Food for the Soul
Food for the Soul
6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ 8 “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”
A man plants a fig tree, and for three straight years expects fruit but finds none. He tells the gardener to chop it down and plant something else. The gardener asks for one more chance, another season for the tree to bear fruit. If there is no fruit next season, then cut it down.
This is an odd parable as Jesus doesn’t explain it. Who is the tree, who is the gardener, where is it planted? These are the kinds of details that I like to read so as to understand exactly what Jesus is trying to say. But I think this one is open to the Holy Spirit to speak to us as to how he wants to apply it.
As I read it, I have a sense of two things.
Firstly expectation. The man who planted the tree comes back again and again looking for three years, looking for and expecting to find fruit. God has an expectation of us, that where we are planted we would bear fruit. He has gardeners that care for us, feed and water us, ensuring that the conditions are right for us to bear fruit.
The second, is one that doesn’t rest comfortably with me. It’s not the grace that the gardener asked for – one more year, one more chance to bear fruit. The second one for me is urgency. The man who owned the tree expected fruit now and was prepared to chop it down and replace it with another. Yes, there is grace – one more year, but there is also urgency.
Time is running out. What am I doing to bear fruit?
Father, thank you for planting me exactly where you need me. Thank you for providing everything I need to bear fruit. Help me to be faithful to you and bear the fruit that pleases you.
Written by Andrew Martin
13 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
I think of the question that may have been asked is, “why them”. Jesus talks about these different people, none of whom Jesus points out are any worse or better than anyone else but all die untimely deaths by various means. They are all physically dead, but he seems to be drawing a different parallel here.
None of us can know when or how we will die, but all of us need to repent (turn from sin) for we all fall short … (Rom 3:23), all of us will die from this life but are we ready for the next? Are we prepared? Jesus is pointing out that individual repentance needs to be the top priority for all now. Don’t wait until later. .. later may not come.
Lord Jesus I pray for those in my world, precious people I love, that have yet to repent & surrender their hearts to you. Holy Spirit continue to draw them and use me in their lives until they too see the reality of your Kingdom. Amen
Written by Suzie Hodgson
49 “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! 51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” 54 He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. 55 And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. 56 Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time? 57 “Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 58 As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled on the way, or your adversary may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. 59 I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.”
This is really two separate conversations Jesus had. The first with his disciples, the second with the large crowds that followed him. First to his disciples he prepares them for the reality they will soon encounter. Soon Jesus will undergo his ‘terrible baptism’, a baptism into death via the cross. Soon people will be divided about who Jesus is, particularly the Jews. Some will call him Lord, others will call him a liar and a lunatic. If his disciples were going to follow him, they needed to be aware of where he was headed. I don’t think they understood – I know I wouldn’t have.
Then, talking to the crowds, Jesus encourages them to wake up and look at the signs. I think he is referring to all the teaching and miracles he had performed, they were a sign to repent and turn back to God, before punishment comes.
Jesus is the Prince of Peace, he doesn’t like division – nevertheless people are divided over him. Just as was the case then, Jesus is calling people through his church to find peace with God today, to find acceptance, forgiveness and love through faith in Jesus.
Lord, I thank you that you have made peace with me and I have found that peace in you, all because you sent Jesus to undergo a terrible baptism on my behalf. Thank you Lord, make me a sign to others that today is the day to make peace with you through Jesus.
Written by Andrew Mellor
41 Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?” 42 The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? 43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. 44 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 45 But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk. 46 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers. 47 “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. 48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
This is quite a sobering passage detailing the value God places on faithful servant hood. There are consequences for being faithful or unfaithful, reward and punishment respectively. It also talks about the importance of knowing what the master or God wants from us.
As believers we know that there will come a time where we are called to account but we don’t know when. These verses therefore, advise us to always be ready and not to slacken off or make assumptions about timing. To always be ready is quite something but is in fact what we are called to do. We don’t serve in vain though, we are told plainly that there is reward. It is a great encouragement to use the gifts God has given us and to seek his purposes above our own.
Dear Lord, help us to understand what you are calling us to do and to remain faithful along the way. Help us to use the gifts and resources you have given us wisely. Help us not to shy away from responsibility but rather serve faithfully continuously. Amen
Written by Ps. Ainslie Woods
35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. 39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
Be ready! That’s the message of this passage. Even though the time and day are uncertain, the one certainty is that the Master will return. Jesus will return.
The challenge is of course are we ready, am I ready, are you ready for the return of Jesus? Are there things in your life or heart that shouldn’t be? Something or someone, a situation we’re hanging onto & shouldn’t. I remember as a very young Christian the day when I said to Jesus, “Ok you can come back now”. I had finally surrendered all my heart to Him & turned away from a situation that I knew wasn’t acceptable to Him but I’d been hanging onto.
Today I wonder, am I still ready? Have I gotten caught up in things of this world and taken my gaze away from the certainty of the next? Am I like the Psalmist who says, “… I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, …”? (Psalm 63:1) … I think perhaps I need to re-focus.
Lord Jesus, thank you for your promise to return & your grace in not yet. Thank you that your Word doesn’t leave us wondering. I need to re-focus my eyes to you and be ready, whether in my life-time or not, you will return. Amen
Written by Suzie Hodgson
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[a]? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? 27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. 32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
What is my life’s ultimate pursuit? Is it food…clothing…or the Kingdom of God.
According to Jesus, my life is for more than simply eating food, and my body is for more than clothes.
If I know that a computer is able to do more than play my music…then to use the computer simply for playing music is to undervalue and underutilise the potential of my computer.
To live only for the food we can gather and eat, and the clothes we can purchase and wear, is to undervalue our lives and our potential according to God.
My greatest value and potential is unlocked in pursuing the things of his Kingdom. I am at my fullest potential when I know my life is shaped around the priority of living for his Kingdom, and bringing others into His Kingdom.
The wonderful promise in pursuing His Kingdom is that the other priorities of food and clothing are taken care of “as well.” But not just taken care of. The promise in these passages is that God will care for us much more than He does the ravens he feeds, and much more than the flowers of the field he dresses in greater splendour than that of King Solomon.
Lord, help me live in the fullness of my purpose – for your Kingdom to come, and your will to be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Amen
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” 16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
Reading this passage, I feel both close to Jesus and puzzled at the same time. I feel close, as I imagine Jesus in a typical interchange with the people that followed him. Crowds listening in. Jesus teaching and chatting at the very middle of a huddle. I have a front row seat, I see the interrupting man interjecting with “Help me sort out my problem: arbitrate between me and my brother”. In the dust and in the outdoors. The afternoon sun casting orange light on people’s faces.
And then I read Jesus’s response. Is Jesus even listening? He hijacks the question and directs everyone’s attention off sideways into a parable against hoarding and a commentary on being generous towards God. Whatever the dispute (it may have been a genuinely unfair situation for the interrupting man) Jesus gets triggered to attack the subject of greed lurking in the background and stomps on it! ‘Watch out!’, ‘Be on your guard…!’, ‘Life is not about possessions!’, ‘Life is not about hoarding it all up’ – instead, ‘be rich (generous) towards God’.
I think it might be better to interpret the application of this in an irregular way. As opposed to simply responding ‘I need to give more to God’ or adopting a “be more generous” mantra (I’m confident you are already generous to God, why else would you be reading these digests?). Instead, commit your heart against the attitude that wants to store up, contain and tuck away the abundance of God’s blessing when it comes. When the bumper harvest arrives, and for many of us it will at times, Jesus wants to see the surplus overflowing not being locked away.
Lord, I want your share your generous overflow without reserve! Amen
Written by Sam Stewart
4 “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. 8 “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. 9 But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. 10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 11 “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”
This scripture speaks to me about being someone who defends the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have seen recently many people who successfully defend the Gospel and others where the outcome maybe not have been what they intended. Most of the disciples of Jesus were physically killed for their faith in Jesus Christ. They defended it to their last breath.
Today we see believers defending our faith and our belief on television, Instagram, Facebook and other means of communication.
I love the fact that Jesus says to us “when they drag you into their meeting places, or into police courts and before judges, don’t worry about defending yourselves – what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there. The Holy Spirit will give you the right words when the time comes.”
But we do need to be people to STAND. If we are being persecuted or vilified, we need to know WHO we believe in and why. That is why having a real and active faith in Christ is so important. Reading the word, listening to the Holy Spirit and receiving a word to our own hearts and minds each day is what helps us strengthen our faith in Christ.
Lord each day please speak to me afresh – like new water for my soul. You know what I need to hear. You know what I need to be challenged in. Help me to live for you in all that I say and do.
Written by Ps. Sue Botta
12 Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
Here we find Jesus warning His disciples about the “yeast of the Pharisees”, referring to their hypocrisy. This follows a long list of ‘woes’ which he dishes out to the Pharisees and experts in the Law in Chapter 11.
Hypocrisy means a lack of integrity – professing one thing but doing the opposite. But Jesus isn’t just talking about actions here – He’s addressing the state of their hearts. While they seem morally righteous on the outside, on the inside they are empty and hard-hearted. The word ‘yeast’ is telling here; just a small amount of this kind of attitude can have a widespread influence.
It’s all too easy to be a hypocrite and I think it comes about when we disregard grace. Just like yeast, it takes one small moment of forgetting about God’s grace, one small instance of ignoring His grace, a split second of scorning His grace – and suddenly we become desperate to find a way to measure up. The problem is, we can never measure up – at least not on our own.
Thank You Jesus for measuring up on behalf of all of us. Thank You for living the perfect life that we could never hope to live, so that we have hope to live in perfect union with You forever. Amen.
Written by Ps. Matt Samperi
37 When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table. 38 But the Pharisee was surprised when he noticed that Jesus did not first wash before the meal. 39 Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 40 You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? 41 But now as for what is inside you—be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you. 42 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone. 43 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces. 44 “Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which people walk over without knowing it.” 45 One of the experts in the law answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.” 46 Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them. 47 “Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your ancestors who killed them. 48 So you testify that you approve of what your ancestors did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs. 49 Because of this, God in his wisdom said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.’ 50 Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all. 52 “Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.” 53 When Jesus went outside, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law began to oppose him fiercely and to besiege him with questions, 54 waiting to catch him in something he might say.
Who truly sees the inside of us, but Jesus? As I read this passage, I see two types of expertise Jesus was exposing: the Pharisee’s had become experts in diverting theirs and everyone else’s attention away from the inner life. The murky waters of personal desires and inner motives. And the teachers of the law had become experts in preventing everyone else from experiencing what they themselves had not experienced. A true knowledge of God.
All of it was a show to avoid the real problem – poverty of inner peace and righteousness, poverty of true relationship with God. The warning to me is simply this – I must work first on a healthy inner life. I must cultivate a heart that is being healed by God to love as God loves and experiences a true knowledge of God born of real encounters with Him.
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh
33 “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy,[a] your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy,[b] your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”
Jesus opening statement is so obvious; I have often wondered why He even says it. Of course you don’t put a lamp under a basket! But that’s the point, Jesus is saying how stupid can you get – lights are meant to out on display, they are meant to impact the whole room and they can! Jesus goes on to ask me, what light is filling my life? Is it good or bad, is it truly light or is it darkness? I am to make sure the light filling my life is not darkness, and the evidence is that it will fill my whole life and the light will be as a floodlight filling every corner of my being!
So how do I tell if the light in my life is light or dark? I think Jesus means is my life honouring to Him, reflecting His glory – for surely a life of darkness would absorb His glory! Do I think honouring thoughts about Jesus, others and myself? That is light. I so do not want darkness filling my life.
So I pray, Jesus you are the light of the world, fill my life with Your light for I so need it!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta
29 As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. 30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now something greater than Jonah is here.
We see here that Jesus is using the Old Testament, what the Jews understood in great detail, to help them understand who he was and what he was there to do. Consistently the Jews would ask for a miraculous sign in order for Jesus to prove who he was, however, Jesus here is trying to help them understand that his teaching is just as much a sign. When Jonah went to the Ninevites, his teaching was the sign that they needed in order to correct their ways, same as Solomon’s wisdom was a sign that he was sent by God. Jesus is trying to help the Jews understand that his teaching is just as much of a sign that he is the Son of God to their generation.
We need to understand that what Jesus says is of crucial significance. It allows us to understand who he is as the Son of God and the savior of the world. We need to allow the words of Christ, and the Bible, to be a sign that God is who he says he is and that we need to align our ways to how he calls us to live.
Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus. Help us today to apply his word and allow it to be a sign for us but also, by the Holy Spirit, allow the evidence of it in our lives be a sign for those around us. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Written by Ps. Annique Botta
27 As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” 28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
Wow, most of us would think how blessed Jesus’ mother Mary was to have been chosen to bear the Son of God. We would hardly dare to compare ourselves to her in the special blessing she received with that calling. But Jesus turns it around here in this statement and says to each one of us that we can be just as blessed if we will do one thing (well, two things actually): hear the word of God and obey it. Really??
That challenges my thinking. I believe that Jesus is saying here, it’s not just the “special” people (like Jesus’ mother) who are significant in this life. It can be each one of us… each person doing the things that God has called them to, obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit. That is the definition of a significant life. It’s not found in position or status, but simply in doing what God has called us to do.
Significance is one of our deepest longings. We all want to feel like our life will count for something here on earth, and in this simple statement Jesus has just given us the answer. You will have a significant (blessed) life if you hear God’s word and obey it.
That inspires me and challenges me. What is God calling me to do today? Am I working to my own agenda or am I listening to the voice of the Spirit and obeying Him?
Lord, help me to listen to Your voice and obey. Help me to align myself with your plans and your calling for me and to find my significance in You and nothing else.
Written by Shelley Witt
14 Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed. 15 But some of them said, “By Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons.” 16 Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven. 17 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. 18 If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebul. 19 Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 20 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. 22 But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder. 23 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 24 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ 25 When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. 26 Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”
Some sins have spirits attached to them. Maybe all sins do. Some spirits are stubborn and only the Word, the Blood and the Name of Jesus can get rid of them. But what happens when they go? What should we do next?
I wonder if Jesus is giving us a picture, here in this passage, of spiritual first-aid. The wounds left behind when the enemy’s arrows are finally removed have to be cared for properly so that infection doesn’t set in (ie “a stronger man” see verse 22) or 7 “super bugs” find the open wound (see verse 26). To say “phew, glad that’s over! What’s on Netflix?” isn’t going to cut it. We need to invite the Holy Spirit to enter that vacant space – that wound. We need His power, His healing oil – no one is stronger! (See Romans 8:11) We need to bandage and cover the wound with the shield of faith – that’s what keeps the evil out. (See Ephesians 6:16) We need to pick up the Sword of the Spirit – God’s word. (See Ephesians 6:17) We need to begin again to wield the promises of our Heavenly Father like a weapon that will never fail. We need to get ourselves back into the battle that is already won!
Lord, help me not be naive about the battle around me and the wounds caused by sin and the enemy. I confess, I repent, I banish in Jesus name, I invite You in, Holy Spirit – I’ll pick up my shield and my sword and get back into the fight – in Jesus Name!
Written by Boudy Van Noppen
5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need. 9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Am I in the habit of asking genuine questions where I don’t know the answer, or do I filter my requests to things I consider ‘safe’ or ‘likely’? Am I giving God and people the chance to surprise me? Am I asking people – entering into uncertainty – to come over for a meal, or have a coffee, or join me for a bike ride, or collect my mail when I’m away, or come to church…. am I taking a risk? Or am I playing it safe?
What about with God? Am I asking Him to answer prayers that are not ‘safe’ or ‘likely,’ am I entering into uncertainty with God and waiting to see how He responds? What about the deep desires? What about the ways I would love to make a difference in the world? What about the areas I would like to be more free and whole?
God, I’m sorry for the many ‘safe’ prayers I have prayed, forgive me for avoiding uncertainty. Help me to pray boldly and ask you for the things on my heart. May I let you decide how to answer. And help me to ask more questions of people, and let them decide how to respond. Father, help me to take more risks and allow for uncertainty in my relationships. Amen.
Written by Ps. Beth Waugh
11 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” 2 He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread. 4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’”
I wonder just what the disciples were expecting Jesus to teach them? Perhaps they were expecting something like a secret password to unlock the power of God. Were they expecting something complicated? Were they really clueless about prayer after spending such a lot of time with Jesus?? But maybe it’s a reminder that no matter how close to God we are, or how long I have been a Christian it doesn’t hurt to be reminded how to approach Our Heavenly Father.
Jesus keeps it simple – glorify God and His purposes first. Acknowledge Gods provision in all things. Keep accounts short with God and treat others in the same way. Of course, there is more in the next verses, but it remains simple. I don’t need to make my relationship with God complex or difficult. It’s about being real. Knowing God is first and almighty. Knowing that I owe everything to Him and acknowledging that sometimes life is difficult (otherwise there wouldn’t be a need for mention of sin or temptation!). Maybe it wouldn’t hurt me to pray this prayer a little more often.
Heavenly Father. Praise your greatness and might. Help me to be part of your kingdom plans today. Thank you, Father, for my job and family, please bless them both. I thank you Lord for your forgiveness and confess the times I have not bought Glory to you. Give me your strength to walk your paths. In Jesus name. Amen
Written by Christine Knight
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
This is an interesting follow on to the preceding story about an expert in the law who knew all the right answers – for all its rules about doing things, the heart of the law is relationship – but he wanted to keep it an intellectual question.
Here, Martha and Mary both make good choices about their relationship with Jesus. Martha does a generous thing by welcoming Jesus into her home. She does a kind thing by cooking him (and probably all his disciples) a meal. Mary chooses to sit and listen to Jesus.
It becomes clear as Martha focusses on doing things for Jesus: her act of generosity and kindness quickly becomes duty and goes on to become resentment towards Mary and annoyance at Jesus. It overflows as she goes to Jesus in front of everyone and says, “Don’t you care?” (Ouch!) “Tell her to help me!” – give her the burden of duty too.
Jesus gently but firmly makes it very clear: doing things for Jesus is good but doing things with him is so much better. In fact, despite Martha’s sense that the cooking for Jesus “had to be done”, being with Jesus is the only things that is “needed”.
(Martha must have received it well. She and Mary and their brother Lazarus go on the have a deep and enduring friendship with Jesus.)
Jesus, it’s so easy to slip into doing things for you instead of with you. I’m so sorry for when I leave you behind as I get on with what “needs to be done”. Where are you going today? That’s where I want to be. What are you doing today? Can I please do it with you?
Written by David Cornell
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
This parable speaks directly to me today. Jesus is saying there is no limit to the concept of ‘neighbour’; I cannot put any boundaries around who I consider my neighbour. And my neighbour is worthy of my love and mercy. In fact, I am to love my neighbour as I love myself. This is half of my entire responsibility to God!
There are people I gel with, I may have just met them but we seem to have things in common that allow us to talk like we are good friends. Then there are people who hold such different assumptions about life and the way things are done, that they feel almost alien to me. Both are my neighbour.
Political opinion, religion, language, customs and culture – none of these are to be barriers to me living out half of my responsibility to God. If I follow Jesus there is no option.
“Lord, teach me and renew me to love my neighbour as myself”.
Written by Andrew Mellor
21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. 22 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” 23 Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
How blessed we are!
We may sometimes feel that we know God and have relationship with Him because at some stage in our lives we heard a clear gospel explanation and after consideration have responded to it by accepting God as our saviour.
But these verses remind us that we know God because Jesus has revealed him to us. Just as Jesus explains to Simon Peter in Matthew 16:15-17
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. (NIV)
And to top it all off Jesus tells us it is his Father’s good pleasure to open our ears and our hearts to him! We indeed are blessed.
Dear Lord, as we continue to seek you with all our heart, as we open our minds and humble ourselves before you may you continue to reveal yourself to us so that we can be always seeing and always understanding. Thank you for the great blessing of revelation in our lives. Amen
Written by Jocelyn Petschack
10 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two[a] others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. 5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. 8 “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town. 13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.[b] 16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.” 17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” 18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Jesus was about to travel to a series of towns and in preparation for His visit He sent a series of people two by two to the towns to prepare the way. They were to heal the sick. Jesus knew that in preparation to hear the message of the Kingdom some preparation work was required in these towns. Jesus also made plain that if they were not welcomed then He would not be welcomed, this also formed some of the reconnaissance.
In some situations, people’s hearts need to be prepared to receive the news of the kingdom of God, the Gospel. Healing ministry is a good means by which this can happen and provides a platform to receive the Good News. In other situations some people respond negatively to anyone they deem to be lesser than the person they want to speak with – yet Jesus knows that as He has sent the disciples He has given them authority and so receiving them is as if a person is receiving Him. He notes, that if you reject the disciples then you are rejecting Jesus.
It calls to mind how often I may have thought less of a person than I should not understanding that, at times, people have been sent by another as a forerunner. Decisions may have been made on the reception I gave to the ‘ambassador’ rather than the person and this may not have gone well for me as a result.
Father help me to minister healing to open doors for Your kingdom and may I treat everyone with equal grace and so entertain angels!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta
57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 59 He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” 62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
I’ve often read this passage and thought Jesus sounded harsh – surely the second man could have buried his father first and then followed Jesus? Or the third man could have said goodbye to his family before following Jesus?
But Jesus is calling us to respond ‘yes’ to His call, NOT ‘yes, but first…’ There are times when my son asks me to play cars with him and I say ‘yes, but first let me put this load of washing out, or finish this text message, or have a shower’. But often one thing leads to another (for example I notice the dirty dishes on the way to the laundry!) and I’m sad to say that sometimes I never actually get to the cars.
There is ALWAYS more to do in life. There are always good things we have on our list to do. But if Jesus is asking something of us, whether it be to pray or to act or to simply to sit before Him, our answer cannot be ‘yes, but first’, it has to be ‘yes’. This will involve costs, but the God who is asking this of us is no stranger to cost. Jesus paid the ultimate cost because He wanted us for eternity. What cost could compare?
Written by Rhi Mellor
51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; 53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them. 56 Then he and his disciples went to another village.
How do I respond when someone opposes me?
I can think of a number of times in my life, where I needed to get something important done, but for one reason or another, someone, or a group of people, felt the need to oppose what I was doing.
Recently I stood up for someone in my local community who had been unfairly treated by a government department, but it seemed impossible to get any sort of reconciliation or even an acknowledgement that the treatment of this person was unfair. After many many hours of advocacy, I still don’t feel like I have gotten anywhere because of the level of opposition.
I must say that I can identify with the disciples here. My human nature is to want to overcome opposition. My human nature is also that I want to make life difficult for those who make things hard for me.
But the message of Christ is demonstrated here as much as it is spoken in Matthew 4:43-44:
“You have heard it said “Love your neighbour and hate your enemy” but I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”
I honestly think that this is one of the hardest and most costly messages that is central to the mission of Christ. Not just in the challenge of actually living out this very challenging call to be a person of peace, but also in the challenges of how nuanced it can be to “love my enemies” and how much I am meant to “pray for those who persecute me”.
Do I just pray that they would see the light? Do I pray for their salvation in Christ? Or do I genuinely pray for their wellbeing and prosperity in the exact opposite spirit to what my human nature desires? And how much am I meant to have my actions follow my prayers!!?
Lord, I thank you for this word today and the challenge that it brings to me. Father help me to truly continue to wrestle with the principles that you call me to live by.
Written by Ps. Justin Ware
While everyone was marveling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples, 44 “Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.” 45 But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.
As I read this short passage, a phrase immediately stood out to me: “… they did not understand what this meant… and they were afraid to ask Him about it”.
It got me thinking, when have I been afraid to ask questions?
Some options that came to mind (there are probably others):
The writer, Luke, doesn’t tell us why he and the other disciples were afraid to ask Jesus questions on this matter, so we are left to wonder why. But I will try to address the 3 possible options I listed above.
I am so grateful that we don’t need to be afraid to ask God questions. He is patient and kind even when we are slow to learn, and He brings us freedom through His truth and through our honesty.
Written by Shelley Witt
37 The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 38 A man in the crowd called out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. 39 A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. 40 I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.” 41 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.” 42 Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the impure spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father. 43 And they were all amazed at the greatness of God.
In our passage for today we are seeing Jesus minister in one of the 4 key ways in which he did during his 3 years of Ministry. Deliverance was central to what Jesus did. We see an utterly desperate father, taking a step of faith firstly asking the disciples to heal his son and then Jesus. I love the desperation the father has, as any dad would, he takes a position of begging Jesus. However, Jesus response is quick and immediate to the father’s distress for the sons struggle.
Before delivering the son, Jesus takes the time to rebuke his disciples. He knows that they have the authority, at the beginning of chapter 9 Jesus had sent them out to teach and heal, yet had they so quickly forgotten how God had used them previously?
The disciple’s hesitation and inability to deliver this young son challenges me. It makes me ask the question, where am I incapable or ineffective because of unbelief? Where am I enabled by the Holy Spirit to bring healing or deliverance yet unable because of my weakness?
Jesus, thank you that you give us opportunities to show your power and love in this world. Help us to remember that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in each of us. Help me today to move in the authority of who you are and call me to be, taking the opportunity to maximize the moments you give rather than go through the motions. In Jesus Name, Amen!
Written by Ps. Annique Botta
28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 31 They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.) 34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” 36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.
What an incredible scene. A moment where the divine glory of the Son of God breaks through the veil of his humble human nature. But a moment Peter, James and John almost missed!
Very sleepy, probably because of the rigorous ministry of Jesus, and possibly because it was early morning (often Jesus got up early to pray), the disciples were almost sleeping through an incredible encounter.
As he wakes enough to realise the moment he’s in, Peter is awkward and rushed. I bet he was just a little distracted by Moses and Elijah. Thinking to himself, “man, I have only read about these guys; what if I can actually talk to them…oh, the questions I can ask them.” Poor Peter had no real idea what was going on though.
Then comes the moment that trumps them all – God comes to them all and says, audibly, “guys, Jesus, my son, is the chosen one, give Him all your attention.”
Surely it was a not so subtle correction of Peter, who was getting all excited about Moses and Elijah, but had not yet fully realised that Jesus, his suddenly glowing teacher and companion, was far greater than both of them together. But God graciously, and wonderfully, redirects Peter’s zeal.
I may sometimes be literally or metaphorically very sleepy; I may find myself with more than a bit of misdirected Zeal. But God takes gracious and wonderful care to constantly keep my focus on Jesus. He alone has the words of eternal life, and He alone can bring about my destiny.
God, no matter what the moment in my day, or week, no matter how glorious or mundane, help me to heed what you told the disciples; that Jesus is the one I need to have my constant attention set upon.
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”
This famous quote of Jesus contains an amazing truth – losing my life equals saving my life. Perhaps this could be summed up as sacrifice yourself and find yourself.
The Message translation of v24 makes it clear – “Self help is no help at all. Self sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self.” Rather than trying to reinvent myself, or trying to be someone I am not to get the blessing of God (eg. Esau trying to be Jacob to get Isaacs’s blessing), Jesus says give up yourself to God. I notice this sacrifice is:
Our example is Jesus, who sacrificed himself for us. He trusted God the Father that this sacrifice was what was needed and had purpose. This sacrifice was his purpose, and God honoured him and raised him to sit at his right hand.
When I sacrifice myself (my money, my time, my plans, my comfort) I rely on God to provide. My heart turns to him. These sacrifices are precious because through then I turn to Jesus. These sacrifices are not burdens or obligations but lead me to God. There I find myself.
Am I clinging to the self made me or the me I think I should be? How costly that will be to lose myself.
Dear Jesus, thank you for taking up your cross and sacrificing yourself in my place. Only when I lose myself will I find myself in you. I commit to sacrificing my life to you again. I want to draw nearer to you Lord. Amen
Written by Claire Moore
18 Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” 19 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” 20 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.” Jesus Predicts His Death 21 Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. 22 And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
This is one of those momentous passages.
“Who do the crowds say I am?” Anyone could see that God was bringing his promises to fulfilment. (Maybe he’s the new Elijah who Isaiah said would announce God coming to his people? … Except that was John the Baptist.) They can see that resurrection and restoration is what God is doing. But looking from the outside is not enough.
“Who do you say that I am?” The “Christ” – the “Messiah” – the “anointed one of God”: Anointed to be king, like David; Anointed as a prophet; Anointed as the priest (like Aaron); Anointed by the Holy Spirit as the “Son of God”; and Anointed for death. Jesus isn’t the one preparing the way. Jesus is the Lord who comes to bring restoration to God’s people.
They needed to walk with Jesus to see this, listening to him and listening to the Father (Matthew adds that’s where Peter heard this). What should they do with this hugely important insight? Be quiet – until the right time. This pairs with Acts 1:4-8: They are to wait for the Holy Spirit to come to them too, and then they will receive power and will be Jesus’ witnesses to the whole world.
What about me?
If I want to know who Jesus is, I should not listen to the crowds. I need to listen to Jesus, I need to listen to the Father. I need to encounter him personally and to be filled with his Spirit. At the right time, my words and my actions will also show Jesus to people around me.
Written by David Cornell
10 When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, 11 but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. 12 Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.” 13 He replied, “You give them something to eat.” They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” 14 (About five thousand men were there.) But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. 16 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. 17 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
What strikes me about this passage is generosity. Jesus had withdrawn with his disciples, hoping to spend some quiet time with them debriefing from their mission and teaching and sustaining them. Although not mentioned in Luke, it is evident from Mark’s gospel that John the Baptist had just been beheaded. Since he was Jesus’ cousin and close to the disciples also, time out would have been welcome for them to grieve together. But when the crowd came Jesus had compassion on them and spent time healing and teaching them – a generosity of time and energy.
Feeding the 5000 with abundance left over also shows Jesus’ generosity towards us with our daily needs, as well as, of course, his authority on earth. He gives thanks (blesses) God for the food and there is miraculously enough.
God has that same generosity towards us. He is always there to listen, teach and minister to us and he amply supplies our daily needs.
Father, help me to be aware of the abundant blessings you give me – not just materially but in time, love, family, nature, speaking into my life. Thank you.
Written by Megan Cornell
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