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#53 – Air Date 8/13/2017
HOW GOD WORKS
This Weekend – What would it take for God to use a life to witness to someone about the Gospel of Christ? Some would say knowledge; others might even say eloquence, communication skills, or a persuasive personality. I don’t mean to sound crude, but what about just taking an elderly person to the bathroom? Could God use that to open the door to witnessing? You better believe it! Listen to this story that is admittedly a little uncomfortable to listen to perhaps; it’s also one that could change your attitude about sharing your faith in Christ with another human being. God works in ways you and I can’t even imagine!
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#67 – Air Date Week of 8/14/2017
Prayer of Surrender
This Week – Most people don’t associate the word “surrender” with prayer, but perhaps they should. Other than what is called the “Lord’s Prayer”, the prayer we study this week is the second most famous prayer of Jesus. The night before His crucifixion, Jesus prays in the garden of Gethsemane. He asks His Father to “remove the cup” He faces, His death on the cross. And yet humbly He prays, “Not my will, but yours be done”. God the Son surrendered to God the Father in that prayer. What about you and me in terms of our prayers? Do we demand, or do we surrender?
Monday (8/14) – Most people surrender to someone or something. We can surrender to the culture, to peer pressure, to temptation, to bitterness, or anger! Have you ever faced that in your life? We share the text of this famous prayer of Jesus. Prayer is the most neglected spiritual element in your life and mine! When we understand what Jesus was saying and doing in this prayer, prayer takes on a whole new meaning!
Tuesday (8/15) – Verse 39 says, “Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives to pray”. What do you and I do “as usual”? What do people in your family associate in your life with the words, “as usual”? Twice in this passage, Jesus says, “Pray that you don’t fall into temptation”. Does Jesus know something about us that perhaps we don’t even know? Pay attention when the Lord mentions something twice!
Wednesday (8/16) – What are you tempted with regularly in life? Most people think of the word temptation in their lives with things like immorality or drunkenness. It certainly can be, but what about the temptation to hate someone, to hold a grudge, or to resent someone. Those may actually be more common than the others. Most of the problems in your life and mine have a name attached to them.
Thursday (8/17) – We recall the story you read in high school, “Robinson Crusoe”. In the story, our hero says he was afraid to go beyond the outer limits of the firelight of his fire on the beach. The fire represented security; going beyond the light represented danger. You may be at a place in your life that seems “beyond the light”. We talk about that as we begin a story about people who have had heart transplants.
Friday (8/18) – We tell the story of a man who had a heart transplant who had a personality change. A doctor by the name of Paul Pearsall says that when you get a “new heart”, something happens in a person’s life that doesn’t happen with a kidney, liver, or lung transplant! Maybe to be a person of prayer, we need to have a new heart! Doesn’t that make sense? Have you ever asked God to give you a “new” heart? He will, He really will!