Elisha, The Underrated Miracle-Working Prophet
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jan 4, 2017 (message contributor)
1. Elisha The Disciple
Contributed on Jan 4, 2017
Elisha would work more miracles and extend more grace than any other until Jesus. But he did not surface out of nowhere; let’s begin his story at the beginning.
Elisha the Disciple (I Kings 19:9-21) 1. A story is told that At the beginning of a new year, a high school principal decided to post his teachers’ new year’s resolutions on the bulletin board. As the teachers gathered around the bulletin board, a great commotion started. One of the teachers ...read more
2. Getting Your Axe Together
Contributed on Feb 7, 2017
God wants us to have hearts that are concerned about others, especially fellow believers. We see three principles that help us do so.
Getting Your Axe Together (2 Kings 6:1-7) 1. A saw mill advertises for a timber worker. A skinny little bloke shows up at the camp the next day carrying an axe. The head timber worker takes one look at the puny bloke and tells him to get lost. "Give me a chance to show you what I can do," ...read more
3. Serving God During Dark Times
Contributed on Feb 20, 2017
Elisha was in rough situations, but was still God’s man in the midst of it all. We, too, represent God during different but challenging times.
Serving God During Dark Times (2 Kings 6:24-7:20) 1. Today I am resuming the tradition of ethnic jokes I began a while ago. Many ethnicities make fun of their neighboring nations as not being too bright. 2. Two Belgians are driving a truck and arrive at a bridge with a warning sign: maximum ...read more
4. Elisha Goes Solo
Contributed on Jan 9, 2017
It can be difficult to represent God to others, but if we have a heart to serve and the empowerment of the Spirit, we can faithfully serve God.
Elisha Goes Solo (2 Kings 2) 1. Some people with important jobs end up doing a lot of things that are quite trite. 2. Take police officers, some real calls via Reader’s Digest: From the police blotter, ?or, what a beat cop deals with ?every day: • A deputy responded to a report ?of a vehicle ...read more
5. Consulting God: Better Late Than Never
Contributed on Jan 16, 2017
Human wisdom is often our default mode of operation, but we need to learn to consult God before we engage in major undertakings or decisions.
Consulting God: Better Late Than Never (2 Kings 3:1-27) 1. I have had a love for “who done it” mysteries from childhood. My mom. Charlie Chan WGN 2. Hardy Boys, Ellery Queen, Agatha Christie 3. Perry Mason, Murder She Wrote, Death in Paradise … I enjoy trying to figure out who done ...read more
6. Big Shots? Really?
Contributed on Jan 23, 2017
No matter who we think we are, we are ultimately helpless, blubbering fools without God’s backing.
Big Shots? Really? (2 Kings 4:1-44) 1. A young businessman had just started his own firm. He rented a beautiful office and had it furnished with antiques. Sitting there, he saw a man come into the outer office. Wishing to appear the hot shot, the businessman picked up the phone and started ...read more
7. The Leprosy Exchange
Contributed on Jan 30, 2017
When we humble ourselves, we can draw near to God and be blessed by Him. When we elevate ourselves or self-interest, we are driven from Him and under his discipline.
The Leprosy Exchange (2 Kings 5:1-27) 1. Probably every one of us thinks, “I hope I never get to a condition where other people have to take care of me because I am bedfast.” 2. But the future is unknown, and life can take a sudden turn. Take Charles Krauthammer, a political analyst many ...read more
8. Elisha The Eye Prophet
Contributed on Feb 13, 2017
This may be the information age, but God is the ultimate information regulator. He determines what we do and do not perceive.
Elisha the Eye Prophet (2 Kings 6:8-23) We are all vulnerable in different ways: 1. “In 1991, an organization called Michigan’s Timid Motorist assisted 830 motorists across the MacKinac Bridge that is five miles long and 200 feet high. The drivers were so scared of heights that they couldn’t ...read more
9. When You Have To Do What You Don’t Want To Do
Contributed on Feb 27, 2017
God and His Word may dictate that we do things we would rather not do or be involved in unpleasant situations we would rather avoid. It is when we obey but don’t feel like obeying that we really honor God the most.
When You Have to Do What You Don’t Want to Do (2 Kings 8:1-15, 9:1-10, 13:14-25) 1. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do. In 1935, Charles Darrow brought his invention of Monopoly to Parker Brothers. The experts at Parker Brothers rejected the game for "containing fifty-two ...read more