Hello

You know when you’re getting a bit lippy and your mum utters that immortal line, ‘Stop showing off in front of your mates.’ (Aaaaggghhh!!) Well, there’s a bit of that going on for Jesus at the beginning of Day 11’s reading. This local-boy-made-good isn’t impressing the old neighbours with his new fancy talk. They think there’s no need to listen to his message because ‘he’s just the local handy-man.’ Our story begins on Jesus’ home turf, Nazareth…  

Read

Today's reading is from Mark 6:1-29. You can find it on page 765 of your Higher Bible.
You can also read it online here.

Think

No more sitting back watching The Miracle Man show – it's time to step out in faith. As the rubber meets the road (or the sandals meet the stones!) God’s kingdom breaks out. With no time to pack a toothbrush the disciples are thrown head-first into signs and wonders of their own. They’re sent to preach a message to turn back to God before it’s too late. They’ve studied the teacher; now it’s time to take the test. Will people still listen when Jesus isn’t around? Being a friend of Jesus is always a team sport, and today he’s looking for more than armchair supporters. Instead of just reading your Bible you can start practising it. You might want to begin by deliberately being generous to someone or volunteering time for a local worthy cause or some other way of showing God’s kingdom breaking out. Drop the popcorn and join in!

Pray

If you don’t know any of your own Christians yet, ask God to bring some along your path.

Live It

Instead of just reading your Bible you can start practising it. You might want to begin by deliberately being generous to someone or volunteering time for a local worthy cause or some other way of showing God’s kingdom breaking out. Drop the popcorn and join in!

Repeat

The gossips have already begun: who is this Jesus geezer? Is he Elijah or some other prophet from the Old Testament come to kick start Judgment Day? Herod is understandably nervous, as he’s chopped off John the Baptist’s head. Could this be John’s ghost come back to haunt him? One thing’s for sure: if John lost his life for not backing down on the truth, Jesus is sure to follow suit. The seeds are sown. Its dinner reservations for thousands tomorrow… see you then.