Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator

Happy Father’s Day! This weekend we closed our “Medley” series with a special Father’s Day sermon entitled, “How to Love a Rattlesnake.”

In the message, Jeremy used two stories from Luke 8:40-56; the first was about the woman who was healed by touching Jesus’ cloak and the second was about Jesus raising a twelve year old girl from the dead.

At first glance, these stories seem a little obscure, but if we look closer, Jesus acts very fatherly towards these women. Although the first woman who touched Jesus made Him ceremonially unclean, a very important distinction to the Jews, Jesus still responded with compassion, saying (v.48)”Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” This is the only account we have of Jesus calling a woman “daughter.” Then, Jesus goes even further in His sacrifice, touching the dead body of the little girl (which instantly renders anybody unclean under Jewish law) in order to bring her back to life. Both of these people were only looking for healing, not compassion, yet Jesus gave them both.

You see, a great dad displays strength through sacrifice. Let’s strive towards being a community that celebrates dads who love sacrificially.

Verses and quotes from the message:

James 1:27

“I guess the reasons against having more children always seem uninspiring and superficial. What exactly am I missing out on? Money? A few more hours of sleep? A more peaceful meal? More hair? These are nothing compared to what I get from these five monsters who rule my life. I believe each of my five children has made me a better man. So I figure I only need another thirty-four kids to be a pretty decent guy.” Jim Gaffigan

“We care for orphans not because we are rescuers, but because we are the rescued.” David Platt

Set List

All Campuses

Nothing but the Blood – Andy Cherry
Cornerstone – Hillsong
It is Well – Phillip Paul Bliss
Hey Brother – Avicii

How to Love a Rattlesnake

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- I am the programming coordinator at Central Christian Church AZ. I also moderate the Central Teaching Blog. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!