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June 21, 2017

June 21, 2017

Today in History
On this day in 1788 – New Hampshire becomes the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land.

Today in the Word
Acts 28:25 NLT
And after they [Jewish leaders in Rome] had argued back and forth among themselves, they left with this final word from Paul: “The Holy Spirit was right when he said to your ancestors through Isaiah the prophet …”

Today’s Reflection
Jewish leaders in Rome come to visit Paul while he is under house arrest. He shares the good news of Jesus with them. Some believe this message, but some reject it. This situation leads to disagreements among the leaders. But it convinces Paul even more of the need to share the good news of Jesus with all people because many will listen, even if most of Jesus’ own people won’t. The Holy Spirit had been working all along through history, using prophets to tell about God’s plan to reach all people. Now, just as Jesus had promised (Acts 1:8), the Spirit has propelled Jesus’ followers to share the message with many nations, and many people were responding. When we serve the Lord, we are not working alone or in isolation. We are working as part of a plan going back before the creation of the world to bring God’s children back to him (Ephesians 1:4-5; 1 Peter 1:20). Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to catch us up in this work of grace as well!

Today’s Prayer
Father God, move us through your Holy Spirit to carry on the mission of the early disciples — to share the good news of Jesus with all people. Empower us, fill us with passion, give us courage, and please grant us success as we seek to share your good news with people all over the world. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

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