Just Good News

September 30, 2019
by Joel Jongkind

One of our local churches is in a high pedestrian traffic area, just off the main street, next to the post office and close to the library. In front of the church, there is an electronic sign which has a slogan on it, as well as the time of worship and some other worship and program-related information. At the beginning of August, the eye-catching slogan was, "No Fake News Here" and then the sign changed to say, "Just Good News".

These days, news comes into our homes at the touch of a button. There are so many conflicting stories and opinions that we quite often don't know what to believe. The words "fake news" are often mentioned, meant to convince us that we should not believe everything that we are told.

We are living in strange times, for sure. We hear of uprisings and demonstrations, missile tests and threatened retaliation, financial insecurity and global trade wars. There is gun violence in diverse places in Canada and mass murders in the USA. Millions of people are living in refugee camps and hundreds of thousands are starving to death. What we see and hear might be exaggerated to some extent — it is hard to tell. Certainly, for us ordinary folk, it is hard to understand and comprehend what is going on in the world at the present time.

At the time of John the Baptist, it was a confusing period in Israel as well. The country was occupied by the Romans, there were high taxes, and people were searching for peace in their hearts. Some of the tax collectors and soldiers came to listen to John as he called for repentance and prepared the way for Jesus. He certainly did not mince any words.

Luke 3:7 – John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?" (NIV)

John even criticized Herod for marrying Herodias, his brother Phillip's wife, but his words caused him to be arrested, incarcerated, and executed. Jesus, too, was quick to point out that things were not good:

Mark 1:14-15 – After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. "The time has come" he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" (NIV)

Think about it: There are so many people who need to hear the good news of Jesus, how He came to teach and to preach, to heal and to bring comfort, and how He died to forgive all who believe in Him as Saviour and Lord. How can we bring this good news to so many who need to hear it? It remains as such a huge task. We need to pray fervently:

Luke 10:2 – The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (NIV)

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we pray that You would speak to the hearts of the leaders who have the ability to change the bad news, that they would listen and act according to Your will. We ask that you would send more labourers into the harvest fields, for they are white for harvest. We ask it in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Joel Jongkind <austria67@bmts.com>
Meaford, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    May it be so, Joel.


    Thanks, Joel. Good news, indeed!


    Thank you for “Just Good News,” Joel. It’s precious.
    Keep writing and speaking for Jesus ‘sake.


    Amen, Joel, prayer is our best option for action. Thanks for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.


    Thank you, Joel, for pointing at John the Baptist this morning, reminding us again of how far-reaching the gospel goes!


    Greetings Joel,
    Thanks for writing another very good devotional. Yes, there is a lot of GOOD NEWS needed in our world at this time and we must be mindful to help spread the GOOD NEWS of our Lord and Saviour.
    Many blessings to you for your good words,
    (B.C.)


    Well said, Joel. My husband and I wish that Nancy Pelosi would just be quiet, and our President would quit tweeting. Think there is any chance that either of those things would happen? I doubt it. As your devotional points out, we must continue to broadcast the good news and pray.
    Thanks for the devotional, Joel.


    Good morning Joel;
    We are reading your daily devotional in a “fisherman’s cottage” in a historic village on the North Sea during a visit to Scotland. This is the longest I have been in Scotland since I left it when I was a boy. It has been our best visit of the many times we have been here, We are privileged to spend time with several aging and ailing relatives, while at the same time we lament but treasure the memories of those who are now with the Lord.
    Your message this morning is particularly relevant. In the midst of political and financial turmoil as well as wars everywhere, your message of “good news” is welcomed and should be spread throughout the world. Your devotion to this mission is inspirational and appreciated.


    Another great devotional, Joel. Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings.


    Amen Joel.
    Blessings.

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