He said, “I am willing”

TRUST HIM –
When the scribes who were Pharisees saw Him (Jesus) eating with sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples, “Why does He eat with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “HEALTHY PEOPLE DON’T NEED A DOCTOR; THOSE WHO ARE ‘SICK’ DO. I’ve come to call sinners, not people who think they have God’s approval.” (Mark 2:16-17 – GW)
 
That word ’SICK’ means – “kakōs” — Adverb from; badly (physically or morally): – amiss, diseased, evil, grievously, miserably, sick, sore.
 
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So Jesus healed many people who were SICK with various diseases, and He cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who He was, He did not allow them to speak. (Mark 1:34 – NLT)
 
A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. “If You are willing, You can heal me and make me clean,” he said. Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” He said. “Be healed!” Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed. (Mark 1:40-42 – NLT)
 
I AM WILLING, Jesus said. And guess what? He is willing, with passion, for you. Yes, I know your Uncle Leo or your Aunt Sally, had the same disease and they didn’t get their healing. But you’re not them. Maybe Aunt Sally was tired and decided they were OK with going to heaven. Who knows. We just need to trust our Heavenly Father. He knows everything about us because He is the one that made us. We just need to trust Him.
 
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 – GW)
 
Pastor Kevin Kinchen
kevinkinchen@gmail.com

Yes, He will even listen to you.

For those people who think “God doesn’t have time for your ‘little’ prayer…” because HE is never too busy to listen to you. Read this… 

Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem, when He heard two blind men calling out to Him.  The crowd tried to shut them up, but Jesus stopped the whole procession to find out what these men needed. He called them and asked what they wanted of Him. They immediately said, “WE WANT OUR EYES OPENED.” With compassion Jesus touched their eyes and immediately they were able to see.  

“Jesus felt sorry for them, so He touched their eyes. Their sight was restored at once, and they followed Him.”  Matthew 20:29-34 (GW)

In Him,  Pastor Kevin Kinchen 

kevinkinchen@gmail.com 

Forgiveness is never easy

Forgiveness is never easy; it is hard. It is the most difficult thing in the universe. 

TO FORGIVE means that one genuinely loves, and THIS LOVE CAN MOVE BEYOND THE ISSUE TO THE PERSON, AND THAT ONE CARES MORE ABOUT THE PERSON THAN ABOUT WHAT HE OR SHE HAS DONE. 

Forgiveness liberates. Forgiveness frees the person for the options of living. 

Our refusal to forgive is a power play that limits the offender, that holds the guilty “under one’s thumb,” or power. But such forgiveness is always in relationship, hence the condition of repentance. It is not a package that one accepts and runs away with. It is only known in reconciliation (restoration).   (From: The Preacher’s Commentary) 

“Jesus answered him, “I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy times seven.”  Matthew 18:22 (GW)

Pastor Kevin Kinchen

kevinkinchen@gmail.com