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We live in a callous culture, where people are willing to defiantly cross any line, speak disrespectfully of any authority. Words have the power to not only distort, deceive and wound, but also to sway an entire culture. Christians need God's protection from lies, slander and deception.
God knows about the sin we try to hide. His command is to repent.
What can we learn from Simon trying to buy Apostolic power? We can learn about the spread of the gospel, the response to the gospel, and the reaction to the spread of the gospel.
Christmas is full of warmth, goodness and peace, but it is Jesus' message of repentance that brings joy to the world!
God loves us too much to let us stay where we are.
Have you ever thought what the first word of the gospel is? The first word of the gospel is not "love." It is not even "grace." The first word of the gospel is "repent." The first word of John the Baptist in his ministry was “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near” (Matt 3:2). And the first word of Jesus’ ministry was exactly the same: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near” (4:17). Repentance literally means to turn. It is to turn from our sin and turn to God. In today’s gospel lesson John the Baptist made it clear that repentance makes the path straight between the Lord and the repenting person. It is safe to say that repentance is the first step to be right with God. Then, what are the essential marks of true repentance?