Posts made in August, 2016

Parents – what are you saying? 0

Parents – what are you saying?

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Today's Teaching

TEXT: ‘“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.’ – John 9:3 NLT THOUGHT: The healings of the Blind Man 1 and the Lame Man at the Temple 2 are remarkable miracles, but in this teaching I want to concentrate on the role of their parents and how they might have reacted at the birth and subsequent upbringing of their child. The joy of conception “I’m going to have a baby.” “That’s wonderful news!” No pre-natal scans, just the wait to discover the sex and health of the baby, unless of course God had revealed it specifically as with Mary the mother of Jesus. 3 The misery at birth Instead of a bouncing, healthy baby, something’s wrong – blind and lame. The disappointment and confusion, for children are a gift from the Lord. 4 These parents would have hesitated from going to the temple with a thanksgiving offering. They knew that the priest was likely to say, “This is the result of sin, it is God’s curse on you and your family.” Such wrong teaching leaves parents angry and confused, especially if they cannot think of anything they have done or are...

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God-Appointed Meetings 0

God-Appointed Meetings

Posted by on Aug 14, 2016 in Today's Teaching

TEXT: ‘A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”’ – John 4:7 THOUGHT: The Biblical account of Jesus meeting this woman at Jacob’s well is so interesting. The narrative records Jesus wanting to leave Judea and return to Galilee. It states, ‘He needed to go through Samaria.’ 1 Actually it would have been safer to have avoided the area because of hostility between the Jews and Samaritans. But Jesus being led by the Holy Spirit took that route and it resulted in a God-appointed meeting. The same can happen to us if we are led by the Spirit. Rest – ‘Jesus, being wearied from His journey, sat by the well’ Jesus was unique as God in a human body. He physically experienced things that we do. He was hungry, 2 weary from the demands of the ministry and travel, 3 thirsty, 4  and wept. 5 Always remember Jesus understands when we go through similar experiences. 6 Request – ‘Give me a drink’ Surprisingly this woman comes alone at the hottest part of the day to draw water. She was astonished that Jesus, a Jew would ask her, a Samaritan for a drink. Jesus responded by talking about living water which aroused...

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