Paul often linked three great Christian qualities as he did here: "Your work of faith, labor
of love, and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ." In his first letter to the
Corinthians, he wrote of love's superiority over faith and hope. Love clearly has the edge,
but it falters apart from hope and faith.
Without faith that Jesus is the Christ, the only Son of God, church folks lose their sense
of direction and purpose; the church's work is blunted. Apart from hope in the
resurrection with Jesus, people give up and quit their efforts. Every follower of Jesus
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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.