Mission Statement

In classical sacrifices, the people get the good bits, and the gods get the refuse, the bits that would get thrown out otherwise.

Not our God. Leviticus (particularly Leviticus 3) describes the sacrifices that our LORD demanded from His people of Israel. God gets the kidneys, the tail, and all the fat. He gets the prime steak, He gets the best.

Today we do not literally give sacrifices of animals. For us the ultimate sacrifice has been made through our Lord, Christ Jesus. But should always be our ambition to do the same thing - to offer God the best of what we have, to offer Him the fat, and not the smoke and bones.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Protest Lives

I was at the Portarlington Celtic festival on the long weekend, and it was incredible. Amongst other things, I found a harp teacher, which is good, because then I might actually practise.

She played, amongst other things, her "protest song" - which being on the harp was this lovely soft lyrical piece. She explained it as being a statement against all the ugliness of the world.

Is that what we do? Do we, as Christians, make a statement against all that is ugly in the world, in our own small ways? Do we make our houses homes? Do we make our churches families? Do we make what we can of our lives beautiful - especially in opposition to all the darkness that surrounds us?

In many cases, it is the little things that make a difference - doing the washing up so that the kitchen looks nice for when you wake up in the morning, tidying things away, smiling rather than frowning, and above all, meditating on the person, the character, and the Word of Chirst?

Are we living our own "protest songs"?

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