5th Sunday after Pentecost

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    • Gergesenes Demoniacs
      2010-06-27
      SYNOPSIS:The reaction of the people of the Gergesenes to their encounter with Christ is a textbook example of how to kill the conscience. We would do well to recognize everything about this great tragedy, and be honest enough within ourselves to see how we often act like the people of the Gergesenes. Various ways to root out the passions shown by these people, which are common in our own lives, are discussed.
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    • What Have We To Do With Thee, Jesus, Thou Son Of God And Who Shall Separate Us From The Love Of Christ
      Questions That Must Be Answered
      Matthew 8-28-9-1,Romans 8-28-39
      2011-07-17
      SYNOPSIS:This Sunday the 1st Gospel reading was about the Healing of the Demoniac of the Gergesenes, and the 2nd Epistle, for the Royal Martyrs of Russia, from Romans. A general principle of scriptural exegesis is that we must answer all questions! St Paul asks: "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" and then gives a long list of things that will not separate us - tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, or the sword. The demons who inhabited the man of the Gergesenes also asked a question :"What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God?", and in so doing, together with the people of the Gergesenes, provided a terrible "answer" to Paul's question. Their reaction showed that how we react to Jesus is the only thing that can separate us from the love of Christ. These questions are of critical importance, and apply to us daily, moment by moment, whether we acknowledge them or not.
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    • Gergesenes Demoniac
      What Have We To Do With Thee Jesus Thou Son Of God
      Matthew 8-28-9-1
      2012-07-08
      SYNOPSIS:The exorcism of the Gergesenes demoniacs is an incredible story, with lots of bizarre occurrences: demons confessing Jesus as God and begging Him for mercy, pigs committing mass suicide in the sea, and an entire town coming out to meet Jesus after the miracle. None of this is the most important thing. The demon #39;s question is what you must not miss; it is a question being asked of you every day: "What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God?". We must learn to recognize and answer the questions Scripture asks of us. This passage teaches us, what not to answer in the reactions of the townspeople. They are among the most tragic people in the New Testament, because they went to Hell quietly. Before we are too hasty in our judgment of them, let us compare ourselves to their actions.
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    • What Have We To Do With Thee Jesus Thou Son Of God
      That They Might Have My Joy Fulfilled In Themselves
      Matthew 8-28-9-1
      2013-07-28
      SYNOPSIS:What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? This question must be answered by everyone, ALL the time! Here is the answer. When we examine why the people of the Gadarenes rejected Jesus, and why we sin, in every case, it is because we substitute a false joy for the joy that Jesus prayers that we have: That they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
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    • When They Saw Him They Besought Him That He Would Depart Out Of Their Coasts
      Everything Is An Encounter With Christ
      Matthew 8-28-9-1
      2014-07-13
      SYNOPSIS:The most important part of the story of the healing of the Gergesenes demoniacs is the end: "And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts. 1 And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city." We talk about how everything in our life is an encounter with Christ and that we rately recognize our missed opportunities. One very personal "missed opportunity" is discussed to show how easy it is to miss opportunities to meet Christ.
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    • Word Is Nigh Thee Even In Thy Mouth And In Thy Heart
      Rom 8-8
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:In our age when Christian words are redefined by society to have other meanings, we must continually understand our purpose, and direct our life to fulfil the words of Paul: "The righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise: The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart." We must understand what sin is and WHY we must avoid it. This skill is particularly important in light of our society redefining marriage and ultimately the purpose of life and sin.
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