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Bert McTier - July 26, 2020

Zacchaeus: Curious Cheater to Called Companion

Zacchaeus had chosen a life of greed and effectively turned his back on his community and his Jewish heritage. He was rich, but lonely. His so called "friends” were all outcasts and scoundrels as well. The "good" people wouldn’t have anything to do with him and that could only mean that God wouldn’t either, right? And yet Zacchaeus wondered… this man called Jesus…Son of God…who is He? If only he could get a glimpse of Him as he passed through town. Zacchaeus was looking for Jesus. But what didn’t realize was that Jesus was looking for him too.

From Series: "Marvelous Fatih"

Take the story of Adam & Eve found in the book of Genesis. In the garden of Eden (aka the good 'ol days of perfection), God told this first couple that the growling of their stomachs could be silenced by the fruit from any tree in the entire garden except the tree of the knowledge of good & evil (Genesis 2). Along comes the enemy (snake that he is) and causes them to doubt what God really told them. Off to the tree of the knowledge of good & evil they go, pluck off an apple and..."Crunch!". A very, very familiar story to many of us because we've heard it and read it so many times. For years. But wait. Was it an apple that they ate on that fateful day? Take a look at Genesis 3 and give it another read. Sometimes it's good to hear stories again. Even those we've heard thousands of times before. We might just see or hear something we have never noticed before. We might just have our faith stirred up in a new way by an old story. Welcome to our new sermon series, Marvelous Faith.

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