22 March: Tackling Street Violence
Our newspapers covering the latest suicide bombings shows that times haven’t changed – we’ve simply become more sophisticated in our violence since the first century AD.
READ LUKE 10 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Whether we had lived in the days when Luke, this first century doctor, was writing his story; or whether we’re a commuter caught up in the latest bombing on our way to work, we face an impossible task – the fight against street violence. While eradicating violence on our streets may be unattainable there is a response that’s doable…
Don’t fight evil, shine light!
Like the Samaritan in today’s story, we can get our eyes off what others are doing (or NOT doing) and, with everything in our power, focus instead on what we’re called to do. “Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”[a]
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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.
Wondering what to say to the Creator of our story? The rest of this webpage uses the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray.[b]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
- Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
I’ll stand up and praise the Lord my God, who is from everlasting to everlasting! Blessed be Your glorious name, Father God, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship You! [Nehemiah 9:5-6]
- Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Pray for Burkina Faso[c]
Your Country: Parents and Carers of Children
Yourself: A deeper love for your Maker
Your concerns for today
I know that You Lord, are God. It’s You who made us. We’re Yours – Your people, the sheep of Your pasture. You, Lord, are good and Your love endures forever. Your faithfulness continues through all generations. [Psalm 100:3,5]
- Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Now may I honour You, Lord God of my ancestors. May I do Your will and separate myself from things that hinder that desire. [Ezra 10:11]
- Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
Help me, Father God, to stand firm. May nothing move me so that I’ll always give myself fully to Your work because I know that my labour in the Lord is not in vain. [1 Corinthians 15:58]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[d] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Giving God’s Good News
Jesus said: “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” [Matthew 28:19]
[a] Revelation 22:11
[b] Matthew 6:5-15
[d] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31