Presevering Faith- Don’t be weaksauce

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Perservering Faith- Don’t be weaksauce
Mark 5

25And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.26She 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.27When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,28because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”29Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

     1. Why does it point out that she suffered under doctors?
        2. She heard about Jesus, but why did she believe that Jesus’ clothes would heal? (Pagan thought?)

30At 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?’ “

1.Was Jesus against women touching him? Should girls touch guys?
2.Did all the people in the crowd have all their diseases healed since they were also touching Jesus?

32But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.33Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth.34He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

1.Why was the woman afraid of Jesus?
2.He calls her daughter. Is that significant?

Luke 18
1Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.2He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men.3And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4″For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men,5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’ “

1.The judge doesn’t care? What does he care about?
2.Why did the widow keep going back to judge and not try something different?

 6And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.7And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?8I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

1.Wait, does God not care? Is he like the unjust judge?
2.Will God find faith in Harvest San Diego?

Lottie Moon(December 12, 1840 – December 24 , 1912)
“Our hearts were made glad last Sabbath by the baptism of an individual who has interested us by his firm stand under the persecutions of his … family. They fastened him in a room without food or water, and endeavored to starve him into submission. Providentially, they did not take away his Christian books. He studied these more closely than ever. The pangs of hunger he satisfied by eating some raw beans he found in the room, and when he wanted water he commenced to dig a well in the room in which he was confined. Chinese houses are built on the ground and do not have plank floors as with us. When the family discovered the well-digging they yielded. They had no wish to ruin their dwelling. The man has shown that he is made of stern stuff, and we hope he will be very useful as a Christian.”- Lottie MoonTungchow, China .July 1874 Foreign Mission Journal

“How many there are… who imagine that because Jesus paid it all, they need pay nothing”- Lottie Moon

There are 400 Baptist pastors in Virginia alone. But why is it that when we asked for a pastor to come help the young Chinese church, we were forced to appoint a Presbyterian?

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