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Pastoral Note - 9 February 2020

Hi Table View Methodist Family,
Matthew 13:44 ”The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
In our sermons this year we’ve been focusing on what Dallas Willard calls a Renovation of the Heart.  He has some interesting chapter titles like “Radical Evil in the Ruined Soul” and “Radical Goodness Restored to the Soul”.  As much as word’s like ruined and renovation imply that something needs fixing.  They also imply that something was meant to be better than it is.
Willard explains spiritual formation and renewal using an image of the human being’s spheres of life and priority.  Explaining that often God is on the outer ring of our priorities and we need to rework our lives to ensure that God is at the center.
Getting into the rhythm of going to church, of praying of being mindful of putting God first is a good beginning.
Sometimes we need to be reminded that this is worth doing.  Too often we think only of the cost of what we are doing and we forget about the benefit.  We get caught up in a sort of “Wo is me” and “Everybody has their cross to bear” Christianity when we should be celebrating what we are gaining.
So I invite you to think of the great treasure (Matthew 13:44) and not so much on how the farmer had to sell everything to get it.  By realising the value of what we are to gain in seeking the Kingdom of God we might realise that the effort is worth the reward.
I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday at 845am, Mr Singeni will lead the 11am service.
God bless,
Rev Angus Kelly