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Summary: a sermon bringing attention to the fact that Jesus responded to how he was perceived. He is all we need, if we see him as such. he can be our healer, savior, provider, way maker etc. How we see him, effects how he can respond to us.

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American businessman, motivational speaker, and futurologist, Joel A. Barker, tells the story of a wise individual - who was a writer - who would go to the beach to do his writing. Before he began his work, he would go for a walk along the shore, One day, during his daily walk, he spied an individual doing what appeared to be dancing to the day! Smiling to himself, he began to walk faster so that he could catch up with this amazing individual!

As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man; and, he wasn’t dancing - he was reaching down to pick something up; and, gently throwing it into the ocean. Getting even closer, he called out, "Good morning! What are you doing?" The young man paused, looked up; and, replied, "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

The writer said, "I guess I should have asked, ’Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?’" "The sun is up and the tide is going out. And, if I don’t throw them in they’ll die" came the reply! "But young man, don’t you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it. You can’t possibly make a difference!"

The young man listened politely; then, he bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the ocean, far past the breaking waves. ’It made a difference for that one,’ he said!”

John 21:25 (KJV)

25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

Jesus is all about making a difference…

Just as the young man changed the fate of the star fish that he could reach, So does Jesus even now reach for us…

His intent is simple, make a difference for each one that he can touch…

We too, must make a difference for those we touch…

Let me say it this way, we must touch them before we can make a difference…

They don't care how much you know, till they know how much you care…

As we gear up for the big Easter push, we need to be aware of how we are perceived…

How does your friends and family look at you?

How do you see your friends and family?

Are you offended by the way you are perceived?

There is nothing more offensive that being viewed in a manner that you would deem minimizing or belittling…

It may be true, but that doesn't make it any less hurtful…

Perhaps you have worked on improving yourself in a certain area, and you run into someone that only remembers that aspect of you…

May its where you live… or were born… a speech impediment… perhaps a physical trait… you were over weight… or under weight…

When someone identifies you as something you use to be… perhaps you have even worked at changing that area of your life…you have taken pride in your accomplishment’s… but that one reminder of who you were can effect how you operate in the presents of the one that remembers…


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