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Jesus, hope for humanity - Mark 5

Jairus comes to Jesus with one of the most poignant requests in the bible: 'My little daughter is dying. Come and put your hand on her so she may be healed and live.'
Like Jairus, as a father, I would do whatever it takes for my daughter to get better.
As Jesus is on his way to help Jairus's daughter, he encounters another desperate person: the bleeding woman.
Jesus' gracious response to both the woman and Jairus is to heal, to save, to restore in community, and to give dignity.
We are suffering from a fatal disease. The bible calls it sin. It leads to death and isolates us from God and others. But God our father will do whatever it takes to see us 'saved' - healed, made whole, forgiven, restored in community. He does this through Jesus' gracious response to our desperate situation...
This sermon was preached on Sunday June 28th at the Lutheran church plant in Pakenham, Victoria.
It can be used in conjunction with the Prezi zooming visuals found at this link.
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Parables of the Kingdom - Mark 4

When Jesus taught people, he most often used stories...images drawn from everyday life. Jesus knew that stories have a way of getting planted in our mind and growing subversively.
Jesus compared the Kingdom of God to ordinary, everyday things like a farmer planting wheat or a gardener growing a mustard bush from a seed. This sermon unpacks the gospel through two of Jesus' parables in Mark 4. The parables show that the Kingdom of God does its mysterious, transforming work in and through the ordinary, everyday stuff of our lives.
The sermon can be used with the Prezi zooming visuals found at this link.
It was preached at Lakeside College on Sunday 14th June 2015.
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