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Keep Calm and Consider: Grace
October 21, 2018

Keep Calm and Consider: Grace

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: Keep Calm and Consider

In the sermon series “Keep Calm and Consider,” we are trying to reduce the anxiety and fear in our lives through faith. Despite the freedom of the American society and our desire for “social tolerance,” it seems that we are becoming more and more critical and judgmental. The “culture of shame” instills in us an anxious fear of expressing ourselves and an anxiety about our worth. This week in the sermon “Grace,” we turn to the Gospel of Mark and the story of an unnamed woman who had a hemorrhage for 12 years. Her life was a constant struggle of pain and suffering. She had spent all of her money trying to get well but she only grew worse. This is all transformed through an encounter with Jesus. It is easy to focus on the miracle that happens and miss the powerful grace that can truly transform our lives. The grace that Jesus shares with this woman is still active and powerful for all of us. Where do you need God’s grace at work in your life? As you read, Mark 5:25-36 allow the Holy Spirit to touch your heart and spirit. Mark 5:25-36: And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?'” 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” 35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” 36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” (NIV)

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