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Teaching With Authority

Luke 4:32

They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority.

IMG_0301Our reading plan this week had us in Luke’s Gospel – as we began reading the entire New Testament in 40-days. I have enjoyed it so far and hope you do as well. Are you keeping up? We’re on day 3 of the 40-day plan. We’ll have Saturday and Sunday to catch up if we get behind.

I think it was in Tuesday’s reading that I found today’s passage. The people were so amazed that Jesus spoke/taught with such authority. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Luke 4:31–37 – 31 Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people. 32 They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority. 33 In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, 34 “Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” 35 “Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him. 36 All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!” 37 And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area. Continue reading

February 4, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holding Our Tongues

Proverbs 10:19

Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.

Pic of Ray 11302014Are there folks in your life that talk too much? Are you one of those people? Some people hid their insecurities by talking – all the time. Some people – and we all know someone like this – seem to be an expert (not) on every subject and will run their mouth showing their ignorance (like Cliff on the TV series Cheers).  We all know people who speak before they think.

Proverbs says that sin is not overcome – ended – by multiplying words. It says that the prudent or wise thing – at times – is to hold our tongues. Holding our tongues can be hard for sure. Have you ever tried it – literally or figuratively? Continue reading

December 11, 2014 Posted by | Advent Thought, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

God Calls Us By Name

Romans 9:28

God doesn’t count us; he calls us by name. Arithmetic is not his focus. The Message

profileToday’s devotional thought is an observation based on nearly 40 years of ministry.  I hope it makes sense to our readers.  It is based on Scripture but has some personal opinion/experience in it.

Jenna Ryan – after giving her testimony at a recent revival – reminded the congregation that in the end it is about relationships.  As we give and hear testimonies – we are telling and hearing parts of our story and the stories of others.  The more we tell and hear our story and the stories of others – the more we are known and get to know others.  By the way – happy 22nd birthday Jenna!  May this year be the best yet in your spiritual growth and as you and Shaun marry! Continue reading

March 13, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Prayer Life

Ecclesiastes 5:2

Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.

profileTalkers – we all know someone who seems to think they know everything or most everything and anything.  They like to talk all the time.  Maybe they love to hear themselves talk.  They seem to be an expert on everything.

Do you remember the very popular TV show – Cheers (82-93)?  The show spun off another popular TV show – Frasier (93-04).   Cliff Clavin – was the mailman in the first series (Cheers) and made guest appearances in the later show (Frasier).  Cliff was played by actor John Ratzenberger.  Cliff was the type of person I’m referring to today – a talker – a know-it-all.  Like Cliff – many like him often have no clue about what they are talking about.  Cliff often seemed to make up facts and people to fit his need to be heard. Continue reading

February 17, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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