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MIRACLES FROM MARK
Message 6 in the Series, Airing Week of 5/13/2019
This Week – Have you ever thought of a person that Jesus healed, was not healed immediately but in “stages”? It’s the only miracle in the gospels that can be described that way. It’s also the only miracle that is recorded by Mark. Matthew, Luke, and John do not include this event in their particular gospel. I’ve wondered why, but really don’t have an answer. It’s about blindness; we talk also about willful blindness!
Monday (5/13) – Have you ever known a blind person? I’ve only known 3 in my life time. Jesus dealt often with blind people in His ministry. But we not only read a passage about Jesus healing a blind man, using saliva as a part of the healing! As unpleasant as that it, it is one of the most powerful miracles in the New Testament. Jesus also speaks to His identity as the Messiah!
Tuesday (5/14) – We talk about people who are blind by choice. Willful blindness is refusing to know something that can be known! We talk about what that may mean in your life today in 2019. We quote a controversial psychologist from Canada by the name of Jordan Peterson who talks about people who only see what they want to see! That has great spiritual implications!
Wednesday (5/15) – We read the specific details of the man’s healing from blindness. He actually heals the man in stages. Everything that Jesus did was intentional. Nothing He did was an accident or chance event. I think that a lot of people come to faith in Christ in stages. They perhaps come first to believe in a creator God. Then they begin to accept the authority of the Bible. Then they wonder, “Maybe Jesus is who He claimed to be!” What happened with you?
Thursday (5/16) – We tell the story of Dr. Fred Craddock from Tennessee and his father dying of cancer. What happens in this story will deeply move you about the power of Christ. It relates to the compassion of Christ and His healing power. It also has to do with changing a man’s vision, spiritually. How’s your spiritual vision at this moment in time?
Friday (5/17) – We close with the true story of a beautiful woman from Indianapolis who saw herself as “ugly” and unattractive. How do you see yourself, spiritually? We suggest that the most truthful way of seeing ourselves is to admit that we are “forgiven sinners”! Seeing yourself that way will change the way you look at everything in this life. It may also impact your vision for all eternity!
MIRACLES FROM MARK
The Heart of Everything!
Message 5 in the Series, Airing Week of 5/6/2019
This Week – The Old Testament prophet, Jeremiah said that “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” What does that mean? It means that we can’t trust the leadings of our own hearts. We can be conned by our heart! Jesus would say in the gospel of Mark that the heart is where all kinds of “bad stuff” have its origin in your life and mine! He further illuminated that thought by saying it’s not what goes into our bodies that contaminates, it’s what comes out the heart that does!
Monday (5/6) – We begin with an actual example of a junior high student’s science project. He began a “campaign” to eliminate a chemical from our world called “di-hydrogen monoxide”. His purpose was to point out how dangerous this substance was in our country today. What is it? Ever heard of H2O or water? That’s what the chemical is! We can all be fooled or deceived in life, intellectually and spiritually.
Tuesday (5/7) – Ever been to a doctor who expressed concern regarding your heart? Jesus went so far as to say that “From out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.” He went on to say, “All these evils come from inside (our hearts) and make us unclean!”
Wednesday (5/8) – “Malice” means ill-will. It wants the other person to fail, falter, or flub-up in some area of life. Most people who have malice don’t admit to it or acknowledge it in any way! “Lewdness” has to do with what you laugh at. What have you laughed at in the last week or month? Sin loses its sense of humor however when it involves someone you love! There are two types of envy. We explain the difference. Which one is in your heart?
Thursday (5/9) – Slander is speech that injures! That means that husbands have slander their wives this week! It means that wives have injured their husbands this week. It means that parents have injured sons and daughters; brothers and sisters have injured their siblings. I think you understand the point. Changing of your heart and mine will not happen until there is acknowledgement! What in this list do we need to admit and confess?
Friday (5/10) – More people are seeing a cardiologist in 2019 than ever before! Maybe you’ve seen one in recent months. No one can self-medicate their own heart, spiritually. Jesus is the ultimate cardiologist; He recreates the heart! Don’t assume that you have never been deceived by your own heart or that you never would be. Think again! We all have been conned by our own hearts, and we know it!
MIRACLES FROM MARK
Pity or Compassion?
Message 4 in the Series, Airing Week of 4/29/2019
This Week – The miracle called, “the feeding of the 5,000” is the only miracle that’s recorded in all four gospels. There must be a reason for that! But it’s much more than a story about feeding a huge crowd, it’s about the difference between pity and compassion. We discuss both in the message this week. You may discover that you are a person who shows pity, but who doesn’t necessarily demonstrate compassion.
Monday (4/29) – Jesus was followed by large crowds. As His ministry increased, so did His notoriety. People clamored to just see Him. This week, Jesus is filled with compassion (not pity) for the people because they were like “sheep without a shepherd”. That term may describe you and me! We read the text in Mark of Jesus multiplying the loaves and fishes. Was it a real miracle? Yes! We explain why.
Tuesday (4/30) – This is a miracle that people (preachers) try to explain away. The theory is this. Jesus simply encouraged people to share their picnic lunches with others. In some circles, that would be a miracle! But that is not what Mark says, “He multiplied the loaves and fishes.” Multiplication of the food is nothing less than a miracle. The One who could raise the dead can multiply food!
Wednesday (5/1) – Jesus shocks the disciples by telling them to feed the multitude. They’re baffled by His request. Then He takes the food He’s been given 5 loaves and 2 fish and transforms it into a meal that can feed 5,000+! Jesus can multiply what you give Him in terms of time, talent, and treasure. If He can’t, then He’s not God! What could the Lord multiply in your life and mine?
Thursday (5/2) – If you listen today, you will hear a story that truly demonstrates the difference between pity and compassion. It’s about a 15-year old girl that was motherless and almost fatherless, yet helped and loved by the compassion of two people who took her into their home for seven years! Could you give another person just seven minutes of your life?
Friday (5/3) – Does Jesus really care? That’s the question of today’s program. This miracle is a demonstration of the compassion of Christ. What are you willing to yield to Him out of your life? We all “yield” to someone or something. We may “yield” to someone we idolize or something we hold up as an idol. We really do. Yield your life to One who cares for you more than you care for yourself. The proof? It’s the cross!
MIRACLES FROM MARK
Message 3 in the Series, Airing Week of 4/22/2019
This Week – This is the only account that I know of in the Gospels where a miracle happens on the way to another miracle. On the way to raise the daughter of one the synagogue rulers from the dead, Jesus is confronted by a woman who was ill for 12 years with chronic bleeding. It’s unusual in that the woman is healed just by touching “the hem of the garment” of Jesus. This is a great story that shows the power of Christ in people’s lives.
Monday (4/22) – We begin with the touching story of a minister from the Dallas area who lost a son in crib death. He next child became very ill one night. The minister ran stop signs and sped to the nearest hospital. At that moment, nothing else mattered other than getting his daughter to the hospital. We then read our text from Mark, where Jesus is approached by a synagogue leader. His daughter was dying. He pleaded with Jesus to come and heal her.
Tuesday (4/23) – On the way to the synagogue ruler’s house, Jesus is confronted with a woman who had a 12-year old ailment. Twice in this account, people fall at the feet of Jesus to plead their needs. Sooner or later, we all will have a “fall at the feet moment” with Jesus! Some of you reading this have had that happen in the last month or year!
Wednesday (4/24) – We share a piece of writing about what chronic illness does in the life of a person who struggles with that. Perhaps you have dealt with that. Perhaps you are dealing with that now. We then share a powerful illustration of a minister visiting a man in recovery, just out of heart surgery in the early days of open heart surgery.
Thursday (4/25) – In route to the house of the sick little girl, Jesus and the father are told, “She is already dead.” Jesus goes to the home, ignoring what they said! There is a powerful story in today’s program about a school teacher visiting a boy in a burn unit of the local hospital. You will be moved to hear this!
Friday (4/26) – We close with a story of Ravi Zacharias with some very unpleasant details. It’s a true story out of the Vietnam War. If you can overlook the unseemly events, you will discover a powerful story about the word of God in a man’s life. The word of God has miraculous power in a man’s life, even with the crudeness of this story. The word of God is living and active!
SPECIAL MESSAGE SIXTEEN
Airing Week of 4/15/2019
Now… We Know!
II Corinthians 5: 1-10
This Week – Not only is this an “Easter Message”, it happened to be the last message that a brother-in-law of mine heard. You see, he listened to this message on Sunday in person; he then died that Friday at home. The following week we were sharing in his funeral service in Cincinnati and burial in southern Indiana. Some day we will all hear our “last message”. Some people heard their last message years ago, and haven’t’ heard one since. I’m glad my brother-in-law heard this message and text. Let it speak to you this week!
Monday (4/15) – We begin with a sad story of a woman who had tragically lost a brother, and was raising her 7-year old daughter to simply believe in love as a source of comfort in death. That’s it! No hope in Christ, nothing offered about heaven and life after death. That certainly was and is her legal right as a parent. But I grieve for that little girl in terms of what could help her in her grief of losing a loved one in death. What you believe about life, death, and eternity will impact everything else you believe in life.
Tuesday (4/16) – We read the text from second Corinthians 5. Paul begins with the powerful phrase, “now we know”. I read it at every funeral. Why? Because I really don’t know of anything more comforting than what Paul said about our “earthly tent”, this body. He then talks about the next “dwelling” we will inhabit in heaven. It’s both comforting and sobering!
Wednesday (4/17) – I talk about a funeral I conducted early in my ministry in Dayton. The brother of the deceased did not want me talking about the “weird stuff” such as heaven, Jesus, and eternal life. I asked him what he wanted me to say. He said, “Just tell people that he was a good guy, didn’t beat his wife, worked every day of his life, and was a veteran!” That’s it! I told the man I would be glad to share all of that, but I told him that was not where the hope in death is.
Thursday (4/18) – We share a moving story about a 6-year old boy who had lost his mother in a tragic accident and his “belief” in heaven. He actually believed some of the truths of II Corinthians 5, without even hearing it. What do you believe about life after death for you, a family member, or a friend? What you believe about these issues matters more than you may think!
Friday (4/19) – If this scripture about life after death is true, the only hope we have in seeing loved ones again is all tied into a relationship with Jesus Christ! That is certainly not politically correct in 2019, but political correctness will matter little to you or me at our death. What matters is that Jesus is who He claimed to be or that He is not! Decide!
MIRACLES FROM MARK
Message 2, Airing Week of 4/8/2019
This Week – The most dramatic story of Jesus coming against the powers of Satan and hell comes from Mark 5. A man lives in a cemetery, possessed by many demons, too many to count! When commanded by Jesus to identify his “name”, the entity within the man says “legion”. In the Roman army, a legion was 5,800 infantry and 200 soldiers on horses! No small force to deal with in battle!
Monday (4/8) – We begin with commenting on a bumper sticker on a car that said this, “Heaven doesn’t want me, and hell is afraid I’ll take over!” We focus on that first phrase. Many people if they were honest would admit feelings of rejection when it comes to heaven and the Kingdom of God. Maybe you have struggled with the idea that God isn’t interested in you in this life or the next!
Tuesday (4/9) – We begin with reading the entire text of 20 verses. It’s such a powerful text, just hearing it read is a “sermon” or message in itself. The possessed man manifested supernatural strength, as evidenced by his breaking chains and bonds on his body. Nothing could hold him. Parenthetically we talk about Jesus coming to earth to destroy the works of Satan. The first is this: “Physically, Satan seeks to kill.” (Jesus said He was and is a murderer from the beginning.)
Wednesday (4/10) – Secondly, “Intellectually, Satan seeks to deceive.” (He is the father of all lies.) Thirdly, “morally, Satan seeks to seduce.” Fourthly, “emotionally, Satan seeks to destroy.” Lastly, spiritually, Satan seeks to defeat”. Jesus came for the express purpose of destroying the works of Satan! You and I need to know that.
Thursday (4/11) – The demon-possessed man cut himself with stones. Self-injury is not simply a modern day phenomena. It happened in Biblical times! This man recognized the deity of Christ, even in his possessed condition! The demons recognize the power of Christ. Do you and I recognize that?
Friday (4/12) – I’ve spoken in India five times since 2004. As a result, I’ve developed a burden for the country and its people. We close with a powerful story out of the movie, “Slumdog Millionaire”. People were deeply moved by the details of this illustration of two orphans in Mumbai, India. It powerfully illustrates the love of God for you and for me!
MIRACLES FROM MARK
Message 1, Airing Week of 4/1/2019
The Storm Deliverer