The word wow isn't found in the Bible. The idea is expressed throughout the scriptures. Moses was wowed when he saw the bush burning and not being consumed. Israel was wowed when they had crossed the Red Sea and God closed the waters to destroy the Egyptians. Are you ever wowed by the ideas mentioned in the Bible? Are you ever wowed by the kindness that God shows you?
When Jesus was living on earth, many times the crowds and the disciples were wowed by Jesus' teaching and His miracles. Notice this scripture. Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, "What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him." Mark 1:27. They realized that a common man did not have power over the demons. Today if we resist the devil, he will flee from us. If we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. WOW!
When the four men carried a paralyzed man to Jesus, even tearing apart the roof to let him down to Jesus, Jesus forgave him of his sins and healed his body. Notice now the response of the crowd. Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!" Mark 2:12. They were wowed by this great power. They had never seen anything like this! Wow, Jesus is great. Today Jesus can take away the sins from one's life. We do not need to do something really great. Just obey him and we are forgiven wow!
There were storms during the first century, just as we have storms in the 21st century. There are even storms which are inside our lives, just as there are weather storms. Jesus stilled the storms twice while he was living on the earth. He can still the storm in your life. Sure the storm is still in our life, but we can handle it. The disciples were in a storm on the sea of Galilee and Jesus came to them walking on the water. WOW! Notice what happened when he got into the boat with them. Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. Mark 6:51.
Jesus went up on the mountain with Peter, James and John. When they came down from the mountain, the crowd ran to Him. Notice: Mark 9:15 Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. The crowd was wowed by his next miracle. He cast out the demon from the boy. The disciples could not cast out that one. Jesus is - wow! Why do people still not believe in Him? What are you doubting? Can Jesus help? Oh, Wow!
Jesus had told His disciples about his coming arrest and crucifixion in Jerusalem. He was going to Jerusalem anyway. Yet, Jesus was not hiding or lagging behind. This amazed the disciples! He again was behaving in such a way as to wow the people. Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him: Mark 10:32. He never shunned a problem. He is always with you during your problems to help you. WOW!
Jesus' resurrection is amazing also. He died and arose as prophesied in the scriptures. This event amazed the people. They were wowed! So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. Mark 16:8.
Are you wowed by the fact that Jesus, the Son of God, died for your sins. When you obey His commands, your sins are forgiven. WOW!
Please continue to remember the following in your prayers:
Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Bob and Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Mark Allen, Tammy Summers (Geneva Magill's neice), Louise Medler (mother-in-law of Jean Butler's daughter), Robert McKee (Patsy Myers' nephew), Melinda Taylor (Bob and Kathy Taylor's daughter), Marie Gilpin (Vernon's sister), Dillin Nelson (4th Grader who recently had severe burns), Steve Sanders (minister at Doniphan), Jennifer Webber, Loyd and Loretta Sullivan, James Godwin, Lonnie Goings (Kathy Harty's brother), and Mickey Allen
Joel Arnold, son of John and Wilma, has been having bad headaches since January. The doctor in Alabama did an MRI on his brain and it showed excessive fluid. He had an appointment yesterday in Nashville, Tennessee, with a neurosurgeon to discuss prognosis and options. At the time of this writing, we did not know the outcome of that doctor's visit. Please keep Joel in your prayers.
Kolby Brown, great grandson of Hazel Weathers, has been released from the hospital and is doing better.
Quentin Smith is home now and improving. He had a good report from his doctor on Wednesday.
Robert McKee, Patsy Myers' nephew, is now under Hospice care. The family would appreciate your continued prayers.
DEALING WITH CANCER: Tom Huff, Edna Kenser, Harold Shaw, Renee Henfling (Mary Spradling's sister), Helena Gardner, Sharon Davis (friend of Joane Kelly), Bobby Miller, Debbie King (Jamie Harty's neice's mother-in-law).
CONFINED TO HOME: Leonard Bates, Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber, Marvella Howe, and Harold Culp.
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in River Mist; U. L. Smith, Alvoy Richardson, Terry Butler, Ruby Dunn, and Lavena Hillis in Westwood; Bill Thornberry in Oakdale.
The first $2,500 of today's Fifth Sunday contribution will go toward the Church budget, and whatever is given above that amount will go toward the Building Debt.
The Tuesday Morning Bible Class will resume on April 7 at 10:00 a.m.
The Highland Food Pantry is well-stocked at the present time, and your generosity is greatly appreciated.
The Crowley's Ridge College 15th Annual Bible Lectureship is scheduled for April 12-15, with theme from Acts, "You Will Be My Witnesses."
Because of the hurricane in the area where Randy English lives, they are in need of financial help. If you would like to make a donation, please note on your check, "Cyclone Relief, Randy English" and send to:
Forest Park Church of Christ
P.O. Box 1405
Forest Park, GA 30298
Please check the bulletin board for further information about the following upcoming area events:
Crowley's Ridge College Annual
Lectureship, April 12-15
Ladies Day at Doniphan
Annual Youth Rally, on May 2
Central Church of Christ in Paducah
(RSVP by April 29th)
Many times in my life the calm waters have been stirred. Stirring waters are signs of change. When the water stirs, the course of time may be altered. One might be called upon to make some remarkable changes in their life.
There was once a man who could do nothing to change his condition. He was lying by the healing pool to wait for the waters to physically stir. When the waters stirred, the people would get in the water for healing.
The big problem was this man could not get in the water. He would beg for assistance but everyone was too busy getting in the pool to help him. He never made it to the water while it was stirring. Then along came Jesus and the man reports to him.
"Sir," the invalid replied, "I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me." (John 5.7)
Jesus had the answer. "Then Jesus said to him, 'Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.' At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked." (vs. 8-9)
Many opportunities pass us by. The door is open but we can't get through the door because it is jam packed with people going through the door. Before we can get in, the door is closed. The water is stirring, but we can't make it to the water.
The good news is this...Jesus knows our situation. He will not leave us without an answer. He will come to our aid.
Listen to Jesus: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matt. 11.28-30)
Is the water stirring in your life? You can't seem to make it to the water in time? Wait on Jesus. Listen to His Word. You might find yourself doing something you could never do before.
Rick Woodall, Sterling Heights,
1. Be patient with the faults of others; they have to be patient with yours. 2. This would be a wonderful world if men showed as much patience in all things as they do in waiting for a fish to bite. 3. Patience is the ability to throttle your motor when you feel like stripping the gears.
-- Bulletin Gold via Palatka church bulletin
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Read also Matthew 7:24-27
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Read also Mark 16:15-16, James 2:24, John 12:42
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Read also Acts 17:30, Luke 13:3
Acts 8:36-37 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If you believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Read also Matthew 10:32-33
Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Read also Acts 2:38 and Romans 6:3-4
2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Read also Revelation 2:10
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