Soul Care 2

Posted: October 21, 2016 in Uncategorized


Last week PK introduced us to something called “SOUL CARE”.
He explained that the Soul encompasses 3 things (in concentric circles):

  1. Our WILL (our intentions, what we decide we will do and will not do)
  2. Our MIND (our thoughts, our feelings, our values)
  3. Our BODY (our behaviors/actions, our physical sensations, our habits)

The SOUL is wrapped up in all of these.  So each one of these things affects the health of our soul…Physical sickness, traumatic experiences, encouraging words, what we eat and drink, what we watch, what we read etc.  So because the SOUL is prone to becoming unhealthy (whether you are aware of it or not), it needs to be cared for and PK went through several suggestions for how to care for the SOUL.  One of the recommendations he gave was Develop New Habits.

I’d like to unpack and expand on that idea this morning.


“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live.” (Deut. 4:9a)

Watch yourselves closely = “Keep your soul diligently”. We need to be actively evaluating ourselves. How do I know what a healthy soul looks like?

Maybe there’s someone in the Bible who is an example of someone who kept their soul well, who had good, maybe even GREAT, habits.  Where could we look?  Who would be a person like that? JESUS!!! (Jesus is our EXAMPLE). Read any of the 4 gospels and you will see a great example in Jesus of how to live. Jesus even directly calls us to follow his example in Matthew 11:29-30. “Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.”

What is his “yoke”?

In Judaism of this time, the “yoke” meant the lifestyle wrapped up in the commands of the OT Law (Jews were encouraged to take on The Yoke of Torah) So Jesus’ “yoke” would consist of fulfilling the commandments he taught:

  • Give to the poor
  • Love your enemy
  • Do not lust
  • Deny yourself
  • Don’t be angry with your brother
  • Do good things for people who hate you
  • Honor your parents
  • Forgive those who betray you
  • Don’t be afraid
  • Make disciples


Here we’ve hit our problem. His “yoke” should be EASY, but we find it BURDENSOME. He seemed to think we should find this easy to do, but that ain’t MY experience. You ever watch someone do something and they make it look so easy?

Maybe they are so difficult and we’re so frustrated because we’re just trying to copy Jesus’ public actions without any regard to copying his private life (his practice schedule). We need to follow the pattern of His OVERALL life, not just the HIGHLIGHTS. Dallas Willard says, “The ‘on the spot’ episodes are not the place where we can, even by the grace of God, redirect unchristlike but ingrained tendencies of action toward sudden Christlikeness.”

We can’t behave “on the spot” like Jesus did if the rest of our life looks like everybody else’s.  This approach is to put the focus of our life on making good fruit, which we can’t do. BUT—To pattern our whole life after Jesus’ whole life is to put the focus on becoming a good tree. Stop trying to make good FRUIT, and focus on becoming a good TREE

Matthew 12:33-35 – Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is known by its fruit. Offspring of vipers! How are you able to say anything good, since you are evil? For the mouth speaks from what fills the heart.  The good person brings good things out of his good treasury, and the evil person brings evil things out of his evil treasury.

What this idea means is that when you totally accept the life Jesus invites us to follow Him into, things like generosity or loving people who hate you will seem like the only sensible thing to do. So what was Jesus way of life? What was his practice/training routine that prepared him to lead a powerful public ministry of teaching and healing and compassion and service?


Well, he exemplified what these days are called “spiritual disciplines”. Dallas Willard, who has been quoted a few times in this series, has written much on this so let’s look at his definition of what a discipline is:

A Discipline is something that is in MY POWER to do that enables me to do what I CANNOT do by direct effort. And of course “what I cannot do by direct effort” pretty much covers everything Jesus taught. Disciplines are activities, not attitudes. Disciplines are things we do, not character qualities (not Fruit of the Spirit)

Typically, these disciplines are divided into two categories: Disciplines of Letting Go and Disciplines of Activity.




Solitude is the practice of purposefully spending regular extended periods of time WITH God and WITHOUT other people and distractions.  It is a time to get alone and rediscover your own soul.  It is NOT an opportunity to catch up on your reading or podcasts or Grey’s Anatomy.

Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10) Jesus himself frequently withdrew to the wilderness and prayed. (Luke 5:16)

Another discipline that completes solitude is SILENCE.  Makes sense!

Two types of silence:

  1. Getting away from noise (including worship music)
  2. Not talking (so much of our talking is arranging how we appear; also not talking helps listening)

PK emphasized last week the importance of eliminating hurry for your life.  Solitude and silence are STONG antidotes to a life of hurry.


Here I mean withdrawing in some significant way from (actual) food.

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. (Luke 4:1-2)

Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” So the disciples began to say to one another, “No one brought him anything to eat, did they?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to complete his work. (John 4:31-34)

This discipline QUICKLY reveals to us how much of our peace depends on the pleasure and comforts of eating. Fasting is a way of FEASTING on God and is very often paired with prayer.

How does this help us?  How do headaches and a growling stomach help me?  Dallas Willard says, “Fasting teaches us that we have the resources to be sustained and to continue to be strong and good, even though we don’t get what we want.”  Do you struggle with frustration and anger, even rage, when you don’t get what you want?  Try a regular pattern of fasting.  Fasting teaches you how to suffer happily.


This isn’t one you typically hear about.

Here we abstain from using money and possessions in ways that merely gratify our desires OR our hunger for status or luxury.

So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:33)

But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. (I Tim. 6:6-9)

Simple living is to purposefully stay within the bounds of good judgment so that we can use what we have for God. It involves reasonably differentiating between needs and wants.  To properly understand this discipline we should understand the difference between use, possession, and trust.  How we USE our money and things is where the problem is that we’re trying to target.  It is wrong to condemn someone just for POSSESSING money and things.  You have to possess things, before you can use the for God’s purposes.  And TRUST in money is universally condemned throughout the Bible.  Simple living fights against hurry and anxiety and feeling the panicked need to keep up and to keep working harder and harder and harder to get the money and the things that will make you feel good, and valuable, and safe.  Simple living may involve you purposefully going through your home and pulling a Zacchaeus (“Look, Lord, half of my possessions I now give to the poor” Luke 19:8)

Shauna Niequist says, “I’m amazed at how many things are ultimately connected: I like living in our home more when it’s less full of stuff.  I find it easier to get dressed in the morning when I have fewer choices.”



Now let’s look at a few Disciplines of Activity


In this discipline we purposefully place our minds fully upon God and his kingdom by engaging ourselves in the written and spoken Word of God. As such, this is the main counterpart to solitude, and you may find it easiest to enter into once you have begun reaping the benefits of solitude and silence.  Before that, our minds are often overloaded with hurry and distractions.  Read. Listen. Think. Ask thoughtful questions. Spend time thinking about what you see in Jesus, in the written word of scripture, in others who walk well with Jesus, and in every good thing in nature, history, and culture.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things. (Phil. 4:8)

Make an effort to learn regularly from good teachers who can lead you deeper into the Bible and make you more capable of studying well on your own. [Spiritual Growth Hour classes]

WORSHIP (Luke 4:8; John 4:22-23)

The study of God’s Word and his works in our world naturally leads into the next two disciplines.   In worship we think about and express the greatness, beauty, and goodness of God.  The result of this is to assign worth to God.  In your study of God’s word you will see his love and sacrifice, in his works in lives around us you’ll see his love and power, and in everything we good and lovely and excellent, we see the overwhelming creator…and our worship flows out of that.  But it is purposeful—you need to purposefully study and purposefully examine the Word and the world and LOOK.  Worship is OUR PART.  That is the discipline.  And out of THAT worship flows…

CELEBRATION (John 2:1-2; Eccles. 3:4)

Celebration focuses on the greatness and goodness of God TO US!  Typically, this means to that we get together with other people who love God to eat and drink, and sing and dance, tell our stories about what God has done for us.

Eccles. 3:4 tells us there is a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to DANCE!

The discipline of celebration is the GREAT antidote to despair and doubt, and is the beginning of real gratitude.

The Disciplines are God’s counterbalances to misaligned lives.

Hebrews 12:1 says, “…we must get rid of every WEIGHT and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us…”

It is not always sin that gets us misaligned.  Dallas Willard said, “The disciplines often work in areas of our lives where it is not a sin to carry on the way we are doing, but it is unwise.”

BY: Brian Olson

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Soul Care 1

Posted: October 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

“And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.”

Deuteronomy 6:5 NLT


What is a soul?   We have soul music and soul food. We use phrases like “He is an old soul”.  “They are on a Soul Search”.  “They solis their soul”.  The international distress call is “SOS”. Save our Souls.  You look for your “Soul Mate”. You have conversations where you bare your soul.  You put your heart and soul into something.   There Blues Brothers sang “I’m a Soul Man”.  Jewel sang “Who will save your soul”.  Jesse McCartney Sand “Beautiful Soul”Even at Christmas we sing “and the should felt it’s worth”.  Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.  We sing songs like “then sings my soul my savior God to thee”. Awake my soul, bless the lord oh my soul. Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me.  (John Ortberg “soul keeping”



  1. What is your soul?
    1. We have an outer world (reputation and appearance) and an inner life (attitudes, hurts, strengths, weaknesses, behavior)
    2. Our outer world flows out of our inner life(soul). Dallas Willard “Our soul is like an inner stream of water, which gives strength, direction and harmony to every other element in our life. When that stream is as it should be, we are constantly refreshed and exuberant in all we do, because our soul itself is profusely rooted in the vastness of God and His kingdom, including nature; and all else within us is enlivened and directed by that stream.
    3. Our Soul encompasses
      1. Will – intentions your yes and no
      2. Mind – thoughts, values and feelings
  • Body – appetites, expressions and habits
  1. Because your inner life is invisible it is easier to neglect
  2. Mind, Body and will are all quitters, Soul will march on. (Habits eat will power for breakfast) (You sane Bolt and slow time. Was telling my body to give more and just wouldn’t)
  3. Your soul is your “self-life”
  4. You were made by God, for God, made to need God, You are not “self-sufficient”
  5. Not what you do or achieve, but who you become that matters, that is what you take into eternity. (Olympics and Athletes :my identity is not in this”)
  6. If your soul is sick, it infects others around you.



  1. How do you Care for your soul?
    1. Eliminate Hurry (Psalm 23:1-3). Dallas Willard “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life”.    Hurry is the great enemy of Spiritual life in our day. Your soul needs attention when your “self-life” is off kilter. (Kid and feet turned in,  Jeep have a gauge that tilted too far (clinometer).
    2. Prayer, Meditation and Confession (Psalm 19:7) makes us less self-aware and more God aware
    3. Rest (Psalm 62:1&5) We have become addicted to noise and doing. Doing nothing does wonders for the soul.  Thomas Kelly said “we feel honestly the pull of many obligations and try to fulfill them all.  And we are unhappy, uneasy, strained, oppressed and fearful we shall be shallow.  We have hints that there is a way of life vastly richer and deeper than all this hurried existence, a life of unhurried serenity and peace and power.
    4. Develop New Habits (Judges 5:21). 40% of your actions are done out of habits. You can’t turn from something you must turn to something.
    5. Speak Blessings (proverbs 16:24). Call forth don’t call out.
      1. Be intentional. Look for things to bless. Make them stop and hear (hard to receive)
      2. Be constant
    6. Have Gratitude (Psalm 103:1-5). Why so downcast Oh my soul?





I am best at #________

I need to work on # ______________


Pray with me.  Father forgive me for the times when I have neglected my soul.  When I have put more emphasis on outward appearance and not inner peace.  I am asking you to help me with #>>>>>>>>>. I am turning to you to help me replace my bad habits.  Help my soul to soar, and in all things I pray that I can sing “ it is well with my soul”.  Amen

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There Is No Victory Without a Battle

We must continue to fight. 1 Thess. 5:17 “Never stop praying.”

  1. Fight the right battle. 6:12 “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
  2. Principalities & Powers not people.

How we fight. 2 Chron. 7:14 “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”

  1. Humility
  2. Prayer
  3. Righteousness


Understanding the battle. Dan 10: 10-20
“Just then a hand touched me and lifted me, still trembling, to my hands and knees. And the man said to me, “Daniel, you are very precious to God, so listen carefully to what I have to say to you. Stand up, for I have been sent to you.” When he said this to me, I stood up, still trembling. Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. But for twenty-one days the spirit prince] of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia.] Now I am here to explain what will happen to your people in the future, for this vision concerns a time yet to come.” While he was speaking to me, I looked down at the ground, unable to say a word. Then the one who looked like a man touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing in front of me, “I am filled with anguish because of the vision I have seen, my lord, and I am very weak. How can someone like me, your servant, talk to you, my lord? My strength is gone, and I can hardly breathe.” Then the one who looked like a man touched me again, and I felt my strength returning. “Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!” As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, “Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me.” He replied, “Do you know why I have come? Soon I must return to fight against the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia, and after that the spirit prince of the kingdom of Greece will come.”


2 Cor. 10:4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.

  1. Specific
  2. Consistent
  3. In Jesus name

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Miracle of Victory

Posted: September 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

This is our final message in our series about miracles. We looked at the miracle of salvation and the life of Zacchaeus. Anyone who stops pursuing selfish desires and pursues the Spirit of God is a miracle. Next we did the miracle of provision and how God provides. He stretches what we have, like the widow with the oil and the unexpected manna from Heaven. He transforms water into wine and uses people like the feeding of the 5,000. Last week Brian did a wonderful job of teaching us the miracle of healing. There are two kinds of sickness, physical and spiritual. The effects of sickness are stigma and separation. The way that Jesus healed was he saw, touched, and spoke in Jesus’ name wit authority over sickness. He then restores them back to their family or position.

I am going to talk along those same lines today. In fact, Brian talked about the “bent” woman and I want to talk about her as well. We are going to look at the miracle of victory. Let’s read Revelation 19:1 “After this, I heard what sounded like a vast crowd in heaven shouting, “Praise the Lord! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.””

I brought my fishing pole to church on Sunday morning. I will be the first to admit that I am not a good fisherman. I do enjoy it for brief moments, however I have too short of an attention span. Every now and then, or on an extremely rare occasion I catch something. It always ends up seeming bigger than it really is. When you hook a fish you want to keep it on the line and reel it all the way in. To help with that the hooks have a barb on the end. That barb is what keeps the fish from coming off the line. The fish fights, fights, and fights to get off the line, he doesn’t want to be hooked.
Sometimes in life we get hooked. We fight, fight, and fight to get off the line and to break free.

Let’s look at Luke 13:10:17 “One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!” Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised God! But the leader in charge of the synagogue was indignant that Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath day. “There are six days of the week for working,” he said to the crowd. “Come on those days to be healed, not on the Sabbath.” But the Lord replied, “You hypocrites! Each of you works on the Sabbath day! Don’t you untie your ox or your donkey from its stall on the Sabbath and lead it out for water? This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?” This shamed his enemies, but all the people rejoiced at the wonderful things he did.”

This is the story of the bent woman that Brian talked about last week. She was bent for 18 years of her life. Verse 16 tells us why because she had “been held in bondage by Satan”. The Devil got his hook in her. We don’t know how or why, but we do know she has been hooked for 18 years. Her physical problem was a result of a spiritual condition.

How do we get hooked?

  1. Took the Bait- Just like that lure, that fly, that worm, that power bait tempted the fish. You were tempted, you took the bait, and now you’re hooked.
  2. Got snagged- When I went salmon fishing we didn’t take any bait. We just threw our line out and snagged the salmon swimming across. The enemy can snag you. He hates you, he wants you to fail. He is constantly throwing hooks and every now and then, he snags one.

I love what Jesus says to her “woman, you are set free”. Hallelujah, the hook is removed, the line cut. You are set free.

Hope for the hooked- Colossians 2:8 “Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.”

  1. You are complete in Christ when you come to him- When you have relationship with him, you are complete. You didn’t get hooked because you are lacking. You don’t have to work extra hard to be whole, you are already complete in Him.
  2. Trust the mighty power of God- All power, all might, all authority belong ti Him. At the name of Jesus, every knee will bow. Hooks are removed. If you have ever been hooked by a real hook you know there is huge fear in removing it because of the barbs. Some are holding on to the hook for the fear of the pain in removing it. Jesus heals all of those wounds.
  3. His victory is your victory- He cancels the record, the shame is disarmed. There is victory from the cross.

How do we get unhooked?

  1. Confession- To God; 1 John 1:9 “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
    To others; Revelation 12:11 “And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.”
  2. Accountability-
    Get in small groups: We have Celebrate Recovery, Coffee Talk, Men’s Small Groups. Find an accountability partner
    Boundaries: You can’t get bound if you have boundaries.


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Miracle of Divine Appointments

Posted: September 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

Divine appointment is when God leads us to places and situations for our benefit or the benefit of others. “Being in the right place at the right time.”

We have all heard stories or had experiences where the one doctor in the nation who can do what you need just happens to be there for you.  Or the person who is at the end of their rope got the phone call at just the right time.  I’ve had an experience where I was driving home from Foursquare Missions International and I fell asleep at the wheel and got a phone call just in time to wake me up.  Divine appointments are not chances or circumstance, they are orchestrated by God.   Sometimes we need the miracle, sometimes we are the miracle.

Psalm 37:23 “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.”

Some of your Bibles may say “good man” or “righteous man”.
Remember words create pictures. If I were to say “That guy over there is a hulk”, you would get a picture in your mind of what I am saying. To say a “Godly” or “Good” man was saying “GEVAIR” in Hebrew. That word means = strong, prevail over, and mighty.The word “Directs” or “Orders” in the verse comes from the Hebrew word “Koon”. That word means = established, stable, prepared, and directed. Your steps are prepared and directed.  You are equipped for where ever God walks you.


  1. Divine Intersections – Acts 8:26-35 (Phillip & Ethiopian)
    1. Obedience & Action (“Go South”)
      Some see, some see and acknowledge, some see and act.


  1. Divine Appointments – Hebrews 13:2
    1. Sometimes we are entertaining Angels
    2. Jessica had an incident in Lake Tahoe where she needed medical attention and I had no way of getting her there. At that moment a man in a truck pulled up and said we looked like we needed help and we were able to get Jessica to the hospital.


  1. The Spirit is Willing but the Schedule is Tight.
    1. Pray for divine appointments. (God open my eyes to see)
    2. Plan for divine answers. (Happen in the routines of life)
    3. Prepare yourself to stop. (There was a couple who made crockpot meals and asked God who they should invite home on Sunday’s)
    4. Purpose to help. (Homeless care package, opportunity to be the church)
    5. Praise the Lord for the opportunity


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Miracle of Healing

Posted: September 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

TODAY we are talking about the Miracle of Healing

Exodus 15:26 = I AM the Lord, your healer. (Jehovah Rapha)


Healing has always been associated with God, but this quality is most beautifully demonstrated in the life of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels. So let’s turn to Luke 6:17-19. “When they came down from the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those troubled by evil spirits were healed. Everyone tried to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone.”


In this passage we see TWO kinds of sickness that Jesus heals:

  1. The first is PHYSICAL disease (v. 17)
    “They came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases…”
    In the Gospels we read a lot of stories where Jesus interacts with and heals people who are blind, deaf, mute, deformed, leprous, paralyzed, dying, and dead.
  2. The second kind of sickness we see is SPIRITUAL sickness (v. 18).
    “…those who suffered from unclean spirits were cured.”
    Spiritual sickness involves things like demons, unclean spirits, etc. and we read many stories where Jesus frees people who are affected by demons.


As we read the Gospels, we see that this kind of sickness can be separated into two different categories:

  1. First, is a PHYSICAL problem associated with a spiritual cause.
    Now this might be where I start losing some of you because you think I sound like some kind of WHACK-A-DOO who is 1000 years behind the times.
    And that thought is very normal for people who have grown up in the Western world because, along with democracy, capitalism, and Coca-Cola, we have imbibed a way of thinking called “Naturalism”But, look at Luke 13:10-11, where we see Jesus heal a woman who “had been disabled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten herself up completely.”
  2. The second category is spiritual BONDAGE.
    This is a situation where the power of the devil in a person’s life IS the sickness.  The language the Bible uses for this condition is “possessed” or “oppressed”. The control can range from total possession to people “suffering” or “tormented” by unclean spirits.
    Today we don’t see much full-on demon possession, but we do see and experience areas in ourselves where the devil has so much power that we have lost control.  That is still bondage.
    Addiction is a major area of spiritual bondage.  When addiction is raging in full force we see a person driven by forces beyond their control, and alienated from their true self and from healthy community. The good news is that Jesus said He came to “set free those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18d)


All sickness, physical or spiritual, has similar effects.

  1. The first is STIGMA.  All sickness has a stigma, or what the dictionary defines as “a mark of disgrace”.
    But this stigma can be VERY significant.  Think about diseases like skin infections, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, lung cancer, AIDS.  Think about people with mental disorders, addictions, disfigurements. Why is there a stigma associated with these? Because sickness gets labeled as weakness; it’s dirty, disgusting, infectious, shameful, sinful.
  2. Because of the stigma associated with sickness the second effect, which flows naturally from it, is SEPARATION.
    People who are sick, who are bound in addictive behaviors, or who are imbalanced, become alienated from others, they withdraw, or they hide (or even worse, they are HIDDEN) because they appear strange or out of control. The message is “I don’t want your sickness, and if you’re too close to me, I might get it.” (pink eye, lice). OT Law prevented these from Temple worship (church) or overall community life.

This is the environment the physically and spiritually sick found themselves in Jesus’ day.


So how did Jesus handle all this?  Let’s look at a healing story in Luke 7:11-15. “Soon afterward Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed him. A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.” Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.”

In this passage we see a beautifully simple and yet powerful pattern that Jesus left for us.

The first step was to SEE the sick person.

Jesus was able to heal people because he saw them, and he was able to see them because he was where they were. He eliminated the “separation”

The second step was to TOUCH the sick person.

Jesus broke the stigma of sickness by touching sick people.  This is SO significant.  For Jesus to touch an unclean person meant separation from his people for at least 7 days.

Next, is to speak in AUTHORITY.

In Matthew 28:18 Jesus says, “all authority in heaven and on earth          has been given to me.” All healing is done by God, for His glory (John 14:13)Lastly, we see a sometimes-overlooked part of Jesus’ healing ministry.

That of how the healed person is RESTORED.

Restored to their family, restored to their community, restored to the people of God! Look in the story how it says “and Jesus gave him back to his mother.” (v. 15)


Now that is Jesus’ pattern, but is that a pattern that was unique to Him?  Does it change after Jesus ascends to heaven and the church is established?
Let’s look at Acts 3:1-8. “Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.”

We see EVERY element of Jesus’ pattern at work here in the church.


What about today?  What about our church?  Does Jesus still heal today?

He sure does!  HEBREWS 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” There are records of miracles in the church well beyond the days the Peter, Paul, and Mary.

Our Foursquare movement is founded at its core on the belief in Jesus Christ, our Divine Healer! The early days of Foursquare were especially famous for reports of MANY healings.

Has our church seen miraculous healings?  YES!

Infertility healed

Addiction healed instantly and one day at a time through CR

Knee pain, back pain, skin problems healed

Depression and anxiety healed


So we must continue a ministry of healing today and Jesus’ pattern gives us a great guide for how to do that:

  • We must SEE sick people:
    We must be where they are and we must let them be where we are.
    There are sick people right here in this room who are secretly crying out, “SOMEBODY SEE ME!  I NEED HELP!”
    Jesus’ first miracle in Luke was healing a demon-possessed man in a synagogue.
  • We must act in such a way that we break down stigma and shame:
    We must touch, we must GO TO, we must embrace and welcome the sick, the different, the difficult
    Bob Goff said, “I’ve spent my whole life avoiding the people Jesus spent his whole life engaging and it’s gotta stop!”
    And if you are one who is sick physically or spiritually, don’t hide.  Just like lepers used to have to announce their presence, maybe you feel like you must stay disconnected because “I don’t want to be responsible for infecting you, and ruining your life.”
    Know that Jesus sees you and that this is a church that believes in miraculous healing and a church full of people who know what it was like to be sick and separated.
  • As a church we recognize healing power comes from God and God alone. There is nothing special in me or Pastor Kurt or Pastor Robin that brings healing.
    John Decker came and visited The Warehouse back in March and he taught on John 14:12-13 “Anyone who believes in me will do the miraculous deeds I am doing AND will perform even greater deeds…And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
    We are the Army of Anyones!
  • Finally, when Jesus heals you He puts you back where you belonged in the first place.
    We celebrate restored families (AND JESUS GAVE HIM BACK TO HIS MOTHER!), healed bodies, healed minds, healing that frees you to do what you’re supposed to be doing for the Kingdom of God.


Question:  Are you sick?  Is there sickness in your body?  Is there an area in your spirit/life where you have lost control to the devil?

BY: Pastor Brian Olson

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Miracle of New Life

Posted: August 11, 2016 in Uncategorized



  1. What is a Miracle
  2. Def= An event or act not explained by natural or scientific laws
  3. Anything outside the natural can only be done by the Supernatural



  1. How do Miracles Happen?
  2. Asking – Prayer
  3. Obedience – Through Revelation
  4. Dependency – Nowhere else to turn
  5. Sovereignty – God shows up
  6. (don’t discount or explain away your miracle, Don’t take away someone elses miracle with your cynicism)


  1. The Miracle of Salvation – Luke 19:1-10
  2. Zacchaeus steps to Salvation
  3. Curiousity – Who is He Vs 3
  4. Observation – Let me see Vs 4

iii. Invitation – Come on in Vs 6 (From Jesus  “Behold I stand at the door and Knock,  from us  “If we will open the door”)

iiii. Transformation – I am changed vs 8


  1. (Our Job is to help people move through the steps




This week we are looking at the Miracle of New Life, next week the miracle of provision

In John chapter 11 Jesus has a conversation with Martha.  Mary and Martha are sisters and they have a brother named Lazarus.  They are all good friends of Jesus.   Lazarus has died and Jesus is going to see the family and Martha comes out to meet him.   “If you would have been here he wouldn’t have died.   And Jesus answers here with this statement


John 11:25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.


  1. Biblical Themes
    1. “I am” – (Powerful Statement, Identifying with the Fathers eternal purpose.) Moses who should I say is sending me.
    2. “Resurrection” – (In the midst of Death, He causes life to arise.)
    3. “New” – (Major Them in the Bible.)
      1. New Creation – 2 Corn.21:5
      2. New Song – Psalm 40:30
  • New Nature – Eph. 4:24
  1. Everything New – Rev. 21:5
  1. First Foursquare summer camp in Europe I was the camp director. We had over 400 youth.  16 nations.   American, Dutch, Norwegian, French, german, Spanish, Croatian, Serbian, Greek, Swiss, Albanian, we had the services translated into 6 languages every night.   At every evening service we had a country do something that represented their culture.  A song, a dance. Well the Germans started doing there song another german ran up started shouting, grabbed their flag and began stomping on it.  The youth stopped and explained “ the reason we did this is because we are the only country in the world that is ashamed to admit our heritage.  Because of the stigma we still carry from world war 2 we are ashamed to admit we are german.  One by one I watched youth get up and walk forward and embrace and just begin to weep pretty soon the whole camp was at the altar, hugging, and crying, praying for one another.  For over an hour.  To this day it was one of the most beautiful moments I have ever had the privilege of being part of.


In the midst of death I cause life to arise.   The miracle of new life.


  1. Miracle of New Life
    1. Physical Life – (Children, open wombs, raising from dead.). We have several people who have been told thy can’t have children and the Lord has worked a miracle. Several who are still waiting for theirs.  Maybe you are the miracle to the child instead of the child being a miracle to you
    2. Spiritual Life – (There is spiritual death, no growth, stagnant waters, or New Hunger, new thirst, flowing waters.)we all go through spiritual dry spells. No life. Spiritual renewal new passion and new life
    3. Relational Life – Broken relationships, friendships, or children. The

situation looks dead. (Josephs story). Even after a rotten family fight. The lord restored relationship. God mend relationships. Sometimes we have to take firs step

  1. Season of Life – (Not to young or to old. Show you His purpose for your life in His season.)


Which of the 4 do you need a miracle?  

People available to pray at the Altar

Jason come up at the end


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