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There are a lot of hard things happening around the world and in our own communities that try to rob us of God’s peace. Sickness, job loss, a family crisis—no matter what you are facing this week, God’s peace be with you, dear brothers and sisters.
“Please… please remember me after you get out. Tell Pharaoh about me—how I’ve done nothing wrong. Please!”
Joseph could see the assurance in the royal cupbearer’s eyes as he promised to help—promised to return the favor. And for the first few days after the man had been freed, Joseph had practically jumped up with excitement every time he heard someone coming down the damp stone steps of the dungeon. But those days turned to weeks, and then to months and years. It was clear that the cupbearer had forgotten him.
Have you ever done something completely unfamiliar to you? Perhaps you’ve traveled to a country you’ve never been before, moved to another city, or started a new job. Do you remember that initial feeling of unease or discomfort you felt while trying to navigate—calling a taxi, ordering unusual dishes, or finding out what your new boss expects of you?
The Pharisee called Saul gripped the satchel containing the Sanhedrin’s arrest warrant more tightly as he considered the righteous course that lay before him. The heretics known as “The Way”—those who believed that Jesus, a man from the tiny town of Nazareth, was the promised Messiah—had to be stopped before their destructive teachings could infect more Jewish minds. To Saul’s frustration, even though many had fled to Damascus after the recent crackdown throughout Jerusalem, their flight had only served to spread their blasphemous message further!
Have you ever seen an “autostereogram”? It’s a picture that initially looks like a mess of patterned colors and designs until you stare at it for a while. Gradually, a “hidden 3D image” becomes visible. Pretty neat!
Jesus discussed with His disciples His real reason for being here on Earth multiple times before His crucifixion. They never really seemed to understand completely until after He came back from the dead—then, the picture became much clearer.
Reverend Mkunga Mtingele, General Secretary of the Bible Society of Tanzania, retired at the end of December after more than twelve years of faithful service. His ministry has been in strong partnership with ours over the last couple decades, and he recently visited Faith Comes By Hearing to share his stories, thoughts, and prayers with us.
Sheep: Those fluffy farm animals seen on green hillsides, contentedly chewing grass.
Sheep are valuable in that they provide wool, meat, and milk. They also naturally herd, meaning that keeping a flock of sheep together is pretty manageable. However, when sheep feel threatened, they have one defense: huddle together and run away. The only way a shepherd can get a sheep to go where he wants is for him to gently lead it along, walking ahead of it. Eventually, the whole flock will come to know and recognize the shepherd’s voice and words.
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