Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Assorted Treats

  • All Things Working To the Glory of God: Stephen’s Martyrdom +

    God works in mysterious ways– Read More
  • God's Love For Us +

    The well of love God has for us is deeper than our imaginations can grasp-- 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

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Audio & Video

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  • Eat This Book, Eugene Peterson +

    Eugene Peterson’s book, Eat This Book gets its name from Revelation 10:9-10 when John asks for the scroll containing God’s Read More
  • Martin Luther’s Quiet Time, Walter Trobisch +

    Martin Luther had a barber named Peter Beskendorf who asked his world-famous customer and doctor of theology, "Dr. Luther, how Read More
  • Storytelling +

    Eugene Peterson discusses his influences as a writer, as well as how and why he created the Message translation. This Read More
  • Life as an Alien +

    Timothy Keller, the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, provides an inspiring portrayal of what the church is supposed Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Separated Unto the Holy Ghost (Andrew Murray) +

    Below is chapter 3 from the book, Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray, a South African "Now there were in the Read More
  • The Human Body and Spiritual Growth: Dallas Willard +

    In Christian Educator's Handbook on Spiritual Formation, edited by James Wilhoit of Wheaton College. "Spiritual formation" is the process through Read More
  • January 28 Devotional: Oswald Chambers +

    Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? —Acts 26:14 Read More
  • Coupla Things by Julie Moore +

    It has occurred to me that maybe more people would read my blog if the posts were shorter. I'm not Read More
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