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Romans 1:1-7
Psalm 98
Luke 11:29-32

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living to proclaim the gospel

"Through Him we have been favored with apostleship, that we may spread His name." —Romans 1:5

Paul, "set apart to proclaim the gospel of God" (Rm 1:1), wrote to the Romans to prepare them to be a home-base for future evangelism in Spain (Rm 15:24, 28). Paul was always thinking of reaching more people for Christ. He would use a courtroom as a forum for preaching the gospel (Acts 26:1ff). He even stopped to convert the jailer during a jailbreak (Acts 16:28ff). Paul repeatedly risked his life to preach the gospel (2 Cor 11:23). He was single-hearted; evangelism was the only thing on his mind. He would pay any price to win to Christ as many as possible (1 Cor 9:19).

We have six more weeks left in the Church year. In the last forty-six weeks, how many people have we tried to lead to the Lord? The fields are ripe for a great harvest (Jn 4:35), but the workers are still few (Mt 9:37). If we're not evangelizing, are we evangelized? Let's repent of not sharing the gospel and make the rest of this year the greatest evangelistic drive of our lives.

Prayer:  Father, give me a new Pentecost that leads to a new evangelization.

Promise:  "She came from the farthest corner of the world to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, but you have a greater than Solomon here." —Lk 11:31

Praise:  George, a professional athlete, does not hide his faith in Jesus Christ and has been a great public witness for his faith.

Reference:  (Proclaim the gospel better by reading the Bible every day. We have several tape series to help you. Overview of the Bible is six audio tapes starting with AV 10A-1 or three video tapes starting with V-10A. 15-minute Bible Teaching - New Testament is forty audio tapes starting with #700. An Introduction to each Book of the Bible is 32 audio tapes starting with AV 21-1 or 17 video tapes starting with V-21.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 21, 2005

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