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Just thinking....

Just thinking....
The gospel is never to be absent of either power or proclamation. It's not truly the gospel if there is no demonstration and proclamation. Don't be fooled into thinking some are to only called to preach good news and never demonstrate the reality of that good news, or likewise to demonstrate without proclaiming. The Jesus-style of the gospel embodied both, never to be separated. We see this in Luke 4:18. This passage is not only his mission statement, but it is also the mission of his body, the church. May we live it - the gospel with love and power - as we go about our daily lives. Jesus is the only way to the Father who has taken away the sins of the world, empowered us with grace, and made us sons of inheritance and ambassadors of his good news of His kingdom. We demonstrate the reality of that good news by healing the sick, casting out demons, loving others, feeding the poor and preaching the good news. Living the gospel means we get to rejoice with others as we see the in-break of the good news of the kingdom on their behalf, and we also mourn with those who experience the "not yet" of the kingdom in the tragedies of life and war with the world, flesh, and the devil. It is not our ability or authority or power that enables us to overcome or to be comforted in the valley of the shadow of death. It's the commissioning and grace of the gospel to make known the reality of heaven that is breaking into the earth. May we never buy into the lie that demonstration and proclamation are separate or only for a gifted few. Rather, may we look to Jesus and do what he did and is still doing through the empowerment of the HolySpirit given to every believer. May the world around us see, feel, know and experience the reality of the good news with words, love and truth coupled with the demonstrated embrace of healing the broken-hearted, setting the captive free and opening the eyes of the blind. The gospel is total dependence in a good God who risked all for us that we might be people who risk. The gospel = a naturally supernatural life that when encountered you can't help but proclaim and demonstrate. The fruit of the gospel is demonstrated and proclaimed in words coupled with power. We are to grow in the gospel out of his gift and commissioning not out of our good ideas or ability. The gospel is to be demonstrated in all areas of our life and proclaimed by how we live and speak. 

Remember the kingdom of God is at hand no matter what. Our job is simply to look, listen, and respond. 
So may we live it, with love and power!