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From the Pulpit

From the Pulpit

North Kent Community Church

1480 Indian Lakes Rd. Sparta, MI 49345
Pastor Craig Carter
Church Phone #: 550-6398
Service Time: Sunday’s @ 10:00am
Nursery & Children’s Ministry provided.

Hear us from Heaven

Chron 7:14: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (NIV).
Have you ever felt like God is just not listening? I know I have felt this way many times and I am sure you have as well. However, it is a comforting and reassuring message to know that God does, as this verse states, “hear us from heaven.” From this verse, we also see two benefits from a God who listens. We see forgiveness and healing. When I think of forgiveness and healing granted together, I am reminded of a story in the bible involving a man who was paralyzed. Mark 2:6-12 reads:
6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? 9 Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
First of all, I would like to draw your attention to verse 10, where Jesus asked the question, “Which is easier?”  The truth is that to Jesus Christ neither is easier.  Nor is the other more difficult for Him to perform. They both are easy and available to be granted.  If you have yet to experience either, may you know they are both simple and easy to receive. All you need to do is ask.  The Bible says, “we have not, because we ask not.”
Secondly, notice their response, “this amazed everyone and they praised God.” This man’s healing and forgiveness not only affected himself, but also those around him. The forgiveness and healing of God caused other to praise Him. They were amazed! That’s because forgiveness and healing are amazing things provided by an amazing God!
On Sunday, November 21, at 6 p.m., the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association is hosting its Annual “Community Thanksgiving Service” at Solon Center Wesleyan. It is a time where members of our various churches throughout the community come together collectively to “Give Thanks” for God’s amazing grace. We always have people give testimonies of the forgiveness and healing power of God. For us, it is a clear statement that God does still “hear us from heaven.” We, as a community, like the witnesses of the paralyzed man who was forgiven and healed, praise God together. It is a time in the presence of God, like no other, and we do not want you to miss it.  So, please come out and be a part.  Look for our informational ad in this week’s Cedar Post!

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