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Second Things Second

2 Chronicles 2:10-11,

10  “The Lord has kept the promise he made. I have succeeded David my father and

now I sit on the throne of Israel, just as the Lord promised, and I have built the

temple for the Name of the Lord, the God of Israel.  11  There I have placed the

ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord that he made with the people of Israel.”

2 Corinthians 8:1-7,

1 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has

given the Macedonian churches.  2  In the midst of a very severe trial, their

overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.  3  For I

testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability.

Entirely on their own,  4  they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of

sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.  5  And they exceeded our expectations:

They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to

us.  6  So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to

completion this act of grace on your part.  7  But since you excel in everything—in

faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have

kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

1. GIVE OURSELVES FIRST TO THE LORD

2. GIVE OURSELVES TO OTHERS

3. EXCEL IN EVERYTHING

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Close Enounters: PT 10 "The Power of Encounter"

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Close Enounters: PT 10 "The Power of Encounter"

1 John 5:1-5,
1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who
loves the father loves his child as well.  2 This is how we know that we love the
children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.  3 In fact, this is love
for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,  4 for
everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome
the world, even our faith.  5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who
believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

Revelation 12:11,
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their
testimony…

2 Corinthians 1:3-7,
3  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
compassion and the God of all comfort,  4  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that
we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from
God.  5  For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our
comfort abounds through Christ.  6  If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and
salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient
endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.  7  And our hope for you is firm, because
we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

Psalms 71:15-18
15 My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds,
    of your saving acts all day long—
    though I know not how to relate them all.
16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord;
    I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.
17 Since my youth, God, you have taught me,
    and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
18 Even when I am old and gray,
    do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
    your mighty acts to all who are to come.

Matthew 10:32-33,

32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my
Father in heaven.  33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my
Father in heaven.

1 Peter 3:15,
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to
everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

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Close Encounters: Part 9 "WOMEN OF ENCOUNTER"

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Close Encounters: Part 9 "WOMEN OF ENCOUNTER"

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Luke 8:42-48,
40  Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting
him.  41  Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet,
pleading with him to come to his house  42  because his only daughter, a girl of about
twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him.  43  And
a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one
could heal her.  44  She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and
immediately her bleeding stopped. 45  “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they
all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against
you.” 46  But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out
from me.” 47  Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came
trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she
had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.  48  Then he said to
her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

1 A DESPERATE WOMAN

Mark 5:26-29,
26  She 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.  27  When she heard about
Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,  28  because she
thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”  29  Immediately her bleeding
stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

John 4:4-26,
4  Now he had to go through Samaria.  5  So he came to a town in Samaria called
Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.  6  Jacob’s well
was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It
was about noon. 7  When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to
her, “Will you give me a drink?”  8  (His disciples had gone into the town to buy
food.) 9  The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a
Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate
with Samaritans.) 10  Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is
that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you
living water.” 11  “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well
is deep. Where can you get this living water?  12  Are you greater than our father

Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his
livestock?” 13  Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty
again,  14  but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the
water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
15  The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and
have to keep coming here to draw water.” 16  He told her, “Go, call your husband and
come back.” 17  “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right
when you say you have no husband.  18  The fact is, you have had five husbands, and
the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
19  “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.  20  Our ancestors
worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must
worship is in Jerusalem.” 21  “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is
coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in
Jerusalem.  22  You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we
do know, for salvation is from the Jews.  23  Yet a time is coming and has now
come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth,
for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  24  God is spirit, and his
worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” 25  The woman said, “I know
that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything
to us.” 26  Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

2. A DRAINED WOMAN

Mark 7:24-30,
24  Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and
did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret.  25  In
fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was
possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet.  26  The woman was a Greek,
born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her
daughter. 27  “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not
right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” 28  “Lord,” she replied,
“even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29  Then he told
her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” 30  She went
home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

3. A DETERMINED WOMAN

Luke 7:36-50,
36  When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the
Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.  37  A woman in that town who lived a
sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came
there with an alabaster jar of perfume.  38  As she stood behind him at his feet
weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her
hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. 39  When the Pharisee who had
invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would
know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”
40  Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he
said. 41  “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five
hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  42  Neither of them had the money to pay him
back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
43  Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have
judged correctly,” Jesus said. 44  Then he turned toward the woman and said to
Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any
water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her
hair.  45  You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has
not stopped kissing my feet.  46  You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured
perfume on my feet.  47  Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as
her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” 48  Then
Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49  The other guests began to say among
themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” 50  Jesus said to the
woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

4. A DELIVERED WOMAN

Mark 5:27,
27  When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched
his cloak,

John 4:25,
25  The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he
comes, he will explain everything to us.”

Mark 7:25,
25  In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was
possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet.

Luke 7:37,
37  A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the
Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume.

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