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Monday, September 9, 2013

Memorial of Saint Peter Claver, Priest

“It is he whom we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. For this I labor and struggle, in accord with the exercise of his power working within me.” (Colossians 1: 28-29)

“Don’t Believe in God? Join the Club.” The billboard caught my eye on my way home from the grocery store the other day. What? Here in Sioux Falls? Did I miss something? Did I not read the sign correctly? Did I miss the point of the sign?


Well, later in the week a news story ran on television, and indeed I had read the sign correctly, and indeed a group was asking people who don’t believe in God to join them as part of their group, South Dakota Coalition of Reason.


Today’s message from Paul to the Colossians really spoke to me. As believers, we are called to go out and make disciples for Christ. Is it easy? No. Is it comfortable?  For most of us, no.


I believe that anyone who is shown the love of God and told of God’s love for us, would be hard-pressed not to believe in God. There have been many public accounts, books written and speeches given by people who tried to disprove the existence of God, only to come to realize that they couldn’t do it.


In a way, perhaps we should applaud the group that placed the billboard. Perhaps it will give all believers a gentle nudge, perhaps even a kick in the pants, to get out and make disciples for Christ. If there are people in our community who are non-believers or sitting on the fence, become their friends. Walk along beside them. Show them God’s love. Perhaps they will join our club of believers.


Heavenly Father,

Thank You for Your love and grace.

Help us to witness You to all with whom we come in contact

today and every day.

Help us show Your love to others.

In the Name of Jesus.


Dan Cook
Assistant Executive Director, Avera Foundation

COLLOSIANS 1:24–2:3 ● PSALM 62:6-7, 9 ● LUKE 6:6-11

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