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We Gotta Tell Somebody

Luke 19:40

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amHow many of our readers today enjoy a good detective/police show like me? Some of my personal favorites over the years are shows like Hill Street Blues – Dragnet – Blue Bloods – NCIS – and yes – Baretta. On these TV shows victims are often encouraged to speak out or to witness so that someone else will not have to suffer what they have suffered. Trying to keep others from being hurt is a strong argument and many times a victim will cooperate to put the bad guys behind bars.

An episode of Blue Bloods had Erin Reagan use that very approach with a young woman who had been attacked – trying to get her to testify so that others wouldn’t be attacked. Many detective shows use this approach or episode design. Speak out so that others will be protected or saved.

Today’s passage records the words of Jesus speaking about His disciples to the Pharisees – if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out. The Pharisees wanted Jesus to make His disciples keep quiet. Jesus told them – if they did keep quiet – the rocks would cry out. Are the rocks clearing their throats in our life dear readers? Here is today’s passage in partial context – of course you will recognize it as part of the Palm Sunday story. Luke 19:35-40 – 35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. 37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Continue reading

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We Need To Tell Someone About Jesus! Today!

Luke 19:40

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

112015 Ray McDonaldHow many of our readers today enjoy a good detective/police show like me? Some of my personal favorites over the years are shows like Hill Street BluesDragnetBlue BloodsNCIS – and Baretta. On these TV shows victims are often encouraged to speak out or to witness so that someone else will not have to suffer what they have suffered. Trying to keep others from being hurt is a strong argument and many times a victim will cooperate to put the bad guys behind bars.

An episode of Blue Bloods had Erin Reagan used that very approach with a young woman who had been attacked – trying to get her to testify so that others wouldn’t be attacked.  Many detective shows use this approach or episode design. Speak out so that others will be protected or saved.

Today’s passage records the words of Jesus speaking about his disciples to the Pharisees – if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out. The Pharisees wanted Jesus to make His disciples keep quiet.  Jesus told them if they did keep quiet – the rocks would cry out.  Are the rocks clearing their throats in your life dear readers?  Here is today’s passage in partial context – of course you will recognize it as part of the Palm Sunday story. Luke 19:35-40 – 35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. 37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Continue reading

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The Stones Will Cry Out

Luke 19:40

If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.

112015 Ray McDonaldMore and more people are speaking out these days about what they believe. That is usually a good thing – open and honest sharing helps – most times.  If we are a student of the internet (no laughing please) – we will read a number of articles written about subjects we may have never heard about before.  For instance – a friend posted an article about two young black boys who were arrested because a young white girl kissed them on the cheek.  You can read the article here – it is called The Kissing Case.  They were arrested and beaten and imprisoned.  It impacted their whole lives.  It happened – not in 1776 or 1832 – but in 1958.  Such injustices need to be exposed and in order for healing to take place.

I’ve been asked to share a class on the church and the use of Social Media tomorrow at the Southern Region’s Leadership Days.  The article on the Kissing Case is an example of how Social Media can tell stories that the regular media may or may not have told (or in a different light).  It is a horrific story to read – it brought tears to my eyes.

On Social media people are speaking out about racism in light of the black on white and white on black – police and civilian activities of late. I hear and read more people speaking about their faith these days – on Social Media – and that is certainly a good thing.  Do we speak out about what we believe or do we sit back and remain silent?  Social Media allows us the opportunity to be heard when society often tries to quiet some voices. Continue reading

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Will We Cry Out or Will We Let the Rocks Cry for Us?

Luke 19:40

If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.

Pic of Ray 11302014More and more people are speaking out these days for what they believe. That is usually a good thing. I hear more people saying Merry Christmas for instance – in the face of a social push for Happy Holidays to be more politically correct. On Social media people are speaking out about racism in light of the black on white and white on black – police and civilian activities of late. I hear and read more people speaking about their faith – and that is certainly a good thing.  Do we speak out about what we believe or do we sit back and remain silent?

If we do not speak out for what we believe – who will speak out for us? I may not always agree with what people say – but I love that people will speak out for what they believe.  So who will speak out?  Jesus said if people will not speak out about Him and the truth – the rocks will cry out. Continue reading

December 8, 2014 Posted by | Advent Thought, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , | Leave a comment

Who Will Speak Out?

Luke 19:40

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

RevRayHow many of our readers today enjoy a good detective show like me? Some of my personal favorites over the years are shows like Hill Street BluesDragnetBlue Bloods – and Baretta. On these TV shows victims are often encouraged to speak out or to witness so that someone else will not have to suffer what they have suffered. Trying to keep others from being hurt is a strong argument and many times a victim will cooperate to put the bad guys behind bars. A recent episode of Blue Bloods had Erin Reagan using that very approach with a young woman who had been attacked – trying to get her to testify so that others wouldn’t be attacked. Continue reading

April 9, 2013 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Outreach, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

   

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