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Who Do You Say I Am

Mark 10:47New International Version (NIV)

47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Two man are recorded in the book of Mark and Luke crying out for help. Both men cried out, “Have mercy on me.” Yet, only one of the two men has his name recorded, Bartimaeas. He was the vocal one.

These two men were on the streets of Jericho. I can remember just a few weeks ago as I was on a pilgrimage in Israel and passing through the town of Jericho. It is literally an oasis in a desert land. Palm trees with dates are all over this small little town. It was a place that had water.

I can just picture these men along the road that leads to the city of Jerusalem. They heard that Jesus of Nazareth was coming through. They knew of the miracles he had done, so they cried out, “Have mercy on me.”

Jesus, full of compassion, tells them to come here. So, they get up and walk towards the Messiah. It says in scripture that they jumped up. They were totally blind and had to listen for his voice to know which way to go.

We see Jesus here asking, “What is it that you want?” The men replied, “I want to see!” Jesus does not touch them here. He speaks with authority, “Go, your faith has healed you.” It says in that moment, they could see.

From that moment on the blind, Bartimaeas, who could now see, follows Jesus down the road to Jerusalem. He knew that Jesus was the Son of God. The Messiah had passed through.

Today, what do you need? Who is Jesus to you? Are you willing to follow him? He is still listening and willing to heal. All you have to say, “Have mercy on me.” He will give it.

Strength and Courage



Vital Ministries News

This coming Sunday, April 9, I have the opportunity to speak at The Way in Newton. I know that a lot of you have busy schedules, but I am asking you to join me at our 9:00 or 10:30 service.

I will be speaking from the Palm Sunday Text from John 12:12-19. Who do you say I am?

Often Palm Sunday has a misconception of why Jesus came to Jerusalem. Many in that day thought is was to rescue them politically and free them nationally.

Jesus came to free them and all mankind spiritually through a horrific death on a cross at the place called, The Skull. Today, I believe many are still looking for the Messiah to free them or give them what they want, as to wanting to know who he is.

Who do you say Jesus is?

Come join me on Palm Sunday at The Way, 2306 S 3rd Ave. East, Newton, Iowa.

Strength and Courage




Vital Ministries News

Normally I do not touch on this, but I thought that I would just to throw it out there. This coming April 22 on a Saturday night, Michael W. Smith is in concert at the Bridge View Center at 7:00 p.m. It looks like you can buy tickets at

My thoughts are that it is close for most of us and Michael W. Smith is a great entertainer and man of God. This is a great opportunity for a date night or even a family night.

This next week is our final week for Vital Men as we continue our series, Falling Men – Rising. We will look at the life of the disciple, Peter, through his failing and with the help of Jesus, him rising higher than he could ever believe. 

Do not miss the final teaching.

Strength and Courage 



Failing Men – Rising

Isaiah 60:1New International Version (NIV)

The Glory of Zion

60 “Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.

The prophet Isaiah called for Jerusalem to wake up. A new day is rising for Israel. The light of the sun was hot, but he was talking about the glory of God shining on his city.

I have had the opportunity recently to travel to Israel and see the sun rise over Jerusalem. Without a doubt you have the keen sense knowing that God still has his hand on the city. Like any city it goes about its day, but this city still follows God and his decrees.

Without a doubt the people of Jerusalem and all of Israel who is Jewish believe that there is a God, but the sadness that I felt in my heart is they still do not recognize Jesus to be the one true Messiah. They are still waiting and seeking.

Often times I see us in America still doing the same thing. People will say, “Oh, I believe in God.” But they fail to see Jesus, God’s Son. Jesus was the one who was chosen to take our place on a hill called Golgotha, the Place of the Skull.

I visited that location. It is a horrific site. Today a bus parking lot sits in front of it, but the images of the crucifixion are still there if you ask the Holy Spirit for Kingdom eyes.

All but one of the disciples failed Jesus at his death. They ran, hid, and wept. But the story does not stop there. These same men, all but one, chose to rise and faced their failure. How about you today? Have you been running? Are you running from what Jesus has called you to be? Today is the day of rising, men. Let’s not hold on to how we have failed, but choose to rise along side King Jesus!

Strength and Courage



Vital Ministries News

This coming week we will be starting a new teaching series, ‘Failing Men – Rising’. We will look at the lives of the twelve disciples. We will see how their lives impacted the world even though they failed Jesus before his crucifixion.

I believe, men, that we find strength in these men as they as they had to face their failures, just like we do. I always remind men who have felt they have failed in life that it is not how we fail, but it is all in how we ride back up.

Do not miss our final weeks together in Vital Men.

Strength and Courage



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