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Praying for a Miracle Part 1

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November 18, 2019
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Don Wilton

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Praying for a Miracle Part 1

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  • male announcer: God has an encouraging word
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  • for you and me today through the Bible-based printing
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  • of Dr. Don Wilton and a message on a miracle,
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  • not just a miracle, but praying for a miracle.
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  • Dr. Don Wilton: So, I want you to listen very carefully
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  • to something that I'm going to say to each one of us
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  • today from God's Word.
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  • This is God's encouraging Word, and I just believe in my heart
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  • that you're going to be deeply blessed and that God is going to
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  • speak to you and provide for you something that only God can do.
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  • Now, if I'm going to say to you today, before we open the Bible,
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  • what do you suppose there is that relates to
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  • our lives as people that only God can do?
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  • We cannot do it.
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  • And most of you are going to say to me, "Well,
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  • it seems pretty obvious that our salvation."
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  • Yes, 100%.
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  • Only God can save you and me because he's God,
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  • just think about that.
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  • Only God can provide us with forgiveness because God so loved
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  • the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
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  • believes in him should not die, but should have eternal life.
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  • So, you're quite correct if today you would say back to me,
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  • "I know the one thing that only God can do is give us salvation.
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  • Forgive us of our sin, write down names in
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  • the Lamb's Book of Life."
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  • But as it pertains to those of us who know and love him,
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  • I'm going to just make an assumption right now
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  • that you've given your heart to Jesus.
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  • And if I make that assumption today, have, in fact, you've
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  • given your heart to Jesus, if you haven't given your life
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  • to Christ, my friend, I'm going to ask you to give
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  • your heart to Jesus today, right now.
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  • Right where you are, open your heart to him,
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  • ask him to come into your life.
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  • Confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
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  • Believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead.
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  • And the Bible says in Romans 10, 9 and 10 that you,
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  • my friend, will be saved.
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  • I've done that.
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  • I gave my heart to the Lord Jesus many years ago.
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  • So, I'm a believer.
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  • I know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.
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  • And just like you, I'm living this life.
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  • So, what is there about this life that I'm living
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  • that only God can do?
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  • Here it is, you ready? A miracle.
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  • You got it.
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  • I'm going to speak to you today on praying for a miracle.
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  • I want you to open your Bibles with me to
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  • John's gospel in chapter 2.
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  • John chapter 2, very important that you see this
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  • in the Bible with me.
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  • This is a place called Cana in Galilee.
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  • Now, I've been there many times.
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  • As most of you know, every year I lead whoever wants to go
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  • with me to the beautiful land of Israel.
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  • In fact, this year I'm gonna lead my, I think, 30th
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  • or 31st trip over there to Israel.
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  • And every year we go to Cana of Galilee.
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  • It's really a beautiful town.
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  • It sits up on a hill, it really is looking down
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  • over the Sea of Galilee.
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  • So, if you can picture this beautiful sea, the Sea of
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  • Galilee and around the Sea of Galilee Jesus did so much there.
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  • He went back to his hometown of Capernaum.
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  • Remember he was born and raised in Nazareth, and wasn't born in
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  • Nazareth, was born in Bethlehem, but he was raised in Nazareth.
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  • And Cana is not too far from the town of Nazareth
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  • where Jesus grew up as a boy.
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  • So, one can only imagine that the Lord Jesus was fully
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  • acquainted with the people, with the vibe, with the culture,
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  • with those that moved around the merchants.
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  • Now, back in Jesus's day Cana was obviously a village,
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  • but it was a village filled with people.
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  • Now, I want you to see these people because
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  • something extraordinary happened at Cana.
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  • So, every year when we go there, we always take our people
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  • and we celebrate marriage, we renew vows.
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  • But most of all, we think about the first miracle that
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  • Jesus ever performed, and that was right there
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  • at this wedding feast at Cana of Galilee.
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  • Let's read this.
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  • It's a remarkable story, and I want to begin
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  • in John chapter 2 and verse 1.
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  • The Bible says that, "On the third day there was a wedding
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  • at Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there."
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  • Always interesting when mom shows up, right?
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  • Jesus was also invited to the wedding
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  • along with his disciples.
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  • And when the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him,
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  • "Son, Jesus, they have no wine."
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  • "And Jesus said to her, 'Woman, what does this
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  • have to do with me?
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  • For my hour has not yet come.'
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  • His mother said to the servants,
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  • 'Do whatever Jesus tells you to do.'
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  • Now, there was six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites
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  • of purification, each holding 20 or 30 gallons.
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  • And Jesus said to the servants, 'Fill the jars with water,'
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  • and they filled them up to the brim."
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  • And so, "Jesus said to them in verse 8, 'Now draw some out
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  • and take it to the master of the feast.'
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  • So they took it.
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  • And when the master of the feast tasted the water, now become
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  • wine and did not know where it came from,
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  • though the servants who had drawn the water, they knew.
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  • The master the feast called the bridegroom and said to him,
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  • 'Everyone serves the good wine first and when people
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  • have drunk freely, then the poor wine.
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  • But you have kept the good wine until now.'
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  • This is the first of his signs that Jesus did
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  • at Cana of Galilee and manifested his glory,
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  • and his disciples believed in him."
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  • Let's just pray together for a minute.
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  • Lord Jesus, right now for just a minute,
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  • I want to pray for someone who needs a miracle.
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  • And Father, today you're going to speak to us through
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  • the power of your Word and by your Spirit.
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  • And I'm going to pray right now that the power of the living God
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  • would come down upon us, that you would inhabit your Word
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  • which never returns void because someone right now needs
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  • a miracle, something that only you can do.
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  • I'm praying for that person, and I'm praying right now that
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  • you're going to do your work.
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  • And we're going to try to understand what this means.
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  • In Jesus's name, amen. Praying for a miracle.
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  • Well, I've told you a little bit about Galilee, this region,
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  • really a beautiful region.
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  • I wish some of you could come with me, maybe you can.
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  • sign up, need to do it.
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  • It's a wonderful experience, life changing.
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  • I think it's important for us to see the place
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  • and understand what was going on.
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  • This was a hive of activity.
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  • Even today, I mean, you go there today and it's like,
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  • there are just people everywhere walking up and down
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  • lots of little markets and shops.
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  • And, of course, today there are motorcars and buses driving,
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  • and people hustling and bustling back and forth.
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  • One can just imagine in Jesus's day all the donkeys and
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  • the mules, people running around selling
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  • their produce, interacting a bit.
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  • There were a couple of boys who had their eyes
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  • on a couple of girls.
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  • There was dating.
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  • There was everything, but there were a group of people there.
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  • And they were gathered together for a very good reason,
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  • there was a wedding.
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  • And what was very typical in those days was at weddings,
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  • they would do not unlike we do today.
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  • They would have a feast, and they would provide the best.
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  • And so, I want you to see this, this context.
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  • And in the middle of this, we find Jesus.
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  • Isn't that amazing?
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  • You know, in every mall in America, Jesus is there.
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  • Do you know that at every bedside in every
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  • hospital Jesus is there.
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  • Did you know in every nursing home, every circumstance,
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  • every heartache, every need, every pain, your pain, my pain,
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  • my inability, the cry of our hearts.
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  • "Somebody please help me." Boy, do we have help.
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  • I personally know wonderful doctors, medical personnel.
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  • Our hospitals are magnificent.
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  • I'm going to tell you what the world tells us.
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  • Let's do it.
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  • People are looking today for a cure to cancer.
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  • Wouldn't that be wonderful?
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  • I read just recently that evidently in New Mexico,
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  • they've been working on a cure for Alzheimer's.
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  • Wouldn't that be an amazing thing if someone would find
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  • a cure to cancer, cure to Alzheimer's?
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  • Someone recently said they believe they're going to be able
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  • to find a cure for the AIDS epidemic and the scourge,
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  • which is in our world.
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  • These things are wonderful, but when you put Jesus
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  • in the middle of everything, miracles happen.
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  • I'm going to say to you, my beloved friends, that God is
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  • wanting to do something for you, and in you, and through you,
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  • that only God can do and that's what we're going to find
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  • here in this incredible encounter that the Lord Jesus
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  • had with these people.
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  • So, I'm going to point out a number of things to you in
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  • God's Word here, really two very important things about miracles.
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  • And I believe that God is going to speak to your heart.
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  • Number one, only God can grant miracles, only God can do that.
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  • A miracle is something only Jesus can do.
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  • Now, you can analyze this in any way you want to.
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  • Here at Cana of Galilee, they ran out of wine.
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  • Get this, Jesus took water and he turned it into wine.
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  • Man can't do that.
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  • When last I checked, I don't even think we could do that
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  • today with all our modern technology, let alone
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  • in the time of the Lord Jesus.
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  • I think facts are facts.
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  • You cannot, by any means, there's no pill,
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  • there is no tablet, there is no shot.
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  • There's no chemical mixture that you can apply to H2O to turn it
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  • into wine, but Jesus did.
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  • That's your life, isn't it?
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  • God can use anything that you possibly can imagine,
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  • and he does.
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  • I personally, not too long ago, had to have a hernia surgery.
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  • Can you believe that?
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  • A man of my caliber, stomach hernia, not uncommon
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  • with a lot of men.
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  • And there it was the bump, and eventually the bump
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  • started bumping too much.
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  • And one bump turned into two, turned into three, and
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  • eventually my doctor said to me, "You've gotta have surgery."
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  • I went to one of the most gifted doctors,
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  • most wonderful Christian men I've ever met.
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  • And put me in surgery.
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  • And he prayed with me before I went.
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  • And he prayed with me when I came back around,
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  • after a four-hour surgery, and they fixed me.
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  • Look at me today.
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  • I'm up and around, full of nonsense, enjoying life.
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  • There's a lot of things that we can do, but I'm
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  • going to tell you that there are some things that I'm not
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  • quite sure God will ever let go by that he doesn't want us
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  • to know that only he can do it.
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  • Right now in that category, I use an illustration, cancer.
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  • I remember the numbers of times in my life
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  • and ministry that I've had friends who've been diagnosed
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  • with cancers of all kinds.
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  • Devastating.
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  • I know people who received really end-of-life statements.
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  • They'd been told, short of a miracle,
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  • "You've only got a year to live.
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  • You only have six months."
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  • Let me tell you what happened here, folks.
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  • This was the end of the line at this wedding feast.
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  • This was the most joyful time.
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  • This was the time of maximum expectations.
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  • This was when people really stood up and mattered.
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  • And the cream of the crop were invited to this wedding,
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  • including Jesus and his mother.
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  • Can you imagine the waiting list?
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  • Then can you imagine the embarrassment of
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  • the father of the groom?
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  • Can you imagine?
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  • Can you imagine running out of wine?
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  • It was horrific, and there was nothing they could do.
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  • They couldn't even run outside and pick some grapes, and crush
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  • them, or squeeze them into a bottle and give them some wine.
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  • They were at the end of the rope, but Jesus was there
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  • and he was able to do something that none of them
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  • could do for themselves.
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  • What's the most significant thing about the miracle,
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  • and about praying for miracles?
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  • It's about Jesus. Do you know the Lord Jesus?
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  • Does he live in your heart and in your life?
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  • Do you know that you know that you know that you belong to him?
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  • Without Jesus in your life, you cannot anticipate, nor expect,
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  • nor receive a miracle that only God can do.
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  • I pray that you've given your heart to Jesus, but I want to
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  • submit to you furthermore that miracles have many purposes.
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  • They really do.
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  • We've gotta understand this in our study because next week
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  • I'm going to unpack this even further as we
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  • meet together in worship.
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  • Miracles have a divine purpose.
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  • God doesn't just do what God does just because
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  • he has no purpose in mind.
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  • Why does God answer our prayer?
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  • Why can we pray for a miracle, expect a miracle,
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  • and receive a miracle, why?
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  • What do we need to know from what happened
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  • with the Lord Jesus here in Cana of Galilee?
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  • Well, first of all miracles demonstrate God's power.
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  • They are the very means by which we see God all powerful.
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  • You know that great word that we use, God is sovereign.
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  • It means he's King, he's ruler, there is none
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  • greater than he is.
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  • You cannot go higher than God.
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  • That's why he even said to us, "Thou shall have
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  • no other gods before me.
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  • I alone am the Lord your God."
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  • To Moses, he was sending him to King Pharaoh
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  • to the greatest earthly ruler.
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  • And by definition, said to him, "Moses, you go to Pharaoh."
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  • And Moses said, "But Lord, who do I say sent me?"
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  • To which God said, "You just tell this man who
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  • thinks so highly of himself that he thinks he's King and Lord,
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  • that I am who I am.
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  • I am the Lord your God."
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  • And miracles are a demonstration of God's power.
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  • Miracles are also designed to glorify God's name,
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  • to lift high the name of Jesus.
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  • That's our sole purpose in life is to worship him.
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  • When you pray for a miracle, don't forget that.
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  • This is why he will do for you what you ask him to do
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  • because he's the only one who can do it.
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  • Miracles demonstrate God's power, and they glorify
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  • God's name, but they also illustrate man's dependence.
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  • Remember that a miracle is something that only God can do.
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  • Now, what does that mean?
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  • It means that men and women are totally dependent on God.
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  • You cannot do it yourself.
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  • These folks here, ran out of wine.
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  • What were they gonna do, carry the shame, bear the pain,
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  • deal with all the gossip, never recover?
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  • I'm not even going to begin to go to where the bride would be,
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  • let alone the parents of the bride.
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  • What would they say about this man that she was marrying that
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  • her parents could even provide wine for their guests.
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  • What kind of husband is this? But Jesus was there.
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  • The servants couldn't do it.
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  • The father of the groom's pocketbook couldn't do it.
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  • His bank balance couldn't do it. His influence couldn't do it.
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  • His social acceptance couldn't do it.
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  • His political position couldn't do it.
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  • His magnificence couldn't do it. But Jesus did.
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  • Oh yes, these miracles have a purpose.
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  • They illustrate man's dependence and they strengthen man's faith.
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  • We find that repeat in the story and then right throughout
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  • the Scriptures, don't we?
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  • Isn't it a wonderful thing?
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  • When you see God do what God does and what it does
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  • for our faith, it just rejuvenates us, doesn't it?
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  • It gives us strength, nurture, builds us up,
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  • causes us to stand up straight.
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  • These miracles of God, oh, man, they just infiltrate us.
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  • Guess what God has done for me. Guess what God has done for you.
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  • It just fortifies my resolve to serve him and to love him.
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  • But I think furthermore, that God's purpose
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  • bears witness to the world.
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  • Out there people are watching.
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  • So, I'm going to ask you a question.
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  • How many people do you suppose were at this wedding
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  • that didn't know this Jesus, huh?
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  • You ever been to a wedding? It's still true to this day.
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  • You ever been to a church service?
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  • Anyone like to suggest to me that everybody
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  • in church knows Jesus?
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  • No, you don't.
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  • You know my favorite little phrase is just because
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  • you're born in a garage doesn't make you a motorcar.
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  • There were people there at that wedding feast,
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  • they didn't know Jesus.
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  • Of course many of them would have heard him.
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  • There were scoffers there, doubters, skeptics, downright
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  • critics, people who were after him, and look what he did.
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  • What did this miracle do?
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  • It bore witness to this world but very importantly,
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  • it blessed those who received it.
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  • That's what happened. They received new wine.
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  • So, there it is, my friend.
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  • Are you praying for your miracle?
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  • Would you bow your heads with me today?
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  • Every head bowed.
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  • Lord Jesus, right now, there are people giving their hearts
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  • to Jesus because you are the miracle maker, and
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  • it begins with our salvation and having trust in you.
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  • You are always there in the middle of our banquet feasts.
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  • Lord, right now you see every heart and every life.
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  • And Father, I'm praying together with brothers and sisters
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  • everywhere for a miracle.
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  • Lord, someone right now needs you to do
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  • your work in their life.
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  • Please Lord Jesus, turn their water into wine.
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  • In Jesus's name I pray, amen.
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  • male: Amen, you know, as we've been talking about, Dr. Don's
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  • been preaching about the power of prayer, you need to know
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  • we're ready to stop talking about it and just pray.
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  • It could be that the most important thing you need
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  • to do right now is pray for yourself.
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  • You know, God doesn't need some sort of fancy words.
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  • If you would just like to start a new life with Jesus Christ,
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  • you could follow a prayer right after me.
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  • "Lord God, I know my sin has separated me from you.
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  • I've messed up. We've all messed up.
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  • But God, today, I trust you.
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  • I believe you died on the cross for my sins and
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  • I ask you to come into my life and save me.
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  • In Jesus's name I pray, amen."
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