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5/30/10 ~ Today I visited friends in Ozark, AL and attended the First United Methodist Church of Ozark.   

 


    We have some dear friends in Ozark, Alabama whom we visited this week-end. So we attended Sunday service with them at their Church. The drive to the Dothan area from the Florida Panhandle was absolutely beautiful, the hospitality incredible and the community fellowship was awesome.

    The 'Meet 'n Greet' was powerful; and mostly occurred before and after the service, or outside this lovely Methodist Church!

    The motif was traditional, the hymns patriotic (in honor of the Memorial Day Week-End) and the environment very AH-men! ~ with vestments, candles & stained-glass to boot. The lovely church interior had recently been beautifully renovated to the design of a local architect/parishioner whom we met; and my wife said to me: "Well, if you ever stop going to all these different churches, this is the kind of congregation I could settle down with!" (Which was high praise indeed, coming from her!)  

    The photos speak for themselves and you can hear the inspirational music in the background, & in the video-clips below.

 

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SERMON: (Adapted & edited from) "When Faith Falls Short" by Dr. Jason Thrower; Associate Pastor.            (First Sunday After Pentecost).

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Summary: (Pastor preached on Mark 9:14-24. {NIV}) ~ 14] (Jesus) saw a large crowd ... and the teachers of the law arguing with them. ... (Jesus said:) 16] "What are you arguing with them about?" 17] A man in the crowd answered, "Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit ... 18] ... I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not." ...  22] ... But if you can do anything ... help us." 23] ... (Jesus:) "Everything is possible for him who believes." 24] ... the boy's father: ... "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"

Pastor: "The New English Bible says: ‘Lord I have faith. Help me, for faith falls short.’ "

Tony Campolo writes in his book: "Who switched the price-tags?" of a man who graduated from West Point and was sent to Vietnam as a lieutenant. One night, in the midst of a Viet-Cong firefight, he went to save one of his soldiers who had been wounded. Just as he dragged the man to safety, the Lieutenant himself was shot and killed.

The rescued soldier returned to the States, and later the parents of the young hero who'd died heard that the soldier was in their town. So they arranged to meet this young man whose life had been spared at such great cost to them. They invited him over for dinner. But the soldier arrived drunk, was loud and rude and showed no compassion for his grieving hosts.

The parents of our brave hero did their best to salvage something positive from the evening. But their efforts were unrewarded. Finally the visit came to an end, and as the obscene guest departed, the mother collapsed into her husband’s arms, saying: "And to think our precious son had to die for someone like that!"

Before we are too harsh on the undeserving soldier, remember that our loving God sent His precious Son to die for us so that we too could receive the gift of new life through faith.

On this Memorial Day Week-End we honor those that have given their lives to secure the rich freedoms that we enjoy in this land. We believe in our country; we have faith in America. But even more so, we are called to have faith in Jesus! The very essence of The Christian Life is faith, and Jesus reminds us that our problem lies in having too little faith.

I’d like for us to see ourselves in this compelling story: Jesus returns from spiritual retreat to a scene of noise and confusion. He asks for an explanation. But the disciples are of no help. Then a father appears from out of the crowd and says "Teacher, I brought you my son: a spirit has possessed him and makes him mute. I was hoping your disciples could heal him, but they could not."

Is our faith like the disciples? They wanted to help. Undoubtedly they observed Jesus hundreds of times. Oh, their hearts were in the right place, but not their faith. They tried to accomplish a miracle based on their own strength and could not. We too must be careful not to lose sight of our connection to God through faith in Jesus. Oh how our hearts rejoice whenever we hear that glorious word: ‘FAITH.’ The Christian Life is all about faith. Hebrews 11:1 describes faith as the assurance of things hoped for ... and the conviction of things not yet seen!

What does our faith in Jesus mean to us? At these tough times; with War in Iraq & Afghanistan and all the challenges our Nation faces, now more than ever, we need an anchor of faith.

To return to our Bible Story: Jesus was extremely frustrated by the crowd. He says: "Oh, you unbelieving generation. How long must I stay with you? How long must I put up with you?"

The crowd found it hard to believe, because of the disciples failure to heal the little boy. No doubt they thought Jesus too, would fail. Jesus takes the initiative and  questions the father: "How long has the boy been like this?"

The father gives a heartrending account of the lad's affliction and ends: "Have pity on us. If You can, help us!"

Jesus responds: "All things are possible ... for those who have faith!"

The boy’s father cries out: "Lord I have faith. But help me where my faith falls short."

Perhaps we need to evaluate our level of faith. Do we have faith like this father? Are we on the father’s level; demonstrating an honest, sincere but weak faith? Or perhaps we are operating on the disciples’ level as followers of Jesus; but poor imitations who will not get the job done? Or is our faith on Jesus' level? (The very core of His existence was faith). And that is our ultimate goal! When was the last time we took a step in total faith, acting and trusting in God’s Power and compassion for the victory; believing that God was with us every step of the way?

Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that it is impossible to please God without faith. God is working with His Family of Faith and we must be ready for the tsunami of blessings that God has in store for us if we act in Faith. Each of us needs to be on Jesus’ level; living out and risking; demonstrating a compassionate, active faith. And if we are not yet operating on Jesus’ level of faith, are we now willing to pray the prayer of the father? ...

‘Lord I have faith; but help me where faith falls short!’

"Let us pray ..."                                                                                                                                                 



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