a Jesus thought...
"God's kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidentally found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic—what a find!—and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy that field. (Matthew 13:44)
a Godly thought...
No power in the world could have united these men for a common task, save the call of Jesus. (p183 Bonhoeffer)
a leading thought...
Nehemiah's prayer life was important. It linked him with the world of reality. (p102 Barber)
a Dave thought...
Last night was the Christmas Carols Night at our son's primary school. As the school was attempting to raise some funds it got all students to raise money through selling raffle tickets. As my wife is such a Salvo but also generous instead of not taking part in selling tickets she just gave $10 to the school and handed the tickets back in. As the tickets had Noah's name on them and no one else had 10 tickets the odds were then stacked in his favour.
So he won not only first prize but also third prize!! I was there playing in the Salvo band with Box Hill and with the CO present it was interesting to note the various reactions amongst the Salvos present.
In relation to raffles etc I think of our covenant I will abstain from alcoholic drink, tobacco, the non-medical use of addictive drugs, gambling, pornography, the occult and all else that could enslave the body or spirit.
Well we probably didn't get it quite right last night but it is sometimes hard to find balance with rules, showing generosity and being involved in community, well technically Noah was the participant not Kylie but what is most important for me is that we are part of the school environment and support this great community.
Just a thought.
9 months ago