Peculiar Power

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In Mark 6:14-29, Herod, hearing of the deeds of power done by Jesus and his disciples, wonders if John, whom he beheaded, has been raised from the dead. The disturbing story of John’s martyrdom is recounted as a reminder to all of the dangers that lie ahead for those who are faithful to the truth. Living in the truth is risky business. The truth often challenges the power that is in place. The powerful have historically gone to great lengths to remove the threat of truth, in order to maintain the status quo.

Power can be a dangerous thing. And yet, power can also be a means of doing good. There is worldly power –the power of armies and nations, the power of force and coercion. And then there is the power that is unleashed in the world through the truth of Jesus Christ. In the worlds' eyes, Jesus was not a powerful person. But in the eyes of faith, we are led to see that there is impotency in the worlds' brand of power and that there is great strength in the peculiar power of Jesus.

May the peculiar power of Jesus be the truth which guides you this day and always.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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