“When I came to the story of the Roman Centurion encountering Jesus (matthew chapter 8) and asking for healing for his servant, it really came to life. This soldier wasn’t just a regular soldier, but an officer, one of high authority, in fact, he says that, yet he comes to Jesus for help. Jesus wasn’t like the other religious leaders. He was known for real healing and love to the hopeless, to the needy, to those of different lifestyles. Yet this was a big risk to the soldier. There were a large number of people who wanted Jesus dead. To be associated with Jesus would also put the soldier in a compromising situation. Are you in a place where you need hope? Are you needing something different than the usual? Jesus IS unusual. He IS different. In fact, He is the Lord. Following Him is a risk. But isn’t that what faith is? Placing control and hope in something other than yourself?” One thing the Roman Centurion learned was that humbleness before Jesus welcomed the healing of Jesus! This spring we are following major stories in the bible where following God took risk, yet held the greatest rewards. I hope you can join us! – Pastor Jim”

 
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