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A PUBLIC DISPLAY OF JESUS’ LOVE
- Love for family and friends
- Love for those who need it most
- Love for strangers
- Love, even, for enemies
SERMON TEXT: Mark 1:29-39
They left the synagogue and went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was lying in bed, sick with a fever. Without delay they told Jesus about her. He went to her, took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her, and she began to serve them. That evening, when the sun had set, the people kept bringing to him all who were sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door. He healed many people who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. But he did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew who he was. Jesus got up early in the morning, while it was still dark, and went out. He withdrew to a solitary place and was praying there. Simon and his companions searched for him, and, when they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is looking for you!” He told them, “Let’s go somewhere else, to the neighboring villages, so that I can preach there too. In fact, that is why I have come.” Then he went throughout the whole region of Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
FIRST LESSON: Job 7:1-7
Isn’t man’s time on earth like being compelled to serve in the army? Aren’t his days like those of a hired man? Like a slave, he longs for shade, or like a day laborer, he waits for his pay. In the same way, I have been allotted months of futility, and nights of agony have been assigned to me. When I lie down, I think, “How long before I get up?” But the night drags on, and I am filled with restlessness until dawn. My flesh is clothed with maggots and caked with dirt. My skin scabs over and then oozes again. My days pass by more swiftly than the shuttle of a weaver’s loom. They come to an end without hope. Remember that my life is just a breath. My eyes will never again see good fortune.
SECOND LESSON: Romans 8:28–30
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose, because those God foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he would be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called. Those he called, he also justified. And those he justified, he also glorified.
VERSE OF THE DAY: John 8:12
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
GOSPEL: Mark 1:29-39
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