Pastor Rich Laskowski - October 17, 2021

The Bounty Hunter & The Screaming Demons of Samaria

When I was a kid, a friend and I pried our way into an old abandoned house. Just as you would expect, the wood floors creaked as we walked. It was cold and dark there on Old Chicago Road in South Bend, Indiana. We held our breath in the silence, almost expecting to hear moans or screams coming from upstairs. If we had heard some other worldly sound, I’m sure we would’ve been in the car without our feet ever touching the ground. This week I bring you a message called “The Bounty Hunter and the Screaming Demons of Samaria”. Screams signal that someone is in pain or distress. In Acts 8, we not only see Paul the bounty hunter, but we hear the screams of demons as Philip casts them out. In both men we see a clash of powers – two kingdoms in mortal combat. We see one man working hard to drown out the sound of his guilty conscience and we see the other casting out screaming demons. As I read this passage, I asked, why are these demons screaming? I pondered it for days, and then I saw it. Were they fearful of the power of Christ? Yes. Did they feel pain? Maybe in some way. But the answer to the question, why does a demon scream, differs from what I expected. I can’t wait to share with you this Sunday why those screams should not make you fearful – they, in fact, should make you feel deeply loved.

From Series: "Plundering The Kingdom Of Darkness"

In this study, we focus on passages in the Book of Acts where the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness clash. We watch the sick get healed, the demon-possessed delivered, and blind eyes opened as Jesus kicks Satan to the curb. Church, we learn that we have the advantage in this warfare and need not be afraid.

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