Today Hamish and I took a bit of a lengthy day trip out to visit the Durham CU Exec on their Exec getaway, which was being held in Eskdale.
In actual fact, I left my house at six o’clock this morning, we got there at 11, we had some meetings, we ate lunch, we went for a trip to Seascale and played frisbee on the beach, left at 4.30pm and I got home at 8.30pm.
I am rather exhausted, but it was lovely to spend some time with the Durham folk, and nice to have wee trip back to beautiful Cumbria.
March 21st reading: Romans 1-3
I’ve been doing Romans with the Newcastle small group leaders this term. But we’ve also been doing it pretty slowly, so it feels a little bizarre trying to summarise 3 chapters in one post, when in the studies it took us 4 weeks to get through them.
Obviously there’s a rather unpleasant view of humanity presented in these chapters, especially in the second half of chapter 1: “although they knew God, they did not honour him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” 1:21
I find it hard to read, but by the time I’ve got through the rest of chapter 1, chapter 2 and the first 20 verses of chapter 3 everything’s feeling rather bleak.
Which is why I love, love, love, chapter 3: 23-25
“All have sinned and fall short of the the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by blood, to be received by faith.”
So very glad that even though I’m awful, God is lovely, and had the best plan to sort it all out.
In summary: knackeroonied, but worth it.