Nicholas the Wonder Worker with Mariah Ballweber


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Merry Christmas to you and your families! I’m here with Mariah Ballweber and we're so happy that you are joining in today. Many people know the Santa Clause as we celebrate in this day and age, but many don’t actually know the beautiful story of the man behind the fluffy white beard, St. Nicholas. We want to share his story of generosity, miracles, power, and the life of defiance against impossibilities that he demonstrated in response to being a child of God.

Tune in with us and let’s learn about Nicholas the Wonder-Worker, and how everything he did is in us if we just realize what we have in the Spirit.

[00:01 - 03:06] Opening Segment

  • Welcome and Merry Christmas!!
  • St. Nicholas
  • Mariah talks about St. Nicholas
  • Radical revivalist
  • Lived in the 200’s in Turkey
  • Huge empire under an evil regime
  • Persecution towards Christians during St. Nicholas’ life
  • Forced to comply
  • St. Nicholas took a stand

[03:07 - 09:30] A Room Full of Miracles; Knowing What You Have

  • We talk about the movement
  • What the church was like at the time
  • You would think you were at a party
  • Wild dancing, singing, and worshipping
  • A room full of miracles
  • Radical wave of God’s presence
  • This is what we try to capture at Breathe Retreat
  • Mariah talks about some stories around Nicholas
  • Radical acts of God
  • Casting out demons in a town
  • He knew who he was in Jesus
  • Joe at the beautiful gate
  • The story from Acts 3:6
  • What I have I give to you
  • You have the power of God inside of you
  • You are a saint

[09:31 - 15:16] Nicholas the Wonder Worker

  • Mariah gives background to Nicholas’ story
  • Lost his parents at a young age
  • Received a large inheritance
  • A story of Nicholas’ generosity
  • Throwing his money down the chimney
  • Freeing three daughters
  • Other accounts of giving
  • Money landing in stockings
  • Nicholas the Wonder Worker
  • We have this inside of us
  • Being a conduit of God

[15:17 - 23:14] The Boldness to Stand Up

  • Mariah talks about another instance of Nicholas’ wonder-working
  • The story of calming the storm
  • Greater works than these we will do
  • Living life in defiance of restriction
  • The story of Nicholas at the council meeting
  • A man claiming falsehoods about Jesus
  • Nicholas became physical
  • He wouldn’t even stand for a comment that dethrones Jesus
  • Standing up for freedom
  • You will not defy the truth in my midst

[23:15 - 29:36] Closing Segment

  • Reminder of who we are called to be like
  • We have the power to be like Christ
  • This is normal for us
  • No breakdown between us and heaven
  • Our prayer of Salvation for you
  • Shame is removed from you today
  • A gift like a Christmas present
  • Receive the free gift
  • Reach out to us on our website
  • Links below
  • Reminder to register for the Breathe Retreat
  • Links below

Tweetable Quotes:

“I think one of the keys to miracles is: one whatever He says, you do it. Two is knowing what you have; that you have the power of God - the power that raised Jesus Christ from the grave, you have that inside of you.” - Mariah Ballweber

“We are not moved by what seems impossible, everything is possible to us who believe… that’s in the DNA of those who live in the Spirit.” - Sandy James

“We want to be freedom fighters, we want to stand up for who we are in Christ, we want to stand up for the rights that we’re given by God, and stand up for the truth.” - Mariah Ballweber

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