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Distractions

Servant of All Message Series

August 4, 2019 • Pastor Tim Cruz

Mark 8:1-21 NIV→ 1 “During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, ​ 2 ​“I have compassion for these people;they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. ​ 3 ​If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.” ​ 4 ​His disciples answered, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?” ​ 5 ​“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied. ​ 6 ​He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so. ​ 7 ​They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. ​ 8 ​The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. ​ 9 ​About four thousand were present. After he had sent them away, ​ 10 ​he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha. ​11 ​The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. ​12 ​He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it.” ​ 13 ​Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side. ​ 14 ​The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15 ​“Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.” 16 ​They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.” ​17 ​Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? ​ 18 ​Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?​ 19 ​When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” “Twelve,” they replied. ​ 20 ​“And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” They answered, “Seven.” 21 ​He said to them, “Do you still not understand?” Matthew 25:35 NIV→ ​ “​35 ​For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,” Matthew 6:31 NIV→​ “​31 ​So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?” John 6:35 ESV→ ​“Jesus said to them, “I am the 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV→​ ​“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Proverbs 3:5 NIV→​ “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”

The Great Round Up

August 18, 2019 • Pastor Rick Cobiski

Text Mark 8:34-38 34 Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. 35 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.  36 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? 37 Is anything worth more than your soul?  38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” 1 Peter 4:13 Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world. 1 Peter 5:10 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.

I Can See Clearly Now

Servant of All Message Series • August 11, 2019 • Pastor Mary Bard

Mark 8: 22-26 22 And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” 24 And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” 25 Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 And he sent him to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.” 27 And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30 And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him. 31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” Genesis 18:13-14 13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? Luke 19:10 - "For the son of man came to seek and save that which was lost." Matthew 3:16-17 16 After his baptism, as soon as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God coming down in the form of a dove. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, and I am wonderfully pleased with him.” Matthew 11:2-3 2 John the Baptist, who was now in prison, heard about all the miracles the Messiah was doing, so he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, 3 “Are you really the one we are waiting for, or shall we keep on looking?” Isaiah 53:4-6 4 Yet it was our grief he bore, our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, for his own sins! 5 But he was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace; he was lashed—and we were healed! 6 We—every one of us—have strayed away like sheep! We, who left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet God laid on him the guilt and sins of every one of us! Isaiah 55:8-9 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 1 Corinthians 3:19 - The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. 2 Peter 1:5-9
 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;  6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;  7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

The Incredibles

Servant of All Message Series • July 28, 2019 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen

Philippians 2:1-7 “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, ..." Mark 7:31-37 31 “Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, ‘Ephphatha,’ that is, ‘Be opened.’ 35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, ‘He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.’” #The Incredibles - Five Key Things We Can Practice To Show Compassion To The World Around Us! #1 The Incredible Power of Attention #2 The Incredible Power of Touch #3 The Incredible Power of Empathy #4 The Incredible Power of Affirmation #5 The Incredible Power of God’s Word Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” 2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness”