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Friday, October 29, 2021

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Romans 9:1-5
Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20
Luke 14:1-6

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mission sunday revisited

“I could even wish to be separated from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen the Israelites.” —Romans 9:3-4

What causes you “great grief and constant pain”? (Rm 9:2) Paul’s grief and pain were due to the fact that not all the Jewish people had accepted Jesus as their Messiah, Lord, and God.

Why would you make yourself a slave — even “the slave of all”? Some people make themselves slaves to alcohol, nicotine, other drugs, money, pornography, their businesses, fears, or anxieties. Paul decided to be “the slave of all so as to win over as many as possible” to Jesus (1 Cor 9:19). All that he did was “for the sake of the gospel” (1 Cor 9:23).

What are you compelled to do? What is the driving force in your life? Paul was “under compulsion” to preach the Gospel (1 Cor 9:16).

A few days ago, we celebrated World Mission Sunday. What difference has it made in your thoughts, motives, actions, and life?

Prayer:  Father, give me the faith and love to zealously share my faith in You.

Promise:  Jesus “took the man, healed him, and sent him on his way.” —Lk 14:4

Praise:  Fr. William decided in Junior College to become a missionary.

Reference:   (Our popular Married Couples Retreat is Nov. 19-20. Call 937-587-5464, 513-373-2397 or see presentationministries.com to register or for information.)

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