Healing of Blood, Healing of the Heart

How ready Jesus is to respond to the hand of outstretched faith.

Ken Gire, Intimate Moments with the Savior

“Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. And he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.'”
-Mark 5:33-34, NLT

Twelve years.

Twelve years is a little less than half of my life thus far at age thirty, but that’s how long the woman had been living with an issue of blood. The doctors couldn’t figure it out, and as a result she was cast out from society. It had to have been some sin that caused her to constantly be bleeding, so the village cast her away so she would not spread her sin further.

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Book Review: Fearfully and Wonderfully – The Marvel of Bearing God’s Image

About the Book

Fearfully and Wonderfully: The Marvel of Bearing God’s Image is an updated and combined edition of two books previously collaborated by author Philip Yancy and his mentor, orthopedic and humanitarian surgeon Dr. Paul Brand. Although Dr. Brand passed away in 2003, Philip Yancey decided that the times we live in today called for a reprint of these two previous works into a combined and updated edition. In a world where everyone is searching for their identity and what makes them who they are, this book explains the details of the human body and how we are a reflection of our Creator, and how the Body of Christ is called to come together and reflect His image as one body. No part of the body, no matter how small or how hidden is less significant than another. Dr. Brand’s discoveries as a leprosy doctor in India show just how important each piece of the body is, and Philip Yancey also weaves in the importance of each one in the Body of Christ throughout the book.

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1.9.19 – Seeing the Rainbow

*This devotion was first published on Pastor Jess Mahon’s (Rocky Mountain Church) daily blog Fresh Bread. I am a contributing writer when he is away. The original post can be found here.

In Genesis 8 we read the story of Noah and his family and all of the animals on the ark. The rain has stopped pouring down, but the waters still cover the earth. They are waiting for the earth to dry out. It’s about seven months later, but finally, the mountain peaks are beginning to poke above the water level. Noah released a raven first, and it flew back and forth until the earth dried up. Then he also released a dove, but it returned to the boat when there was no dry ground to be found. Seven days later Noah rereleased the dove, and this time it came back with an olive leaf in its beak. This was a sign to Noah that the floodwaters were almost gone and the earth was drying up. Another week later, Noah released the dove again and this time it did not return. The earth was drying out, but Noah was still waiting on word from God for when he and his family could leave the boat. It would be another two more months before Noah would hear God say “Leave the boat, all of you – you and your wife, and your sons and their wives. Release all the animals – the birds, the livestock, and the small animals that scurry along the ground – so they can be fruitful and multiply throughout the earth.” (Genesis 8:16-17).

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1.8.19 – Seeing Him

*This devotion was first published on Pastor Jess Mahon’s (Rocky Mountain Church) daily blog Fresh Bread. I am a contributing writer when he is away. The original post can be found here.

Jesus is the Word, and He was with God from the very beginning. Nothing was created without Jesus. When Jesus came into the world and began His ministry, no one recognized Him. The world did not see Him, except for John the Baptist. John was a voice shouting in the wilderness, “Clear the way for the Lord is coming!” (v. 23).

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1.4.19 – Unshakeable

*This devotion was first published on Pastor Jess Mahon’s (Rocky Mountain Church) daily blog Fresh Bread. I am a contributing writer when he is away. The original post can be found here.

“Praise the Lord!
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments!” -Psalm 112:1

Those who fear the Lord and delight in His Word will be blessed and unmoved by the world. Even when the world strikes us down, “Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous” (Psalm 112:4). Psalm 112 tells us the righteous will never be shaken, and is not afraid of bad news. The righteous heart is steady and lives as light among the darkness.

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