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FLIGHT INSTEAD OF FIGHT

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Ex. 12:37-42 & Mt. 12:14-21

The Israelites had lived in Egypt for 430 years, latterly in slavery, and although God had a plan to free them He was very patient in carrying it out. How often can we not see what God’s plan is in our own lives!

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OUR TASK IS TO LIVE THE GOOD NEWS IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES

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Gen 49:29-33, 50:15-25 & Mt. 10:24-33

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GOD WRITES STRAIGHT WITH CROOKED LINES

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Gen. 27:1-5, 15-29 & Mt. 9:14-17

Taking advantage of his father’s blindness and with the connivance of Rebekah, his mother, Jacob deceived the old man. He was his mother’s favourite child and she was ready to cheat her elder son of his inheritance. As a result Jacob benefited from the blessing which his father intended for his elder son and which ensured that Jacob and his descendants would possess fertile lands.

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LIVING UNDER AUTHORITY

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Gen. 18: 1-15 & Mt. 8:5-11

The story of Abraham greeting three strangers who are out in the scorching noon heat of the desert has given endless interest to preachers and artists. Did the three strangers represent the Trinity they wonder.

Abraham’s hospitality is extremely generous. His guest tells him that next year he at the age of 99 will have a son. Sarah, who was well past the age of child bearing, was listening with amusement. The news made her laugh. The child born to them was Isaac and, through him, Abraham was to become the father of a great nation.

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IN OUR WEAKNESS WE CAN ALWAYS RELY ON GOD

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2 Cor. 11:18, 21-30 & Mt. 6:24-34

False prophets were leading the Corinthians astray. This meant that Saint Paul had to defend himself and try to win them back to the truth. They claimed to have the same authority and power that he had so to justify himself Paul had to reveal his credentials. He writes in the third person to diffuse his bragging but obviously experienced close encounters with God, remembering exactly when this mystical vision happened - 14 years ago - around the year 45 based on the composition of the letter.

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BE A PERSON WHOSE WORD IS OUR BOND

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2 Cor. 5:14-21 & Mt. 3:33-37

The swearing of oaths begins in childhood when children make a pledge and promise to keep it on pain to themselves. 'Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye' is one of them. The oaths of adults are less extravagant, but no less binding when asked to say, 'The evidence I shall give to this court will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.' Having been sworn, a person is required to keep a contract, to fulfil an obligation.

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JESUS FACES HIS OPPONENTS FIRMLY

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Ecclus. 51:12-20 & Mk 11:27-33

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ASK AND YOU WILL RECEIVE

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Acts. 18:23-28 & Jn. 16:23-28

Jesus came to redeem humanity and to teach us about His Father and how we might come to live with Him in Heaven. But what He has to say can only be revealed gradually. He speaks to each of us in a personal way, encouraging us to seek more information so that we can gain a better knowledge of God.

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WE WILL FOLLOW YOU

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Acts. 16:1-10 & Jn.15:18-21

Saint Paul had drawn up his itinerary. But there had to be changes “when they reached the frontier of Mysia they thought to cross it into Bithynia, but as the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them, they went through Mysia and came to Troas.” Obviously the Holy Spirit had other plans!

It was revealed to Paul one night in a vision, “Come across to Macedonia and help us.” He wasted no time for he was convinced that God had called him to bring the Good News to the people of Macedonia. Paul could claim that he was truly guided by the Holy Spirit.

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JESUS IS OUR MEDIATOR WITH GOD THE FATHER

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Acts.13:44-52 & Jn. 14:7-14

We often hear the expression, 'Their loss is our gain.' How true it is in relation to the Jews in Antioch who rejected Paul and Barnabas: they directed their efforts of conversion to the Gentiles as a result. The words spoken by God about Paul were now to come true, “I have made you a light for the nations, so that My salvation may reach the ends of the earth.” From now Paul would be known as the ‘Apostle of the Gentiles’.

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