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Faith in Action: Be the Church
Seeing People through Christ’s Eyes, part 1
This week we will be continuing the series we began last week: Faith in Action – Be the Church. This second study is called “Seeing People through Christ’s Eyes.” You’ll get a better feel for this as we move through our Bible passages over the course of the week. For now – let me start with this question: How many of you have eye or vision problems?
There are a lot of things that can affect the way you see (or don’t see) things. For example, there is...
• Amblyopia: This is more popularly known as “Lazy Eye”.
• Color Blindness: The inability to distinguish between some colors. (This is my issue)
• Dry Eye Syndrome: The inability to produce tears.
• Hyperopia (Farsightedness): The inability to see near objects clearly.
• Myopia (Nearsightedness): The inability to see distant objects clearly.
• Presbyopia: Greek for “Elder Eye,” difficulty to see close-up for those in their 40s & older.
• Strabismus: Misaligned eyes (like the actor Marty Feldman)
Not only do most people suffer from physical vision problems, many people also have spiritual vision problems as well. Some people may have...
• Spiritual “Lazy Eye”: We may see a problem but don’t do anything about it.
• Spiritual Color Blindness: We may not pay as much attention to the plight of some people because of their race. (i.e. we may recognize that people in Africa are suffering ... but do we give it as much priority?)
• Spiritual Dry Eye Syndrome: We may lack compassion, we don’t “cry” for people who are hurting.
• Spiritual Farsightedness: We may give to overseas missions but don’t see the pain in our local community.
• Spiritual Nearsightedness: We may not see the pain of people in impoverished countries, whether it’s South America, Africa, Asia, etc.
• Spiritual Presbyopia: Our compassion for people may have grown weak as we’ve grow older.
• Spiritual Misaligned Eyes: We may have our eyes focused on worldly things rather than spiritual.
There is an interesting passage in the Bible. It’s not our primary passage today, but it serves as an “eye-opening” illustration. Look with me at Mark 8:22–25: “And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to Jesus a blind man and begged Him to touch him. 23 And He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when He had spit on his eyes and laid His hands on him, He asked him, ‘Do you see anything?’ 24 And he looked up and said, ‘I see men, but they look like trees, walking.’ 25 Then Jesus laid His hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly” ESV.
Medication: A Merry Heart
BOB HOPE JOKES
"I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor's permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for a whole hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over."
ON TURNING 70: "You still chase women, but only downhill."
ON TURNING 80: "That’s the time of your life when even your birthday suit needs pressing."
ON TURNING 90: "You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake."
On TURNING 100: "I don’t feel old. In fact, I don’t feel anything until noon. Then it’s time for my nap!"
ON GIVING UP HIS EARLY CAREER OF BOXING: "I ruined my hands in the ring. The referee kept stepping on them."
ON NEVER WINNING AN OSCAR: "Welcome to the Academy Awards or, as it’s called at my home, Passover."
ON GOLF: "Golf is my profession. Show business is just to pay the green fees."
ON WHY HE CHOSE SHOWBIZ FOR HIS CAREER: "When I was born, the doctor said to my mother, Congratulations, you have an eight-pound ham."
ON RECEIVING THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL: "I feel very humble, but I think I have the strength of character to fight it."
ON HIS FAMILY'S EARLY POVERTY: "Four of us slept in the one bed. When it got cold, mother threw on another brother."
ON HIS SIX BROTHERS: "That's how I learned to dance. Waiting for the bathroom."
ON HIS EARLY FAILURES: "I would not have had anything to eat if it wasn't for the stuff the audience threw at me."
God Bless, Proximity,
St Mark’s Community Church, Janesville
New Beginnings Church, New Ulm
Verse of the Week: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT
Today’s readings: Leviticus 19 – 21