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We Need Good News

The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones.

Proverbs 15:30

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All too often we feel the buzz of a smartphone and see our news feed light up the screen—another shooting, another natural disaster, another crisis. We also see the lavish lifestyles of so many people on social media chasing another adventure, another lover, another outfit. Then we go to the coffee shops and sit with our friends. We use buzzwords like shame, trauma, and abuse. We self-medicate with sex, fame, and food. We look for rescuing from our books, our celebrities, and our vacations. The whirring chaos of false security and empty promises takes its toll, and we keep hitting refresh waiting for tweets and grams to tell us something good. We need something to cut through the noise, something to refresh the soul, something to bring hope to a world marked by despair. We need good news.

A Big Enough Gospel

Complain about Uber Eats forgetting your Mexican Coke or dressing on the side, and you know to brace yourself for the snarky “first world problems” rebuttal from a frenemy. While your missing tahini-garlic dressing should not register as a big problem on a human level, these interactions leave us wondering if our problems matter in the face of global epidemics we see on our news feeds. Does it matter that I am heartbroken about my singleness when babies go to bed hungry? Does it matter that I struggle with depression and anxiety when refugees wander this planet looking for a home? Does it matter that I am addicted to my smartphone when women and children endure sex trafficking in staggering numbers? What if God is compassionate and big enough to care for every person hurting? What if God’s gospel is big enough to comfort the lonely, set the captives free, minister to us in our despair, and mobilize a generation to push back against the evil we see in our world? Is the gospel big enough for all of this?

the gospel everyday

The gospel of God—the good news that the kingdom of God has been inaugurated by Jesus— means good news for the world. Rather than thinking of the gospel as a one-time event in the life of the believer, we recognize that the gospel is a worldwide proclamation that Jesus has come to deliver us from our sin, comfort us, strengthen us, and mobilize the cavalry to go into the world “gospel-ing” it through word and deed. The gospel bears witness that we live in a kingdom, we belong to a king, and we have faith, hope and love at our disposal for every moment—big or small.

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How can the gospel—the good news of the kingdom of God—be a way for you to bring hope, joy, and peace in your own life and in the lives of others?

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Simply by living as a disciple of God and allowing Him to work through you is something I focus on daily. I can share the good news with others, but if I don’t live it and share the good news by being an example, I am not being true to God.

It may be hard now but Jesus overcame it all. We have hope that in the end he will restore all things new. We have eternity with him

The gospel is truth and it’s so good. When we have problems – any problem, we seek a solution. The gospel is the answer to every problem. When we remember that our hope is in Christ alone, this world seems far less scary. I think the gospel has a way of magnifying Christ and minimizing everything else. I love that.

There is no greater joy no greater peace and no greater wisdom and hope than the gospel. When the foundations are crumbling the gospel is the rock on which we stand. When the war is raging the gospel is the armor that we bear. The gospel allows me to have joy in the midst of sorrow, Hope in hopelessness. It is my refuge my rock, my fortress that protects me from the world around. How could I not long for that myself and for others!

For me I grew up in such darkness.. Love to me meant pain, it meant betrayal, it meant endless rounds of guilt and abuse of which there was no hope of ever breaking free from. There was no peace in my life.. only endless rounds of drama and dysfunction. I never knew joy, real joy, because all i knew was living the lie and keeping the smile on my face. I grew up in church hearing the story of Jesus and God but i never knew it was meant for me. I was like the Samaritan woman at the well.. When I was recovering from my mental break that almost took my life, I was reintroduced to Jesus and it was life changing! It did not happen overnight.. it was a LONG slow process but the result was that God broke through my walls, met me where I was hiding at in my soul and brought me joy, peace, love, hope.. so much hope that at times it was overwhelming! I have never been the same since!

We alll need the good news of the gospel every day. We need it to fill us up, to give us this day our daily bread. Without the gospel there is no hope, joy or peace in my life, only chaos.

The Gospel is the only sure thing to cling to, and that’s especially evident right now when none of us have the control we thought we had before the virus. I’ve been clamoring to take care of my family, shift to homeschooling, keep up with cleaning my home, be available for Zoom calls, etc., and today is the day to start going back to the basics. The routine will look different, but I’m going to spend time in His Word, listening for His still voice, daily. It’s essential. The only way I can bring hope, joy and peace into the lives of others is if I’m relying completely on the Gospel.

With the virus in the world right now I need hope, joy, and peace so much right now in my life and the life of my little family. The gospel is good news and good news is what we all need more than ever right now. I can bring encouragment to myself and my family during this extremely scary time and uncertain time. I can make sure that Jesus gets to speak to me first thing in the morning before the noise of the day engulfs me. I can than live my life to refect Christ to others to know that he will give me the hope, joy, and peace that I so desperately need.

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