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Rev Michael's October Letter

Talking Jesus?

For the last 11 months I have been in a lot of pain with a back problem that was eventually diagnosed by a doctor after 3 visits, over 9 months and an MRI scan.

One Sunday morning at Kinver I was speaking to a member of the congregation, who is a doctor. I said to her, “I have a diagnosis ‘ and I proceeded to tell her what it is. Her reply, “I could have told you that.”

Without a consultation this doctor could give a diagnosis. Why? I presume it was due to the fact she had seen me move and not just seen me sitting on a chair in a consulting room.

God watches us move, he sees us in action, and is aware of what is going on in our lives.

What about us and God? How do we get to know God? Do we spend time in a consultation room with him, be it in Church or at home, or do we watch him in action in the world and get to know more about him that way?

Of course the time in quiet “consultation” is important but so is seeing God in action in the world around us and in our own lives.

I get a thrill when I visit people and they tell me, without prompting, where they have seen God at work around them and within them. If they will share with me maybe they might share with others. 

Do you talk about what Jesus is doing with you and around you?

A number of people have done, are doing, or will be sharing in the “Talking Jesus” course. We need to be confident in telling other about Jesus , not just as an historical figure, but how he is working with us, though us, and around us.

The  course begins with a reading from Mark 8;27-30

27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” 

28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”

29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”

30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.”

Over the years many of us have obeyed the words in verse 30; but they are not directed towards us; we are to tell people about Jesus.

 Revd  Michael