August 16, 2017

Twog #3 (Healing)

Subject: Acts 14:8-10

Now at Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet. He was crippled from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking. And Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well, said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he sprang up and began walking.

... he had faith to be made well.

What does that mean? So, if I'm not healed it's because I'm lacking in faith? That's what the Word of Faith crowd say. I've gone a few rounds with those folks over the years as you will note in the following articles:

Some of the readers of this blog have been sorely afflicted. I don't have permission to mention them by name, but they have had to deal with great physical challenges including eating disorders, endometriosis, diverticulitis and cancer.

Though not mentioned here I pray for each of them. I, too, have suffered more than a few thorns in the flesh and have not been completely healed.

Recall the story of the blind men who cried out to Jesus, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” -- and Jesus responded, Do you believe that I am able to do this?

I encourage those who are suffering to not lose hope. Why do children get sick and die?  In John 9:1-3 why was the man born blind? Why are some people delivered, but not all? Is their faith greater than yours, or is it simply a matter of will?

Consider Job. Recognize that your strength comes from God. I pray that you will endure, and that He will grant you the faith to be healed -- and the grace of Paul if He does not.

And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief (Matthew 13:58).

Answer Key

Matthew 13:53-58

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August 15, 2017

The Christian Twogger (Twog #2)

Subject: Acts 17:26

(Translated from the Aramaic) And from one blood he made the whole world of humanity to be dwelling on the whole surface of The Earth.

Ken Ham posted this on my news feed:

Answer Key

Acts 17:22-27

Visit Ken Ham at Answers in Genesis and the Ark Encounter.

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The Christian Twogger (Twog #1)

From the editor:

The Christian Twogger is a new feature on Messiah Gate. In this day and age of short attention spans, and 140-character tweets, we're introducing this new column as a Christ-centered twog -- a marriage between tweet and blog. The messages will be short and to the point. Be prepared to be surprised as I have no idea where this is going. I simply trust the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Be advised that I may twog as often as the man tweets. Know what I mean?

May God Bless

Subject: Who is my neighbor?

Do you sometimes think that everyone but you has it all together? Everyone else is healthy and well ... their life is good without any worries or cares. You, on the other hand, are sorely afflicted; and by any measure personally, physically, financially -- even spiritually -- your life is a mess. You are not alone.

When I'm out and about I try to focus my attention outwardly which is contrary to our natural tendency to think inwardly. We're always thinking about the job, spouse, kids, relationships, money, health -- and that burdensome to-do list that never seems to get done.

The other day I noticed a homeless person sitting in the shade  in front of the Urgent Care. He was suffering from heat exhaustion, and the doctor told him to drink some water and stay cool. Then I saw a mother and her daughter, and a man in a wheelchair asking for money. Normally, I look away when I see needy people -- just as the priest and the Levite in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:31-32).

Isn't that human nature?

Jesus, in contrast, would fix his gaze upon other people's sufferings. When we do that it almost has a healing effect for in that brief moment we stop thinking about our own problems, and consider the needs of another person.

And that is really our purpose in life to serve others that God may be glorified.

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