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Jesus warns me that I may not always be welcomed. The message of good news might not be listened to.

Jesus challenges me to not make a big scene, not to argue, not to make a fuss. Jesus says I should move on. It’s OK.

Jesus urges me to remember that the harvest is plentiful. I need to keep moving. There are others who are ready to receive the good news. There are others who are ready to receive God’s power and be healed.

Jesus called the Twelve to him, and sent them out in pairs. He gave them authority and power to deal with the evil opposition. He sent them off with these instructions:

“Don’t think you need a lot of extra equipment for this. You are the equipment. No special appeals for funds. Keep it simple.

“And no luxury inns. Get a modest place and be content there until you leave.

“If you’re not welcomed, not listened to, quietly withdraw. Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way.”

Then they were on the road. They preached with joyful urgency that life can be radically different; right and left they sent the demons packing; they brought wellness to the sick, anointing their bodies, healing their spirits.

Source: Mark 6:7-13

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