A world of peoples, cultures, languages,
Lies beyond my small horizon,
Across oceans, over mountains,
Around the corner from my house.
My little circle draws a line
To neatly hold my loved ones in,
Define those I consider mine,
Exclude who isn’t my kith and kin.
To others the kingdom’s door is shut,
My comfort rules, I can’t be bothered,
In my own clan my treasure’s put —
The gospel? By someone else be offered.
This article was written in simple English for an international magazine. We’d like to share it here with you.
Only one God exists. There are not many gods. The one true God created the entire universe. He himself is not created, but he created all things. All other things that are called gods are nothing but idols created by man. Human beings should not worship things they have created.
The one God has revealed himself to mankind. He gave his favorite creature free will. This is the ability to choose between different options and to act according to his choices. The first two people created were Adam and Eve. They chose to disobey God. This choice brought death to them and to all mankind as a result.
Today, no one lives according to God’s will. This is sin. Sin is rebellion against God. Sin separates us from God. We need someone to restore us to God’s glorious presence. Continue reading
Just as in the entire world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, so it has also been bearing fruit and growing among you from the first day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, Col 1.6.
The gospel speaks of Jesus. It is content and communication, the power of God for salvation, “the message of truth” v. 5. As communication, the Good News must be heard and understood. Anyone can communicate it. The Colossians learned it from Epaphras, v. 7. One need not be an apostle to transmit it.
On the lips of many disciples, the Good News bears fruit and grows. It is not limited in its extent nor in its location. It does not depend upon huge financial resources nor upon eloquent preachers. It does depend upon everyone speaking and many hearing. Continue reading
To teach ten thousand times the truth —
Simple and sound — is never a burden.
No word is wonderful like the gospel,
That offer of pardon under the Cross.
What freedom of speech, afraid of none,
Assured of God’s protecting hand!
Have you an ear to hear the news?
Come know the Lord, our God of love!
God is good and gives us good news. Jesus did not come to condemn (for the world was condemned because of its sin) but to save. God unites, reconciles, redeems, transforms, empowers, entrusts, sends, and gives purpose and meaning to man. God is the great Giver. Praise and glory belong to him!
God cares for all living things on earth. That which he created, he cares for. He feeds the animals and blesses man with his material needs.
You open your hand,
and fill every living thing with the food they desire.
Psa 145.16 NET
In the same way that God opens his hand to satisfy the desires of his creatures, he wants you, as a son or daughter of his, to open your hand in order to satisfy the eternal desire of all people.
For in your hand is the gospel, the Good News which has the ability to satisfy the hunger of all.
Heavenly Father, help me to be generous with the gospel, as you are with your material blessings, as well as with the love you have for us in Christ, giving him freely and joyfully. May we also give not only the truth of the Good News, but our own lives as well.
This was translated from our Brazilian devotional site, Deus Conosco.
Supposedly, English author Dr. Samuel Johnson wrote, “I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.”
Note the contrast in this Bible verse with Dr. Johnson’s hatred for mankind: Continue reading
READ: “And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How timely is the arrival of those who proclaim the good news’” Rom 10.15.
THINK: God is a sending God; so is his people. The church exists to announce the gospel. To do this, it sends people, Acts 8.14; 11.22; 13.3; 15.3; Col 4.8, and offerings, Phil 4.16-18 (see Lk 8.3). The church practices hospitality as a missionary function, Rom 15.24; 16.2, 23; 1 Cor 16.6, 11; 3 Jn 8, as well as communication, Acts 15.33; Col 4.10-14; 1 Thes 3.5; Rev 1.11. It also sends help to needy brethren, Acts 11.29-30; 1 Cor 16.1-3. Continue reading
READ: “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature'” Mk 16.15.
THINK: God took the initiative to come to this world. Now, Jesus sends us to go into the whole world with the gospel, Mt 28.19. He did not send us to build buildings and invite people to come to us. He commands us to speak the truth of the gospel, which some will hear and obey, Mt 28.20; Mk 16.16. Going also applies to the initiative of making peace with a brother and correcting him, Mt 18.15, as well as going beyond what is necessary, Mt 5.41. Continue reading