Today’s Verse

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Romans 1:16

Thursday, August 11

In the mid 1800’s, a group of prospectors set out from Bannock, Montana in search of gold. Facing severe hardships, several of them died during the expedition. They were attacked by hostile Indians who stole all their horses and warned them if they returned to their country again they would all be killed. Defeated, discouraged and downtrodden, they slowly made their way on foot back to Bannock. One evening as they camped by a stream, one prospector found a gold nugget worth $12. The next day they all panned the stream and found $50 in gold. As they hiked back to Bannock for supplies, they made a solemn vow to tell no one of their find. However, when they headed back to mine their claim, some 300 men followed them. Who had told the good news? No one! The prospectors’ beaming faces had betrayed their secret!

The greatest discovery anyone can ever make is not gold in a stream but salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ. When you think of the fact that Jesus died for your sins, was buried and rose again in victory, securing forgiveness, peace and a home in heaven, does it cause you to smile? Does your faith show on your face? How is your attitude concerning the gospel? Do you really believe it? Do you believe the gospel, that the good news changes lives? Do you really believe Jesus is the only way to heaven? 

The apostle Paul believed the gospel so strongly that it not only showed on his face, it consumed his thoughts and filled every conversation. He believed so strongly in the message of the cross that it became the utmost priority in his life. He dedicated himself to sharing the good news with any and every one. Do you share the good news? It is an awesome privilege to do so. Does it show on your face?

Weekly Memory Verse

We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

II Corinthians 5:20

"Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company."
- George Washington

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