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Contributed on Mar 31, 2020
In this last message for this "Go thy way" series, Felix a Roman governor, talked with Paul about the Christian faith several times. He listened but told Paul "go thy way and I'll talk to you about this when I have the time". Sadly, he never found the time.
Background: Paul has been arrested in Jerusalem, then taken to the Roman barracks (castle, KJV: Acts 21:34, 37, e.g.). Later Paul was sent to the seat of Roman government in Caesarea. He had been tried and accused of charges, serious at the time, but was declared neither guilty nor innocent. Paul ...read more
Contributed on Mar 29, 2020
You know someone is coming, perhaps to arrest you for being a Christian. Then you hear the Lord telling you to minister to that person. This happened to Ananias of Damascus when he ministered to Saul of Tarsus.
Introduction: suppose you heard someone was coming to arrest you, or even worse. You also know this person is a recognized hater of your faith, and wants little if anything to do with you. With that in mind, now suppose a word comes from God Himself that this known persecutor has become a ...read more
Contributed on Mar 26, 2020
Jesus had come from Judea and had already passed through Samaria, and now was in Cana of Galilee, where He had performed His first miracle, as recorded in John 2. Now He’s again in Cana and He will encounter someone there who has a need that only Jesus Himself can fulfill.
Introduction During our Lord’s ministry on this earth, He must have had people asking Him many times if He would heal someone. Gracious as He was, He never turned anyone away. Whether the person was very poor, like the woman who had spent everything she had but never was cured, or a foreigner like ...read more
Contributed on Mar 20, 2020
One of the last miracles our Lord performed was healing a group of ten lepers. Jesus healed all of them, but how many were grateful for this gift?
Background: This isn’t the first time Jesus healed a leper but it was probably the last. When this event took place, Jesus is heading towards Jerusalem, passing through Samaria and Galilee. The events in this passage happened just days before He was crucified and had risen from the dead. ...read more
Contributed on Mar 10, 2020
The blind have never had it easy in this world. This story features Jesus healing a man from blindness, and also telling him, "go thy way". This is the last time the phrase "go thy way" appears in Mark's gospel.
Background: Jesus, in this passage, is only a few days away from Calvary, where He would die for the sins of the world. He had already explained this to the disciples, a short time before this (Mark 10: 43-44). Now the group is heading through Jericho, where He performed a miracle for a man who was ...read more
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Contributed on Apr 3, 2020
Wouldn’t life, or sporting events, be easier if there were no rules? Nobody to tell you what you can or can’t do, no restrictions, and anything goes. Easy, right? I can recall a couple of times when it sure seemed that some folks either didn’t want to play by the rules. Maybe they just plain ...read more
Contributed on Mar 24, 2020
Once upon a time. . . . sorry, folks, I couldn’t resist that one. But it wasn’t that long ago that people paid their bills by writing a check and then mailing said item and bill to the address provided. That was true of car insurance, utility bills, credit card bills, among other things. Now, one ...read more
Contributed on Mar 22, 2020
A number of years ago I received a three-year assignment to Okinawa, Japan, as part of my Air Force experience. Hardly anybody I knew had much knowledge of that part of the world, so we really had no idea what to expect. We were in for a number of surprises! We lived in a motel, basically, for a ...read more
Contributed on Mar 16, 2020
Context is very important, even in the little things. For example, people have done a lot of damage to Bible verses, stories, doctrines, etc., because they did not or do not consider the context. Someone once remarked that a Bible verse out of its context is like a diamond away from a necklace: ...read more
Contributed on Mar 12, 2020
One of my favorite pastimes is playing some computer games, especially the ones where you make money—okay, run a business, simulation, or that kind of thing. In one of these you, as manager of a transportation company, have the opportunity to choose how best to serve the industries and communities ...read more