by Jeff Strite

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The God Of The Box (1 of 4)
Series: More Than Enough
Jeff Strite
Mark 6:30-44

OPEN: (I had brought a large cardboard box on stage that my children had turned into a house)

I suppose some of you have wondered what this is.
Does anybody know what I have on stage with me?
That's right - it's a box. But, it's not just any box. This is a marvelous box. This is the creation of my children's imagination.
Notice the doors (Front and back) And the windows.
My kids have played in this thing for hours even my cats enjoy playing in it.
And you know the most marvelous thing about this wonderful toy? It didn't cost me a cent. It's the box that my Christmas present came in (a Craftsman Project Center).

Now, we're going to put this box aside for a moment and focus on our text this morning.

Jesus was a very popular teacher, because not only was He interesting to listen to, but wherever He went He would touch people - and he'd heal them and cast out demons and raise the dead

And so, here in Mark 6 we read that people have discovered where Jesus has gone to rest, and a large crowd has gathered because they had seen the miraculous signs he had performed among the sick and they wanted Him to touch them.

We're told that Jesus had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And He began to teach them of the love that God had for them.

Now as the day went on and it began to get late, Jesus' disciples encouraged Him to send the people home so they can eat. But Jesus surprised them by saying: ''You give them something to eat!''

Now, the Gospel of John tell us a few more insights on this conversation. Apparently at about this point in the conversation Jesus asked Philip a question: ''Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?'' John 6:5

Now, this wasn't an idle question.
John tells us that Jesus asked this question deliberately: ''He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.'' (John 6: ...

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