by Ernest Easley

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The Healer of Hurts (1 of 8)
Series: Life Changer .. Soul Saver
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Mark 1:40-45
May 1, 2011

Now take God's Word and turn with me to the gospel of Mark. We are beginning a new series of messages today taken from Mark's gospel under the heading: LIFE CHANGER .. SOUL SAVER.
As you're turning to Mark 1 .. I want to ask you a question: Can you change when change matters the most? What if it was a matter of life or death? Could you change then?
A wife says to her husband, "If you don't change, I'm leaving." A doctor says to his patient, "If you don't change, you're going to die." A Warden says to an inmate being released, "If you don't change, you're going to be back in here soon."
I recently read a staggering fact taken from the medical field: one out of ten people can change, even in a crisis. In a recent study of patients who have under gone coronary-artery bypass or angioplasty found that two years after surgery, ninety percent of them have not changed their lifestyle. And soon found themselves in the same health crisis as before.
In fact .. the drug companies are betting that you won't change. Why do you think they keep creating new drugs and why insurance companies will pay for expensive medications that you'll need to take for the rest of your life: because they know that only one out of ten people change.
The survey says: the odds of changing are stacked against you! But there is some good news. Here's what was found necessary for a person to make a life change: A New Hope. A New Way of Thinking. A New way of living.
First … a new relationship that inspire and sustain hope.
Second .. from that new relationship a new way of thinking.
Third .. from that new relationship and new way of thinking … a new way of living.
Well .. today and for the next several weeks from the book of Mark ... I want to introduce you to several people … from a leper outcast to a blind beggar … whom you would say the odds were stac ...

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