April 29, 2014
From the Rev. Bryan Owens’ Easter sermon:
The Easter message that God raised Jesus to bodily life again after bodily death turns the world upside down. It flies in the face of experience and common sense. It mocks the pretensions of human wisdom. It undermines our faith in the all-sufficiency of reason. It boldly announces that a Power has been unleashed into this world against which tyrants and bullies, sickness and disease, loss and grief, fear and shame, sin and evil, and death and decay are powerless. And it proves a staggering truth: that God loves this world in all of its dazzling diversity, and that God loves each and every one of us, so very much that He will go to any lengths to guarantee our salvation, including suffering the ravages of death and hell so that we don’t have to.
April 29, 2014
Luke 2:18-19 NIV
He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
You have shared our humanity. You saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
At creation, Your Father instructed us to subdue the earth and take dominion, but the devil sowed the seed of doubt in the hearts and minds of humanity.
When You came to earth, You gave us authority to trample on all the power of the devil. By Your death and resurrection, You reclaimed all authority in heaven, on earth, and under the earth and commissioned us to make disciples of all nations.
Lord, we stand in Your authority and proclaim that as Your people walk over the ground in Israel, their feet will tread on snakes and scorpions and all the power of the enemy. Fill their feet with the fire of the Holy Spirit. We declare that nothing will harm them. Amen. Amen. Amen.
Genesis 1:28, Luke 9:1-2, Hebrews 2:14-15