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Mark 5:21-43

This telling is an interwolven miracle. There are many contrasts and parallels. But it starts with Jairus. He interceeds to Christ with abandon. He has exhaused all his connections in the church. He doesn't know what else to do and falls down to worship The Messiah. Begging Christ to come and heal his sick daughter. Jairus was well known he did not do this in secret. He was giving up his career. Publicly worshiping on bended knee. Not done in Jewish culture. Christ agrees to go with him.

Now starts the interruption. We know how desperate this woman is. Loosing blood for 12 years, paying all she had to be treated and only getting sicker. How brutal were the doctors of the day? Both the woman and the girl are bound for the grave.

The woman reaches out in her desperate state and feels the instant healing by Christ. She later comes before him and admits all she has done. He welcomes her as family, commends her faith. She rises with renewed life spiritual and physical.

We switch back to Jairus. His servants anounce that the girl has died. Christ reassurses the father to have faith in the hope. They continue to the home. Christ evicts the scoffers and REACHES out bringing the girl back to life.

The girl was born the same time as the woman started bleeding. They were both saved by Christ.

The biggest things I learned about Christ reading this passages are 1) there are two ways to spreading the "good news". Seek him yourself or bring him to others. When I read this I was thinking about the spiritual realm. My children are not seeking Christ to be healed from their terminal sickness of sin. They don't know they are dead. So I need to pled Christ to come and intervene. Worship and plead with the same desperate motives as Jaiurs 2) its not a passive participation. God can be moved. He moved to save Aaron & all Isreal. 3) am I really willing to do the sacrifice needed to bring God to my children? Hard questions

God's Gift of Failure by Brother Dale Maxwell

God's Gift of FailureWhat do you feel when you read that title?

Perhaps confused as to how I could think that a negative thing could be considered a gift. A brief tangent to note that while growing up, we likely didn't enjoy some of the corrections we were introduced to, most people benefit from the discipline they received.

This is not about God setting us up for a permanent negative state. The theme of the New Testament can be seen as one of hope. One particular point that is a good focus for what I intend to show is Romans 8:28. The point of that verse is that if we are doing our best within our knowledge and relationship with Him, it WILL work out.

Now let's move into the purpose of this writing.

Failure isn't fun most of the time. Once, when I was much younger, I wanted to impress a girl. I am certain that most of us have memories, good and bad, of one of these kinds of scenarios. My young brain decided that running and then jumping over the hood of a car would be impressive. I let everyone know what I was going to do and was happy to see that the person I was interested in was watching. I took off running and reaching the right spot, I leaped.

A number of things could have caused this to end up very bad. Hitting the car with my foot before clearing it could have sent me tumbling head first onto the pavement. A slip on something unseen could have brought me to crack my head on the pavement before the leap began.

I did leap and while hoping for the wonderful feeling of flying to land on the other side, my foot landed on the hood of the car instead. I pivoted my other foot as usual when landing to clear the remainder of the vehicle to land on the ground safe.

I don't recall the exact details, but the crowd of friends started going inside with some laughter I am sure. I eagerly assured them that I could do it THIS time, and I hurriedly got ready to go again. I hadn't gone fast enough the first time, or leaped hard enough. I could do it this time and SHE would see how amazing I was.

I tore off and reached the right spot and kicked off the ground with the momentum of the run and the power of a full kick off the ground. For years I had loved jumping over things. At home a picnic table had been one of the many practice objects I used to build my ability. This second attempt to leap over the hood of the car, improved by the lesson of the first attempt, was successful.

I felt the thrill of that span of time without gravity seeming to affect me. I landed perfectly and turned triumphantly to see her reaction to my leap.

One person remained watching me, and it wasn't the one I wanted.

I had failed to catch her attention even though I succeeded in leaping.

Failure StatusFirst of all a failure isn't permanent. Recognize that regardless of what has happened, it doesn't have to happen again.

To fail at something, something is attempted and the preferred result didn't happen.

Say we failed to get a cookie. The method we attempted isn't important for now. We wanted a cookie and at this point we don't have a cookie. Our goal to get a cookie hasn't been achieved.

A harder goal would be to give up smoking. We wanted to quit, but find once again, a lit cigarette is in hand. Our goal hasn't been achieved.

Grasp ahold of the idea that until we give up on the goal, failure isn't permanent.

Failure ScopeMost objectives, or goals, require many stages to complete. For example a sports game, or a musical concert are large scope objectives. To win a game, or put on a good show are the goals for those examples. For the team to win a game, the team as a whole must perform together a number of tasks. Each individual has to perform steps or tasks within that team combined task.

A concert is made up of many elements that combine to bring a good show.

Getting a cookie is much smaller, but still has stages within. The cookie jar is set up high on the shelf out of reach. We don't have a cookie because we aren't tall enough to reach the jar.

Quitting Smoking or any other habit can be broken down into stages as well. We can even put losing weight into this region. The big ultimate goal seems too large to accomplish.

Breaking it down into smaller tasks will make it easier to step through to the goal.

Failure GainsWe all enjoy doing the things we are good at. In most of those things, we had to work at getting good. I have made the realization as I have attempted things that as long as it wasn't physically beyond my ability, I tend to be able to do what is needed.

Getting the cookie, the first attempt was standing on our tip toes and stretching as high as we can reach. Not enough to reach it so we failed. At the same time, I learned that I can stretch far enough to grab a glass from the lower shelf and if I nudge that bowl with my fingers it will slip off the shelf and I can catch it.

I don't have a cookie, but I have gained in knowledge about what I am capable of. I can easily get a glass and take a risk on getting the bowl. The cookie will require more steps though.

The cookie is the simple example and everyone will easily be able to work toward getting this objective accomplished

Quitting the habits aren't as obvious. There are many places online that give advice for getting over habits. For most, it isn't as simple as just quitting. It must be done in stages. Perhaps a reduction is the first stage. Listen to what worked for others and try it. I mean a step not the whole thing. Say a person was able to reduce the smoking by only taking a couple drags before putting it out and back in the pack. Try it and learn from the experience. Find what works and learn from what doesn't.

Failure CompleteI am working on a project to make a pet shelter from a half piece of a log. The intention is to hollow out the wood from the middle of the log to create an arch the pet can crawl under.

I began with a drill bit, and the ones I had on hand didn't do what I needed. I purchased a longer one designed to bore holes and was able to get through the wood once. After that one, and it was a chore to finish, several other attempts revealed this wasn't the best method. I tried another idea with a circular saw that I had seen someone use before. Making a number of parallel cuts allowed me to break out chunks and remove the wood with less stress and time than what I had been trying.

A number of places in this project had attempts that weren't successful.

One point of view could be that those attempts had failed. The project would have to be abandoned because the attempt had failed.

Those failed attempts allowed me to learn and grow. I experienced what those attempts had accomplished and perhaps at some point in the future I might be able to use those attempts because they will do what I need.

There is a second section of that log that is intended for the same purpose. I will complete that piece using the method that was learned to be successful in the previous piece.

I have watched craftsmen as they have done work. Many times I have observed them using techniques they had gained over years of doing the tasks from day to day. Their success at finishing the projects is built upon the mistakes and failures they have experienced or heard from another.

For the cookie, I have used a chair to climb on the counter allowing me enough height to just reach the jar. As I begin to reach I hear, "You need to get the step ladder from the pantry. That cookie jar can easily fall if you don't get a grip or you fall yourself."

Experience and cooperation bring a quicker and safer resolution to the goal. Am I thankful for learning once I have a cookie? In most cases not, but if we are wise, we recognize the goal was reached climbing steps of failure.

Reach out and embrace and learn from our failures. Observe and listen and learn from the failures of others.

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The Hammer Club is a new ministry at House of Prayer PCG
For nearly ten years, House of Prayer PCG has offered a club called Healthy Living.

We spent time learning lots of information about how to be healthy.   Due to the lack

of this resulting in actual "healthy living", some changes have recently been made.

This has been turned into an hour of accountability for those who sincerely want

to live healthier and make right choices.    As a member of this group you are asked to

log your daily food, set and accomplish goals for proper sleep, food choices, portion

control, water intake and exercise.    YES !!!!!     I said EXERCISE !!!!!     You are also

expected to report your weekly behavior at the meeting.   You are also asked to report

the weight results of your actions as either a gain or a loss.     Accountability is the goal.

Due to that change, the name has been changed from "Healthy Living" to "Hammer Club"

This name was chosen by the members of the club.      This group is not for the person

who is not serious about health.   It is also not for the person who doesn't really want

to be held accountable.     

God gave us these bodies to live in here on earth.   We are responsible for the care

and stewardship of this body, just like we are our time and our money.   If you feel

brave and you really want to get healthy....     come on out on a Thursday at 7pm.

Always check the calendar page before coming.   We may be out for a walk or at

the gym on a Thursday night.   We might be on a shopping trip for healthy foods.

Everyone is welcome.   Hope to see you soon !!!!        Pastor Bonita

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