Encouragement for Today - Mar. 17, 2008


March 17, 2008


Spreading the Word…Then and Now

By Karen Ehman


He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Mark 16:15 (NIV)



As a family, we enjoy learning about great missionaries of the faith – whether from the pages of the New Testament and the travels of Paul, or from current day servants who try to spread the wonderful, life-saving news of Jesus in remote places. Did you know that this month there is another missionary we can glean from as we hear of his longing to reach others for Christ? I am talking about St. Patrick.

Dear Lord, may I long to impart words of freedom to all those who will listen, helping to lead them from their land of captivity. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


Related Resources:

Homespun Memories from the Heart by Karen Ehman

A Life that Says Welcome by Karen Ehman


Do You Know Him?


Visit Karen’s blog


Application Steps: 

With the children in your life, do an Internet search to see what other facts you can discover about St. Patrick. Talk to them about why He wanted to return to Ireland after being released. Ask what would they have done if they were him? You can even combine this discussion time with a just-for-fun activity like making Irish Soda bread, chopping veggies for Irish stew, or decorating shamrock sugar cookies.



In the past, what held you captive? How did God set you free?


Do you know others still in the same bondage you were in? What can you do to try to reach them and show them the way to freedom?


Power Verses:

Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (NIV)


Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…” (NIV) 



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Originally published Monday, 17 March 2008.