Today's Devotions

Showcase: Assorted Treats

  • Transforming this World: The Hope of Glory by NT Wright +

    Wright confronts the perspective that this world doesn’t matter, and that we live only to be in heaven. He shows Read More
  • Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire +

    It is doubtful if, in 1972, those attending one of Jim Cymbala's worship services in a run-down Brooklyn church imagined Read More
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Kathy guitarThen the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet.
Luke 8:47

Some stories in the gospels are written with great detail. For example, the story of the bleeding woman: why, out of all the healings Jesus did, are we given such a complete picture of her? If the gospels give her special attention, so should we.

As we look at stories of Jesus interacting with individuals, we often find the unexpected. When His dear friend Lazarus was dying, Jesus didn't rush to help, in fact He tarried. When a Gentile woman asked Jesus to heal her daughter, Jesus compared them to dogs asking for the children's food. In today's story, when a woman with an intensely personal (and in that culture shameful) bleeding problem forced her way through a crowd to surreptitiously touch Jesus' cloak, He didn't respect her desire for privacy. He called her out and questioned her publicly. What was going on?

In this series "Prayers and Promises," we are all hoping to learn how to pray better. Is there a right way to pray? What kind of prayer is effective? But the more appropriate question to hold in our minds are we read about Jesus is, "What does He like?" The gospel stories show us that He likes honesty. He likes being personally involved and having relationships with people. Even though the bleeding woman was healed at the moment she touched Jesus' cloak, He still wanted to speak with her. He likes it best when we learn that He cares for us.

 

Reflections to Consider

  • Corporate Spirituality

    Encouragement, Accountability, and Worship Solitude, community and ministry are three areas requiring balance and integration in the Christian walk. The Read More
  • Companion of the Souls

    When the two disciples recognised Jesus as he broke the bread for them in their house in Emmaus, he "vanished Read More
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Favorites

  • Transforming this World: The Hope of Glory by NT Wright +

    Wright confronts the perspective that this world doesn’t matter, and that we live only to be in heaven. He shows Read More
  • What is Good in a World that Defies Hope: a talk by NT Wright +

    This is the second part of three talks by NT Wright at Harvard University in November, 2008 on the topic Read More
  • The Stream, the Lake and the River: NT Wright +

      Acts 2.1-21; John 7.37-39; a sermon at the Eucharist on the Feast of Pentecost, 11 May 2008, by the Read More
  • Jesus in the Perfect Storm by NT Wright +

    Zechariah 9.9-17; Luke 19.28-48; A sermon for Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011, In the University Chapel of St Salvator, St Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Warfare Spirituality +

    The Trinity function as farmers of our souls, actively caring for God’s creation: an ongoing, radical reclamation of His creation. Read More
  • You are free +

    The Jesus who calmed a sea of deadly, stormy waves, whose arrival sent thousands of demons cringing and cowering to Read More
  • Deliver us from Evil +

    Spiritual warfare is something that few Christians, regardless of their denomination, are accustomed to thinking about, let alone engaging in. Read More
  • Baby, you're a rich man! +

    The lover of money will not be satisfied with money; nor the lover of wealth, with gain. This also is Read More
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