Author: Stephen

  • I pledge allegiance…

    John 9We only know what is true by faith. Doubt and cynicism will make us blind.I. By faith we gain wisdom through sickness and pain.(9:1-7)The Healing: Jesus corrects the disciples & heals the blind man.A. The disciples were wrong to assume people get what they deserve. B. The blind man gained a lot of wisdom by suffering. II. By faith we rightly understand the circumstances of our lives. (9:29-33)The Debate: The once blind man schools…

  • Jesus Heals a Paralytic at Bethesda

    John 5:1-18 In this true story from the life of our Lord, we see the love and the wrath of God perfectly balanced. Mercy: “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”Justice: “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” I. In a broken world, paralysis seems normal. A. The paralytic did not answer “yes” because he given up hope long ago. B. The pool displayed a false view…

  • Faith Makes Us Well

    Mark 5:21-43I. Out of desperation we believe. Jairus and the unnamed woman were desperate. A. Every other healer had failed the nameless woman so she came desperately to Jesus. B. Jairus fell at the feet of Jesus and pleaded because he was desperate for his only child. C. We too are driven desperately to God in prayer when we have a problem. II. Without faith, we cannot be healed. Sickness tested Jairus and the woman’s…

  • Racial Reconciliation, Jesus Style

    “Jesus offers living water”           John 4 The hold:  “Will you give me a drink”  Knowing God personally is as essential to spiritual life as water is to physical life.  Living relationship with God is available to everyone without prejudice.  The take down:  “Go call your husband and come back” Jesus answers our moral objections:  God loves people who have messed up.  Jesus answers our intellectual objections:  We can know the truth in our hearts. The…

  • Jesus teaches about the New Birth

    John 3:1-18 Rabbi Nicodemus of the Jewish ruling counsel comes to Jesus at night to ask questions.How can we be made alive from the inside out? I. New birth is a work of the Holy Spirit. 3:1-8 A. People are both physical and spiritual. B. Being spiritually dead, only God can make us alive. II. New birth comes through faith in the Son of God. 3:9-15 A. All they had to do is look, but…