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Friday, April 21, 2017

Shoes: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry


            Shoes


            Different shoes for

            different days

            each has a purpose

            each to keep walking

            for whatever is necessary

            for destination

            multiple ways

            multiple preparation

            proclaim gospel of peace

            proclaim hope

            just choose whatever works


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            just choose to wear them.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Reflection Proclaim: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry



Reflection Questions


1.     What defines “peace” to you? External or internal or both? What does it look like?

2.     What person in your life do you consider a peacemaker? In what ways do their actions or attitudes confirm that quality?

3.     Where are you struggling to live in gospel peace right now?


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Share: What possible “shoes” could help you share gospel peace this week?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Proclaim: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Ephesians 6:15

“As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.”


“Whatever” in today’s slang tends to mean “who cares” as in a true disinterest for a topic, or to hide a curiosity behind a personae of indifference.

Yet “whatever” in scripture builds from a foundation of commitment, opportunity, and promises.

“How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who bring good news,” says the prophet Isaiah (52:7), “who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, And says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’”

We love good news. We cherish those who bring it to us and we hurry to pass it along to others we care about. What about those God cares about? How do we share His peace that is beyond our own understanding? Real peace. Not an external standoff but an internal reality that can holds on.

Soft slippers, spiked heels, metal boots, strong hiking shoes, playful sneakers, or vulnerable bare feet to walk and run alongside with words of hope and peace and restoration. By whatever means of communication: silent or verbal.

Music, scripture, prayers, art, dance, sports. Whatever means of  sharing God’s presence here and now and forever.

Lord, help us to proclaim Your gospel of peace Your way.


Psalm of Worship: Isaiah 55:9


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“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Friday, April 14, 2017

Held: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry



           Held


            Belt attaches us

            to truth

            holding us firm

            from falling away

            trusting His thoughts

            breastplate our covering

            soaked in grace

            wrapped in protection

            from lies


            trusting His path.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Reflection Fasten: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry



Reflection Questions


1.     In what situations have you ever had difficulty standing for truth? Why?

2.     In what situations have you ever had to keep the truth hidden? Why?

3.     Why do you think righteousness does provide a covering for us, especially when we have seen its misuse?

4.      Have you seen God’s truth twisted into lies? How and why?


Share: What has given you strength to stand for truth in your life?


Monday, April 10, 2017

Fasten: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Ephesians 6:14

“Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness.”

Have you ever had difficult discerning what is truth? Or how to process it?

When the Israelites faced Goliath they saw the truth of his power—his size, his strength, his victories, and knew without a doubt that he could not be defeated. And they were right.

David too acknowledged the ineffectiveness of human armor to battle Goliath, and removed the protection that Saul had given him. But David’s truth went beyond human capability and instead he looked solely to the Lord’s power and truth. And used the wisdom God gave him to be victorious.

The apostle Paul counsels Timothy to warn his listeners not to “wrangle about words, which is useless.” He advised that wordly and empty chatter would spread and lead to ungodliness. Instead, Paul says, be diligent, …. “handling accurately  the word of truth.”

God’s truth which goes far deeper and powerful.  Unshakeable. Unbreakable.

Honest. Sincere. Whole. Timeless.

That is the truth we can fasten to and know is trustworthy.

Lord, please give us Your truth as our breath, and Your righteousness as our covering.


Psalm of Worship: Isaiah 55:8

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.”


Friday, April 7, 2017

Take: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry


           Take


            Take up the armor

            gift of ability

            to withstand by

            grace’s protective one

            trusted and proven

            given as a choice

            to each individual

            God’s abundant pardon


            timeless invitation.
 
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