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Mark 1:21-28

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When the sabbath came, Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and 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." But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They 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." At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

Mark 1:21-28
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    • The teaching of Jesus is straight from his heart, from his relationship with God. I ask God to bless me so that all my words and actions profess my faith.
    • Although I may value the authority given by education, ordination or election, I consider how God's Spirit is given to me so that I, like Jesus, might minister healing and truth.
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    • In driving out devils Jesus shows that in the reign of God there is no room for oppressive evil forces which weigh down on God’s children. No one should have to live in hell. Jesus is in agony until the end of the world, standing with us against all forms of addiction, exploitation, violence and abuse.
    • I have tasted the bitterness of broken dreams; I have known the deadness of my ways. My devouring needs were the god I adored; I spoke the Lord’s name with an empty heart. But you, Lord, cannot forget me. You bring me to life through the faithfulness of true friends. You heal me through the courage of their generous love.
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    • Jesus speaks the word of God as none had spoken it before. The Rabbis supported their statements with quotes from other authorities. But Jesus needs no human authorities to back his statements. When he speaks, God speaks. Led by the Spirit of God, Jesus confronts and destroys the power of evil.
    • Lord, I am faced with a world filled with violence, greed, hunger and evil. I struggle to believe that you have overcome evil. Help me to see that you are at work in the small signs of love, justice and truth around me.
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    • Demon possession was an accepted fact in New Testament times. Whether I believe in personal demons or not, I am sometimes conscious of being pulled away from God. Holy One of God, when the pull of darker forces disturbs and draws me away from you, be with me and draw me ever closer to you.
    • Jesus, from the start of your ministry you reveal how the gift of power is to be expressed: not in dominance but in healing service. In what way do I exercise my power and authority?
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    •  The man with the unclean spirit was in the midst of the people. When life is tidied to remove such people, Jesus may be also put out of sight.
    • The authority of Jesus' teaching was distinctive: his is the authority on which I need to rely.
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    •  The man with the unclean spirit was in the midst of the people. When life is tidied to remove such people, Jesus may be also put out of sight.
    • The authority of Jesus' teaching was distinctive: his is the authority on which I need to rely.