee, Free Church of Scotland, 15 North Bank St, Edinburgh, EH1 2LS Copyright © 2019 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.


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URC Daily Devotion 31st August 2019

Sat, 31/08/2019 - 06:00
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Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it?  Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.  We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.  For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.  The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.   Reflection The Greek phrase translated here as “By no means” has, in my opinion rather more force than the translation gives it.   It means “ No way! Not ever! “ It has the force of “ How could you ever think that?!” Indeed that is the vein in which Paul carries on his thoughts here.   Here is complex theology, truly Paul, condensing many deep and difficult thoughts into a few sentences. He is countering those in the church who are saying “ Well then, if God’s loves us we can behave as we like - it won’t matter!   Indeed when we behave badly, it will show God’s grace more fully”. Of course we never think like that.. or do we? Do we ever think “ It won’t matter if I just do this or that God will forgive me?” Sometimes I see behaviour in our churches that makes me wonder if some brothers and sisters even think at all about their behaviour.   And what about those wrong things I keep doing? Paul, here, is lifting our thinking higher. He recounts all that God in Christ has done for us and he recounts our baptism too. In his usual logical style he goes on to say that for a Christian to keep on sinning wilfully makes no sense whatsoever. In doing as we please we are living in denial of God’s grace, not promoting it.   Instead, let us allow God’s love to be our motive to better being and doing. Let us desire with all our hearts to please God who loves us, precisely because God loves us. And we know that for sure because of Jesus who is the Christ. We are set free, not to sin but to love and do good! Prayer Holy God, have mercy on us when our thinking about you and ourselves gets screwed up. Thank you for reminding us of the lengths you have gone to for us and for your world.  May we always show your love in our lives. May we always treat one another with deep respect and care. Forgive us the times when we have failed. In the name of our saviour Jesus. Amen. Today's Writer The Rev’d Peter Meek, East Midlands Synod Moderator. Bible Version   New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Bible: © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved Copyright © 2019 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.


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URC Daily Devotion 30th August 2019

Fri, 30/08/2019 - 06:00
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Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come.

But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one man’s trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many.  And the free gift is not like the effect of the one man’s sin. For the judgement following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. If, because of the one man’s trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. But law came in, with the result that the trespass multiplied; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, just as sin exercised dominion in death, so grace might also exercise dominion through justification leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Reflection How many times have you seen the sign “Trespassers will be prosecuted”?  We have all strayed and are guilty of trespassing, not necessarily onto someone else’s land but often in the way we think and act.  We are guilty of straying away from God’s loving, perfect, way and straying into a path that leads to somewhere dark and godless.  
 
In this illustration of God’s grace to us Paul uses the picture of the courtroom with those who are trespassers condemned before the pure, holy and righteous judge. However we also have an advocate, a defence barrister who, not only defends us but stands in our place and take the punishment we should get. We are justified, or found not guilty before God. Paul tells us that we can’t earn this pardon from the judge through our works as it is a free gift. 

This is one of the passages that sparked the revolution called the Reformation. No more would we have to do or say the right thing to gain God’s freedom. The work is done, Jesus has taken the punishment for us on the Cross, it is a free gift of grace. In fact there is nothing we can do because none of our works would be enough. I feel the great triumph of this passage is the fact that there is no sin “too big” not to be covered by God’s amazing grace. As Paul puts it “where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.” 

It can be easy to lose sight of this amazing truth and slip back into a works based attitude, whereby we have to gain God’s acceptance and forgiveness through our own efforts. However God’s gift of grace is free, and it is offered in love and is for those whose life is in Christ. So today accept afresh God’s wonderful free gift of grace and give thanks for the freedom that Jesus brings us.
  Prayer Amazing grace- 
how sweet the sound-
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed.

Thank you Jesus!
Amen

Amazing Grace: John Newton (1725-1807)
  Today's Writer The Rev’d Stuart Nixon, Pioneer Minister, Birchwood, Warrington Bible Version   New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Bible: © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved Copyright © 2019 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.


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URC Daily Devotion 29th August 2019

Thu, 29/08/2019 - 06:00
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and we[c] boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die.  But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life.  But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.   Reflection Verses 1-5 of this passage underline the necessity of involvement in the purposes of God by dedicating our lives to the good works of proclaiming and demonstrating God’s love. In verses 6 – 11 we find this Epistle portion that brings us back to the very centre and core of our religion. Faith doesn’t save us because it’s a good work, but because it’s the hand that reaches out to take the salvation God has prepared for us. Daily repentance won’t make or keep us Christian but it is our realization of and response both to our unworthiness and to what God has done for us in Jesus Christ.  Our obedience to God doesn’t make us right, but the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ makes us right with God. It is by the miracle of God’s grace that we stand justified before Him, not by sorrow over sin or confession of faith or consecration to divine purposes.

This will always be something mysterious and something that we will have difficulty in understanding. But what we can’t understand, we can still celebrate. Through the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, God’s act of grace and gift of love, we have been made the very sons and daughters of God. We were once the enemies of God, totally estranged from him, but God’s love for us, however, is far greater that the evil that brings death and destruction. His grace is more powerful than human wickedness. This is the grace that was wrought and revealed by Jesus Christ, and it is this grace that grants us everlasting life.
  Prayer Loving God, every day should be a day of celebration, a day to sing or shout or proclaim your eternal salvation through Jesus Christ. May our churches, our homes and our lives resound with the glad, joyful sounds of celebration. Amen Today's Writer Sue Knight Assembly Accredited Lay Preacher, Reigate Park URC Bible Version   New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Bible: © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved Copyright © 2019 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.


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URC Daily Devotion 28th August 2019

Wed, 28/08/2019 - 06:00
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For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.

For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us,  as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become ‘the father of many nations’, according to what was said, ‘So numerous shall your descendants be.’  He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.  Therefore his faith ‘was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Now the words, ‘it was reckoned to him’, were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification. Reflection Faith and trust, they are intangible yet crucial to our lives. How many people have talked about a time their trust was broken? How many of us struggle to trust God because we have had our trust betrayed by those who were central to our lives? How often are faith and trust intermingled?
 
Paul reminds us in this reading that Abraham had both faith and trust in God without any “proof” and that it is this faith and trust that not only made him righteous but also the sort of example we as Jesus followers should be encouraged by. Abraham didn’t “do stuff” to be saved and marked as one of God’s, he simply believed and trusted.
 
This is definitely easier said than done though because although we want to believe that people are good and respectful to each other but we know that some people have abused that, we know that some churches which have been open to the public have been vandalised. As individuals I’m sure there are countless things that could be given as examples, but does all of this make us stop believing in God or believing that there is good in people? It might dent our faith for a while or cause us to ask God why, but hopefully it does not mean we turn our backs on humanity or God.
 
Paul emphasises Abraham’s story because it speaks to us as individuals and ties our present and future to our past as people of faith. This emphasis calls us to trust God whether we know and understand what is happening in our lives or not. It reminds the church that God has a hand over everything and even though that means we are still called to be proactive in situations, God is involved in that and every situation.
  Prayer Faithful God
 
You love us unconditionally, even when we break trust with each other and you.
 
Enable us to have stronger faith in you and learn how to better trust one another and be trusted so we can more effectively be your hands and feet in the world.
 
Amen.
  Today's Writer Kirsty-Ann Mabbott, Church Related Community Worker at Ansty Road and St Columba’s, Coventry. Bible Version   New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Bible: © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved Copyright © 2019 United Reformed Church, All rights reserved.


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