POTLUCK AND TIMBERS TODAY: Please stay for the potluck dinner and share with everyone great food and good fellowship. We need you to sing at the nursing home and spend a few minutes encouraging the staff and residents. The service starts at 2:30 P.M. and lasts 30 minutes at the most.
THANKS to everyone who helped with the road cleanup yesterday, and a special thanks to Richard Hoyt who set it up. Richard has spent a great deal of time and effort on this project, and people in the community know that we are here to serve and help.
THANKS to Julie and Karl for the information sheet they prepare for us each Sunday that tells us what is going on with our members and their families. Having the addresses on the back of the sheet is a special help. Take a few minutes every day to call or to send a card or note to someone on the list. Just let them know you care. You do not have to be sending anything eloquent, just be a friend and follow the example of Jesus and the apostles as you reach out to people around you. Thank God for everything you have and each day you are strong enough to get out of bed!
A. “Big Boys Don't Cry” is a myth.I. STRONG MEN CRY — DAVID AND ABSALOM
Any weakling can turn their back on need.B. Why do we have tears come from our eyes?
1. Tears clean and lubricate our eyes.C. Can be caused by sorrow or joy, a song, a sunset.
2. Only humans have aesthetic tears. No one knows why.
3. Stress inducing chemicals are removed.
1. Women weep more than men. Why?
2. May be related to life expectancy.
A. Second Samuel 18:16 to 19:10 and 18:28-33.II. JESUS AND JERUSALEM — LUKE 13:34
B. A sign of strength and honor, of real caring.
A. How can Jesus weep over a cold, sinful city (Luke 19:41-44)?III. JESUS AND YOU AND ME — The story of Lazarus.
B. Can the evil around you make you weep?
C. Are we concerned about America?
Are we concerned about Dowagiac, of M-51?
A. Luke 11:4 — Jesus knows what he is going to do.IV. DOES SIN IN YOUR LIFE MOVE YOU TO TEARS?
Knows that Lazarus is dead. Luke 11:11-15B. John 11:32-39. Why does Jesus weep?
1. Jesus knows how much it hurts to lose what you love.C. How much does the pain of others move you?
2. Our God cares.
D. Death brings tears — Jesus hates death.
1 Corinthians 15:24-27 and Revelation 12:2-5.
A. Luke 7:36-50
B. Do we justify sin? How much sin do we admit?
1. Look at Luke 7:47.C. Romans 7:19-24 and 1 John 1:5-10
2. The Pharisee and the Publican Luke 17:10-14
3. How do we approach the sin in our lives?
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THE TEARS OF A FATHER
Our lesson today revolves around how our mind and spirit handle dealing with someone you love having a dangerous illness or disorder. In Mark 9:17-27 we read about a man who had a son who had what appears to be a severe form of epilepsy. I had a student at Riley High School who had an epileptic convulsion every morning at 11:12 A.M. You could set your watch by his seizures, and since no one told me about his condition, my class and I had to learn the hard way how to deal with it. Mark 9:20 tells us perfectly what it was like — “he fell on the ground and rolled about foaming at the mouth.” The father of the boy goes on and explained that his son had been cast into a fire, into pools of water, and was in danger of being killed. My student's seizures would last about three minutes and then he would get up, return to his seat, and we would go on with the class.
Jesus tells the father that all things are possible if you believe, and the father responds in tears, Lord, “I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief!” Have you ever been on the verge of giving up on a child's chances to survive? When my son was having convulsions we were told that there was a new drug that might stop the convulsions. I begged the doctors to prescribe it, and my wife and I prayed desperately for an answer. The doctors refused and since Tim was a chosen child (adopted), we were told to just return him to the welfare agency because he would most likely not see more than another year of life.
We are celebrating Tim's 57th birthday on April 25, and we have seen in action the promise of Romans 8:28 that tells us “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” How often through all of those have I said, Lord, “I believe, help me overcome my unbelief!” Some of the richest experiences of my life and some of the most wonderful human beings in the world have been brought into my life because of Tim. And yet with tears I continue to say, God “help me overcome my unbelief.”
— John Clayton
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