It’s not often the phrases “10-year-old” and “successful entrepreneur” are used in the same sentence, but Alina Morse is all about breaking the rules. The native of Wolverine Lake, Michigan, is the founder of Zollipops, a feat that has named her among CNBC’s “8 Young Entrepreneurs Making Serious Money.” Continue reading
That Which Defiles
Despite his personal faults, why did David receive so much honor? He was honored because he had a heart after God. People may look at our outward appearance and spiritual deeds (praying regularly, reading the Bible each day, going to church every week, being a part of mission trips, etc.), but God looks to see the distance of our heart in relation to Him – is it close or is it far?
Favorite verse: (9) And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!
(30-44) Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
When Jesus’ disciples returned from the mission He sent them on, He told them to “Come away…and rest a while.” In our hectic and busy world with so many people and things grabbing for our attention, it is important for us to make time to rest, especially when we are engaged in doing the work of Christ. God, the One Who neither grows tired nor sleeps, is our first example. After He finished creating the world over a span of six days, He rested on the seventh day.
(53-56) Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret
It doesn not matter whether people recognize us or not, but we should live in such a way that they immediately recognize Christ in us.
Favorite verse: (50) For they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
Story Scripture: Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. – Galatians 6:7
Story Saying: Life is like a boomerang. Our thoughts, deeds, and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy. – Grant M. Bright
Behind the Story: First, the synopsis (via Wikipedia) – There once was a prince who decided to go on a journey with his servant. In a dark forest, they came to a small house, where a maiden warned them that her stepmother was a witch who disliked strangers, but unfortunately, there was nowhere else for shelter. The prince and his servant reluctantly entered the witch’s house, but before they went to bed, the maiden warned the prince and his servant not to eat or drink anything the witch gave them because it might be poisonous. The next morning, the witch gave the prince’s servant a poisonous drink, telling him to give it to his master, but the servant ended up spilling it on the prince’s horse, killing it. When he told the prince what had happened and they came to the dead horse, a raven was already eating the corpse. Deciding they may not find better food that day, the servant killed the bird and took it with him. Next, they reached an inn and the servant gave the innkeeper the raven to make food of it. Unknown to the prince and his servant, the inn was really a robbers’ den. The robbers returned, and, before killing the travelers, sat down to eat. Immediately after eating a few bites of the raven soup the innkeeper had prepared, the robbers fell down dead from the poison that the raven had in its body. The innkeeper’s daughter then showed the prince and his servant the robbers’ hidden treasure, but the prince insisted that the daughter keep it. Continue reading
(1-6) Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
Jesus the Christ could do no mighty works in His hometown of Nazareth because the people there were full of unbelief. God CAN do anything and everything, but He WILL do nothing if we do not have faith in Him.
(7-13) Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
Perhaps one of the reasons Jesus told His disciples to take nothing for their journey was because He wanted them to be dependent on God for their provision and protection. Or perhaps it was because He did not want them to be so concerned with taking care of themselves that they forgot the real reason why they had been sent out – to preach repentance, to cast out demons, and to heal.
(14-29) The Death of John the Baptist
Perhaps if Herod had not been entangled with Herodias he would have feared John the Baptist enough to listen to him and believe in Jesus. Unfortunately, Herod was more concerned about how his guests would view him than about how God viewed him. It is not enough to hear the Word gladly if we do not receive it, believe it, and obey it.
Favorite verse: (2) And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands?
Jesus Heals a Woman and Jairus’s Daughter
What healed the woman who had the blood disease? Was it touching Jesus’ garments? No. It was her faith. The fact that she believed that touching Jesus’ garments would heal her is what made her well. She had no doubt in her mind that “if I touch even his garments, I will be made well” – and that’s exactly what happened.
The same goes for Jairus’ daughter. Because Jairus had faith that Jesus would (first) heal his daughter, and (second) raise his daughter from the dead, his daughter was made well and lived. Regardless of all the problems we find ourselves facing, we must not fear. We must not be faithless, but believing.
Favorite verse: (36) But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”
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Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon
We know that the man who had been possessed with demons was truly changed because unlike the others, he wanted to be with Jesus. The Gerasenes begged Jesus to go away, while the former demon-possessed man begged Him to stay. Jesus, however, tells him to “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”
Once we have been saved, Jesus the Christ puts His light inside of us. He does not need us to stay close to Him and shine. He wants us to go back to our lost friends, family members, and communities and share with them all that the Lord has done for us.
Favorite verse: (19) And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”