Raising Jarius’ Daughter

‘Do not be afraid, only believe’

Sermon for May 31st, 2020. Lessons 13 in a series on the Miracles of Jesus.

In Luke 8:41-56 We See Two Very Different People––Seeking the Same Savior.

  • Jarius had twelve years of sunshine that were about to be extinguished –– This woman had twelve years of agony that seemed hopeless to heal.
  • Jarius was an important man, the ruler of the synagogue ––The woman was a nobody, lost in the crowd.
  • Jarius was a successful man & probably had money –– The woman was poor because she spent all her money on doctors.
  • Jarius came publicly, but his daughter was raised secretly––The woman came secretly, but was healed publicly.

They were very different but had 3 things in common:
1. They Had Tried Everything Else –– Nothing Worked…
2. In Desperation They Went to Christ in Faith…
3. Jesus Responded to them Personally…


Raising Jarius’ Daughter
Raising Jarius’ Daughter

Faith to Touch the Hem of His Garment

The Power and Compassion of Christ (Luke 8:41-48)

Sermon for May 24, 2020. Thank you for joining this sermon series on the Miracles of Jesus. This is week 9 of the COVID-19 Coronavirus quarantine. I pray that you are safe and healthy and that we will weather this storm by trusting in God who is in control.

It Has Been Said, that Jesus Broke Up Every Funeral He Ever Attended!
And He’s on His way to breaking up another funeral! Jarius’ daughter is dying––and by the time Jesus arrives, she has already died. But Jesus will not let death have the last say.

Over and over in the life of Christ we see Him restoring what was lost in the paradise Garden of Eden. Sin entered the garden, and with sin came separation from God:
• God is Life –– separation from God brings disease and death.
• God is Light –– separation from God brings darkness.
• God is love –– separation from God brings hatred, violence, division into the world.

But Jesus brings Life, Light and Love –– into this broken world. And on His way to raising Jarius’ daughter, something extraordinary happens!


Faith to Touch the Hem of His Garment
Faith to Touch the Hem of His Garment

Jesus Calms the Storm

‘Peace Be Sill’

Sermon for Sunday, May 17, 2020. It was evening (v.35) and a fierce storm has hit while Jesus and the disciples are crossing the Sea of Galilee. The Sea of Galilee is 682 ft. below sea level, surrounded on the east & west by hills that rise as high as 2000 ft. above sea level. Intersected by plains and gorges that function as funnels for the velocity of wind. And when the perfect conditions converge––it creates the perfect storm!

We all face storms in life and some of them are terrifying. But we are not alone in the storm, Jesus has the power to calm the storm and bring peace (Mark 4:35-41).


‘Peace Be Still’
‘Peace Be Still’

Photo credit: Matthew Smith, who captured the incredible moment when lightning struck down from a vibrant rainbow during a beautiful sunset in Boca Grande, Florida.

A Widow’s Son is Raised

Jesus’ Gift to a Weeping Mother

Sermon for Sunday May 10. Lesson 10 in a series on the miracles of Jesus.

It has been said that tears are words that cannot be spoken.
“What happens to our tears? We wipe them away… We assume they evaporate somewhere into the great universe.” (Lowell F Johnson)
But the Bible tells us what happens to the tears of God’s children:
“You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book? (Psalm 56:8)
The Lord cares –– He Knows every tear that is shed, and the reason for every tear.
In our text today (Luke 7:11-17) the Lord sees the tears of a mother, and tells her “weep not.” Then He gives her a gift to take her tears away––her son alive from the dead!

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”

3 John 2

Dear brothers and sisters,
It is week 7 of the Covid-19 coronavirus quarantine. Isolation is never easy, and this has been difficult for all of us. You are in my heart and my prayers, and I hope you are healthy in mind and spirit. I pray that we can assemble with one another soon to worship God together. During this time be sure to remember there is a river that flows from the throne of God, that makes glad the city of God (Psalm 46). Nothing that happens to us on earth will ever change that fact––that God is on His throne and He is in control.
Your fellow servant, Bill Turner

A Widow’s Son is Raised


Jesus’ Gift to a Weeping Mother
Jesus’ Gift to a Weeping Mother

Healing a Man with a Withered Hand

The Tragedy of Turning Blessings into Burdens (Mark 3:1-6)

Sermon for May 3, 2020 – Lesson 9 in a series on the Miracles of Jesus, where the power of Christ is creating conflict among the Pharisees and scribes of the Law.

I pray that you are safe, healthy and drawing closer to the Lord. Thank you for continuing in this sermon series on the Miracles of Jesus. There are so many spiritual lessons we find in these amazing accounts of the work and ministry of Christ. In this text we see Jesus healing a man in the synagogue with a withered hand on the Sabbath day. A conflict arises, creating a tense situation: Why are the Pharisees angry at Jesus for healing on the Sabbath? Does Jesus break the Sabbath law like the Pharisees accuse Him of doing? What can we learn from the miracle of Jesus and the mistakes of the Pharisees and Scribes of the Law?

Below is the audio, video and PDF text of the lesson. Also this week’s bulletin article: The Set of Our Sails, about being pro-active in choosing the direction of our life. Don’t forget the Bible Class Lesson on the Apostle Thomas: The Man Who Became Convinced By Doubting. And be sure to check out the info-graphic showing the Fear Zone, Learning Zone, and Growth Zone we commonly experience in trials: Who Do I Want to Be During the Covid Crisis?

Please continue to lift one another up in prayer. May God bless you and keep you and give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26).

Your fellow servant in the Lord,
Bill Turner


The Tragedy of Turning Blessings Into Burdens (Mark 3:1-6)

Healing a Paralyzed Man

‘When Jesus Saw Their Faith…’ Four men are determined to bring their hurting friend to Jesus, even if means tearing a hole through the roof!

4/26/2020 Dear brethren, we are in week 5 of the COVID-19 Coronavius quarantine. Thankfully as I write this, no one in our congregation has been sick from the coronavirus, and although everyone’s work has been affected, no one has lost employment due to the state wide lockdown. News reports indicate that restrictions may be scaled back in phases soon, which I pray will allow us to assemble together again for worship and Bible study. May God bless you during this difficult time as we walk with Him through the valleys and mountain peaks of life.

Your fellow servant in the kingdom, Bill Turner

This week’s bulletin article: I Thank You God

Healing a Paralyzed Man

Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’?

Mark 2:9

This week’s sermon: AUDIO | VIDEO | Text PDF

AUDIO: ‘When Jesus saw their faith…’
VIDEO: ‘When Jesus saw their faith…’

I Thank You God

I thank you God that You are eternal and infinite

I thank you God that you are perfect and holy

I thank you God for the intricate beauty of Your creation

I thank you God for the mysteries of Your cosmos

I thank you God for the billions of suns burning in brilliant light

I thank you God that You rule heaven and earth

I thank you God for creating me in Your image

I thank you God for Your patience with me

I thank you God that You the Author entered your own story

I thank you God that You came to earth in human flesh

I thank you God that You are free from space and time

I thank you God for the adventure of life

I thank you God for the hope of each new day

I thank you God for the future because it is in your hands

I thank you God for light and love that emanates from You

I thank you God that You are in control and rule from Your throne

I thank you God for Your love that is eternal

I thank you God that nothing is impossible for You

I thank you God that You answer millions of prayers simultaneously 

I thank you God for Your people

I thank you God that You care for the sparrows

I thank you God that You reveal the secrets of eternity to children

I thank you God that I was dead but now I am alive today

I thank you God that I was blind but now I see

I thank you God that You saved me from my sins and set me free

I thank you God that You redeemed me by your blood on the cross

I thank you God that I could be born again as a child of Yours

I thank you God for the inheritance You give your children

––Bill Turner
April 25, 2020
Grants Pass, Oregon