Impossible Situations

Perfect-Storm

This is for the gifted speaker or preacher who just can’t seem to get his point across.  It’s for the exceptional teacher whose students this time just aren’t getting it.

This is for the counselor who isn’t making any difference whatsoever, or the business innovator who’s just run out of ideas as his organization is falling into the abyss.

This is for the genius sailor who just met up with the perfect storm.

It’s for the career fisherman who’s fished all night and caught nothing.

You may need to brace for impact.

You may need to prepare to be disturbed… not by how hard things are to you at your point of genius, but by how senselessly easy they are for Jesus when He shows up. [click to continue…]

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brick-balloonThe apostles came back and told Jesus everything they had done. He took them with him to a city called Bethsaida so that they could be alone. But the crowds found out about this and followed him. He welcomed them, talked to them about the kingdom of God, and cured those who were sick.

Toward the end of the day, the twelve apostles came to him. They said to him, “Send the crowd to the closest villages and farms so that they can find some food and a place to stay. No one lives around here.”

Jesus replied, “You give them something to eat.”

They said to him, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish. Unless we go to buy food for all these people, that’s all we have.” (There were about five thousand men.)

Then he told his disciples, “Have them sit in groups of about fifty.” So they did this.

Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, looked up to heaven, and blessed the food. He broke the loaves apart and kept giving them to the disciples to give to the crowd.  All of them ate as much as they wanted. When they picked up the leftover pieces, they filled twelve baskets.  (Luke 9:10-17, GW)

How do you feed 5,000 men, plus women and children?  That was the assignment.  And it wasn’t Jesus’ job.

“Uh, Lord, dismiss the crowd so they can go find somewhere to sleep and eat.  We’re out in the middle of nowhere.”

“You feed them,” Jesus said.

Get the scene.  [click to continue…]

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