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Friday, July 21, 2017

Ambassadors: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry


            To become the righteousness

            of God, a concept beyond


            Yet the promise is given

            to be shared with


            No one exempt from

            offer of reconciliation


            Speak out in faith

            act sincerely as


            To become reconciled forever.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Entrust: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1.     What promise did you ever receive from another that changed your life?

2.     What promise(s) has the Lord given you that changed your life?

3.     Do you truly believe that no one is exempt from God’s offer of grace? Why or why not?

4.     What might being a one-to-one ambassador look like for you personally?

Share: How will you share His gift of reconciliation today?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Entrust: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: 2 Corinthians 5: 20-21

“So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

So far beyond our comprehension! Not only the initial gift of His grace and mercy to each of us individually, but then to add us as messengers. Of life shattering hope. To others.

So far beyond and removed from our present state. Wherever we are on our own journey there are very few who have reached the finished line on this side of heaven. With each faith ‘victory’ comes another struggle. We can see clearly His hand behind us, and presently holding us, but the fog before us often distorts our view. How can we who still need constant faith be ambassadors?

Especially because it’s not about us. Or our capability. Or even our own faith. It’s His words—His invitation—His mercy.

Entreat means to ask earnestly or anxiously. It is important. We are quick to share news of the day, an interesting book, a humorous encounter, or anger at an injustice. Why do we hesitant to entreat with salvation hope?

Entrust. Have you ever been given something valuable to protect or to deliver? A special surprise? A person? There is an inward glow of anticipation as we carry out the plan or the day. We love being able to participate and bring a message of joy.

Lord, please give us Your courage to share Your grace of reconciliation in all areas of our lives so that Your light will shine through our darkness. Shape and mold us to be Your faithful ambassadors of words and vision and care. With and without our knowledge.

Psalm of Worship: 1 John 1:9-10

“If we confess our sins he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

Friday, July 14, 2017

Entrusted: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry


            A new creation

            fresh each morning

            as a sunrise spreads

            light to cover the dark

            a newborn heart,

            soul with reconciliation,

            a gift from God to

            share and minister towards

            all still in chains

            message entrusted to give away.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Reflection Reconciliation: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1.     Do you feel like every day is a clean slate? Why or why not?

2.     In what ways do we not embrace everything as new?

3.     What barriers do we raise against reconciliation with the Lord? With others?

Share: What word from the Lord is fresh to you this morning?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Reconciliation: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:17-19

“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; …. and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.”

One of the joys of being around babies is to watch their curiosity as they inhale new experiences every day. Their surprise and joy, and sometimes startled fear, helps us to see and hear from a different perspective too.

What new perception would impact us every day if we recognized and accepted reconciliation as a reality? If we are willing to understand each other and mend broken communication? If we based all our reconciliation on God’s truth and not our own versions?

Like any ministry, reconciliation is not an easy choice and may have many difficult roads to navigate to get beyond past hurts, misunderstandings, and the uncertainty of what comes next.

Yet, when grounded in mutual commitment, each day is a fresh beginning grounded in love and grace and mercy. Like a sunrise it breathes beauty.

Lord, please help us to let go the pain of the past and the worry of the future and instead live each day as a new beginning. Give us Your strength to choose reconciliation to you and to others.

Psalm of Worship: 1 John 1:8

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”

Friday, July 7, 2017

Clay: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry


            In His mercy

            we are gifted

            with His light

            truth, hope

            delivered daily

            despite our weakness.

            In clay jars

            we proclaim

            who is Lord and Savior

            knowledge of His glory

            ministry heart to heart

            mending broken lives.

            In His power.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Reflection Earthen: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1.     How has the Lord used a person’s brokenness to show you His mercy?

2.     How has the Lord used your brokenness to give hope to someone else?

3.     In what ways would you like to be shaped and molded to proclaim His light more?

4.     In what ways is it a relief to remember it is His power that changes lives and not our competence or lack of?

Share: What word of hope did you receive this week?

Monday, July 3, 2017

Earthen: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: 2 Corinthians 4: 1-7

“Therefore since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. …. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. …. ‘Let the light shine out of darkness.’… But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.”

“Does not come from us.”

How often do we forget that aspect of ministry, especially when we are trying so hard to be faithful and see results? Whether in designated positions or ordinary day to day sharing we often begin to think success or failure is all on our shoulders and reputation.

When it might really should be based on just how broken we are and if we willing to share from our emptiness. Are we willing to be cracked pots? Are we willing to be identified as cracked pots?

I read a devotional years ago from a potter sharing how her clay pots often sat on shelves waiting for the next stage and when the sun shown through the windows she could see the cuts and scraps, defects and holes more clearly. And those flaws gave her insight as to how they could be finished—what shape—what purpose—what use.

Or some needed to be melted down to begin again.

The prophet Isaiah reminds us, “We are the clay, and Thou our potter; And all of us are the work of Thy hand.” Isaiah 64: 8 NAS

Lord, thank you for Your mercy that shapes and molds us by Your Spirit. And then gives us Your grace words to share with others. And thank you for keeping us as clay so that we do not presume to touch Your holy power.

Psalm of Worship: 1 John 1:7

“But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”

Friday, June 30, 2017

Word: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry


            By His name.

            Word spoken

            shared, confirmed.

            By His presence.

            Walking alongside in

            signs and power.

            By His authority.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Reflection Confirm: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1.     Do you think the Lord gives signs today as He did then? Why or why not?

2.     What might be a sign to today’s culture that would have meant nothing in the past?

3.     How can we identify and confirm His signs as individuals and as worship communities?

Share: Have you ever experienced a sign that could not be mistaken?

Monday, June 26, 2017

Confirm: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Mark 16:17-20

“And theses signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will….And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it.”

His name. His presence. His authority.

How often do we forget that sharing the good news with life changing power depends on His foundation and not ours?

Too often we concentrate on the how to share, what words to share, when to share and let this training ground become the criteria for accomplishment instead of recognizing them as tools we are given to bridge our diverse communication gaps.

A sign for one person may have no influence on another.

Or we may be given a word to speak that seems impossible and confusing and yet it is exactly the word that needs to be said at that moment—at that time—to only that one person.

Recently our worship community read the story of Paul and Ananias (Acts 9: 10-20) when the Lord called Ananias to go to Paul with a message. Respectfully Ananias first requested a confirmation that they were talking about the same dangerous Paul who was hunting down new believers to jail and that the Lord was the one sending him. Then with the confirmation he then went out and proclaimed the Lord’s message as given. In obedience, and in the Lord’s strength.

Lord, give us eyes to see and ears to hear when You give us Your signs to share Your message. May we speak only under Your light and follow Your Spirit’s leading keeping us faithful to Your work and not our own man-made substitutions.

In Your name—in Your presence—and only under Your authority.

Psalm of Worship: 1 John 1:6

“If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true.”


Friday, June 23, 2017

Declare: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry


            Lack of faith


            refusal to listen

            share hope

            crushes our soul

            condemns others

            from living in grace

            proclaim gospel to

            whole creation.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Reflection Unbelief: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1.     Did you resist the good news when you first heard it spoken? Why or why not?

2.     How do you define “whole creation”?

3.     Do you find yourself resistant to sharing the message at any time? Why?

4.     How do you overcome your hesitation to share? Or where do you still need faith to speak?

Share: What word to you broke through your unbelief?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Unbelief: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Mark 16:14-16

“He upbraided them for their lack of faith and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved, but the one who does not believe will be condemned.’”

In what ways does our personal lack of faith hinder not only our own lives but also those around us? Like the disciples we may believe in Jesus and yet still resist His words.

To trust them. To live them. To share them.

To a whole creation!

How? Some of us are so bold in personality that we come across like hammers and frighten listeners away as we point fingers at sin and demand immediate repentance. So are some of us so timid that we clam up our faith from honest seekers for fear of failure or embarrassment. Or so self-centered that we pick and choose to whom we will share good news.

All focused on ourselves instead of trusting in His Spirit to guide us and use us—usually in circumstances far beyond our comprehension. So that we don’t interfere with His good news given to each individually. So we don’t interfere with His light piercing the lies and darkness.

We are not all called to be ministry evangelists but we are all called to live our days in faith: ready to give an answer—ready to share—ready to pray—ready to introduce anyone to His saving grace.

Or does our own unbelief put up barriers of hardness and condemnation and selection?

Lord, please forgive our silence when we should speak and quiet our self-centered rhetoric we rehearse. Instead may our hearts be so filled with Your truth that our words and our actions live Your good news with open welcome.

Psalm of Worship: 1 John 1:5

“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.”

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