feature from LDN's Worship Guide
Someone with skin on
By Pastor Larry
Crawford, Open Arms Christian Fellowship
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[December 20, 2013]
thunder is roaring, the lightning flashing on a stormy night, and
little Johnny is scared to death. He cries out to his mom, and she
gets up and goes into the room. She prays with him, telling him that
Jesus is right there with him. The next big bang and flash of light
and he is crying out again. Once again she gets up and goes in and
tries to encourage him, telling him, "Jesus is right here with you."
Finally another cry comes out of the darkness, "Momma, I need
someone with skin on."
Life is full of storms: those difficult moments when we don't know
what do, how we are going to make it. In those moments, we, just
like Johnny, need someone with skin on to help us. Perhaps that
describes your life right now — the situation you are facing. You do
not know what you are going to do or how you are going to make it.
I have GOOD NEWS! This time of year, we celebrate the fact that
someone with skin on — God — came down and became one of us in order
to help us.
The Bible says: "Now that we know what we have — Jesus, this
great High Priest with ready access to God — let's not let it slip
through our fingers. We don't have a priest who is out of touch with
our reality. He's been through weakness and testing, experienced it
all — all but the sin. So let's walk right up to him and get what he
is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help." — Hebrews
4:14-16 (The Message)
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God loves you so much, so He came with skin to help you through
everything you face in life. Life is sometimes really tough,
especially this time of year — a time when many miss loved ones;
others struggle financially, wanting desperately to give their kids
a good Christmas; still others are lonely, feeling like no one cares
and life doesn't matter. Your life does matter! You matter to God
and to us! Someone with skin on — Jesus Christ — is present to
comfort you, strengthen you, provide for you and, most of all, love
on you. God loves loving on you!
In our current message series from the Gospel of John —
"Encountering the Real Jesus" — we are continuing to learn more
about God putting skin on to come and be with us. Each week we see
where a different individual or group — people like you and me
facing real life ... real issues ... in need of real answers —
encounter the real Jesus. One encounter with Him will change your
life forever! Are you ready to experience the best in life? Take a
Sunday and join us at 9 or 11 a.m. and experience Someone — GOD —
with skin on!
[By Pastor LARRY CRAWFORD, Open Arms