Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 4:17b)

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Gift:  Fortitude (Courage) – With the gift of courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risk as a follower of Jesus. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or even physical harm and death.  

Reading:  We belong to God, and anyone who knows God listens to us, while anyone who does not belong to God refuses to hear us. This is how we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit.  (1 John 4:6)

Observation:  As I was reading this morning, I realized that if we continue to share the Good News to everyone we meet, we will know the deceitful ones by those who refuse to hear us.  I would like to say that I don’t plan on finding anyone like that in our church, but the truth is I think a few people in the church would unfortunately refuse to hear it, because they have subscribed to the philosophies of this world.

Personification:  Faithfulness  I am hearing the call to display the fruit of faithfulness by continuing to share the good news, no matter what the audience looks like, if for no other reason than to see who refuses to hear it.

Prayer:  Lord, give me the fortitude and courage to share the good news with anyone I meet and the wisdom to understand the reaction of the faithful ones who hear it.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit.  Amen. 

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