DEALING WITH REALITY

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Affirm

Blessed are all who fear the LORD,

who walk in his ways.

You will eat the fruit of your labor;

blessings and prosperity will be yours.

Psalm 128:1-2

TEXT

Mark 9:14-32
When they returned to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd surrounding them, and some teachers of religious law were arguing with them. When the crowd saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with awe, and they ran to greet him.

“What is all this arguing about?” Jesus asked.

One of the men in the crowd spoke up and said, “Teacher, I brought my son so you could heal him. He is possessed by an evil spirit that won’t let him talk. And whenever this spirit seizes him, it throws him violently to the ground. Then he foams at the mouth and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast out the evil spirit, but they couldn’t do it.”

Jesus said to them, “You faithless people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.” (NLT)

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“If the Kingdom of God is Realism —stark realism—as we have found it to be, then where does all this lead us? How do we become realistic in dealing with all this realism? Obviously, much of our thinking, many of our relationships, and most of our institutions will have to be recast and reconstructed. In fact, we will have to be recast and reconstructed if we are to be real in holding to this realism. All our dualisms, all our compartmentalisms, all our inoperative idealisms must come down and we must become unified beings under a unified control.”

-E. Stanley Jones

Declare

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,

the world, and all who live in it;

for he founded it upon the seas

and established it upon the waters.

Psalm 24:1-2

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