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Sunday (November 16) I moved to one of the more familiar miracles performed by our Master. The story of the woman with the issue of blood. I have preached this passage many times all over the country but I never used an outline to preach it until now. So please indulge me as I use a larger outline than normal due to the immensity of the story.
Text: Mark 5:25-34 (NKJV)
Title: The Saviour Who is Able
(v.25a) The Common woman
(v.25b+26) The Critical Condition
She was diseased "An issue of blood"
She was desperate "had suffered many things from many physicians"
She was destitute "She had spent all that she had"....
(v.27a) The Curious Interest
(v.27b) The Courageous Effort
(v.28) The Confident Hope
(v.29) The Complete Healing
(v.30) The Conscious Experience
(v.31) The Confused Spokesmen
(v.32-34) The Confirming Word
We are truly having a wonderful time making our way through Mark's magnificent account of the Ministry of Jesus. Here's my text and outline from Sunday (November 9):
Text: Mark 5:21-24 (NKJV or ESV)
Title: The Saviour Who Cares
(v.21a) The Return He makes.
(v.21b) The Reception He receives.
(v.22a) The Ruler who came.
(v.22b) The Reverence he showed.
(v.23) The Request he makes.
(v.24) The Response that's given.
As we continue to make our way through Marks moving gospel, this Sunday I will complete the story of Jesus' encounter with the demoniac of Gadara. This has been a great study at our church, but I will conclude this story this Sunday (11/2/08)
Title: The Boldness a Blessing Brings or Holy Boldness
(v.18a) The Departure from the Region.
(v.18b) The Devotion of the Restored.
(v.19a) The Denial of the Request.
(v.19b) The Directive for the Regenerated.
(v.200 The Declaration of the Redeemed.
Sunday (10/26/08) I finished what I started the previous Sunday.
Text: Mark 5:1-17 (NKJV or ESV)
Title: Lord of the Demons (part 2)
(v.8+9) The Sovereign Command
(v.10-13) The Strange Request
(v.14-17) The Sobering Response
This past Sunday 10/19/08 I preached from the second of four miracles performed by our Lord in this cluster of miracles found in Mark's moving gospel from chapters 4:35-41 through the end of chapter 5. Have you noticed that in chapter 4 Jesus gives, teaches, lays out 4 parables and then he performs 4 miracles for the purpose of testing to see if His disciples were now ready to live out what they had just learned. And I believe one of His points for this sequence is to show us (His Disciples also) that at every level there are different devils to deal with. But Sunday I preached part 1 of:
Text: Mark 5:1-17
Title: Lord of the Demons (part 1)
(v.1) The Safe Arrival
(v.2-5) The Sudden Confrontation
(v.6+7) The Submissive Bow
Sunday (10/12/08) I preached from one of the "pet" passages on the miraculous power of Jesus Christ. For the next couple of weeks as I continue to make my way through Mark's gospel, I'll be dealing with Jesus' power over difficulties, demons, disease and death. But Sunday I entitled my message The Story of Two Storms. Not only was there a storm on the sea of Galilee but there was also a storm in the hearts of his disciples because they said in verse 38 "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?" After all that they had seen Jesus do, after all that they had heard Jesus teach, after all the miracles Jesus had performed before their very eyes, they still had the nerve to ask, "do You not care that WE (your disciples) are perishing?"
Text: Mark 4:35-41 (NKJV or ESV)
Title: The Story of Two Storms
(v.35+36) The Strategic Withdrawal
(v.37) The Sudden Situation (3 Things about the situation)
It was Sudden (v.37a) "And there AROSE a great storm"
It was Severe (v.37b) "and the waves BEAT into the boat"
It was Serious (v.37c) "so that it was ALREADY filling."
(v.38a) The Sleeping Savior
(v.38b) The Shaken or Struggling Saints (3 things the disciples forgot)
1. They forgot what Jesus SAID. "Let us cross over to the the other side."
2. They forgot Jesus was WITH them.
3. They forgot Jesus was AT PEACE in the same situation.
(v.39) The Sovereign Authority
(v.40) The Sharp Rebuke
(v.41) The Solemn Consideration
Sunday (10/05/08) I preached from another passage that was quite challenging but very relevant for any congregation. I preached The Parable of The Mustard Seed. I challenge the brothers to preach the parables. The didactic nature of a parable can be quite insightful for your people. The expression Preaching is Reaching, Teaching is Keeping and Training is Possessing can be an end result of quality preaching and teaching from the parables of our Lord.
But this Sunday I preached from:
Text: Mark 4:30-34 (NKJV or ESV)
Title: The Mustard Seed that Grew
(v. 30) The Stimulating Question
(v. 31-32) The Simple Parable
(v. 33-34) The Saviours Technique
Brothers we are NOT Professionals by: John Piper
Famine in the Land by: Steven J. Lawson
The Deliberate Church by: Mark Dever
Ashamed of The Gospel by: John F. MacArthur
Biblical Preaching by: Haddon W. Robinson
Planning your Preaching by: Stephen Nelson Rummage
I am currently reading a book entitled: Prophetic Untimeliness By: Os Guiness
Dr. Sandy F. Ray ---- Dr. M.C. Williams
Dr. Manuel L. Scott Sr. ---- Dr. William J. Shaw
Dr. Gardener C. Taylor ---- Dr. A. Louis Patterson Jr.
Dr. C.A.W. Clark ---- Dr. J. H. Jackson
Dr. Joel C. Gregory ---- Dr. E. K. Bailey
Dr. Mack King Carter ---- Dr. Wallace S. Hartsfield
Dr. Fredrick G. Sampson----- Dr. Johnny R. Youngblood
Dr. Michael P. Williams
Rev. H.B. Charles
Dr. Harry S. Wright
Dr. William Augustus Jones
Dr. E.V. Hill
Dr. Nelson H. Smith
Dr. Robert Smith (Beeson Seminary)
Dr. L.K. Curry
Dr. Steven J. Lawson
Dr. John MacArthur
Dr. David Jeremiah
Dr. John Piper
Dr. Howard Hendricks
This is Pastor William Bass, senior pastor of Praise Covenant Christian Center in Springfield, VA. I am inviting you to ck out our new 24/7 online gospel radio station. Go to www.praise2go.com After you have checked it out please e-mail me bk with your comments and thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org looking to hear from you soon. Have a blessed day.
Subject: A Need For Men and Women of God in Politics!
Dear Preachers and Those in Ministry:
I need some bold preachers to go with me into the lion’s den!
I am a veteran African American Republican who in 1979, God sent into the Republican Party to bring about change and to bring down the walls of prejudice and call the party back to the place of its original birth as the Party of Lincoln.
This has not been an easy battle. I have shared those experiences in the book I wrote, Black Eyes Shut – White Lips Sealed (victorysongcollectionspublications.com). Yet I have stood against all odds, and now it is time to take it to the next level.
What I have seen is that the racism, mean spiritedness and the foolishness that is within the Republican Party is mostly at the top. Those who rise to the top, in most cases are the perpetrators. But when you go to the grass roots level, this almost is not there or it is in lesser degrees. Many at the grass roots level are those who believe what we believe, work with us and even share sweet fellowship. However, when you begin to get involved at the party level, this is where the demons of racism rear their heads and stand as gatekeepers.
Having taught American Government, State and Local Government and International Politics and Culture of Non-Western Countries as a political science professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, I understand government at all levels – even globally. I know what it will take to break the hold and to get pass the political gatekeepers. Sit-in and protests will do absolutely nothing! Even prayer alone will not suffice. But with the power of prayer, as well as the wisdom of God, we have to move into both parties and carve out a place for ourselves as Americans, if we want to share in America’s political power base. Yes, this means moving even into the Republican Party.
As the national chair for the Black Republican Women Organization, I began back in 1987 recruiting African American women into the GOP, who were not willing to be tokens, but who could retain their blackness.
Presently, I head the National Republican African American Caucus. It is a unique republican organization because it allows African Americans to be a part of a collective body that can and will bring about change. Our goal is 1.5 million by 2012, and 500,000 in 2010. You may ask why so many? It is because political strength is in numbers! In politics, believe it or not, it has very little to do with color. It has to do with numbers and the ability to write the check. If you can show you have a substantial number of people who can stand as a voting block, and have the ability to finance your own cause, then you become a significant player within the political landscape. This is the ONLY way that we gain and retain political power. This is how we as African Americans get to the table, have a voice and place ourselves in appointed and elected positions. This is how we stop some of the foolishness that is going on in politics.
As an African American Republican, I proudly voted for President Obama in the general election. But his ability to win was because he was able to get beyond the gatekeepers and become a political player within the Democratic Party. Now we have to do the same thing within the Republican Party!
Having said all of this, I need men and women of God who will join with me to fulfill this mandate, and will join the NRAAC and even begin local caucuses. I don’t want everyone! Because it is important to remain political players in both parties. We need to be in the Democratic and Republican parties. I just need a significant number of praying people, and those who are strong and can take a stand for what is right to come into the Republican fold, so that our voices are heard.
I ask you to go to the NRAAC website at www.nraacaucus.org and see what we are all about. Then pray about this and see if you are one of the ones who God is saying, “I call you to take a stand on the other side (the Republican Party), so that you can make a difference.”
Also see if perhaps God is calling you to serve in a leadership capacity. In November, we will be making new appointments of regional and state chairs, and advisory board and national board members. If you are interested, and decide to become a member, you may submit your name, bio/resume for consideration.
I look forward to those of you who are godly and truly believe in justice and compassionate, yet self-responsibility and responsible government, joining our ranks!
…And for those of you who already are Republicans, we welcome you to the family of African American Republicans.
Let’s ALL go forth, and make a positive difference regardless of which party we are in!
Feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, and to pass this e-mail on. Tennessee also has a state caucus at www.tnraacaucus.org. The websites for other states should be up by the end of October 2010. We welcome members from all states!
Look forward to hearing from you and even seeing you at the April 9th – 10th NRAAC Conference. Our theme: Setting the Republican Agenda to Include People of Color.
In His Service,
Dr. Jean Howard-Hill, Nat’l Chair
Pastor, good to see everything is going well. It has been a long time. I wanted to let you know that our last conversation was a blessing to my life and ministry. I'm always impressed with the talented, gifted preachers that went to my alma mater. You, Adolph, Campbell, even my big brother (craig). I pray one day that I can be as much of a blessing as you guys have been to me. Be blessed Pastor.