Bishop’s Message

Looking at foreigners with God’s heart

We humans tend to form cliques, and we click with those who are like us and who like us. We avoid those who are different from ourselves—who talk differently, see differently, hear differently, move differently or even think differently—and especially those who believe differently. In our minds, perhaps they are like “foreigners”.

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Slaves and masters, then and now

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

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Work, work, work

“I have some jokes about unemployed people. None of them work.” That joke works because the word “work” works in different ways. “Work” on earth, and in the Bible, also works in different ways.

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O Little Town of Bethlehem

One of my favourite Christmas carols is “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (words by
Phillips Brooks, ca. 1868). My guess is that the composer was inspired by the Bible promise in Micah 5:2 (NKJV):

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Love or nothing

But (if I) have not love, I am nothing … Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:2-8

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Even though my illness was a trial to you

As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you, and even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself. Galatians 4:13-14 (NIV)

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Loving God’s Word

The Psalmist’s love for God’s written Word was shared by Methodism’s founder, John Wesley, who wrote, “Let me be homo unius libri” (Aquinas’ Latin phrase for “a person of one book”). Wesley was referring to the Bible, the written Word of God.

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Results and relationships

An anecdote is often told about Charles Francis Adams Sr who was the United States ambassador to Great Britain during the Lincoln administration. He kept a daily journal and taught his children to do the same.

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