When Should Someone Ask to be Anointed?
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Several years ago, a family form Central America, brought their toddler to Tampa, Florida for medical treatment, because she was not developing and was having seizures. The doctors did not have much to offer. After one of my Wednesday morning community Bible studies at the church, we had an anointing service for the baby. Months … [Click to read more …]

Living Life so People Will Remember Me After I Die Is Too Small a Cause to Live For
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I was sitting at a funeral dinner with the grown children of a dear woman whose service I had just conducted. One of her sons was talking about adding a patio to the back of his house. Her daughter was talking about doing some work on her home. I thought to myself, “This mother has … [Click to read more …]

05: Discipling the Sick – Hit the Mark
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He had only one hope. No other options. No other solutions. He had used every resource at his disposal and everything that concerned family members and friends could do had been done. Now dangling in a bed let down through the roof of Peter’s house, he was at his moment of truth. The familiar story … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Healing Messiah
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Read Isaiah 53:4, Matthew 8:17, and John 9:1-3. In what way are we to understand these texts? What questions do they raise? What hope do they offer us? In antiquity, sickness was considered the result of sinful actions. (And even today, who hasn’t at times-even if only for a moment-wondered if illness, either their own … [Click to read more …]

Forgiveness Is Not Saying It Is Okay
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One Sabbath afternoon I received a phone call from the mother of a child I had corrected earlier at church, who had smarted off to me, when I told her to stay out of a room that was off-limits. The mother told me, “My daughter wants to tell you she is sorry, but before she … [Click to read more …]

Would Jesus Be Judas’s Facebook Friend?
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Facebook now lets you label all your friends and place them in categories. I can label them, family, close friends, just friends and even acquaintances, if I don’t think they quite measure up to friend. You have more control and power over your Facebook world than you do the real world. On Facebook you can … [Click to read more …]

God’s Love and My Flawed Marriage
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My friend Harold called me about a month ago, asking, “Can you come speak on marriage at our church retreat? We have so many couples in crisis!” H’mm, I thought. I enjoy public speaking. The date is open. I can promote my latest book. It’s a great opportunity to share God’s love. Everything checked out … [Click to read more …]

Never Give Up
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“because she thought, If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Mark 5:28, NIV Twelve years before, two events had taken place that would come together later on a single day in Jesus’ ministry.  At that time, Jesus himself was a young man still working in Joseph’s carpenter shop in Nazareth. He had … [Click to read more …]