Summary: A word of encouragement for the church to pursue unity and faith in troubled times without compromise.

Desperate Times - Desperate People

I. Hope or No Hope?...

Praise the Lord!

If you have your Bibles turn with me to Mark

chapter 2 this morning.

How many in here this morning knows that we’re

living in desperate times?

We live in a day and time where doom and gloom

are all we seem to hear about on the news


When you flip on the T.V. or when you open your

Sunday paper all you seem to hear about is:

Who killed who, or who robbed who. Amen?

In world news you hear of wars and rumors of


There’s talk of economic crisis and global warming.

There are people losing their retirement due to the


And the stock market is down.

It’s almost too depressing to even talk about in the

house of God this morning. Amen?

But how many knows that it’s the truth!

We are living in desperate times.

If you don’t believe that then just look around you.

To the naked eye it might look like you’re sitting in

a room full of well dressed people.

To the naked eye it might look like your neighbor’s

got it all together,

But the truth of the matter is that you’re sitting in a

room full of desperate people.

People who feel like, or, at one time or another,

have felt like there’s no hope for them.

Hurting people...People in need of hope and


People in need of Jesus! ...Desperate people.

Desperate people are a product of desperate times.

You can’t have one without the other.

It’s cause and effect. The times effect the people.

The generation in which you were raised effected

how you were raised. Amen?

The circumstances that you had to face effected

who you’ve become.

You are a product of the times in which you live.

And desperate times produce desperate people.

But the good news is we don’t have to stay


The good news is we don’t have to be desperate.

Webster’s defines desperate as being without hope,

But I’m here to tell you this morning,

If you don’t get another thing out of this message...

If you don’t learn anything else while sitting under

this ministry,

take out your pad and your pen this morning and

write in your notebook...


And His name is Jesus. Amen?

II. Jesus Is In The House...

Mar 2:1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.

Mar 2:2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.

Mar 2:3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.

Mar 2:4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.

Mar 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.

Mar 2:6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,

Mar 2:7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?

Mar 2:8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?

Mar 2:9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?

Mar 2:10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)

Mar 2:11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.

Mar 2:12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

First of all, I have to start this sermon this morning

by pointing out that in verse one it says

that when it was "noised that Jesus was in the

house" many gathered together, "straitway" or


When the people heard that Jesus was in the

house, the house became filled to overflowing in a

short period of time. Amen?

The point is this, Church.

In these desperate times we can have programs on

top of programs, activities on top of activities,

Outreach after outreach,

But if Jesus is not in the midst it doesn’t matter.

If Jesus isn’t in the midst the success of those

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