If you attend enough revival meetings, you can soon come to the conclusion that salvation is something much to be sought after and difficult to attain. One hears phrases such as "seeking after God" and "praying through" and "confessing so we can be forgiven" and the like. At other times the language used would lead one to picture God as standing before us with his hands behind his back and holding the prize away from us until we have jumped through the proper hoops and had the right experiences. All I know is that these are phrases and pictures not to be found in the New Testament.
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Raw power is stunning, but rarely is it warm and personal in the way we think of strength. Power explodes, while strength is channeled energy. Power unleashes force, but strength controls ability in very specific ways.
Someone has even defined the gentle concept of meekness as “strength under control.”
So he went his way, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.” (v. 39b)
Good morning boys and girls,
I love seeing you here today. Are you happy to be here in God's holy house? (children respond) Great! I have a scary, wild story from the bible to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond)
This week's text concerning the exorcism which set a captive Gerasene demoniac free is the only text appointed from Luke 8 in this year's lectionary readings. David Tiede points out that the material in Luke 8:3„9:50 sets forth the substance of Jesus' ministry in Galilee as Luke tells the story. There is a theme to the stories in Luke 8, and it is the theme of the power of God's word. We touched upon some of this material in Chapter 13 when we discussed the general theme of hearing and doing God's word.