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The Journey

Why Do You Wonder?

Scripture: Acts 3:12-19

Why do we wonder? I guess it is part of our human nature. We have something built deep inside us that seems to ask the question, “why?”. Along with this question we add the who, what, where, when, and how as well. These are the basic building blocks in our quest for knowledge and wisdom.

In the scripture today someone just got healed and everyone is wondering what happened. I can honestly say I would be wondering too. I have never seen someone healed in front of me in a matter of seconds. At one moment laying near death then suddenly popping up asking for a bowl of soup. It is not that I do not believe that God could do that, or that I do not have faith, it is only that I have only seen healing through the gifts and knowledge of doctors.

The problem that I run into is when is it God healing and when is it man with great knowledge and skills? It is clear that this is what I going on here too. But these guys were not educated healers, they were fishermen, and the last time I checked I do not think my insurance covers treatment made by the people selling sea bass to Red Lobster. Which is why I love this sermon that is given. It is as if they are saying, “hello do you really think I could do that myself? Al I can do is rub some fish oil on him but the guy is walking. And this is why…”

Often times we get caught up in the who did it mode of thinking. Some cannot see God in anything others see God in everything. I remember talking to my son once and was excited because a check came in the mail just when I needed it. I whooped that God gave us money, my son said no he didn’t you just didn’t know when you were getting it. Which made me think, he was right but so was I. The timing was perfect.

As we pray I hope we will consider how God is working. Think about some of the dfficult times in your life, who helped and how did they help? What form did it take? Are you able to see just the works of man or can you see the hand of God using those around you? I also challenge you to listen to the still small voice, if you happen to think of a need that you can help with ask how. If you feel lead to act I encourage you to do it. The disciples acted, then they were given an oppertunity to speak the gospel, your one small act of obedience could encourage someone into a deeper relationship with God.

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About jwquaker

I’m sure everyone wants to know who I am…well if you are viewing this page you do. I’m Jared Warner and I am a pastor or minister recorded in the Evangelical Friends Church Mid America Yearly Meeting. To give a short introduction to the EFC-MA, it is a group of evangelical minded Friends in the Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado. We are also a part of the larger group called Evangelical Friends International, which as the name implies is an international group of Evangelical Friends. For many outside of the Friends or Quaker traditions you may ask what a recorded minister is: the short answer is that I have demistrated gifts of ministry that our Yearly Meeting has recorded in their minutes. To translate this into other terms I am an ordained pastor, but as Friends we believe that God ordaines and mankind can only record what God has already done. More about myself: I have a degree in crop science from Fort Hays State University, and a masters degree in Christian ministry from Friends University. Both of these universities are in Kansas. I lived most of my life in Kansas on a farm in the north central area, some may say the north west. I currently live and minister in the Kansas City, MO area and am a pastor in a programed Friends Meeting called Willow Creek Friends Church.

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