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“Blind Intersection” – Healing a Blind Man – PALM SUNDAY

Sermon – Matt 21:1-11 / John 9:1-12

Psalm 119:105-112

“Blind Intersection” –  PALM SUNDAY

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From Palm Sunday to Good Friday, the blindness of the man healed seems to have struck many in Jerusalem.

Blindness comes in many forms.

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“What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.

They all answered, “Crucify him!” Matthew 27:22  

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Between the time the blind man was healed and Palm Sunday, there were few, if any, who didn’t know who Jesus was.

Whether they believe IN Jesus or not, most people know of Him.

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When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” Matthew 21:10-11

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The stronger our relationship with God, the more we go beyond simply knowing who He is.

Believing leads to the power and freedom of being healed.

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Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. John 9:38

Study Questions:

1)    Palm Sunday, for many, is a mountain top experience. What makes it a mountain top experience and where do you go from there?

2)    What is required of us to stay close to the top of the mountain? Is it reasonable to think that one can maintain that level of intensity?

3)    Where might the “parade” lead you on your way down the mountain? Might an inner struggle ensue?

4)    The man healed of his blindness would likely have become one of Jesus more devout followers. Would you have seen him on Palm Sunday? On Good Friday? Why?

5)    In our lives, we often go back and forth from Palm Sunday to Good Friday. What is our hope on that road?

6)    Our intermittent blindness plays a part in that yo-yo effect. What is our only hope in being rid of the blindness? Discuss our being healed of this “blindness.”

 

“Men at Work” – Feeding the 5,000 – Bruce Lerum

Sermon – John 6:1-14         

2 Kings 4: 42-44

Men at Work

 

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The crowd followed Jesus because they saw the miracles he performed.

Following Jesus is about more than what he does. It’s about who He is!

 

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Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

 

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A boy gave five loaves and two fish.

Giving to the point of actual, genuine sacrifice is a bit uncommon.

 

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Gen 22:2 Then God said [to Abraham], “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

 

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Jesus fed more than 15,000 people with five loaves and two fish.

God will care for us even when we give in amounts we never imagined we could.

 

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John 6:13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

 

Qs

1)    The crowd followed because of the great signs he had performed; the miracles. What would cause them to do that? How would that appeal to us?

 

2)    Sometimes giving happens with little or no regard for our own needs. Would be willing to give up your lunch if it was all you had? What do you suppose persuaded the boy to do that? (Remember that he had been listening to Jesus preach).

 

3)    How much of what you have are you willing to give that might even remotely put you in a place of having nothing to eat or a roof over your head?

 

4)    Not only was there enough food, but there were 12 baskets of leftovers. How could that be? What is the importance of Jesus saying, “Let nothing be wasted!”?

 

5)    How has the way you grew up – for instance, parental influence or your family’s economic status – influenced your own habits of wasting or not wasting, sharing, or giving?

“Merging Traffic” – The Wedding at Cana – Bruce Lerum

Sermon – John 2:1-12

Exodus 15:22-27

Mar 1, 2015

 

Merging Traffic

 

Our idea of what God should do is based on our limited experience.

God’s idea is based on his infinite wisdom

 

Genesis 16:2  [Sarai] said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said.

 

We don’t know how God will show up in our lives.

We just know he will.

 

John2:7-8 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

 

One simple act by us can change something.

One act by God changed everything!

 

John 15:13 Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

 

 

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Abram and Sarai thought they could help God out by Abram having a son by Hagar. What were they overlooking when it comes to their need to control?

 

Mary, Jesus’ mother, gives us an inkling that she knew to trust her son when she said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” How do we put ourselves in that place of trust?

 

What will it take for you to trust like Mary?

 

Jesus doesn’t do anything until his time has come and the timing is all about glorifying God.   What is it about waiting on God’s timing that makes you anxious?

 

God’s timing is always perfect. Who would have predicted the changing of water into wine at this wedding? No matter how we think things should turn out, talk about how God’s solutions are always not just better, but superior to ours.

 

Talk about a time when God’s superior timing was true in your life. Does that change the way you now “wait” on God?

“Hospital Zone” – Healing at the Pool – Pastor Bruce Lerum

Mar 8 John 5:1-17

Acts 16: 9-15

Hospital Zone

 

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We can be paralyzed by the events of our life…

and disabled to the point that we can’t move.

 

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John 5:7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

 

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There are times when we feel so helpless that we believe no one can deliver us.

There is a healing pool just waiting for us to take a dip…

and we have plenty of help from Jesus.

 

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Psalm 91:14 Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;

I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

 

The sirens are silent in the hospital zone, but the activity intensifies inside.

After the healing, life begins; but that doesn’t mean it gets easier.

 

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John 5:14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”

 

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The paralyzed man in our Scripture waited by the healing pool. Having been paralyzed for 38 years, he had seen many get healed instead of him. What prevented him from being the first one in? Do see signs of a “pity party” in his comments?

 

There are times when we feel so helpless that we believe no one can deliver us. Where is our trust level in Jesus at times like that? If we love Jesus and believe He is our Savior, why would we not trust?

 

Jesus asked him if he wanted to be healed, but we don’t hear him give a direct answer. Why would Jesus heal him if the man didn’t ask for it?

 

What kind of therapy did the man need after Jesus healed him? Why or why not?

 

Jesus told him to stop sinning. Jesus tells us the same thing. What does this mean? How does our relationship with Jesus impact this? What implications does this have on our everyday life?

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