What are the lessons that we learn from the healing of the paralytic who was lowered through the roof to the feet of Jesus? Christ-followers today are much more likely to be accepting of the forgiveness of sin, which caused the religious leaders to label Jesus as a blasphemer, than they are of the reality ..
[extra]ordinary day, Part 2: Healing/Forgiving the Paralytic Luke 5:17-26
by Jarrett Stevens
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Jesus was amazed at the genuine faith of the Roman centurion who sought healing for his servant. The centurion understood authority both from being the authority and being under authority-and he trusted Jesus, whose authority always started with a base of acceptance. Many in Jesus' day heard his words ..
24 Hours...A Day in the Life of Jesus, Part 3: A Soldier's Faith Amazes Jesus
by Mike Breaux
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Rediscovering Faith Like A Child
Sometimes in life we trade in trust for belief. We need to let go of having everything figured out. We need to learn to have childlike faith. We need to trust in God. Do you know anyone who lives life like a child, ..
25 Going on 5
by Steve Gillen
"You can't just say it to necessarily make it so" is the message of James 2:14-26 when he claims a personal pronouncement of one's Christian faith needs some corroborating evidence. The acid test of a genuine faith is ample evidence of a changed life. That is not to say that we are justified by faith ..
A Faith That Works, Part 11: Developing Christian Confidence
by Bill Hybels
What will you do when the dark and desperate days of pain and suffering come? The book of James gives an answer: have patience and persevere. Be patient, because if you have been persecuted, God knows this and on the Day of Judgement, will settle all moral accounts. If you have been suffering, God ..
A Faith That Works, Part 15: Press On
by Lee Strobel
The theme of this message is as David once prayed "Who knows? God might be gracious. God might do something supernatural." In the conclusion of his letter, James uses the example of Elijah's prayers over the people of Israel. We can use the same example in our lives. Some things that God may be prompting ..
A Faith That Works, Part 18: All Things Are Possible
Using the biblical story of Abraham's response to God's request to sacrifice his son Isaac, the question is posed: What is our response when God asks us to take bold risks and put all the time and talents he's given us on the altar? It is because of faith in our God we should be willing to be available, ..
A Personal Risk...A Dangerous Faith
by Steve Wu
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Adventures in Missing the Point, Part 1: Faith
When God stirs you to some adventure and you sense his presence beside you as you move forward to exciting results, it's an amazing feeling. But what about those times that you've felt led and then the adventure falls apart? Or maybe there are stretches when you've just felt yourself flatlining, not ..
An Unexpected Faith