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Story Changing | How? | Witnesses for Christ

“…and you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere…”   Acts 1:8   Marta twisted her hands and cast fearful glances at the judge. He looked ten miles away from the witness box where she sat. “I, uh… I don’t really know all that much about the law, sir…your Honor…I don’t think I should…
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Story Changing | Why Me? | Proclaim Jesus

Sing the praises of the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done. Psalm 9:11   They used to walk with blistered feet. Nowhere to sleep. In constant fear of bandits and wild animals. Then they went by ship. Months of sea sickness, scant food, and rationed water. Later some went…
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Story Changing | Why Me? | Where Have Your Feet Taken You?

As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”  Romans 10:15   A 90-year-old grandma still has the envelope, postmarked Japan, from her beloved. Inside, a piece of lined paper holds one sentence: “I’m coming home!” A framed sonogram decorates the wall of a woman who had been…
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Story Changing | Why Me? | Share the News

How can they call on Him they have not believed in? And how can they hear without a preacher? Rom. 10:14   What about people who’ve never heard about Jesus? If Jesus is the only way to forgiveness and eternal life, then what about people who’ve never heard about Him? How do they have a…
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Story Changing | Why Me? | Moral Obligation

I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.  Romans 1:14   “Why do you give so much money to charity?” Joe asked. Lillie replied, “God blessed me, and I feel obligated to give back.” “Why do you donate so much time to helping people?” asked…
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Story Changing | Why Me? | Final Instructions

And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”  Mark 16:15   We would probably have called a press conference. The disciples may have preferred to throw Him a going-away party. Instead, Jesus called His close friends together for a private meeting. It was all over. He’d…
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Changing Direction | Doing the Impossible

They were to accompany him, and he would send them out to preach… (Mark 3:14)   “Whoa, wait a minute! Preach? You want me to preach? I was thinking more like doing that feeding the five thousand thing…or chasing crooks out of the temple or—” Do you think any of the twelve new apostles responded to…
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Changing Direction | Talking to God

Then he appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles. (Mark 3:14)   How do you know what God is calling you to do? Is there a booming voice in the clouds? A vision? Angelic messenger? Many people wrestle with this question as though it was written in code and they must find the…
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Changing Direction | Following God’s Calls

…and they came to him.   (Mark 3:13)   “I’m really disappointed I’m not hearing about that job,” Russel said. “They pursued me, paid for me to fly across country and interview with them. I thought it went well. Benefits are great. I hate being stuck where I am.” Brad gave him a curious look. “They…
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Changing Direction | Joyful Service

Afterward Jesus went up on a mountain and called out the ones he wanted to go with him…  (Mark 3:13)   “Hey, why those guys?” Marcus’ brow furrowed and he jabbed a thumb in the direction of the group headed up the hill. He turned angrily to his friend, Seth. “I’ve been following too! Why…
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