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Handicaps

In sports and games when teams, players, or athletes, are not on the same skill level they can be “handicapped” (plus or minus points); this is to equalize the chances for each contestant gaining victory. In Las Vegas where gambling and betting practices are legal on events like horse racing or basketball games, a “handicap” may be utilized; scoring each event in order to increase the chance of either team winning.

When a person is injured, in an accident, wounded in war, or born with a birth defect they are described as having a “handicap.” Maybe you have struggled at times with life which seemed unfair or difficult? Emotional scarring from unhealthy relationships is possible; just like physical injuries and accidents. We become “handicapped” and unable to function effectively.

Nick Vujicic is an Australian born, American Christian evangelist and motivational speaker. He was born with a rare disorder characterized by the absence of arms and legs. He might be described “handicapped” because of physical limitations. However, Nick is happily married, the father of four children and has a global ministry, LWL (Living Without Limbs) speaking and writing books of encouragement.

If you have chronic health issues, never give up. Even when our pain is severe; even when a “handicap” affects our daily life, like Nick Vujicic. How? Where might we find words of hope and support? Looking for answers? Check out our weekend at Journey Church.

We explore another episode from our fall series, MIRACLES of Jesus ! In our Journey Sat@6pm and Sun@10:30am service we consider a guy, thirty eight years old, physically handicapped, unable to walk, still searching for his miracle. If you like to read ahead the Bible text for this MIRACLE is found in John 5:1-5. Spoiler alert: Jesus changes everything.

Bring a seat buddy with you for some needed encouragement. Everybody in the whole world has some type of handicap or hardship. The pandemic these last two years have made it clear, we are better together. Isolation makes our hardship even worse.

Whatever storms of life we have weathered, God is bigger! Even if when we notice a few cracks in our faith and begin to doubt our miracle is possible. Whatever the turbulence for us might be (divorce, betrayal, illness, bankruptcy, slander) God is BIGGER than our problem.

The question Jesus asks us, whatever crippling moment occurs, “Do you really want to get well?” This weekend before Thanksgiving would be a terrific time to sort through some things, clarify things which seem to “handicap” us.

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1. Spread the Good News…. God is the best “handicapper” in the world! He is the equalizer insuring our victory. Wow God… His faithful love for us endures forever!


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