Sun, Aug 11, 2013 at 9:45am to 1:00pm EDT

Bottom Line

Jesus knows my needs and compassionately meets them.

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1.

Jesus knows my pain.

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Luke 7:11-13

Luke 7:11-13 NIV

Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry."

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Exodus 22:22-24

Exodus 22:22-24 NIV

"Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.

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Deuteronomy 27:19

Deuteronomy 27:19 NIV

"Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow." Then all the people shall say, "Amen!"

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Psalm 68:5

Psalm 68:5 NIV

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

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Acts 6:1

Acts 6:1 NIV

In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.

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James 1:27

James 1:27 NIV

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

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2.

Jesus addresses my problem.

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Luke 7:14-15

Luke 7:14-15 NIV

Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!" The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

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3.

Jesus’ power deserves my praise.

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Luke 7:16-17

Luke 7:16-17 NIV

They were all filled with awe and praised God. "A great prophet has appeared among us," they said. "God has come to help his people." This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.

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