Jesus demonstrated the presence and power of God by performing miracles. He turned water into wine, healed the sick, calmed the storm, opened blind eyes, and raised the dead. While these beloved stories draw our attention to divine power, they also have something else in common: human desperation. Every time we see Jesus performing a miracle, we also get a glimpse into the gift of desperation, a gift that opens us to the dramatic power of God through our desperate need for him.
In this video Jessica explains why desperation is actually a gift—because it points us to Jesus. Desperation reminds us that we can’t do it on our own, that we desperately need God’s presence and power in our lives—not only on our worst days, but on our best ones too. She encourages us to see our weakness not as something that hinders us but as a gift that enables us to know Jesus more intimately, so that we may develop eyes that can see God at work in powerful ways.
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In this video Jessica revisits one of the most powerful stories of God’s abundant sufficiency for our needs in all of Scripture: the feeding of the five thousand. Drawing on her engaging gift of storytelling, she takes us on a journey back in time to show us powerfully that when we’re spiritually hungry, Jesus feeds us—not with anything of this world but with Himself. He is our Bread of Life—the food we long for most—and He is more than enough.
In this video Jessica unpacks two miracles on the water—when Jesus calmed the storm and when Peter walked on water—showing us that sometimes God calls out to the storm and other times He calls out to us: “Take heart. It is I. Do not be afraid.” And then there are times when He calls us out of the boat to deeper waters. But in every situation, we can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we can trust Him.
In this video Jessica focuses on the story of the blind man healed by Jesus, exploring how often our healing may require more than one touch. Though we’d all like an instantaneous cure, God loves to use other people—in community—to help bring about transformation and restoration in our lives. Often it’s through the second touch of relationships that we experience a deeper healing and find the wholeness God intends for us.
In this video Jessica explores the dual miracles of Jairus’ daughter and the bleeding woman to show us that because of God’s true and perfect love for us, He wants not only to meet our needs but to have a relationship with us. And nothing can keep Him from showing us love—not sickness or loneliness or despair or even death.
In this video Jessica uses the story of “the miracle on the Hudson” to illustrate that all miracles point us to the One who is the Grand Miracle, Jesus; and that every gathering of believers in the Grand Miracle of Jesus is a reunion of the rescued. As those who have been rescued, we have the privilege of sharing with others the hope of the greatest miracle of all: Jesus.