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This Week's Sermon: John 5:1-9
Can You Hear "The Voice?"
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It is the heart of Little League season, those spring
days when children get their first experience of playing
on a team, of learning about the rules of play, and of
listening to and heeding their coach. Do you remember
that first voice spoken into your ear as you stood at
home plate, gripping the bat like a
that first pitch?
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Unlike the actual game, when coaches call out
from the sidelines, in a baseball batting
practice the coach is right behind the Little
Leaguer — squaring their shoulders, positioning
the bat, adjusting their grip, evening out their
elbows, speaking instructions every step of the
way. Chances are if you still play ball you
still hear the echo of that first coaching voice
in your head…
Bat back to your ear.
Keep your eye on the ball.
Some voices stay with us forever. What voices
have spoken into your life? Can you still hear
There are voices of encouragement that urge us
to keep trying, keep working, keep doing what we
know is right.
There are also those voices we hear that accuse
us of not being good enough, of being a failure,
of not deserving anything better than what we're
The voices we listen to in our heart and soul
can strengthen us or shatter us, push us forward
or pull us down. The power of the Voice we
ultimately answer to can determine the destiny
and direction of our life.
In today's gospel text from John, it is the
power and authority of Jesus' voice that
transforms the life of one man......for more of this sermon and
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