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


 .                                                                      ---rus




                                     BY LAND AND BY SEA

The first missionaries were sent out by the church at Antioch.

                                                   Acts 13


         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
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,
f 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 this
people Israel chose our fathers and exalted the people when
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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