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The Browns – Tom, Ali, Crescena, Bez, & Ber
March 17, 2014 6:14 am
Published in: Uncategorized

What does it mean to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of heaven?  No, I’m not arrogant enough to think that I have the answer to that question; in fact, I pose it because it’s one with which I am wrestling.

Luke 9:2 – “And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God….”

Luke 9:60 – “…but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God….”

The Bible makes it clear that part of being a disciple of Christ is to proclaim the kingdom of God.  The hard part for me is trying to figure out what that means in each of the different circles which form the context of my life.

What does it look like when I am working with other believers?  What about with people who know about Jesus but don’t believe, or those who’ve not even heard His name?  How about with my relatives, my friends, my wife, my daughter?

Something we’ve been learning as we talk with other missionaries and read the Bible is that a big part of proclaiming God’s kingdom involves sharing the stories of what He has done.  History is full of situations where http://www.thewritersworkshop.net/classes_fiction.htmGod dramatically, and sometimes not so dramatically, revealed Himself to humans.  Some of these stories can be read in the Bible, others in history books or biographies, and some can be told from personal experience.

One of the things that we have decided to do as a family is to record these stories.  We recognize that just like the people of Israel, we easily forget what God has done for us and for His people throughout the ages.   I expect to see God do a lot in my lifetime, and I know there is no way I’ll remember it all.  Not only this, but we want our children to grown up in a culture of remembrance of God’s many characteristics that are shown in each move that He does in our lives.  We want them to understand the good news of the kingdom of God.

For us, we decided that the best way to record these stories is in a book that we keep in our living room.  It’s really more of a binder that zips closed and has a stack of sheet protectors inside that are slowly filling with stories.  Sometimes it’s a handwritten account, sometimes a printed email that tells the story, or a picture; anything that will communicate a way that we have seen God at work in our lives.

Confession time – I’m not very good at taking the time to write these things down.  I don’t always remember them when an opportunity presents itself to write them and I am easily sidetracked into other projects.  I guess that is all part of why this is important to me.  The book is woefully short of all the things that should be in it, but every story written is one more we won’t forget.

We hope that this book will fill and that we, our children, other visitors to our living room, and perhaps even a few generations down the line will be encouraged to hold faith in a God who is always faithful.  We hope that as we read and share these stories, the good news that the kingdom of heaven has come to earth will be proclaimed in yet one more small way.

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