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Isaiah 52:7

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

I had just returned from a mission trip to Panama with about forty teens, nine leaders, and a dozen missionaries who met us and ministered with us during an impactful week. In order to present the gospel most effectively, our team was divided into three groups – dancers, puppets, and drama. The dancers and puppets performed in elementary schools while the drama group took the message to high schools (Amazingly these presentations were done in the public schools!). During the week we shared the Gospel with over 3,500 students!

After the presentations, a clear Gospel message was given by one of the missionaries. The Panamanian students were invited to respond to the good news of Jesus. Afterward, we passed out tracts and spoke to the students about Jesus. Through interpreters, our teens shared their love for Jesus and commitment to serve Him.

As I read today’s passage, I couldn’t help but think about our teens who went to Panama and the hundreds of others who go out from our church to share Christ in another culture. First, our preparation to go on mission trips is an intense process. Our trips are not purposed for those who like to travel and see the world. Our focus is clear – we go to tell people about Jesus. Second, how encouraging it is to see people, young and old, take time out of their busy lives to proclaim salvation! How beautiful are the feet of those who go across the ocean (or across the street) to bring good news and proclaim the peace with God that can only come through Jesus!

Father, thank You for people, young and old, who are willing to take the time and risk to go into a new culture to share the message of Jesus. Thank You for Your hand of protection on all who go. Bless them, stretch them, and remind them that what they do is beautiful in Your sight. Lord, encourage those who can go to go. And encourage those who can’t travel to pray and give. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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John 12:4-8

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

In an act of pure adoration, Mary poured out the perfume and used her hair to wipe the fragrance on the feet of Jesus. It was radical worship, but not everyone appreciated Mary’s act of love.

Judas certainly didn’t and the other gospel writers tell us that many disciples agreed. They asked, “Why this waste? This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” (Matthew 26:8-9). Few can relate to such radical worship, but Jesus did. He said that Mary had “done a beautiful thing” to Him.

Radical acts of service and worship will often be misunderstood. When believers sacrifice their lives or possessions to further the kingdom, many people…even many believers…will conclude, “What a waste!” But then people…even other believers…didn’t die for us! There is only one perspective that matters, and He calls radical worship “a beautiful thing.”

Father, pry my clinching fingers from the stuff that matters most to me. Give me a heart not just for worship, but for radical worship. Help me to do “a beautiful thing” in Your sight. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

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Can’t Just Sit There!

From the majestic and uneasy earth, to the beautiful and sometimes deadly natural world, to mankind who is capable of so much love and so much evil, there is one seminal event that explains this chaos in which we find ourselves.

Today, Ron Moore examines that event, how it reaches into your life and a rumor of the coming good news that will bring peace to all.

Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

C.S. Lewis said that forgiveness is a beautiful idea, until you actually have to do it. It’s true, isn’t it? We delight in the forgiveness of God, but forgiving others when they have hurt us . . . well, that’s hard. The words of Jesus are hard as well — forgive if you want to be forgiven.

Jesus once told a story about a servant who was not able to pay his hefty debt — ten thousand bags of gold! After the servant begged for patience, the master took pity on him and canceled his entire debt. Then the servant went out and found a man who owed him a few hundred silver coins. The servant refused to forgive this debtor and had the man thrown into prison. When the master learned what the servant had done, he reversed his decision and had the ungrateful servant thrown into prison as well.

The point of the story is hard to miss: If you are not willing to forgive others of their relatively small debt, God will not forgive you of the great debt you have accumulated.  As Lewis said, forgiveness is such a beautiful idea, but it only comes to life when we are willing to forgive others.

Father, I pray for those who are having a hard time with forgiveness. Someone has hurt them and the pain is real. They are carrying hurt and anger. Please allow them to see the great debt You have canceled in their lives and give them the supernatural power to forgive those people who are right now on their minds. Give them the courage and strength to express their forgiveness and lay down the burden of bitterness. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

 


 

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We love glittering things. And in our getting of them we celebrate the beautiful thing while too often missing its creator. The One who longs to know us and be known.

With that in mind, today Ron Moore redirects our focus from the glittering gift to the Giver.

Believers are a divine poem and painting…created for a world desperate to hear beautiful words and longing to see God’s handiwork.

Ron Moore describes a masterpiece and urges you to live in its light.

A believer’s spiritual apparel is woven from three beautiful threads. Wear them and the world will want to know their designer.

On today’s program Ron Moore is going to show us those true colors from the fashion catalog of Christ Jesus.

What makes sex biblical, beautiful and fun? More importantly, how should we honor it and experience it?

That’s Ron Moore’s engaging topic this half-hour. Listen and find joyful treasure.

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