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Selfies – For Yourself?

K so who’s posted a nomakeupselfie this week??

Make-up hides imperfections and accentuates good-points. It helps us present a face to the world that we think they will appreciate or like more. Sometimes our prayers and our giving can be used like makeup too! to get attention, and make people think better of our spirituality.

Jesus taught his disciples about praying and giving and warned them about doing so publicly Read his words in Matthew 6:1-6 here: http://bit.ly/1gNzaFS

The #nomakeupselfie campaign has raised R140m for breast cancer, but I’m left asking what are our motives? (and does posting without donating help?) What are your motives as you move through Lent this week towards remembering our Saviour’s sacrifice?

#Hein

#GodStoryNow

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Our Sentence, Jesus’s Death

Here’s a reflection for Lent from #brettfish. It’s longer than usual but worth reading to the end!

As we head towards Easter, we remember it as a time when Jesus died on the cross.

The cross was an instrument of torture created for the enemies for Rome. It was designed to cause suffering. Do you ever think how strange it is that Christians use the symbol of the cross as a piece of art and jewellery?

If Jesus had stood in front of a firing squad, would we all wear golden guns? And what if the electric chair had been around?

While it may seem crazy when we think about it that way, it may help to switch focus from what the cross did to Jesus to what it did to us.

Our sin. Our death sentence. And yet Jesus takes our place. He performs the role of scapegoat, the one who bears the sins of the entire nation, or in our case, world.

Then suddenly the cross takes on a whole different meaning. Because now it is a reminder of the gift of Love that God demonstrated by sending Jesus for us. A memorial to His death so to speak.

And so when we look at the cross, we try not so much to remember the suffering it caused for Jesus, but the freedom from suffering that it won for each of us who chooses to follow Him.

Read an account of his death and final words here – http://bit.ly/1mb3vO2

#Easter

#Lent

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A Different Kind Of Lent

Lent is something that comes around every year about 5 minutes too late for me.

I hear someone is giving up chocolate or coffee and I’m like ‘Oh no, just missed it!’

[With a secret ‘Phew!’ on the inside]

However, this year I decided to give it a try, but instead of removing something for 40 days, I decided to add something different every day.

So I started a blog series where every day we observe Lent – the 40 day period leading up to Easter in a different way (http://bit.ly/1nru3yJ)

Times of silence. Making an opportunity to thank someone. Weeping with someone in pain. Reading a bible passage. Listening to a worship song. Each activity designed to put the focus on loving God and loving people as we get closer to celebrating Easter.

Do you have some friends who might be interested in doing something like this with you, even for just a week?

Verse 10 of Psalm 46 here – http://bit.ly/1nru2uM

#Easter

#Lent

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Jesus’ Example

Did you let go of anything for Lent? Trying to quit chocolates, sugar or carbs (a la Tim Noakes)?

Kenya’s President Kenyatta and all of his cabinet ministers have voluntary cut their salaries by a minimum of 10% to provide funds for Kenya’s development… (http://bit.ly/1oATpW7) talk about letting go of privilege and leading by example!

How much more did Jesus let go of to let us into the Love-family of God! He calls us to follow his example:

Read Matthew 16v24-28 here (http://bit.ly/1oATtVQ) and ask Jesus for wisdom to know what you need to let go of today – (and maybe the strength to do it too…)

#GodsStoryNow

#Presidential_pay-cut

#hein