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A word from Stuart: A flourishing faith

Many people settle for living a shriveled life with shriveled hopes. But God wants you to live a bigger, better, grander Life than that!

That’s why I love the story in John 5 where Jesus turned up at the pool of Bethesda. All around Him were desperate people longing for a miracle. But Jesus focused on one paralyzed man who had been lying there for 38 years, and He asked an odd question: “Do you want to get well?”

The man replied, “No one will help me,” and you can hear his disappointment, anger, bitterness, and resentment. You and I are not made to be crippled by emotions like that.

When Jesus told the man, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk,” he was cured at once. Jesus fixed his shriveled body—and his shriveled life.

When God calls you to get up and get out of the rut you’re in, He gives you the power to do it. As you respond to His Word, you’ll discover a flourishing of faith and ability. And you’ll see His Life blossom in you like never before.


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