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Unsolvable Problems … Have Any?
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Have you been dealing with an issue in which there seems to be no solution? It has gone on for months, years, and maybe “forever” in your thinking. It wears you down and out. It does not go away, constantly reminding you of its presence and drags on your very being. It is a “ball and chain” around your neck. You have thrown up your arms and said, “There is no way that this can be resolved!” Hope is lost, let alone finding a solution or even relief.
Reflect on some of the situations with which Jesus dealt … the woman with the blood disorder for 12 years (Mark 5), the blind man from birth (John 9), the paralyzed man at the pool of Bethesda for 38 years (John 5), and even death situations such as Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5), Lazarus (John 12) and the lad in the casket in a funeral procession (Luke 7). But He conquered all of them. Healing, life, and forgiveness were given. I am always amazed at the young man being raised to life in the funeral procession: “So he who was dead sat up and began to speak” (Luke 7:15 NKJV). That is one funeral I would have liked to have attended.
Mark 5 records “an unsolvable problem.” It was a man controlled by demonic forces. Listen to the description of his situation:
“…a madman from the cemetery came up to him (Jesus). He lived there among the tombs and graves. No one could restrain him---he couldn’t be chained, couldn’t be tied down. He had been tied up many times with chains and ropes, but he broke the chains and snapped the ropes. No one was strong enough to tame him. Night and day he roamed through the graves and the hills, screaming out and slashing himself with sharp stones.”
Here is the “unsolvable problem:”
- No one could restrain him
- No barriers, impediments could help
- No “helps” had lasted
- No “strengths” of assistance would work
- No “rest” from the ailment…night and day
- No “peace of being,” only personal hurt, emotionally and physically
It is utter madness and human hopelessness. In fact, he is called a madman, out of control, out of reach, and away from any solution. Solutions have been offered; people have tried to help, but all in vain. Unsolvable! Are you experiencing anything like this in your personal life, family, job or community?
But Jesus! He is the answer because He has the answer! Read the text carefully and you will see this madman is asking Jesus why He is messing with him? He was even saying to Jesus… “Don’t give me a hard time.” However, going and getting near Jesus is the answer. He will bring resolution! This is achieved in reading the Gospels and meditating on His Word.
Keep this in mind: God is working on the issue that has been set before you. (If you notice, Jesus had already commanded the unclean spirit, named “Legion: for we are many,” to come out of him.) The problem had not been solved YET. Your problem may not be solved YET.
However, the Problem may be Solvable, but encapsulated by other problems that need to be addressed. The madman had a “mob” of issues that were in control. There was a process that was needed.
You may or may not be aware of this, but a solution is unfolding for you. Each problem on its own, dealt with His intervention, eventually leads to the main solution of the “unsolvable” or should I say “humanly unsolvable problem.”
All in good time, the madman in Mark 5 was “sitting and clothed and in his right mind” Mark 5:15 NKJV.
You may feel all “avenues” of solutions have been exercised in your situation. It may seem to be unsolvable … but wait … be prepared … the solution may come suddenly. What is under His control is not out of control. With God all things are possible … and you can count on it!
The Latest Happenings…
▪ Our students packaged 10,000 meals last month as a team effort service project. Upon completion of that effort, a local food bank immediately picked up the meals for distribution.
▪ Churches and non-profits were present that same week to provide opportunities for Christian service and career paths.
▪ Our College serves as a gathering of community events such as a voting precinct. A homeowners’ association meets on campus and recently, the newly formed Trinity-Odessa Chamber of Commerce enjoyed Trinity’s facilities and food service. Flu shots were made available to our student body and a blood drive was held on campus. These events give the College unique opportunities to engage the public and demonstrate Biblical values and conduct. It speaks volumes in recruiting.
▪ The Global Impact Conference is underway (October 1-3) on campus. Students will have the opportunity of connecting with participating missionary groups, attending special classes, and gathering together for reports and Biblical challenges.
▪ Pledges have been made and gifts have been given toward our new Student Residence Hall. This facility is needed to “house” all our resident students on campus. The final funding needed to move forward is very close to completion. Donors are giving consideration to their next step. Please remember this in your prayers. Onsite housing improves retention, grades, social development, and provides a sense of community … a home away from home. Trinity has studied the assessments and recommendations of other higher educational institutions that affirm the benefits of onsite housing.
▪ Our College’s Facebook has 1,287 followers. There are individual group Facebook accounts that are utilized. To picture what is happening at Trinity, click here. Additionally, non-traditional degree completion students with TrinityQuest now have their own Facebook page: TrinityQuest Facebook All of this builds community.
▪ For those of you who attended our 2014 Annual Banquet featuring Dr. Ravi Zacharias, you may keep in touch with his ministry by going to their website: www.rzim.org. There you can find news of Dr. Zacharias and the RZIM ministry as well as features such as the RZIM Blog, RZIM News, A Slice of Infinity (this is a daily email), Just Thinking, and numerous articles posted by RZIM speakers. You can listen to his programs, podcasts from recent events, etc. Most of the online resources are available at no charge.
▪ Good Living is a premier family magazine that began in 2010. Trinity College of Florida appears on the back of the current periodical. A few of Trinity’s professors and their expertise will be featured in future issues. www.goodlivingmagazine.com
▪ A new book, Igniting the Fire – the Movements and Mentors Who Shaped Billy Graham, by Jake Hanson will be released at the end of 2014 or early 2015. A number of chapters are given to describing Dr. Graham’s spiritual journey at Trinity. It is a wonderful read for alumni and friends of the College.
Urgent Prayer Requests …
▪ Pray for the President’s Council meeting scheduled for Friday, October 10, 2014 and the Fall meeting of the Board of Trustees on Friday, October 31.
▪ Pray for Trinity, hosting the Precinct 100 voting site for general elections on November 4. Hundreds of visitors will be on campus. This is an opportunity for each guest to experience the Trinity Touch.
▪ Pray for the development of the new Honors Program.
▪ Pray for Campus Preview on November 7. Prospective students will have the opportunity to “check out” the College for 2015.
▪ Pray for the remainder of the funds needed for our new Student Residence Hall. New furniture has been given for our current residence hall.
With a grateful heart,