Contributed on Jun 22, 2014
It almost seems like Jesus cannot heal this blind man. It takes Him 2 times to give this man back his sight. What's going on here and what can it tell us about our need for God's touch in our lives?
OPEN: How many of you spend time on Facebook? (At least half the congregation raised their hands). Me too. And I have a number of friends on Facebook – 634 at last count – many of whom I barely know. But they are more than willing to share their thoughts with me. Some time back ...read more
Contributed on May 11, 2014
Mary was not a sinless saint. She was a meddling mom. But did that make her a bad mother? Or did it make her a better witness for Christ?
OPEN: We opened with a Youtube video entitled “An Open Letter To Moms from Kid President”, a cute presentation by a young boy citing “10 things Every Mom Needs To Know” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ4Rnba85o8 (Start fading out about the 2:49 minute mark) He’s ...read more
Contributed on May 18, 2014
What impressed Jesus in this story was the faith of the men who'd brought their friend to him - a friend who was crippled and lived in a low place of life. The phrase is "Jesus saw their faith." What does that mean? And what can it mean to us?
A few years back, Garth Brooks came out with a popular Country and Western song called: “I’ve Got Friends In Low Places” How many of you have ever heard the song? (when most of them raised their hands, I stage whispered: “Pagans”) It has a catchy tune, but it is ...read more
Contributed on May 25, 2014
As soldiers of Christ, this passage gives us our marching orders. What can we learn from what Jesus instructed His disciples to do on their mission?
OPEN: I read the true story of a newly married flight engineer with the Air Force who had planned a weekend getaway with his new bride. But on Friday, his squadron called and told him he was to leave the next afternoon for an eight-day mission. His wife was obviously disappointed. "Don't you ...read more
Contributed on Jun 1, 2014
The Pharisees of Jesus' day died long ago. But their spirit lives on in congregations across the land. How can we recognize if we have become like the Pharisees, and what did Jesus teach us about what we need to know to avoid becoming like those men?
(Before reading the text I noted that the stories in this section of Mark detailed the conflict between Jesus and a religious group known as the Pharisees… and I emphasized the word "Pharisees" as I read through the text) OPEN: Back in the 1980’s, the Minnesota Twins had this ...read more
Contributed on Jun 29, 2014
Can God supply all your needs? The Disciples struggled with that idea... and so do many of us. Why do we have such a hard time trusting God in this and how can we learn to believe Him more?
OPEN: I once read the true story of a family that was sitting down at the dinner table for their evening meal. But one of the girls wasn’t happy because they were having leftovers, and she complained about it. The dad was not happy about that and spent a few moments explaining to her ...read more