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May 14, 2023 | Rev. Dr. K. Rick Baker

A Faith That Never Flickered

Luke 8:1-3

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“Those forgiven much, love much.” (Lk. 7:47)
Those released from much, never let go of their Liberator. (Jn. 20:17)

Consider the evidence of grace received in the life of Mary of Magdala...

1. From complete captivity of misery-producing evil to freely enlist in Jesus’ rescue mission (Lk. 8:1-3).

- Healed of seven demons
- Enlists fully in the contributing of gifts, talents, resources
- Jesus launched Christianity through the generosity of a first century woman named Mary!

2. When everyone else “called in sick”, Mary stayed at her new liberated vocation (Matt. 27:55-56, 61; Jn. 20:1-18).

At the cross...

“Now there were there many women...among them was Mary Magdalene” (27:55-56)

At the burial...

“Now there were there Mary Magdalene...and the other Mary...” (27:61)

At the resurrection...

“Now on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene...and saw...” (Jn. 20:1)

- An empty tomb
- A formation of angels
- A risen Christ
- The first convert to a Living Christ and it was a woman who first shared the Good News!!!

Faith that doesn’t flicker...

Is evidenced by a new mission in Christ
Is evidenced by robust service to Christ
Is evidenced by steadfast, indomitable, fearless loyalty toward Christ




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