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Many of the issues of life are complex and we can spend a good amount of time discussing them. In these situations it is always good when someone puts the pressure on to get the important items sorted out. I recall a time when our family was in the midst of one these complex issues of life. In the midst of the discussion our youngest son said, "Tell me what you think Dad, tell me straight out."

The disciples of Jesus were surrounded by a lot of issues as they sought to proclaim the message of Jesus the Messiah. On the occasion pictured in the text Peter proclaims the message, "Straight Out."

"We are talking about Jesus—the one crucified."

"One who is radically different than David."

"Jesus was raised from the dead; Jesus is Alive."

The words of proclamation tell the central message—"straight out."

Gracious God, thanks for every preacher and teacher who boldly tells the story of the Risen Christ. Amen.

Wayne Radke
Zumbrota, Minn.
Master of Divinity , 1960

Acts 2:14a, 22-23 (NRSV)

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them,
22 "You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know—
23 this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law.

This God Pause daily devotion is brought to you by the alumni of Luther Seminary.