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#071 – Air Date 5/26/2019
This Weekend – The Lord can use anyone or anything to reach out to a soul He is pursuing. He can use a professor of theology or a picture on a greeting card to touch someone’s heart. That’s what this story is about: God using both in the case of a young clerk at a drug store. We may think that what we might say to a person or what we might give to a person will have little to no effect on them spiritually. Let the Lord make that decision; just do and say what you feel led to do or say! Let Him work!
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MIRACLES FROM MARK
Taking Up Your Cross
Message 8 in the Series, Airing Week of 5/27/2019
This Week – There are phrases in the Bible that are often quoted, yet not necessarily understood. All of us perhaps have quoted a verse or phrase out of scripture, not realizing the import or impact on our personal lives. Such a phrase is the words of Jesus where He says “Take up your cross and follow me!” It’s really a dynamic passage not only in Mark, but in your life and mine!
Monday (5/27) – We begin with a humorous illustration of a minister talking about his “Driver’s Education” classes from high school. He discovered that ultimately he was not in control of the car; the teacher also had a brake on her side of front seat. He discovered that the hard way. When did you discover for the first time that you weren’t in control of a thing called your life? Or have you? Listen to Mark quoting Jeus saying we must “take up our cross”.
Tuesday (5/28) – This message was given during the season of Lent, 2019. Years ago, a Christian magazine shared the results of a poll of what people were willing to give up for forty days. The list included chocolate, soda, alcohol, and swearing. Is that really what would impress the Lord? Is that what taking up the cross means? The cross is God’s tool of redemption, not something that we consider a hassle in life!
Wednesday (5/29) – We talk about what it means to take up the cross of Christ in our lives. It’s not wearing a cross; it’s about living in the spirt of the cross in our lives. It’s not putting up with a difficulty; it’s using the difficulty to identify with the Lord in such a way that glory is brought to Him, not to you or me! We’ll discuss some interesting ideas for real life to take up your cross for Christ in 2019.
Thursday (5/30) – There are two more phrases that we discuss today that we often casually use. Jesus said for whoever loses his life for my sake will save it!” Whatever you “lose” for the sake of the Kingdom of God, that’s what you gain! The second phrase is “What good is it to gain the whole world, yet lose your very soul in the process?” Those just maybe two the most important questions in your life! We talk about those phrases in a dramatic way.
Friday (5/31) – We close talking about some frightening questions to ask you in 2019. They really are. Yet, they not only need to be asked; they need to be answered. One of the questions is what are you willing to “lose” your life for. I know people who would never consider losing their lives for Christ; but would think nothing of losing their life for an addiction! Tell me what you’re willing to lose your life for and I’ll tell you what your God is! What we die for is what we worship!