Life is filled with ups and downs - the thrilling, the compelling, but also the mundane and monotonous. So, when Jesus says ‘I am the bread of life’, what kind of life is he talking about? And is it true? Can he really fulfill and sustain us in a way that nothing else can?
Beginning a new series on Jesus’ I am sayings from Johns Gospel. Jesus is the light of the world and His light brings you life when you’re stagnant, truth when you’re lost, and joy when you’re low. He it is who the universe revolves around.
Jesus said a focus on money will blind us and keep our hearts in the dark. We rob money of its hold over us when we; acknowledge its power, admit our weakness over it, and become generous with it. By contrast, focusing on the treasures of Jesus’ kingdom, will instead fill our whole beings with light.
The world and everything in it belongs to God. He’s looking for us to look after and use well the bountiful gifts He gives us. The key to a joyful fullness of life, and the only true antidote to anxiety, greed and consumption is to hold lightly to what we have and be giving it back to Him over and again.
We had a blast celebrating Bread’s second birthday along with an estimated 2.2 billion christians around the world declaring the risen Lord this Easter Sunday. But what is it that stops us from living fully in the light of the resurrection? We took a look at the historical/intellectual, cultural/societal and experiential/personal reasons that might be stopping us from celebrating this world-upending, life-changing thing everyday.
Our very dear friend Robin Morrison shares a talk on the modern church being a bad descriptor, and the tension we live in, as God reveals Himself as both the lion & the lamb. It’s brilliant. Enjoy!
To end his letter to the Ephesians, Paul pulls no punches - we’re in a battle. But we are all called to make a stand. We do it in God’s strength not ours. Empowered by him we can make a difference for God’s kingdom by bringing his gospel of good news, comfort and transformation to a world in need.
Paul continues to expound on what our new humanity looks like. It looks like mutual submission- everyone putting everyone else first. In particular he concentrates on those who in his day wielded more power - those for whom being Jesus-like would have been particularly counter-intuitive and counter-cultural. Everyone thrives when no one is threatened and each looks to promote the other. This is the beauty of Christian community.