There was once a woman who was very critical of her neighbors. Nothing they ever did was right. She told everyone about how poorly they reared their children, kept their yard, and did their work.
One day a visitor was being given an earful of these kinds of complaints. And the woman, looking out of her window said, "There's an example of what I mean. Look at the dirty wash on her line. The sheets are streaked with dirt." The visitor went over to look out the window and then raised it. "My dear," she said gently, "the dirt streaks are on your windows."
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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.