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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

Being Faithful

Luke 2:29

Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace.

IMG_0301As we began our 40-day reading plan through the New Testament yesterday (through Community Bible Experience with Biblica) – I ran across the passage for today’s devotional. Simeon was faithfully waiting for the Father to reveal the Son – the Lord’s Messiah. He dedicated himself to waiting and the Father promised him he would see the Lord’s Messiah before he passed.

Here is today’s passage in partial context. Luke 2:25-35 – 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: 29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” 33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” Continue reading

February 3, 2015 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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