Filled with joy and peace – Feb 12th

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Genesis 45

We finally get to see how God has been working providentially (behind the scenes) in Joseph’s life for a higher purpose of rescuing Israel – v7-8. Now Jacob can move with the whole family.

Mark 15

Pilate wanted to please the crowd – don’t be a people pleaser, look to please God.
Mark gives all the details of the progress towards the cross, but without showing, like Matthew, how each one is fulfilment of OT prophecy.

Notice when Christ cries out to God – It is My God, My God rather than Abba as our sin is heaped on Him and he knows the wrath of the Father for our sin.

The temple curtain is torn in two – so access to God is open and now permanent, rather than annually by the High Priest.

Romans 15

v5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
Unity is about “accepting one another” v7

v13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit

Job 11

Zophar starts accusing Job that his suffering must be due to his sin.
The Old Testament Dueteronomic cycle shows that people are blessed when they obey God and cursed when they sin. Job is there to show that there are a lot of exceptions to that “rule”.



Andy planted the Gateway Church in Sept 2007. He and Janet love to gather different nations together to grow in Christ while eating good food! He also helps to shape and serve a couple of Relational Mission's church plants in mainland Europe. Andy and Janet run regularly, largely to offset the hospitality eating! He also runs a popular WordPress plugin Church Admin