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As requested by a number of you, herewith a few books that I strongly recommend.

The Case for the Psalms:Why they are Essential - N.T.Wright

Journey to the Common Good - Walter Brueggemann

Gagging Jesus: Things Jesus said we wish he hadn't - Phil Moore

Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God - Bob Kauflin

The Writings of the New Testament : An Interpretation - Luke Timothy Johnson

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Build a Bridge. PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Grant Nuss   
Sunday, 08 January 2017 13:58

Ephesians 4:32; “Instead, be kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges” (Isaac Newton). We have all heard it said or exclaimed ourselves; “Oh, build a bridge!” Now, if you are someone who tends to hold grudges, can’t let things go, or keep a score on who you believe has wronged you, sorry to bear the bearer of bad news but the reality is that, you will suffer in life. Un-forgiveness does that. Forgiveness is the key to all healthy and lasting relationships. Perhaps read what Jesus had to say about forgiveness and reconciliation in Matthew 5:23 – 24 in this context. Here’s the reality of harbouring un-forgiveness and resentment, the one who ultimately gets hurt is you. If you want to be healthy and vibrant spiritually, then you must learn to forgive. As followers of Christ we have been forgiven, and, forgiven people should be forgiving people. The deal is this:  if you want to be healthy and vibrant spiritually, then you must learn to forgive. Once upon a time two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side by side, sharing machinery, and trading labour and goods as needed without a hitch. Then the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference, and finally it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence. One morning there was a knock on John’s door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter’s toolbox. “I’m looking for a few days’ work” he said. “Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there. Could I help you?” “Yes,” said the older brother. “I do have a job for you. Look across the creek at that farm. That’s my neighbour, in fact, it’s my younger brother. Last week there was a meadow between and he took his bulldozer to the river levee and now there is a creek between us. Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I’ll go him one better. See that pile of lumber over by the barn? I want you to build me a fence –an 8-foot fence — so I won’t need to see his place anymore. Cool him down, anyhow.” The carpenter said, “I think I understand the situation. Show me the nails and the post-hole digger and I’ll be able to do a job that pleases you.” The older brother had to go to town for supplies, so he helped the carpenter get the materials ready and then he was off for the day. The carpenter worked hard all that day measuring, sawing, nailing. About sunset when the farmer returned, the carpenter had just finished his job. The farmer’s eyes opened wide, his jaw dropped. There was no fence at all. It was a bridge — a bridge stretching from one side of the creek to the other! A fine piece of work, handrails and all — and the neighbour, his younger brother, was coming across, his hand outstretched. “You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I’ve said and done.” The two brothers met at the middle of the bridge, taking each other’s hand. They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox on his shoulder. “No, wait! Stay a few days. I’ve a lot of other projects for you,” said the older brother. “I’d love to stay on,” the carpenter said, “but I have so many more bridges to build.” If you holding a grudge, resentment, or un-forgiveness, refuse to not hold on to it for one more day – build that bridge today – tomorrow might just be too late!


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