God Can Work the Impossible in Your Life [Podcast]

Mark 6:30-56

What impossible task has God given you right now? You must completely rely on Him. That’s not just for plaques on walls . . . it is to be etched in your heart and in mine.

We must continually come to Jesus with our inadequacies and expect Him to do the miracle work.

Lakes, Loaves, and Leaders

Lakes, Loaves, and Leaders —
Mark 6:30-56 —
What impossible task has God given you right now?
You must completely rely on Him. That’s not just for plaques on walls . . . it is to be etched in your heart and in mine. We must continually come to Jesus with our inadequacies and expect Him to do the miracle work.

(c) 2008 Wayne Stiles

A Miracle for You [Podcast]

Mark 5:21-43

Can Christ do a miracle for you? The text shows us today that you can be a man or woman, an adult or child, married or single, rich or poor, clean or unclean, prestigious or notorious, your need is the same. We are all different and yet we’ve heard about Jesus, we desperately need Him, and we have no other options.

And the only way we come to Him is falling to the ground, confessing our total need, and believing that He will forgive because He can.

Strange Jesus [Podcast]

Mark 6:1-13
What has God called you to change, maybe for years, but you keep Him at arm’s length? What is Jesus working to change in you right now?

God reads your mail; God knows your heart and mine. Stop struggling to receive what Jesus offers you; release your life into His care.

A Calm in the Storm [Podcast]

Mark 4.35-41

It’s easy to be brave when everything is calm. We can have faith in God’s deliverance when we don’t sense a need to be delivered. But when the storms hit, and we have something to trust God for, all of a sudden bravery and faith can be abandoned for our own efforts to regain control.

If your storm causes you to be terrified, it is revealing that you are relying on self—just like the disciples.

Your Epiphany of a Surprising Jesus

The little-known holiday, “Epiphany,” reminds us that the Wise Men came to Jesus after Christmastime. Rather than coming two weeks later, it was at least two years. How do we know? The Bible tells us (Matthew 2:1-2, 7, 16).

Visit of the Wise Men

(Photo: Visit of the Wise Men from thebiblerevival.com. Public domain.)

Jesus was a toddler when the Magi showed up. How surprised they must have been to come to Joseph and Mary’s humble house in Bethlehem instead of a posh palace in Jerusalem ( it was a “house,” not a stable; check out Matthew 2:11).

Jesus wasn’t the king they expected.

Our Expectations of Jesus—A Personal Epiphany

Honestly, to those who knew Him, Jesus didn’t fit most expectations of a king. Each one had an epiphany of sorts:

  • Jesus’ own family thought He was crazy.
  • The religious leaders blamed Satan for Jesus’ miracles.
  • And the wise magi? They didn’t come first to Bethlehem to look for Jesus. They headed to Jerusalem, to the place where kings were supposed to live.

Even those who walked in the footsteps of Jesus up and down the Holy Land—those He chose as His disciples—even these apostles stumbled over their expectations of who He should be.

We all do, in fact. (Talk about an epiphany!) Jesus never seems to be what we expect when we come to Him.

He is far greater.

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