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The Power of Jesus Name

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert

Sun 1st Feb 2015  7.30am Lismore, 10am Dunoon

 Wed 3rd Feb 11am Lismore

The Power of Jesus’ Name      Mark 1: 21-28

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In every family, every neighbourhood and every church there are inevitable power struggles. We tend to hold on our convictions dearly, and we want others to see things our way and to honour our point of view. How easy it is to feel threatened by the views, needs and power of others!

Even in what is commonly known as “spiritual warfare” – our “fight” against evil – we think in terms of “power over” – Jesus proving “stronger” than evil.

Yet, when we put Jesus’ teaching, and this story of healing, in context, we find that, for Jesus, fighting evil required a cross, not a sword. And it was a fight that drove him to selfless service and sacrifice, not violence or conquest. We are called to embrace and experience Jesus’ liberation for ourselves – the release of those things that would bind and enslave us, that usually stem from fear or self-interest – and to engage with others as Jesus did – sharing power, serving and liberating.

We miss out when we fail to share power. But collaboration is a learned art, yet it works in most relationships: between parents and children, between spouses, within committees, workplaces and churches.

It may mean working alongside those with whom we may disagree if it will help to bring justice or grace to people in our community. If we long for God’s glory and authority to be seen in us, it certainly won’t happen if we constantly strive for things to be done “our” way or if we constantly fight for control. The glory and authority of Jesus is most clearly seen in us when we embody His liberating grace.          [Adapted from http://sacredise.com/lectionary/2014/12/epiphany-4b/  ]

 

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Deuteronomy 18: 15-20     A New Prophet Like Moses

15?The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. 16This is what you requested of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: ‘If I hear the voice of the Lord my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die.’ 17Then the Lord replied to me: ‘They are right in what they have said. 18I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command. 19Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in my name, I myself will hold accountable. 20But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the prophet to speak—that prophet shall die.’

 

 

1 Corinthians 8: 1-13   Food Offered to Idols

 

Mark 1:21-28   The Man with an Unclean Spirit

21?They went to Capernaum; and when the Sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. 22They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24and he cried out, ‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.’ 25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out of him!’ 26And the unclean spirit, throwing him into convulsions and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, ‘What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.’ 28At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.