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August 4

1 Timothy 1, 15 – 17

Something to read

The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - of whom I am the foremost. But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen

New Revised Standard Version

To read the King James Version click here.

Something to think about

When I first became aware of Christian Aid, its strapline was 'We believe in life before death'. This flew in the face of much Christian discussion that often centred on life after death being the point of salvation.

It is easy to understand salvation as individualistic act; something between me and God alone. A deal; I believe and repent, and then I get eternal life.  Yet we often talk about being the collective body of Christ.

The body of Christ is a social entity, not just about one individual. Each time a person suffers, the body of Christ suffers. By the same token, each time forgiveness and love occur, there is salvation. As the body of Christ we are part of God’s salvation, not simply recipients.

Something to do

Follow this link to read how life and salvation has been brought to those who suffered in the Haiti earthquake. Remember how we are part of God’s salvation.

Something to pray

For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth. (Psalm 74:12)

Today's daily reading was provided by Charlotte Haines Lyon.  

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