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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 15, 2021

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THURSDAY, April 15                    [Damien and Marianne Cope]

Luke 3:7a John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers!”

John the Baptist insulted those who came to hear him preach. This is not a recommended strategy in church growth books. And yet great crowds went into the desert to listen to this wild preacher. What could have attracted them? I think people know when they hear the truth. Back then, as now, straight-up truth is a rare commodity. When we hear it, we should listen attentively.

John told people they needed to repent. Repentance is one of those church words we sometimes gloss over. It means to turn to a new direction, turn over a new leaf, get a fresh start. John told his listeners what is still profoundly true. We are all messed up, and continuing in our current wrong direction won’t fix that. But by God’s grace, we can start over. We can choose to follow Jesus and live a life basking in his mercy and love. Our transformed lives will bear fruit, as we begin to show forth justice, compassion, grace, and peace.

MOVING FORWARD: Who speaks truth that is hard to hear? Thank that person—and listen to them!

PRAY for the Diocese of Birmingham (England)

Ps 18:1-20 * 18:21-50 | Daniel 2:31-49 | 1 John 2:18-29 | Luke 3:1-14



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