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Showing posts from January, 2019

Release & Recovery

(Isaiah Scroll from the Dead Sea Scrolls) Hannah was spending the night with her grandparents. At bath-time Hannah asked her grandmother if they were going to church the next morning. When Grandma said yes, Hannah turned up her nose and said, “I don’t like Sunday school.” “But Hannah,” Grandma replied, “we should learn all we can about God.” “I learned all about that when we lived in Illinois.” “Well, I’ve been going to church all my life and I haven’t learned   everything   about God,” Grandma said. “Maybe you weren’t paying attention.” Today we are going to read the story of someone who went to church all his life, only in his day they didn’t call it church. They called it the synagogue. And some say this guy did know everything about God—just like Hannah claimed—only he really did. How would you like to be in church, or synagogue, the day that guy came to preach? Well, here’s our chance to be like flies on the wall. Listen for God’s word to you from Luke 4:14-21…

The Power to Change

Mark Twain once said, “The only person who likes change is a wet baby.” We all struggle with accepting change at one time or another. But when change is really for the better, and that is evident to us, it does make change a little easier to accept. Today we are going to look at a story in the life and ministry of Jesus that shows us his tremendous power to bring about change. The story is recounted to us in John 2:1-11. Listen for God’s word to you… On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.  2  Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.  3  When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”  4  And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.”  5  His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”  6  Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallo