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Against all negativity: “Arise follow Me!”

BibleGateway: Luke 5:22-32

ESV Text: Luke 5:22-32

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 3:11 and ends at about 4:39

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22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? 23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? 24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. 25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. 26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.

     27 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. 28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him. 29 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them. 30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? 31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. 32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 20:
God of Mercy, God of Grace

— Organ Audio

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1. God of mercy, God of grace, 
Show the brightness of Thy face; 
Shine upon us, Savior, shine, 
Fill Thy church with light divine, 
And Thy saving health extend 
Unto earth’s remotest end. 

2. Let the people praise Thee, Lord! 
Be by all that live adored; 
Let the nations shout and sing 
Glory to their Savior King, 
At Thy feet their tribute pay, 
And Thy holy will obey. 

3. Let the people praise Thee, Lord! 
Earth shall then her fruits afford, 
God to man His blessing give, 
Man to God devoted live; 
All below and all above 
One in joy and light and love.