#Bible365 – The Fatherless and Widow

Last September, The Sofa started reading the Soul Survivor Bible in a Year – Bible reading plan. Well… I have something to confess.

I’m keeping up with it as well as an asthmatic ant with heavy shopping keeps up with a particularly speedy thing. Mostly because I’m rubbish at this sort of thing, but also because I get distracted as well.

I get distracted when I notice random things. Such as the phrase “The Fatherless and the Widows”, and how they seem to have special mention on a regular basis, such as the start of Jeremiah Chapter 7:

“‘Hear the word of the Lord, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the Lord. 3 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place. 4 Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord!”5 If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, 6 if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, 7 then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your ancestors for ever and ever.

Looking after the fatherless and widow seems to be a theme that is returned to on a regular basis. Which leads me nicely to my two questions:

  • Does anyone know how many times the Bible refers to The Fatherless or Widow, or similar reading?
  • Why dont we hear more about looking after The Fatherless or Widow in churches?

 

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#Bible365 – “What defines us is how well we rise after falling”

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I love this small segment of Acts Chapter 14:

19 Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. 20 But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.

Two simple reasons.

Paul had found himself in the sort of position where he was mistaken for a dead man. He simply got up, and went back into the city. (Picture the look on the disciples faces).

Secondly. Those disciples. Simply there for Paul when it looked like the end.

How do we help people raise after they fall?

(h/t to @DoSomethingUK for the title idea)

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Important Announcement

It’s with great regret that we have to tell you all this.

The Church Sofa is no more.

It’s been a hard few months and we’ve been trying to keep it going but unfortunately we are now unable to work together on this project. Some of you who know us personally might have heard us arguing more and more lately about whether we should have chairs or pews, in fact the other Andy even mentioned rebranding as the church pew. You’ll be able to keep up with us individually on twitter/facebook etc. but as we said The Church Sofa has had it’s cushions removed and is no longer workable.

It’s been a great couple of years and we will miss the sofa dearly and we’re eternally grateful to all the people who we’ve met along the way.

Goodbye

Team Sofa.

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