Saturday, April 7, 2012

Publishing Peace

On more than one occasion I have been impressed by the use of the word "publish" in the scriptures. For example:

And ablessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my bZion at that day, for they shall have the cgift and the dpower of the Holy Ghost; and if they eendure unto the end they shall be flifted up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting gkingdom of the Lamb; and whoso shall hpublish peace, yea, tidings of great joy, how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be. (1 Ne 13:37)

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of Him who is the author and finisher of our faith. Two millennia ago Jesus Christ published peace and brought tidings of great joy in the land of Palestine. At His birth the angel of the Lord declared to the shepherds:

Fear not: for, behold, I bring you agood tidings of great bjoy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is aborn this day in the city of David a bSaviour, which is Christ the cLord. (Luke 2:10-11)

The inspiration for this blog comes from the need, as I see it, to focus on the good news of the gospel, to be of good cheer, and to publish peace and tidings of great joy. Perhaps in some small way it may strengthen others in the desire to live the great commandments more fully, namely, to love God and our neighbor. The purpose of The Good Report is therefore to glorify God and to do good to all men. 

As we collectively seek for all that is virtuous, lovely, of good report (hence the title) and praiseworthy, we will certainly find greater happiness and joy. Whether it be music, film, literature, art, or any other genre, contributions are welcome. It could come from a book you read. It could be a story you hear, a concert or song you listen to, a film or painting you see. Whatever it is that inspires joy in your heart, brings light to your mind and edifies your soul...  it can be part of The Good Report. Let's get the ball rolling...


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