A Sweet Fragrance

God’s word has an amazing quality. It’s very nature is to spread.

In that way, it’s not unlike a bottle of perfume in a room. Once you open that bottle, the fragrance — by its very nature — will spread throughout the room.

Paul and Barnabas were going from town to town on their first missionary journey. In each town they told people about Christ, and shared the message of God’s grace with them. They spoke boldly, even when they met opposition.

They uncorked the gospel’s sweet fragrance. And in each town, people who heard the message believed in Jesus Christ as their Savior.

The word works. It worked in the days of Paul and Barnabas. And it works in our day, too.

It spreads a sweet fragrance of forgiveness into the hearts of sinners.

“The word of the Lord spread through the whole region” (Acts 13:49, NIV).

Jesus, thank you for the good news that I am forgiven of all my sins. Thank you for the message of the gospel. May that message spread, just as you have designed it to do.

Our Bible reading for Saturday, June 20, is 1 Kings 7:23 – 8:21, Acts 13:42 – 14:7 and Psalm 76:1-12.

Header image based on "Perfume" by Luciano Meirelles, CC By-SA 2.0

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I'm married to my beautiful wife Julie and have five kids whose names all begin with the letter A. I'm a pastor at CrossWalk Church in Phoenix, AZ. I love Jesus, my wife, my kids, and my grandkids. Huge Arizona Cardinals fan! Reading, hiking, camping, travel, and fishing are my top 5 downtime pleasures.

2 thoughts on “A Sweet Fragrance”

  1. Just a quick amen…really like these. Nice work and thank you man.

    Sent from my iPad
    Dr. Daniel W. Johnson
    President, Wisconsin Lutheran College

    Belief | Responsibility | Arranger | Strategic | Relator

    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11


  2. Our Bible reading for Saturday, June 20, is 1 Kings 7:23 – 8:21, Acts 13:42 – 14:7 and Psalm 76:1-12.

    The word of the Lord spread through the whole region.

    So they shook the dust off their feet as a warning to them and went to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. (‭Acts‬ ‭13‬:‭49, 51-52‬ NIV)

    Heavenly Father, your gospel message is strong and true. The apostles who new Jesus taught your word with great conviction. They preformed many miracles in Jesus name. The world of Jews and Gentiles hasn’t changed much since those days. Lord we live in a world of sin, a world where people turn away from you. Father I am of this world. I turn from you often, sometimes with out action, but always without thought. There is hope Lord, hope in repentance and forgiveness in Jesus name. Lord help me and those I love to cling to our faith with hands like a Titan. Help us to lovingly share the good news of Jesus, your gospel message.

    ~Paul Montenieri


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