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The Case for the Psalms:Why they are Essential - N.T.Wright

Journey to the Common Good - Walter Brueggemann

Gagging Jesus: Things Jesus said we wish he hadn't - Phil Moore

Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God - Bob Kauflin

The Writings of the New Testament : An Interpretation - Luke Timothy Johnson

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Home DAILY DEVOTIONS Daily Devotions Give me the Good News!
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Written by Grant Nuss   
Friday, 24 February 2017 14:55

Psalm 112:7; “He is not afraid of bad news. His heart is steady and he trusts in the LORD.

"Is today a good day with bad things or a bad day with good things? It doesn't matter! God's goodness is in it" (Terry Modica). Sally and I have been blessed with amazing customers who have become great and close friends over the years. One thing we do, whenever we deliver to Malmesbury as we did today, we do so together because of that fact and, also, we treat ourselves to lunch in this wonderful little town founded in the early 1700’s! As always, we chat to the folk in the outlets about a host of things, and, this morning, the protest in Pretoria was raised by one of our friends. Bad news. Now, as followers of Christ we have no reason to be afraid of the arrival of bad news as the psalmist illustrates in our text today. The never-ending stream of negative and depressing news is everywhere, arguably, in some places, imore prevalent than others. Of course, this is not a new phenomenon. Even a casual glance at history will show in part that, what we call bad news today, is really rather tame when compared to what went down at points then. None different to many of the biblical heroes in Scripture. But here’s the reality of it all: fear, negativity, man’s inhumanity to man, despair, and anxiety do not have the final word when God is involved. Let’s unpack our verse for today in context starting with the word ‘heart’. Now, in Hebrew poems, heart means ‘mind’ which, as we know, is the part of us that thinks. So, a heart that is ‘steady’ is one that does not change, it is, in other words, unchangeable. As with what might be considered bad news for you today, a heart/mind that does not change, doesn't, all of a sudden, start believing or thinking something different when bad news comes around. Why? Well, because those of us who trust in the Lord, know that He can see more out of His window than we can see out of ours, that He is in control and into the details, and, finally, He will give us help when we need it. R.C. Sproul quite rightly states that; “The Gospel is only Good News when we understand the Bad News.” South African singer Crocodile Harris’s ‘Good news’ ballad was a number one hit in South Africa in the early 80’s with its anti-war and violence lyrics, and, is as poignant today as it ever was. This song was also played at a church service in London to mark the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 terrorist suicide bomb attack on the city’s transport system. Give me the Good News! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK3XavAK7Oo

 

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