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Going, but Not Coming Back Matthew 9:35-10:8 (9-23)

Going, but Not Coming Back

Would you sign up for a mission from which there was no return?

At a Glance

An upcoming mission proposes to send 24 people to Mars -- permanently. It's the ultimate one-way trip in the name of science. Jesus invites his disciples on a similar one-way mission, but this one isn't about leaving earth -- it's about announcing that God's kingdom is here!

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "Ring This Bell," June 3, 2007, at

In the 2015 movie, The Martian, Matt Damon plays a scientist who gets stranded on Mars during the first manned mission to the red planet. He uses his training, his wits and a lot of perseverance to survive while his friends work to bring him back home to Earth.

Imagine, however, if the mission had been to go to Mars with no intention of ever coming back! Imagine leaving behind everything and everyone you've ever known, including spouse and family, to go to a planet where you'll spend the rest of your days living (and surely dying) in a hostile environment and no scenery but red rocks...

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