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Archive for June, 2010

Our young people and children are studying the fruit of the Spirit this summer on Wednesday night.

So, which fruit of the Spirit do you think you need to develop more in your life currently?

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Question of the day?

If you could spend a day with anyone [who isn’t a normal part of your life], who would it be?

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Question of the day

When was the last time you had trouble getting through a book because the book was reading you?

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Archaeologists using lasers to clear away centuries of mineral accretions have uncovered in a 4th century Roman catacomb the earliest paintings of Sts. Peter, Paul, Andrew, and John.

Here’s Paul.

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Here are some articles worth perusing to help you think from a Christian worldview about some items in the news

Russell Moore reflects personally on five years after Hurricane Katrina

More from Dearbon, MI where Christians were arrested for witnessing at a Muslim festival

God and the Oil Spill

Thinking theologically about immigration

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An impassioned plea:

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What would you do if you found a significant amount of cash alongside the road?

WORLD reports:

A Pennsylvania motorist found $3,600 in cash, and returned it to the newlyweds who had driven off with the money on top their car.

Rest of the story here.

Integrity is still applauded today!

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“Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them. ” (Mark 1:30–31, ESV)

Peter’s mother-in-law has a fever!   Luke, another gospel writer and a medical doctor, calls it a mega-fever―a great fever.  She’s in this grip of a fever.  Which means what? Her body is fighting off an infection.  Now today, we know something is wrong when we have a fever, but nine times out of ten, we know we are going to get better.  But not back then. In fact, it has only been in the last 125 years or so in the civilized world that we have known how to treat a fever properly.  Modern medicine is really only about that old. In fact before 1885 in America, medicine was pretty much a guessing game.  You might think it is still today―and there is a lot medical research has to learn but until 1885, we had no idea how to treat viruses and fevers.  We’ve all heard about people traveling around selling snake oil for this and that ailment.  That was what it was like in the world―in civillized Europe and America―up until the late 1800’s and really not till about 1920 or so―less than 100 years ago. A fascinating read on this is a book called  The Great Influenza.

What does Jesus do?   Verse 31, “And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up.” That’s a loving heart.  There are 17 miracles recorded in Mark and this by far is the shortest account of anyone of them, but It let’s us into Jesus’ heart―a loving heart.  If you take the account of Matthew, Mark and Luke together you find out that Jesus stands close to her bed, takes her by the hand, rebukes the fever and gently raises her up before Peter and his wide-eyed friends.

Jesus shows personal compassion here to a widow. In Jewish culture, men were dominant. Women were secondary. And a woman without a husband was very vulnerable and often neglected. So Jesus, by this miracle, shows not only his sufficient power but his heart of compassion to those on the fringes of society. And we will see this repeatedly in Mark. Jesus is concerned about all people.

“And the fever left her” (v. 31b) .  She’s completely healed.  Normal temperature,  normal energy level, no lingering effects.  No liquid or soft liquid diet for a few days.  No she is back to full strength instantly!  Wow!

“And she began to serve them.”  The word here is diakneo .  Jesus touches her and heals her and she responds by serving everyone around here.  You know there’s a great principle there:  Serving the Lord is one of the best ways to thank Him for all He has done for us.  The Lord has healed some of you, hasn’t he.  The Lord has done some great things for you―given you a job, opened up some opportunity, spared your life, and all sorts of things.  What’s your response? Energetic service. You said, “If the Lord does . . . , I’m going to serve Him.”  Are you doing that?  Peter’s mother in law did.  Great principle!

Now think about this.  There were no TV dinners back then, no microwaves, no freezers to store prepared food, no grocery stores.  So she is preparing this meal from scratch for her family, four hungry fishermen and Jesus.  So it was quite a meal.  And it was served with love and excitement. I’m sure she said while she was cutting up the vegetables, “Peter, come feel my forehead! Cool!  Can you believe it? Andrew, look at me?  You saw me! He healed me!”  What an afternoon!

What crisis has God delivered you from recently?  Health, financial, relational?  Have you thanked Him for it?  Is your life characterized by faithful service to him?

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Rebels rejected

“The idea that God will pardon a rebel who has not given up his rebellion is contrary both to the Scriptures and to common sense.”

A.W. Tozer, The Root of the Righteous

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“Today I bring before you a new concern. I have breast cancer. Ken and I have been assured by our doctors that there are many new treatments for breast cancer, and we are very hopeful for a successful surgery and a full recovery.

You have heard me often say that our afflictions come from the hand of our all-wise and sovereign God, and although cancer is something new, I am content to receive from God whatever He deems fit for me – even if it is from His left hand (better from His left hand, than no hand at all, right?!). Yes, it’s alarming, but rest assured that Ken and I are utterly convinced that God is going to use this to stretch our faith, brighten our hope, and strengthen our witness to others…

I will be undergoing tests the rest of this week, after which, I will have surgery on the afternoon of Monday, June 28th. Please pray that the upcoming tests, surgery and subsequent treatment will be successful (thankfully, my quadriplegia has no bearing on either the surgery or the treatment; I’m like any other woman with breast cancer — I simply want to focus my energies on getting better).”

–Read more here.

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