Peace School - An ongoing theme running through the Pentateuch/Torah (first five books of the Old Testament), is that of land and temple - our home and God's home. They are both linked directly to our survival and identity. Does the God of a burning bush need a temple? Do the people of God need to conquer Canaan for a home? It's a question we still wrestle with today. Some Christians believe that people from Europe had a God-given right to fight for land and settle land already lived on by native peoples. Some Christians believe that you can only be a church if you have a building and a sanctuary. The hard questions for us today - where is God, and where is God calling us home to? Is home a place, a people, a purpose? What is sacred space?
Reflect - As we discuss the Pentateuch (first five books in the Bible) in September and October, you are encouraged to read a chapter a day (or 7 chapters a week). This week read and reflect with chapters 36-42 in Genesis. This section continues the stories of the first family.
WATCH - there's also an interesting Jewish site with videos about Ruth and what she values in a home.
Pray - Work on practicing a daily time of intentional prayer. There are many resources online and ways to pray. One simple one (but can still be deep) is to pray the LORD's Prayer. Below is the New Zealand version.
Serve - Consider how you will be part of a bigger community this week. Here is a short video about DenUM's Food For All project that we'll be joining on the 22nd after Peace School.