Double Feature – Good News for May 5

5 05 2009

John 10:22-30

The feast of the Dedication was taking place in Jerusalem. It was winter. And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 

Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me. But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”

Acts 11:19-26

Those who had been scattered by the persecution that arose because of Stephen went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but Jews. There were some Cypriots and Cyrenians among them, however, who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks as well,
proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with them and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. 

The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch. When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart, for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. And a large number of people was added to the Lord. 

Then he went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the Church and taught a large number of people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians.

The Daily Path: When I went to the movies this past weekend I was shocked to find the matinee price for a single film was $10.25. When I was a kid in the 1960’s it was fifty cents. For that we got to watch a double feature with cartoons in between. For another dime I got popcorn and for a quarter a Coca-Cola. So for under a buck my mom could get me out of her hair for an entire afternoon! 

Well friends, today you get double the good news for the price of one, and, as always, that one is free. Roll’em, Stan…

“The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me. But you do not believe…” This passage struck me as I look at the “news” that we are pounded with every day. News of murder, child abductions, rampant corruption, piracy, starvation… the list goes on and on. Yet, we are also surrounded by good (God) works. Where are they in the media storm?

The second feature in today’s GNTG describes when the name Christians first came into use. This I did not know. Who says that you can’t learn something by going to the movies?! 

Room to Chat: Look for the good (God) today.

Truth – Good News for April 28

28 04 2009

Acts 7:51-60

Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes, “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always oppose the Holy Spirit; you are just like your ancestors. Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute? They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become. You received the law as transmitted by angels, but you did not observe it.”

When they heard this, they were infuriated, and they ground their teeth at him. But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and Stephen said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

But they cried out in a loud voice, covered their ears, and rushed upon him together. They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. The witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul. As they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them”; and when he said this, he fell asleep.

The Daily Path: How many times do we cover our ears to hide from the truth? And more egregiously… how often do we kill the messenger who shines light on the darkness in our life?

Room to Chat: When the Devil jumps you in the alley of your life, don’t mess around. Cry out to Christ for help.