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Lee on the Lectionary: 2nd Sunday before Advent (Year B) from Church Society on Vimeo.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 14 Nov 2018

This Sunday we read Psalm 16, which is an expression of confidence in God’s Redemption and Reward, because those who Rely on him will not Rot.

The lectionary readings for this week are Daniel 12:1-3, Psalm 16, Hebrews 10:11-25, and Mark 13:1-8.

You can follow along with these video expositions on the Lee on the Lectionary Facebook page. We also tweet the video link every Sunday morning at 6am for those who like a morning exposition of the word to begin the week. Follow us @churchsociety.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 12 Nov 2018

Ros and Amanda review some recent books for adults, families and children suitable for reading during Advent and or giving as Christmas gifts.

Books mentioned:

The Jesus Christmas
Love Came Down At Christmas
The Nativity (board book, longer book, colouring book)
A Very Noisy Christmas
The Friend Who Forgives
Growing in Gratitude
Enjoying God

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Posted by John Cheeseman, 9 Nov 2018

The late John Cheeseman explores Joshua's apprenticeship in spiritual leadership in this article from the Spring 2014 edition of Crossway

It is often said that the Christian church lacks leaders, especially in this country. Those of us in the Church of England think of a leader such as John Stott and ask: Where is there someone of his stature today? The television series The Apprentice is a quest to fi nd people who will succeed in the business world, but what are the qualifications for success in that programme? Ruthlessness, self-promotion, arrogance – even at times downright aggression. This forms a great contrast with the model of leadership advocated in the Bible.

I want to consider the man God chose to succeed Moses as the leader of Israel – Joshua. In particular, I’d like to look at various experiences in his life which enabled him to become a godly leader.  The first mention of Joshua comes in Exodus 17:8-9. After the Amalekite attack on Israel, Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.’ Moses went up the hill and whenever he lifted up his hand – presumably in prayer – Israel prevailed, but whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. And when Moses got tired, Aaron and Hur came to support his hands, as a result of which Israel eventually won the battle (Exodus 17:12-13).

The lesson for Joshua, who was engaged on the field of battle, is one of the most important he could ever learn. Jesus spells it out for us: ‘Apart from me, you can do nothing’ (John 15:5). We can have the most wonderful ideas and strategies, but if we are relying on ourselves and our own strength, we are wasting our time. The backbone of any work done for God is prayer. How contrary this is
to many current ideas about leadership (even sadly in the church), where the emphasis lies on the leader’s magnetism and charismatic personality?

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