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LOVE LETTERS|DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR SINGLES|DAY 62

Scripture for Today

Mark 16:15 Then he said, "Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God's good news to one and all.(Msg)

Being prophetic in leadership and preaching is challenging but it can also be transforming. Take the case of the once racially segregated churches in South Carolina, USA. One of the Baptist Churches there appointed a new preacher, who though very uneducated, understood the gospel. Most pastors would recoil at his preaching method.  For his first sermon he simply flipped the bible open and started preaching the words his finger landed on, Paul’s words to the Galatians that in Christ there is no Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. In 1950’s southern USA where churches were racially segregated the application was obvious, at least to the preacher. There shouldn’t be black churches and white churches, there should just be churches made up of black and white.

The deacons weren’t so appreciative of this message and demanded that their new preacher preach something different! The preacher did do something different – he fired the deacons and kept on preaching his message of racial unity. Many people left the church. His already small congregation became even smaller, dwindling to just four people. But then it started to grow, bit by bit, until it included people of all races.  One congregation member was a lecturer in English Literature at the university of Southern Carolina who would drive 70 miles to listen to this uneducated preacher. His reason? “Because that mean preaches the gospel.”

The gospel of good news is an interesting topic to people who are eager to know more of God. But to the perishing its bitter and a hurtful one. As young Christians we should work hard not to fit into status quo and make a difference where ever we find ourselves.

Prayer: Father, help me preach the message of good news today.

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