God Stopper: Mercy Said No Part 6
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God Stopper: Mercy Said No Part 6

Most of us have heard the story of the ten lepers that Jesus healed. Ten were physically healed, but only one returned to thank the Healer. Let’s take a look at the story in Luke 17:

“As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

God Stopper: Immediately Part 5
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God Stopper: Immediately Part 5

Have you ever been through a storm that caused you to see God in a different way? Often, we learn much about ourselves, and our God, in the midst of challenges—when we reach the end of our own strength. This was the case for Jesus’s disciples in Matthew 14.

God Stopper: Don’t Go Back Part 4B
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God Stopper: Don’t Go Back Part 4B

If you’ve ever seen a child open his or her gifts at a birthday party, you know that it’s human nature to care more about the gift than the giver. So often, we unwrap the gifts and blessings in our lives with the sole intention of enjoying them—not of thanking the giver.

This was also the case with the man at the Pool of Bethesda in John 5. As soon as Jesus healed him, this is what happened next...

God Stopper: Don’t Go Back Part 4A
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God Stopper: Don’t Go Back Part 4A

Most of us would answer this question in the affirmative. However, there’s a story in John 5 that deserves close examination, where Jesus asks a man this very same question and gets another response. The man at Bethesda, who has been sick for 38 years—paralyzed physically—dodges the question entirely. Let’s take a look...

God Stopper: I Have Come Too Far 3B
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God Stopper: I Have Come Too Far 3B

Lately, we’ve been examining the story of Jairus, and how God’s timing is sometimes much different than our own. As we wrap up our look at Jairus’s miracle—the resurrection of his daughter—there’s one more important principle to make note of. Jairus didn’t only trust God’s timing—he was also willing to keep following Christ even when he didn’t understand how things would work out in the end.

God Stopper: I Have Come Too Far 3A
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God Stopper: I Have Come Too Far 3A

If you’ve followed Christ for any amount of time, you’ve probably realized that God works according to His own timing—not ours. It’s easy to trust this when things are going well; however, when crisis strikes, we can become angry, hurt, confused, and even bitter. We can ask how God can possibly delay in fulfilling what we perceive as our desperate needs.

God Stopper: Out on a Limb Part 2B
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God Stopper: Out on a Limb Part 2B

The story of Zacchaeus has many things to teach us, both about ourselves as followers of Jesus and about Jesus Himself. Perhaps the most amazing part of the story is found in Luke 19:6-10. Let’s take a look.

God Stopper: Out on a Limb Part 2A
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God Stopper: Out on a Limb Part 2A

The story of Zacchaeus has something incredible to teach us about being in the place God has assigned to you. First, let’s look at how Zacchaeus comes to encounter Jesus: Luke 19 tells us, “He ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way. When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. ‘Zacchaeus!’ he said. ‘Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.’”

God Stopper: One Crazy Lady Part 1B
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God Stopper: One Crazy Lady Part 1B

In Mark 5, we meet a woman who had struggled for twelve years with an issue of blood. She had gone to doctors again and again, without relief. Finally, she heard that Jesus was nearby. Verses 27-29 tell us what she did...

God Stopper: One Crazy Lady Part 1
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God Stopper: One Crazy Lady Part 1

In John 18:10, we find a shocking account of the disciples’ run-in with the Roman soldiers. The cohort of soldiers has come to arrest Jesus on the final night of His earthly life. He’s willing to give Himself over to them. Then, this happens...