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Last weekend, I watched a movie called "News of the World". It's the story of a retired captain after the American Civil War. The captain travels from town to town reading stories from the newspapers. People are enthralled by the stories.

You and I have stories to tell - stories of how Jesus has changed our lives. In Mark 5:19, Jesus tells the man who was demon-possessed to return to his home to tell everyone his story of what God has done for him.

In our baptism and membership class last Sunday, we encouraged everyone to think about their story of how Jesus worked in their lives. We tell them to think about what their life was like before they met Jesus, how they met Jesus, the difference Jesus has made since, and a verse that summarizes their new relationship with Jesus.

Today, take a few moments to remember how you met Jesus and the difference Jesus has made; maybe you also have a verse that has guided your life. And then, like the captain in the movie, tell others the story of God's faithfulness in your life, how the cross of Jesus has changed your life.

I also encourage you to write to your MP and our Prime Minister following our recent election.

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大家早,非常謝謝你再次參加我們線上靈修。

上星期我看了一部電影,是湯姆·漢克主演的"來自世界的消息"。背景是1865年美國內戰結束,湯姆·漢克扮演退休的陸軍隊長,他在德州的小城小鎮中旅遊,告訴人們新聞中的故事,當時人們或許不識字或無從得知世界的消息,因此他收集報上的故事與人們分享。

路上他遇見了一個小女孩,她被家人拋棄,之後被原住民認養,但接著又被他們拋棄,故事主要是敘述他如何帶小女孩回家,最後還是他認養了她並帶她回家。

但讓我注意到的是他如何說故事和人們如何被他陳述的故事所著迷。你我都有故事要說,就是神如何在我們生命中工作。讓我來看看聖經中的一個故事,記載在馬可福音5章,耶穌到湖的另一邊,釋放了被鬼所附的人的故事,那人想跟隨耶穌,但耶穌不許,耶穌對他說:

卻對他說、你回家去、到你的親屬那裏、將主為你所作的、是何等大的事、是怎樣憐憫你、都告訴他們。

這是個故事,也是個新聞,你我都有故事要告訴世人,就像上星期主日我們唱的詩歌一樣” 向萬邦傳福音”。我們稱我們的故事為”見證”,在上星期受洗班課程裡,我邀請他們來想想他們的故事以後他們可以跟人們分享。我鼓勵他們思考,認識耶穌前他們的生命是如何?他們如何認識耶穌的?現在耶穌讓他們的生命有甚麼不一樣?神有沒有透過一些經文持續對他們說話的?

今天,我要鼓勵你暫停一下,想想你是如何遇見耶穌的?耶穌如何讓你的生命不一樣?而你現在如何尋求為他而活?或許你也有一句聖經的話來指引你的生命,花片刻時間來感謝神,他對你的呼召,他在你身上的救恩,然後就像故事中的主角一樣,去告訴人們我們的故事,耶穌的救恩。

讓我們禱告。

今天我要鼓勵你,在這大選之後,寫封信給你的國會議員或總理。

Grace and peace

Pastor Callum