Women of the Word: the Woman Who Was Crippled

One Sabbath, Jesus the Christ was teaching in a synagogue when He spotted a woman in the listening crowd. This woman was a cripple. Luke 13:11 says “she was bent over and could not straighten up at all,” and she had been this way for eighteen long years.

If you know anything about Jesus, you know that He couldn’t let this woman remain in the state she was in any longer. When He saw her, He put His teaching on pause, called her forward, and said, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then Jesus put His hands on her, and the woman was immediately healed. Her body straightened up. Her bent disappeared. She could walk with her back upright and her head held high.

Imagine how incredible it must have been for her to have been set free in less than eight minutes after being bound for eighteen years. The woman, however, didn’t just rush to enjoy the newfound freedom she had in her limbs. When she saw that she was no longer a cripple, her first reaction was to praise God. Besides this, what other things can we learn from the woman who was crippled? Continue reading

Hosanna! Palm Sunday 2017

Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus the Christ from the dead. But today, we celebrate when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey and was welcomed by a large crowd as Savior and King. “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they shouted. “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
– Zechariah 9:9

Women of the Word: Nereus’ Sister

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In the sixteenth chapter of the book of Romans, Paul extends his greetings to a number of people. Some of the women who he extends his greetings to we have already covered, including: Phoebe, Mary of Rome, Julia, and Junia. Verse 15 in particular reads:

Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas and all the Lord’s people who are with them.

Two women are referenced in the above verse, Julia (who we already covered) and Nereus’ sister. Nereus’ sister is included among a group of people who Paul calls “the Lord’s people.” Continue reading

Women of the Word: Joanna and Susanna

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Joanna and Susanna are two women who are introduced in the book of Luke and served alongside Christ during His earthly ministry. Luke 8:3 describes Joanna as “the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household.” Susanna is mentioned alongside her, and Scripture says, “these women were helping to support them [Jesus and His twelve disciples] out of their own means.”

Luke 24:10 goes on to say that Joanna was among the group of women who visited Jesus’ tomb after His resurrection. This Scripture specifically mentions Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, but it is possible that Susanna was among the “others with them” who told the apostles that Jesus was risen. Continue reading

Cinderella

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #19 (Original story / photo)

Story Scripture: But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. – Luke 6:35

Story Saying: Always be a little kinder than necessary. – James M. Barrie

Behind the Story: Few would dispute that Cinderella is the queen of fairy tales. Hardly any other fairy tale has been so widely read, loved, or adapted. And perhaps that is because of the story’s overarching theme of kindness. Before she dies, Cinderella’s mother tells her, “Dear child, be good and pious, and then the good God will always protect you.” Cinderella does not fail in obeying her mother’s last words. She remains pious and good towards everyone and everything that comes into her life, including her mean stepmother and step-sisters. Continue reading

Women of the Word: Anna

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In the days that Jesus was born in Israel, prophets were rare and prophetesses were even rarer. But that is exactly what Anna was. She is mentioned in Luke 2:36-38 as the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. Anna was an old lady. She had been married for seven years but after her husband died, she remained a widow for eighty-four years. Because of her faithful dedication to God, she was blessed to see His only begotten Son in human form – Jesus the Christ. Here are three things we can learn from the prophetess Anna.

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