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The True Story on the Roof  {Kelly Needham - Mark 2:1-12}

The True Story on the Roof {Kelly Needham - Mark 2:1-12}

Update: 2021-09-29


Would you be willing to carry your friend up onto a roof, to get her to Jesus? What if praying for your friend is the equivalent of bringing her—on a stretcher—to Jesus? 

Stories of Jesus
Welcome to Episode one of Live Like It’s True! In this first season, we’re focusing on the True Stories of Jesus. In this episode, I'm joined by Kelly Needham to discuss the True Story on The Roof! It's the story of the paralytic, whose four friends carried him on a stretcher and dug up a roof to lower him down to Jesus. My hope is that you’ll be amazed by this story of healing and forgiveness, then live like it’s true.

Guest: Kelly Needham
Bible Passage: Mark 2:1-12 CSB
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Kelly Needham is married to singer/songwriter and speaker Jimmy Needham. Kelly is the author of Friendish: Reclaiming Real Friendship in a Culture of Confusion and she's been featured on Revive Our Hearts, Desiring God, and The Gospel Coalition.  Whether writing or speaking, Kelly’s aim is to convince as many people as possible that nothing compares to knowing Jesus. She and Jimmy live in the Dallas area with their three children, Lively, Sophia, and Benjamin. You can find more of her writing and speaking at or follow her on social media.

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Know the Story
"The True Story on the Roof" is found in Mark 2:1-12 in your Bible. It's an astonishing story of healing, forgiveness, and determination to get to Jesus.

Live the Story
Does your friend need breakthrough today, either for a physical or spiritual ailment? Do you? How can you live like this story is true? We talked about several ways:

  • If sin is the biggest problem of my life (which this story points to), and if that problem has been dealt with, shouldn't I have hope that God can deal with my smaller problems, too? 
  • If Jesus is the answer, here's what I must ask myself today: How can I use my creativity, determination and ingenuity to get my friend to Jesus? 
  • Praying for my friend is like bringing her on a stretcher to Jesus. This is a way of activating my faith and perhaps having the honor of participating in my friend's spiritual or physical breakthrough! How will I prioritize praying for her today?

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The True Story on the Roof  {Kelly Needham - Mark 2:1-12}

The True Story on the Roof {Kelly Needham - Mark 2:1-12}

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