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Cleansing the Temple!
Message 14 in the Series, Airing Week of 7/15/2019
This Week – The story of Jesus cleansing the temple in Jerusalem is not only interesting, to some it is perplexing. Jesus acted in anger; but He was angry on behalf of His heavenly Father. Maybe that is the definition of “righteous” or godly anger, when we are angry on behalf of our Father in Heaven. Maybe this message will help us understand what Jesus was doing in what Jesus called, “My Father’s house”.
Monday (7/15) – This message was given on Father’s Day, 2019. We began talking about what a godly man is. It’s not deep or intellectual. A godly man loves God, loves his wife, and loves his children and grandchildren. What a concept! We then transition to this story in Mark 11 of Jesus cleansing the temple. We personalize it because the Apostle Paul would say that we are the temple in I Corinthians 6:19.
Tuesday (7/16) – Jesus “overturned” the tables that were used for buying and selling of merchandise in the temple area. Jesus would say that people in the temple area had turned it into a “den of thieves”. If your body and mine is the “temple” of the Holy Spirit as Paul said, what have we turned our temples into? What’s going on in your life or mine that would offend the Lord? Most people know!
Wednesday (7/17) – What would the Lord want to overturn in your life or mine? What about resentment? What about anger? Most of our anger is self-centered, according to one psychologist. What about bitterness. Bitterness is a response to being wounded. It doesn’t start out as sin, but eventually it can become. What about jealousy? You can finish the list!
Thursday (7/18) – In verse 17, Jesus quotes Isaiah saying the word of the Lord saying, “My house shall be a house of prayer for all nations!” Would those words describe the temple that is “us”? How would you describe your house that is you? Would Jesus call it a “den of thieves” or something worse? What kind of den have we created in what the Lord says is the temple of the Holy Spirit?
Friday (7/19) – We close with a touching story about the writing of a famous hymn, “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus”. The author witnessed the drowning of her husband on Long Island sound in New York. She later became a missionary in Africa and wrote the lyrics of this hymn. What it says speaks to people who truly “temples” of the Holy Spirit of God. When the Spirit of God dwells in you, you endeavor to trust in God’s son in every way! Listen to this story and see if you don’t agree!
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Upside Down Principles!
Message 13 in the Series, Airing Week of 7/8/2019
This Week – What makes a person great in your eyes? What would make you feel great or superior to others in your eyes? Jesus deals with these issues because of the desire of two disciples, James and John who asked for positions of honor in the Kingdom of God! Matthew even mentions that their mother came along with them to “make the ask”! It’s an incredible story out of the New Testament!
Monday (7/8) – We open with the story of a woman from Europe who can only read a newspaper or watch a TV that is upside down! It’s a neurological phenomenon that this woman has. We use her story as the introduction to the passage of Mark where Jesus says “If you want to be great, be someone’s servant”. He also said, “Whoever wants to be first must be last!” Upside down values in our world today as well!
Tuesday (7/9) – Jesus asked the two disciples who asked to have positions of honor in His Kingdom if they were willing to accept what was coming to Him. They were talking about positions of “honor and glory”’; Jesus was going to face death on the cross. Often we ask for things from the Lord without having any idea what we are asking!
Wednesday (7/10) – We tell a powerful story out of the Revolutionary War. I’ve never ever talked about the war of independence in all my years of preaching. Yet this story about President George Washington is a great illustration of “servant-leadership”. That is what God has called you and me to. Did you know that? He really did!
Thursday (7/11) – What would you do if you found a stack of endorsed checks made out to someone else? We share this story that illustrates “servant-leadership” as well. Jesus said that even He came to earth, not to be served, but to serve! What a concept! Many people think they are to be served by everone else. We are called by Jesus Himself to be a servant!
Friday (7/12) – The story we close with is probably the most unusual story I’ve ever used! It’s originally told by Eugene Peterson, the man who translated the Bible into what’s called “The Message” translation or paraphrase. He tells about his “early days” in the ministry in New York City. It’s both humorous and sad. You need to hear it!
He’s the Potter; We’re the Clay!
Special Message 17, Airing Week of 7/1/2019
This Week – Does the Bible ever direct a message to an entire nation? Absolutely, Jeremiah 18:1-8 is the prime example. God refers to Himself as the “potter” shaping the clay at the potter’s wheel. The clay is not only any life; it’s any nation like ours! Claiming to be the potter, God is claiming authority and power over that which is being formed or reformed. It’s a great passage for July 4, 2019!
Monday (7/1) – Author Charles Sykes says we are nation of “whiners, complainers, and blamers”. We use his comments and illustration to set up this appropriate message for Independence Day, 2019. God says He can bless a country; He also says He can bring a curse upon a nation! Does that give you pause? It does me. God can bless a life; He also can bless an entire nation!
Tuesday (7/2) – People resent this scripture. Why? These verses smack against the notion that we are self-directed as a nation or even as an individual. God claims to be the “potter”. He then says “we are the clay”. That makes Him in charge or in control. That is actually offensive to some people. Perhaps it offends you!
Wednesday (7/3) – We talk about my favorite preacher, Ben Haden of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He told me that the most important quality for a minister to have is brokenness. That would not settle well with most ministers that I know today! The Lord will do more with our brokenness than anything else! We share a story about pottery from Israel that will speak to you about your life! It really will!
Thursday (7/4) – Truthfully, our brokenness is the best we have to offer the Lord. We use the story of a 19-year old man involved in drugs, alcohol and violence. He called out to God in his inebriated state. God can hear the prayer of a sober man or woman; He can also hear the prayer of a not so sober man or woman! You may already know that by past experience. Don’t miss this powerful story illustrating this truth.
Friday (7/5) – God can do things TO a nation as well as WITH a nation. God can do the same with your life and mine. We tell an emotional story of a dying man discovering the Lord through his submission to his earthly father and expressing his love to him. What could the Lord do with you submitting to His authority? What would or could happen if you submitted to His Lordship in your life, today?
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The Miracle of Understanding What Matters!
Message 12 in the Series, Airing Week of 6/24/2019
This Week – What matters to you in life? What really matters more than anything? Maybe you know right this moment the answer to those questions. We study a passage that many people thinks was a “blanket statement” for all Christians. It’s not! It was a specific command that Jesus gave to a particular man. Jesus tells a man called the “rich, young ruler”, to sell everything he had and give the proceeds to the poor!
Monday (6/24) – We begin with a story of people who hoard “stuff”. It’s no laughing matter. It becomes the domineering force in people’s lives. Jesus talks to a man who was hoarding money! Jesus wanted him not to realign his wealth, but to realign his god! This may be a message that you or someone you know needs to hear.
Tuesday (6/25) – Everything in your life is either temporary or tentative. Those two words just maybe the two most important words you have heard in a long time. We quote author James Michener who wrote a powerful line in one of his novels. A woman says, “If my husband had just had a different god, he might have been a different man!” Our god will always determine what kind of man or woman we are!
Wednesday (6/26) – The rich man is the story runs up to Jesus and falls at the feet of Jesus. We’ve mentioned this before, but sooner or later you and I will have a “fall at the feet of Jesus” moment. Jesus quotes five of the Ten Commandments and one of the many laws in the Old Testament: “Don’t defraud others”. We speculate that just maybe, he was defrauding people! Jesus never said anything by accident!
Thursday (6/27) – Jesus talks about how difficult for the wealthy to enter heaven! It’s very sobering statement made by Jesus. We’re all wealthy by the way by world standards! We quote Tim Keller from New York who defines idolatry in a way I have never heard before. He talks about 20 different idols that you and I might have in our lives! My guess is that you have never heard this list before!
Friday (6/28) – Most people are willing to die for their “idol or idols”! We demonstrate that in powerful ways. I’ve known people who would never give their lives to Christ, but who would give their lives for an addiction! Whatever we are willing to give our lives for is probably our god. If you and I are honest, we will agree with that statement! There is a miracle in coming to believe in what really matters!
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The Ultimate Miracle: Resurrection
Message 11 in the Series, Airing Week of 6/17/2019
This Week – What you are going through at this time in your life will probably impact what you believe or don’t believe about the resurrection of Christ. Did you know that? Our current situation comes to bear in our belief system. A health challenge, a death in the family, a marital or family crisis can all have a bearing in what we believe! The ultimate miracle is what we study this week: the resurrection of Jesus from the dead!
Monday (6/17) – We begin by reading a letter from a young wife to her husband in 1946 on Easter Sunday. He has survived the Battle of the Bulge and is now in the occupational forces in Europe. They’re both in their 20’s. What she writes is actually profound in terms of their ages. It’s a great introduction to the passage we study in the last chapter of Mark.
Tuesday (6/18) – We read the first 8 verses of Mark 16. Three women have come to a tomb to anoint the dead body of Jesus after the crucifixion. They weren’t anticipating an angel meeting them and the announcement that Jesus was alive! Mark says they left the tomb, not jumping up and down with excitement; they were trembling with fear and bewildered!
Wednesday (6/19) – The resurrection of Christ impacts everything in your life! My hope in life is tied into an event that happened 2,000 years ago! Isn’t that amazing? Regardless of what we face in life and death, we face it with the resurrected Christ. We share a powerful illustration from the World War 2 battle, Iwo Jima in the south pacific, told by James Bradley. You will be moved by his writing!
Thursday (6/20) – All hope in life is ultimately connected to the Risen Lord! Do you and I understand that? Your life will never be the same once you grasp that fact! We tell a story by Hannah Whitehall Smith that just may describe the way you carry your burdens in 2019. We all have burdens, some have more than others. How do you “carry” them? Listen to her great story of burden bearing!
Friday (6/21) – We close talking about funerals. More and more funerals are being referred to as “Celebratory Events”. On one level there is nothing wrong with that. But the hope in death is not connected to celebrating a life alone; it’s claiming what Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross and in His resurrection. Do we all know that?
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The Miracle of Humility
Message 10 in the Series, Airing Week of 6/10/2019
This Week – Have you ever thought of the quality of humility being a “miracle”? It probably is if you’ve ever known a really proud man or woman. It’s hard to imagine an extremely proud person exhibiting humility, and yet by the grace of God, they can! God has the capacity to make a proud person humble. For some, that truly is a miracle! Even for you and me!
Monday (6/10) – Jesus confronts the disciples about their arguing amongst themselves. What was the issue? Believe it or not, it was about which one of them was the greatest in the Kingdom of God! Really? Yes. The desire for prestige and honor plagues us all, if we’re honest. We all fight the tendency to elevate ourselves above others. Listen to today’s program and see if that’s not true!
Tuesday (6/11) – We share a story about a Christian organization that was advising its chapters to evangelize young people by going after the athletes, the scholars, the “movers and the shakers”, and lead them to Christ. Jeff Thomas, who told this story said that might be a good philosophy, but it is bad theology. He admits he would not have been sought out by that organization!
Wednesday (6/12) – Jesus admonition to the disciples might surprise you, but He said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and be the servant of all!” That probably contradicts what you and I both truly think in our hearts. We want people to serve us! He uses the example of children. Children represent the people around you that have no power, no clout, and no influence. That’s who the Lord wants us to serve!
Thursday (6/13) – We tell the story of “Margret” who was a person in a previous ministry who was very small in stature physically and otherwise. And yet, the Lord used her in my life as a person of influence. The “Margarets” of the world are the people God has called us to minister to. Who is your “Margaret”? My guess is you know! How could you minister to them this week?
Friday (6/14) – What is it that could possibly keep you from the Kingdom of heaven? You may want to sit down before you read the next sentence. The thing that could keep you or me out of the kingdom is our pride and arrogance! Pride can be the very thing that keeps us from submitting to the authority of Christ in our lives. We close with a story that may be “too strong” for some people to listen to, but it has power if you’re willing to listen to it.
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The Transfigured Christ!
Message 9 in the Series, Airing Week of 6/3/2019
This Week – If there ever was a miracle in the New Testament that would lend itself to a movie replete with special effects, it would be this one we study this week. It’s called the “transfiguration of Christ”. Jesus changes physically in His appearance in front of Peter, James, and John. We share what that means not only in history, but in your life and mine in 2019!
Monday (6/3) – We begin with the comments of a “whiskey drinking “minister about the transfiguration of Christ. No joke, you’ll just have to listen to the story to see what I mean! We then read the text from Mark about this unique experience in the life of Jesus on earth. His physical appearance was changed profoundly in front of the “inner circle” of disciples.
Tuesday (6/4) – The transfiguration was not something that happened “to Jesus”; it happened “from” Him. He wasn’t zapped by lightning as in a special effect in a sci-fi movie. I personally believe that Peter, James, and John were given a vision of the “resurrected Christ” in advance! We explain what that means!
Wednesday (6/5) – This was an event that happened in a private moment with the three disciples. We give examples of people who share private moments privately! Combat veterans rarely share their combat experiences publically. What have you shared experientially with other people? At the transfiguration, the voice of God says, “This is my Son, listen to Him!” Do you listen to the Lord?
Thursday (6/6) – We share the story of a dying woman sharing with her minister what the Lord was revealing to her in the last stage of her life. Has the Lord revealed anything to you in your life in general? Pay attention to the Lord’s revealing something to you in life through circumstances, people, and His word! We close today’s program with a strange story, perhaps the strangest story I’ve ever told! Listen to it!
Friday (6/7) – Does anyone sense Christ when they are in your presence? If not, why not? The greatest spiritual comment that anyone could make about us is this: “I sense the presence of God when I’m around him or her.” We tell a dramatic story of a woman who came to Christ, not in a “leap”, but in a staggering movement. Maybe it describes you or me! I have a feeling someone reading this line needs to hear today’s program!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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