Read Romans 10:8b-13

        “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.  The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.”
       For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him.  For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
from Rev. David Chafin, Deputy Regional Minister:

            The heart of the faith lies in the resurrection of Jesus, and the propelling passion of our mission lies in the assurance that the gift of resurrection living is available to all. 

            Dare we ask ourselves, as we examine our own lives, who it is that we might prefer not receive this new and living faith?  How will we incorporate those who seem foreign to us into the life of the church? Are there limits to our version of this proclamation of the gospel that Paul’s letter would not allow?

If I have failed to see your good news as good news for my neighbor,
O God, help me to know it, and by your grace to deal with it faithfully.
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