Summary: Jesus gives us some hard saying in this text that need to be understood around Jesus’ disciples asking for their faith to be increased.

-My son likes going to AWANA. He enjoys playing games, hearing bible stories, singing to campfire songs. He doesn’t exactly enjoy memorizing bible passages. He give up several times while I am trying to help him learn the passages. I have to prod him on, telling him he can do it and that we are almost there until he finally lights up when he realizes that he has accomplished the goal

-Similarly, in our text today, Jesus gives us some hard sayings that seem impossible but pivot around a sincere request from His disciples

-It is their request, “increase our faith” that helps us better apprehend the meaning of the rest of the passage and gives us the strength to do them

-Has anyone ever seen the movie Lorenzo’s Oil?

-It came out in 1992, starring Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon

-If you can still find it, watch it – great movie

-It is a true story about Augusto and Michaela Odone whose 7 year old son, Lorenzo, is perfectly normal until he begins to suffer blackouts and memory lapses

-He is diagnosed with ALD (Adreno Leuko dystrophy) – a disease passed from mothers to sons that is so rare that doctors weren’t even working on a cure

-Basically, ALD is a disease where the body makes too many fatty acids and somehow it destroys the functions of the brain

-The parents go on a quest to discover answers and discover that giving their son some fatty acids found in vegetable oil, they can slow or even stop the onset of the disease

-Augusto was awarded an honorary doctorate for his discovery

-Some people are willing to go to great lengths to help their children

-If your child had a fatal disease and there was a cure, would you pay any price in order to save your child?

-Most people are willing to do a great deal to assist their children so that they may be healthy and successful in life

-How about spiritually?

-What are you willing to do to help your kids and grandkids get to heaven?

-The Bible is pretty clear in that we are all born sinful and spiritually dead

-The Psalmist writes in Psalm 51, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”

-We are all born spiritually dead and in need of God’s salvation

-How many of you chose to be born?

-Likewise, how many of us choose to be reborn into God’s family.

-People who hurt little children or those that are otherwise helpless have a special place in prisons – they are considered in the penal system, even by other criminals to be the lowest of the low

-In the same way, God has a special punishment lined up for those that imperil the salvation of infants and children and steer new believers in the wrong direction

-Out text says that it would be better for them to have a millstone tied around their neck and have them thrown into the sea {PAUSE}

-What do you do when someone offends you? Do you silently hold a grudge against them?

-Found on internet - Man Allegedly Patient About Revenge SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) " Police say a 30-year grudge boiled over when a former elementary school teacher littered the driveways of former co-workers and bosses with roofing nails and splattered paint on their garage doors. Thomas R. Haberbush, 72, pleaded guilty last Tuesday to one count each of stalking, criminal mischief and criminal tampering, all misdemeanors. Police said that three former school board members, a retired principal and a retired assistant principal at Caroline Street Elementary School were among the nine victims Haberbush targeted over the past two years. Their car tires were damaged by roofing nails that Haberbush threw in the driveways, police said. "It’s very bizarre to carry around a grudge for nearly 30 years," said Saratoga Springs police investigator John Catone. "At least now there can be closure for all those people he terrorized." Police said Haberbush had been angered after receiving poor work reviews. Saratoga County assistant district attorney David Harper requested that Haberbush undergo a mental health evaluation as part of the plea agreement. He also will be barred from contacting the victims in the future.

-It’s like the old saying, “holding grudges is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die.”

-Jesus says, “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”

-How often do you sin? A few times a year? A couple times a month? Once a week? Every day?

-How bad is our sin problem, really? Is it more like a hangnail or more like a potentially fatal car crash?

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