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The Followers of Jesus as death defying. Comment to: adebelak@redeemerluth.com

The Followers of Jesus as death defying die. And yet, death is not the final word for us nor does it control our living. We defy death by our willingness to live in the face of death and refuse to go along with the way the powers of death attempt to control us. As you might expect, it is good to be able to identify the powers of death and how they pull us into their systems of death. If we are not aware of those powers and how they operate - how are we to defy them. The Followers of Jesus as defying death have a solid picture of God's Reign and the life that it brings into everyday life. That is how we identify the powers of death. They are those powers that will use all sorts of ways to lead us away from forgiveness of all - love of all - respect for all - self-sacrifice for all and any. When we forgive - show gracious hospitality - take care of others - love enemies, we defy death.

O God of New Life and All Hopefulness, continue to lead us into and through the valley of death that is frustrated by your ceaseless love. Amen.