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#070 – Air Date 5/19/2019
This Weekend – According to the word of God, the three areas of life that we boast in are 1) boasting in what we have (riches), 2) boasting in what and whom we know (wisdom), 3) boasting in what we do or have done (strengths). Isn’t that true with you and me? And yet the same passage in Jeremiah 9:23-24 says that if we are going to boast in anything, we are to boast that we understand and know the Lord! That’s counter-intuitive, yet that’s where the power is in your life and mine!
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MIRACLES FROM MARK
Opening Eyes, Opening Hearts
Message 7 in the Series, Airing Week of 5/20/2019
This Week – More than 20,000,000 Americans suffer some kind of vision loss. It is a significant problem today, yet nothing statistically to eye problems in the time of Jesus. This week we study one of the numerous times Jesus healed a blind person. Mark is the only gospel that records this specific miracle, where Jesus takes a blind man outside of a town, and privately heals him. The Lord today deals with something far worse than physical blindness: spiritual blindness. It begins at Mark 8:22.
Monday (5/20) – Blindness, along with the lameness were probably the two most common maladies of the day when Jesus walked on this earth. Spiritual blindness is when you and I can’t see the sin in our own lives. Blindness is not seeing our need for forgiveness and our need for a Savior. Blindness can involve not seeing the needs in the people around us. The Lord wants to deal with your blindness and mine.
Tuesday (5/21) – We tell the dramatic story of a woman from New Zealand who was declared legally blind at age 14. At age 24, she fell, hit her head on a coffee table and regained her sight the next morning! She calls her recovery nothing less than a miracle! The Lord is in the business of restoring sight to the spiritually blind. Maybe He has done that with you. Maybe He can do that soon!
Wednesday (5/22) – People, who are friends of a blind man, bring him to Jesus. This speaks well of his friends, because the blind man would have been considered an outcast in the society of the day. We’ve asked the question before in this series, but do you have those kind of friends? Are you that kind of friend? Jesus heals the man in “stages”, meaning in was gradual, but a healing none the less. We grow in our “wellness” with the Lord; it’s a process.
Thursday (5/23) – The Lord gives us spiritual insights into the lives of people to the point that we can recognize things like guilt, bitterness, and resentment. When we come to Christ, we also get insights into our own lives. Why? We get new eyes! We can see the sin in our own lives; we see that Christ is the only hope!
Friday (5/24) – We close with the story of a woman from Indianapolis, whose husband said was beautiful, but who saw herself as homely. He said to his friends, “She’s really beautiful, but she just doesn’t see it.” How do you see yourself? I have two words to suggest for you and me. The words “forgiven” and “sinner”. That is what we are: forgiven sinners!