Jesus Responds to Great Faith

“Then Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.’ And her daughter was healed at that moment.” – Matthew 15:28 Over the next few days, we will look at one courageous woman of great faith who needed her daughter to be healed. As the Biblical account states, Jesus traveled to different regions, teaching and healing the sick. As He entered the area of Phoenicia, a woman started yelling out after Him to heal her daughter. She was making a scene begging loudly for Jesus to heal her daughter. So much so until finally, Jesus’ disciples said, “Will you please just send her away?”  It’s hard to believe that Jesus was non-responsive to this urgent plea, making him seem unkind and insensitive. The Bible states, “Jesus did not answer a word.” Do you ever feel that way when you’re praying to God? It’s easy to feel

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The Journey to Healing

“Then he said to him, ‘Rise and go; your faith has made you well.’” – Luke 17:19 In continuing our study of the story of the ten lepers who cried out to Jesus for healing, it’s interesting to note that He bid them embark on a journey in order to see their miracle manifest. Though He often touched someone — or even spoke a word — and restoration happened immediately, this time it was different. Rather than instantaneously changing their circumstances, He instructed them to go and show themselves to the priest, who happened to be in Jerusalem. Since they were near Samaria at the time, it would have been a three or four day walk from where they were to get to the temple. And while they could have come up with any number of reasons why they shouldn’t make the trip, they started moving with the faith that

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The God Nearby

“‘Am I only a God nearby,’ declares the Lord, ‘and not a God far away?’” – Jeremiah 23:23 I just love the Lord. There are so many things that make Him amazing, and one that always confounds me is how close He is to us, His children. Though He is the all-powerful Architect of the Universe, He is intimately acquainted with all of our ways. Whenever we cry out to Him, even with just the faintest whisper, He not only hears us, but He’s swift to answer. He’s faithful to let us know that we are seen and cared for in a manner that is personal to us. And while near is not something we normally think of the Almighty Deity being, our wondrous Savior is just that. Why, then, does He say in Jeremiah 23 that He is both close and far off? Though it might appear so, this

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