by Christopher Harbin

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NOTE: This sermon is part 25 and 26 of a 40 part devotional series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Twenty-Fifth Day (25 of 40)
Series: Lenten Devotion
Christopher Harbin
Mark 10:51

‘‘Jesus asked, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man answered, ‘Master, I want to see!’’’ Mark 10:51

What is it with Jesus and blind men? With the first, Jesus practiced to get it right. Now, he does not seem to understand that a blind man would want to be healed of his blindness! Surely that can’t be right. So why should Jesus bother asking a blind man such a lame question, ‘‘What do you want me to do for you?’’ That would have been obvious to anyone present who knew the man was blind!

Perhaps we should back up just a little in the story Mark was telling. James and John had just been asking Jesus for a favor. One of them wanted the privilege of being second in command in Jesus’ coming kingdom. The other wanted the next position in line. To be honest, they both really wanted the point position of full command, but knew that was simply beyond their reach. Since they couldn’t be God, they would settle for the positions next in line.


Twenty-Sixth Day (26 of 40)
Series: Lenten Devotion
Christopher Harbin
Esther 3:12-14

‘‘When Mordecai was told what Esther had said, he sent back this reply, ‘Don’t think that you will escape being killed with the rest of the Jews, just because you live in the king’s palace. If you don’t speak up now, we will somehow get help, but you and your family will be killed. It could be that you were made queen for a time like this!’’ Esther 3:12-14

Esther’s began as the classic rags to riches story - from an orphaned foreigner to queen of the world’s greatest superpower! Her people had been despised, conquered, and deported, yet she had risen to the position of queen of the foreign power. Now here people were in great peril.
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