Series: Lenten Devotion (12 of 20) by Christopher Harbin

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NOTE: This sermon is part 23 and 24 of a 40 part devotional series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Twenty-Third Day (23 of 40)
Series: Lenten Devotion
Christopher Harbin
I Samuel 28:16-17

‘‘Samuel said: ‘If Yahweh has turned away from you and is now your enemy, don’t ask me what to do. I’ve already told you: Yahweh has sworn to take the kingdom from you and give it to David. And that’s just what he’s doing!’’’ 1 Samuel 28:16-17

We want to put out a fleece like Gideon until we get the answers we seek. We aren’t so willing to trust what we know is God’s will. It has always been this way. It is the same for the gambler and lotto player. If the roll of the dice does not work the first time, we try again until we get the answers we seek. The best two out of three becomes the best out of eleven. We are the child repeating a request of his parents again and again, hoping they will eventually change their minds, giving in to our will.


Twenty-Fourth Day (24 of 40)
Series: Lenten Devotion
Christopher Harbin
Mark 8:24

‘‘The man looked up and said, ‘I see people, but they look like trees walking around!’’’ Mark 8:24

Jesus’ way of healing was sometimes strange. Why did Jesus heal this blind man in two steps? Wouldn’t one have been sufficient? Was he unsure of what he was doing? Did he need the practice by trial and error? What we know of Jesus makes that unlikely. There must be a better explanation for this strange account of healing a blind man. After all, Jesus had a reason for everything he said and did.
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