Christ the King Community Church
Past / Present / Future, Part 4: Being Present in the Present
Archived – January 28, 2024
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Mark 5:24-34

Past / Present / Future, Part 4: Being Present in the Present

January 28, 2024 / Brian Behrends, Creative Pastor / Mark 5:24-34

Brian Behrends, Creative Pastor

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today.  Let us begin.”
M O T H E R   T H E R E S A

Mark 5:24-34
A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
         At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
         “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’”
         But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

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Psalm 118:24
This is the day that the Lord has made;
         let us rejoice and be glad in it.

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Psalm 46:10
Be still and know that I am God.

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Matthew 6:34
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow for tomorrow will be anxious for itself…”

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Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
         blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

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Small Group Questions

  1. Are you a naturally present person or is being present something you have to work hard at? Why do you think that is?
  2. Who is a person in your life that makes you feel fully seen and fully heard? What do they do to make you feel that way?
  3. Aside from a cold plunge, what are some ways that you’ve found that help bring you back to the present moment?
  4. What Bible stories come to mind when you think about Jesus being present with people? Why does that attribute of God matter?
  5. What is one thing you could do this week to be present with God? With yourself? With people?
  6. How can we pray for you right now and throughout the week?

 

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