Good Morning July 27

Paul went into the city of Athens, a city filled with idols to various gods. He, of course, was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. The philosophers were debating with him, because they said, “You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears.”(Acts 17:20) Ah! “Strange ideas to our ears,” that has always been the case with the preaching of Jesus. We are a nation of many Christians, but Jesus’ ideas still sound strange. You mean we are really supposed to love our enemies, and pray for those who hurt us? And what about being last? That is no way to make it in this world! And washing somebody’s feet! Who does that? And marriage fidelity, and no lustful thoughts, no lying, and …… Often strange ideas to our ears, even within the church walls. Strange on not, Jesus was serious, and He gave His life to make it possible for us. In this pagan, idol filled world, Jesus has loved us with an everlasting love, and calls us to love other in the same way. Strange in this world? Yes! But it is the good news we preach with our lives.

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