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Week 42 Day 2
what is the good news you need to hear
the news that brings hope and help
you got the job
healing has begun
reconciliation may be possible
everyone is safe
we know that bad news
overshadows good news
the arrogance of power
the absence of honesty
the atrocities which defy shame
the abandoning of responsibility
where do you look for the good news
when the bad news is wearing you out
in a good time
in a different place
in a special group of people
in anything that is unusual
is it like the temptation noted in an old country song
"looking for love in all the wrong places, . . ."
or is it like looking for the good news of Jesus
in the fellowship of his people
in welcoming the stranger
in sharing how Jesus touches our lives
where are we looking
how are we listening
for the Good News of Jesus
BY LAND AND BY SEA
The first missionaries were sent out by the church at Antioch.
1In the church at Antioch 2as they ministered to the Lord,
the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate Barnabas and Paul for the
work to which I have called them." 3Then, having fasted and
prayed, they laid hands on them and sent them away.
4They sailed to Cyprus 5and preached the word of God in the
synagogues. They also had John Mark as their assistant. 6When they had gone through the island to Paphos, 13and set sail, they came to Perga in Pamphylia . John Mark, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem. 14When they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down. 15After the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, "If you have any word of exhortation for the people, say on."
16Then Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said,
"Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen: 17The God of thispeople Israel chose our fathers and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted
arm He brought them out of it. 18For a time of about forty years
He put up with their ways in the wilderness. 19When He had
destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed
their land to them by allotment.
20"After that He gave them judges for about four hundred
fifty years, until Samuel the prophet. 21Afterward they asked
for a king; so God gave them Saul. 23When He had removed
him, He raised up for them David as king. 23From this man's
seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel a Savior--
Jesus--24after John (the Baptist) had first preached the baptism of repentance to all the people. 25And as John was finishing his course, he said, 'Behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.'
26"To you the word of this salvation has been sent. 27 In
Jerusalem, their rulers did not know Him, nor even the Prophets
which are read every Sabbath, and they have fulfilled them in
condemning Him. 30But God raised Him from the dead.
32"And we declare to you glad tidings--that promise which
was made to the fathers, 33God has fulfilled for us their children,
in that He has raised up Jesus. 38Let it be known that through
this Man is the forgiveness of sins; 39and by Him everyone
who believes is justified from all things from which you could
not be justified by the law of Moses." This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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