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Jesus-style Ministry is Ministry to the Broken

Jesus didn't come to make healthy people feel better about themselves. He came for the sick. He came for the broken. He came for those who could acknowledge their need for deep, soul healing. And he almost got killed for doing so. The first time Jesus revisited his hometown of Nazareth after having been baptized, he went to the synagogue to participate in Sabbath worship. Young man would often participate in the service by reading from the Scriptures. So someone handed Jesus …

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Can You Just Heal My Boy?

"I begged your disciples to cast out the spirit, but they couldn't do it." (Luke 9:40 NLT) The disciples had plenty of great experiences to boast about. They were in the inner circle. They had been hanging out with one of Israel's most popular rabbis. But on this day, they were powerless. They had religious solutions to offer, but this man wanted just one simple thing... "Can you just heal my boy?" Sometimes we have a ton of great answers to offer, but no one is asking …

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How to Fix Broken Relationships

Context: The following are my notes for a message to the men gathering for Saddleback's Herd Saturday, which is why it's a message directed primarily at men. Two Things Men Do Well We've been raising both a daughter and a son. I've watched my daughter grow from a baby to an eight year old. She has an amazing imagination. She writes, draws, paints, and builds things. Now I'm watching my son grow up and he just turned one year old. I've already noticed a significant …

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Easter Means Healing Now, Hope Forever

Let me focus in for a moment on Simon Peter, one of the key disciples surrounding Jesus. You may know the story by heart in which Peter asserted that He would never dessert the Lord Jesus, to which Jesus replied, “Before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.” Sure enough, Peter forsook his allegiance to the Lord Jesus and denied Him, even cursing, to distance Himself from the cross. For Peter, the story didn’t end there. There was a time of restoration and …

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I Believe In Divine Healing

When W. A. Criswell was asked, "Do you believe in divine healing?" his response was simply, "Is there any other kind?" I love that! James 5 contains a passage of Scripture that addresses prayer. It's often misunderstood, but if we grasp its meaning, we'll unlock some amazing truths that will mature us in our prayer life. 13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the …

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Recovering From My Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Just a quick update. My wisdom teeth extraction took less than an hour. When we left the oral surgeon's office we headed to Walmart where I was instructed to wait in the car while my wife got my prescriptions filled. I got bored and tried to get out of the car, which set the alarm off. So I wandered into the store in search of Angie. I couldn't find her, so I made a bank deposit and stumbled back to the pharmacy again. When she found out where I was, I was in …

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God’s People Past Midnight

I recently watched one of the great Christmas classics of the past... Gremlins! When you feed the cute, cuddly little magwi's past midnight, what happens? They turn into little green monsters with big claws and try to eat you. Way off subject... what happens to God's people after midnight? They keep on loving each other. Yesterday, Louis Shults, one of our Deacons had open heart surgery. The surgery was longer than expected, but successful. They did have some issues with …

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