Pastor Shayna brought a message Sunday morning about the Gift of Healing, one of the nine Gifts of the Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12. You can click on the Sermons page of this blog to listen to the sermon.
Brokenness isn’t ever a comfortable, easy thing. However, it is necessary for us to be able to grow into all we were created to be in Christ. Fasting is one means to brokenness. We humble ourselves and fast and pray, and God breaks stuff in us and off of us. So, even though it may not be a pleasant experience the pay off is amazing. Click on the arrow below to listen to Pastor Heidi’s message about fasting and brokenness. This is our third week in the 21 day fast. There’s still time to jump in and experience some of the spiritual benefits of fasting and seeking God with us.
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Most of us have heard the phrase “looking for love in all the wrong places…”. But we humans don’t stop at looking for love in the wrong places, we look for pretty much everything else in the wrong places, too. Today’s devotional by Louie Giglio, reposted from faithgateway.com, tackles that tendency head on and offers us instead the one place we can find all we’re looking for.
Right now, He’s asking you the same question He asked Peter and the disciples. Jesus is looking at your familiar patterns of living and asking, “How’s that working for you?” He’s not asking for any information from you. He already knows how it’s working out for you. He’s giving you the opportunity to form the words in your heart and mind that affirm the reality of what’s happening. Once we affirm that reality, then God is able to restore us.
As long as we deny our situation and continue to think that what we’re doing is great and fun and satisfying and that we’re running the show, then we’re still read more
Today’s devotional by Jim Burgen for Faithgateway asks a loaded question: Do you want to be made whole? So, do we? Do we want to be made whole? Read on and get your hopes up that you, too, can be whole through Jesus’ grace.
One day, as Jesus was walking through Jerusalem, He came to a famous pool. The pool was famous because people believed its waters had magic powers. They believed an angel would periodically come down from heaven and stir the pool, and the first one into the bubbling waters would be healed.
Jesus walked toward the water’s edge and noticed it was surrounded by a great number of disabled people who were trapped inside bodies that didn’t work anymore.
One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, He asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
Then Jesus said to him,
Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. — John 5:5-9
I think Jesus’ question was peculiar. He approached a pool surrounded by read more
Today’s devotional thoughts are from Roy Lessin – enjoy!
“The beauty of the Gospel is what we discover when, broken by sin, we turn from the darkness of our own way to the light of Jesus Christ. We don’t find a God of indifference who cares nothing about us, but a God of compassion and tender mercy; we don’t find a God who is distant, unable to reach us because of His holiness, but a God who has totally identified Himself with our need; we don’t find a God of wrath who must be appeased, but a God who extends His grace and forgiveness to us freely.
Grace is the kindness and favor of God extended to you. It is nothing you can earn or deserve. Grace is God saying to you, “You can do nothing to save yourself, but you don’t need to because I have done it all. I have given my Son to die for you, and He has made the perfect sacrifice for your sin. Come and receive My free gift.”
In grace there is no debt, no works, no bondage, no striving, no weight, no burden. Grace is favor and acceptance. Grace is the absolute bounty of God poured generously upon you with the oil to heal your wounds…the power to free you from sin…the goodness to restore your soul…the purity to make you clean…the love to make all things new.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. Luke 4:18
Jesus Christ upholds us by His grace. He is the ever-present Jesus, ready to receive and redeem all who have been broken by the power of sin.
(c) 2014 Roy Lessin Used with permission http://www.meetmeinthemeadow.com/2014/09/classic-tuesday-the-joy-of-being-forgiven-grace/
Here is an encouraging little devotional from Max Lucado to brighten your day.
“February 15, 1921. New York City. The operating room of the Kane Summit Hospital. A doctor is performing an appendectomy.
In many ways the events leading to the surgery are uneventful. The patient has complained of severe abdominal pain. The diagnosis is clear: an inflamed appendix. Dr. Evan O’Neill Kane is performing the surgery. In his distinguished thirty-seven-year medical career, he has performed nearly four thousand appendectomies, so this surgery will be uneventful in all ways except two.
The first novelty of this operation? The use of local anesthesia in major surgery. Dr. Kane is a crusader against the hazards of general anesthesia. He contends that a local application is far safer. Many of his colleagues agree with him in principle, but in order for them to agree in practice, they will have to see the theory applied.
Dr. Kane searches for a volunteer, a patient who is willing to undergo surgery while under local anesthesia. A volunteer is not easily found. Many are squeamish at the thought of being awake during their own surgery. Others are fearful that the anesthesia might wear off too soon.
Eventually, however, Dr. Kane finds a candidate. On Tuesday morning, February 15, the historic operation occurs.
The patient is prepped and wheeled into the operating room. A local anesthetic is applied. As he has done thousands of times, Dr. Kane dissects the superficial tissues and locates the appendix. He skillfully excises it and concludes the surgery. During the procedure, the patient complains of only minor discomfort.
The volunteer is taken into post-op, then placed in a hospital ward. He recovers quickly and is dismissed two days later. Dr. Kane had proven his theory. Thanks to the willingness of a brave volunteer, Kane demonstrated that local anesthesia was a viable, and even preferable, alternative.
But I said there were two facts that made the surgery unique. I’ve told you the first: the use of local anesthesia. The second is the patient. The courageous candidate for surgery by Dr. Kane was Dr. Kane. To prove his point, Dr. Kane operated on himself!
However, the story of the doctor who became his own patient is mild compared to the story of the God who became human. But Jesus did. So that you and I would believe that the Healer knows our hurts, he voluntarily became one of us. He placed himself in our position. He suffered our pains and felt our fears.
Rejection? He felt it. Temptation? He knew it. Loneliness? He experienced it. Death? He tasted it. And stress? He could write a best-selling book about it.
Why did he do it? One reason. So that when you hurt, you will go to him – your Father and your Physician – and let him heal.”
(c) 2014 Max Lucado Used with permission maxlucado.com