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A Word of Encouragement

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Memorial of Saint Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr

“When they heard this, they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death.” (ACTS 5:33)

Most days are filled with noise, most of which just flies past us. News broadcasts surround us. Much of it is not good news or even worthy of being repeated or long remembered!

What is told in this passage had to be scary news for Peter and the Apostles. They were told to stop teaching, but they didn’t. They turned right around and “filled Jerusalem” with their teaching. In fact they went a step further and put the blame for Jesus’ death on these very powerful men, the Sanhedrin.

Given all of that history and the reality of their situation, I’m doubtful that Peter and the Apostles were actually speaking to the Sanhedrin. They surely knew that their message was just going to be so much more noise and not likely to change the thinking of these leaders. They were really speaking to each other — sharing why they were continuing in their work to spread the story of their risen Lord.  Their work together had been intense and very stressful. These men who had been chosen to share the message of repentance and forgiveness had to hear the message again in order to share it others.

What about yesterday? Was there a time in your workday or at home with friends that was actually an opportunity to encourage each other — even in work that you share? Today?   Did someone you often spend time with need to hear the Good News today in the middle of the noise of our everyday challenges?


Empowering God,

thank You for giving us each other in this journey.

Teach us to recognize and understand the needs of those around us.

Give us the courage and the best ways in which to share the good news

of Your love and forgiveness each day.

Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Kathy Callies
Grant Writer II, Avera Rural Health Institute

ACTS 5:27-33 ● PSALM 34:2 AND 9, 17-18, 19-20 ● JOHN 3:31-36

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