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Faith? Mark 5:21-43   2 comments

 Mark 5:22-43 (Contemporary English Version)

  22The person in charge of the Jewish meeting place was also there. His name was Jairus, and when he saw Jesus, he went over to him. He knelt at Jesus’ feet 23and started begging him for help. He said, “My daughter is about to die! Please come and touch her, so she will get well and live.” 24Jesus went with Jairus. Many people followed along and kept crowding around.

    25In the crowd was a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. 26She had gone to many doctors, and they had not done anything except cause her a lot of pain. She had paid them all the money she had. But instead of getting better, she only got worse.

  Mark 5:27-43 27The woman had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him in the crowd and barely touched his clothes. 28She had said to herself, “If I can just touch his clothes, I will get well.” 29As soon as she touched them, her bleeding stopped, and she knew she was well.

    30At that moment Jesus felt power go out from him. He turned to the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

    31His disciples said to him, “Look at all these people crowding around you! How can you ask who touched you?” 32But Jesus turned to see who had touched him.

    33The woman knew what had happened to her. She came shaking with fear and knelt down in front of Jesus. Then she told him the whole story.

    34Jesus said to the woman, “You are now well because of your faith. May God give you peace! You are healed, and you will no longer be in pain.”

    35While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from Jairus’ home and said, “Your daughter has died! Why bother the teacher anymore?”

    36Jesus heard what they said, and he said to Jairus, “Don’t worry. Just have faith!”

    37Jesus did not let anyone go with him except Peter and the two brothers, James and John.  38They went home with Jairus and saw the people crying and making a lot of noise.  39Then Jesus went inside and said to them, “Why are you crying and carrying on like this? The child isn’t dead. She is just asleep.” 40But the people laughed at him.  After Jesus had sent them all out of the house, he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples and went to where she was. 41-42He took the twelve-year-old girl by the hand and said, “Talitha, koum!”  which means, “Little girl, get up!” The girl got right up and started walking around.   Everyone was greatly surprised. 43But Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened. Then he said, “Give her something to eat.”

Oh my goodness,  this passage of scripture is one of my favorite stories in the New Testament!  I believe that the story of Jairus and the bleeding woman are so intertwined that you must read both stories together and not separate out the story of Jairus from the story of the bleeding woman.

Come and take this journey with me. There is much to discover and I hope you will appreciate the lessons of faith that Jesus is teaching through these stories! 

Until next time, Try to put yourself in Jairus’s sandals as well as the bleeding woman’s sandals.  What does your faith look like?  Are you tired of “having faith”? Do you feel as though you have been forgotten?  Are you desperately seeking a touch from Jesus?

Looking forward to sharing and learning what Jesus was trying to teach in this section of scripture. 

May God Give You Peace!

 

Are you Clothed…   2 comments

 

From the devotional: Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young

May 27

Seek my face at the beginning of your day. This practice enables you to “put Me on” and “wear Me” throughout the day. Most people put on clothes soon after arising from bed. Similarly, the sooner you “put Me on” by communicating with Me, the better prepared you are for whatever comes your way.

To “wear Me” is essentially to have My mind: to think My thoughts. Ask the Holy Spirit to control your thinking; be transformed by this renewal within you. Thus you are well equipped to face whatever people and situations I bring your way. Clothing your mind in Me is your best preparation for each day. This discipline brings Joy and Peace to you and those around you.

Psalm 27:8; Romans 13:14; Colossians 3:12

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Psalm 27:8
When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”

Romans 13:14
Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

Colossians 3:12-17
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Posted June 1, 2010 by Lana G! in Bible, Bible Study, Devotional, Photo, Photography, Worship

Quiet Time   3 comments

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The Acts of the Holy Spirit by A.T. Pierson

We have our Lord Jesus Christ thus presented to us in five aspects of His blessed person and work, which remind us of His fivefold “name” as given in prophecy (Isaiah 9:6 KJV).  Matthew exhibits Him as the “Wonderful” messianic King; Luke as the gracious human “Counselor;” Mark as the “Mighty God,” the miracle worker; John as the “Everlasting Father” in His essential nature.  Acts we have Him as the “Prince of Peace,” ascended to His throne and sending the Paraclete – the Holy Spirit.

This quote got me thinking and I decided to look at each of these books of the New Testament with the fivefold “name” in mind…

Matthew:

Matthew 2:1-2  After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

Luke:

Luke 2:46-52  After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.  Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” 

“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them.  Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.  And as Jesus grew up, he increased in wisdom and in favor with God and people.

Mark:

Mark 4: 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

John:

John 5:19-23  Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.  For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.  For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.  Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son,  that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

Acts:

Acts 1:1-5  In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach  until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.  After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.  On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

And so this Quiet Time ends and I am left pondering and reflecting on the names of Jesus  – Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Posted February 17, 2009 by Lana G! in Bible, Bible Study, Photo, Photography, Quiet Time, WORD

Chateau Ste. Michelle Revisited   2 comments

What a difference a few months make at the Chateau vineyards!  In May the vines looked so sparse like they had recently been pruned; they were just beginning to show signs of life.  Yesterday, they were lush and full of grapes and leaves.  In May you could see the fountain clearly. In August you could have asked, “Fountain? What fountain?”

All during the time I was taking these pictures at the vineyard, these verses kept going through my head from John 15…

(May)

1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

(August)

 5“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

 9“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command. 15I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17This is my command: Love each other.

How are my branches looking? Am I bearing fruit? Is it still “May”?  What did or will my “August” look like? 

I WANT TO BEAR FRUIT!  I want August!  How about you? 

Ruth Part 9 – Another   1 comment

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Ruth 3:12 Although it is true that I am a family guardian, there is another who is more closely related than I. 13 Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your family guardian, good; let him redeem you. But if he is not willing, as surely as the LORD lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.”

The time table of the Book of Ruth is very interesting.  Ruth chapters 1 and 2 take place over several months.  We get to Ruth chapter 3 and it takes place in one very long night!  This is the most important night of Ruth’s life; the most important chapter in Ruth’s life!  She just proposed to Boaz and Boaz now breaks the news to Ruth that she skipped over a closer family guardian and the guy that got skipped has to be consulted as to whether he is willing to marry Ruth and be the family guardian.

Another family guardian? Talk about bursting your bubble! Can you say disappointing?  Taking the wind out of your sails?  Who is this other guy? Can you say Boaz is great at comforting, soothing and protecting!  You gotta love him!  He has a way of putting you at ease.  “Yes, this is devastating news Ruth, but I am still going to try to be your hero.  Rest now, you’ve had a long night.”

You know, this whole scenario caused me to ponder and ask a few questions.  Can you think of times when you have been led through a circumstance and you think you are on the right path. Prayers seem to be leading you in a certain direction, you see the light at the end of the tunnel and then slam!  Out of the blue, so it seems, another obstacle, a disappointment.  Your prayer is answered in a way you were not expecting.  You had the scene all played out a certain way and God had something else in mind. 

This is when I want to shake my little fist at God and say, “NO! I wanted it to work out like THAT not THIS, which part of my prayer did you not understand!”  Okay, so maybe I don’t actually say that, but have I thought that? GUILTY!

We seem to know what is good for us and forget that God knows what is BEST:

Genesis 18:13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.”

Genesis 50:20 As for you, you meant to harm me, but God intended it for a good purpose, so he could preserve the lives of many people, as you can see this day. 

Esther 4:14…And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”

Job 1:21 “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 The questions is, who am I trusting? 

(NIV) Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

I like this verse in the New Living Translation:

(NLT) Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.

Lord, may I truly trust you with all my heart and not depend on my own understanding.  Lord, I want do your will.  Please direct my paths according to your will and purpose even when I don’t see the big picture. Amen!

Posted January 7, 2008 by Lana G! in Bible, Bible Study

Tuesdays-In Other Words   6 comments

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Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins,worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything-all she had to live on.”
~ Mark 12:41-44 ~

There are some things that stick out to me in this passage.  The first is that Jesus sat down and purposely “people watched”.  I love that he did this.  He was probably taking a breather from all the discussions he had before this set of verses and he watched the crowd at the temple treasury.  Lo, and behold the widow comes and he has a great teaching tool.

The second thing is the temple treasury itself.  I had to go and read a little more about that and found these verses in I Chronicles 29 about the giving of the people and the leaders of Israel back when David was king.  I think these verses reveal the meaning of what our widow and her two coins represent:

9 The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly. 10 David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. 12 Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. 13 Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. 14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. 15 We are aliens and strangers in your sight, as were all our forefathers. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. 16 O Lord our God, as for all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name, it comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. 17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things have I given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you. 18 O Lord, God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep this desire in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you. 19 And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, requirements and decrees and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided.” 20 Then David said to the whole assembly, “Praise the Lord your God.” So they all praised the Lord, the God of their fathers; they bowed low and fell prostrate before the Lord and the king.

The others were not condemned for what they gave.  What they gave was fine, it just wasn’t with the same sacrifice as the widow. The widow understood true giving: EVERYTHING we have – large or small – has been given to us from God and ALL of it no matter the size, belongs to GOD.  She was in touch with her provider. She had only given what had come from God’s hand.  Oh, that we would have the same understanding in this society we live in and especially during this time of the year.  I want to have the faith and understanding that this widow had!

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Posted December 4, 2007 by Lana G! in Bible, Bible Study, In Other Words

The Power of Praise   2 comments

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Here is a quote from the book The Prayer that Changes Everything by Stormie Omartian: 

Worshiping God is the way He can pry us loose from ourselves and make us stop holding on to the world and start holding on to Him. God intends worship to restore us, fill us, motivate us, bless us and fulfill us in ways we never dreamed possible.  There are certain blessings that He wants to give us that will only come into our lives as we worship Him.

Our greatest blessing comes when we take the focus off ourselves and put it entirely on God in worship and praise.  Isn’t it just like our wonderful Lord to make something that is all about Him be the thing that blesses us the most when we do it?

Praise becomes the very means by which God pours Himself into our lives. It’s not something we can manipulate God into doing. It’s a gift He gives to those who have a true heart of love and reverence for Him. Only those who put God first will uncover the hidden power of praise.

This quote made me think of a few Bible verses that spoke about the power of praise: 

Acts 16:22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.

2 Chronicles 20:20 Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” 21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.” 22 As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.

Psalm 42: As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?  My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng. Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.  By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me– a prayer to the God of my life.  I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?”  My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?” Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

I now must ask myself, am I really using the power of praise? Do I praise God in the storm as well as the bright sunshine?  Oh my Savior and God, I WILL YET PRAISE YOU!

Posted October 21, 2007 by Lana G! in Bible, Bible Study, Prayer, Quotes, Sunday, Worship