Faith and Belief

Faith can be a driving force in one's life. It can drive you to seek, to find, to succeed. Belief sometimes is based upon seeing what faith can accomplish. Sometimes belief is not present but fear is. Jesus encountered both situations in short order on at least one occasion. First He is sought out by a ruler of a temple as the man's daughter is ill - near death. On the way to the ruler's house, a crowd is pressing in upon Jesus. In the crowd is a woman who has been ill for 12 years; she has heard of the miracles of Jesus and believes that if she can get close enough to just touch His garment then she will be cured. In the meantime, the ruler's daughter dies; Jesus tells the man not to fear but to believe. All in all quite an amazing story. 

What is the level of your faith? How about your belief? Do you believe that just being in close proximity to Jesus will affect your life? Even after witnessing what Jesus can do, are you still struggling with fear of the unknown or is your belief strong?

Man on a Mission (Who Sinned?)

Jesus was an amazing person when he lived. For the son of a carpenter with no known formal education, he knew his scripture extremely well. In this message we begin with a review of Psalm 139:13-16 before getting into the main content of the message. Jesus could easily stand up to the Pharisees, however, he also knew how to choose messengers to deliver messages to the Pharisees very well. 

We look at a man who was blind from birth and who made his living as a beggar. The examination of the now sighted man and his parents by the Pharisees is quite a story and a lesson in schooling for the Pharisees. 

Give a listen and pay attention not just to the lesson taught to the Pharisees but also to lessons that may be being taught to you in your daily activities. Let go of the blindness and gain your sight. 


Matthew 8: Jesus Cleanses a Leper

Jesus has just finished a huge teaching (the Sermon on the Mount) and as he and his disciples are returning home, he is approached by a leper. As you listen to this message instead of hearing leperousy or leper, hear sins or sinner. When you do this it really becomes clear what it means to hear Jesus say "I will; be clean".