Rest Stop – Good News for December 10

10 12 2008

Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus said to the crowds, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” 

The Daily Path: This bears repeating, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”

I know this to be true.

An Inside Job? – Good News for November 21

21 11 2008

Luke 19: 45-48

Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, “It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” And every day he was teaching in the temple area. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile,
were seeking to put him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on his words. 

The Daily Path: I’m contemplating this passage along with Paul’s letter to the Corinthians 3: 9 in which he wrote: Do you not know that you are a temple of God?

Are thieves lurking in my temple?

A Prayer Request: Today, when you talk to God, please ask Him to hear the request for healing offered up by a member of our Good News To Go! blog community. Ask Him that a mother’s prayer for her son be answered. St. Monica, can you lend a hand as well?

The Daily Challenge – Good News for October 22

22 10 2008

Luke 12: 39-48

Jesus said to his disciples, “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Then Peter said, “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?” 

And the Lord replied, “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute the food allowance at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so. Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. 

But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk, then that servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish the servant severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful.

That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. 

Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”

The Daily Path: How many times today will I walk away from my responsibility as a steward? Often times I’m mindful of my error in the moment, yet still don’t correct my actions. Maybe I should review this passage at the end of each day and reflect on my performance in the hope that I can do better the next day.

Keeping Him Close – Good News for October 21

21 10 2008

Luke 12: 35-38

Jesus said to his disciples, “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.

Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.

And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.”

The Daily Path: Once again I’m reminded that Christ is asking me to always keep Him close in my heart and mind. That’s not a request for one-in-seven day attention. Sunday is good but daily is great. Doing this blog keeps me focused on His request. How do you keep God close in your day?

More, more, more – Good news for October 20

20 10 2008

Luke 12: 13-21

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.”

He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” Then he said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

Then he told them a parable.

“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’ And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’

But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ 

Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.”

The Daily Path: It’s very easy to get caught up in acquiring personal possessions. Many times we don’t even realize that we’re in the midst of it. I know this to be true from my own experience. In the U.S. we live in a society that values wealth and the trappings of luxury. I’m not saying we should all become St. Francis, but we do have an obligation to share what we have… no matter how big or small that contribution might be. We like BIG things. But I think we lose sight of how much help even just a little can mean to someone in need. I’m going to keep this passage close to my heart as I feel the need for more, more, more.

Too Many Caesars – Good News for October 19

20 10 2008

Matthew 22: 15-21

The Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech. They sent their disciples to him, with King Herod’s men, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion, for you do not regard a person’s status. Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” 

Knowing their malice, Jesus said, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax.” 

Then they handed him the Roman coin. 

He said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?” 

They replied, “Caesar’s.”

At that he said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” 

The Daily Path: I hope that Good News To-Go! helps you to give to God what is His as you’re struggling to deal with the demands of all the Caesers in your life.

“Peace” – Good News for October 18

18 10 2008

Luke 10: 1-9

The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.

He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. 

Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves payment. Do not move about from one house to another.

Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’”

The Daily Path: I love this passage. It touches on why I was inspired to create Good News To-Go! There are too few laborers to carry the message of Christ. That’s surprising because the work is really very simple. No MBA required. Anyone can do it… even a prodigal son like me. All you have to do is extend an invitation to receive the Word of God. The Spirit does the rest. Good News To-Go! is my invitation to you. And while I have your attention, let me do what the Master of the Harvest has asked of His laborers by extending the following: “Peace be with you.”