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Read: Mark 1:32-39 [Jesus] drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. (Matt. 8:16 NIV) Feliciana is an Amatenango Tzeltal, who lives with her brother and family. She was haunted by voices telling her to run into the woods at night. Feliciana and her family understood these to be the voices of evil spirits. One day a neighbor told her that there was a powerful, loving God who could free her from the voices. “The evangelical church leaders will pray for you,” the neighbor said. Some time later, Feliciana became very ill, unable to eat and afraid she might die. Again the voices lured her into the woods during a rainstorm. Her brother and others went to look for her. Hours later, they found her huddled in the forest, weak and cold. Not
Read: Malachi 3:8-12 Test me in this . . . and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. (v. 10 NIV)
READ : Matthew 7:15-20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. (v. 20 NIV) Jesus’ strong words in Matthew 7:21 may sound like salvation by works, but Jesus didn’t mean that. We are saved not by our obedience, but by Christ’s. We must simply trust
READ : John 1:1-18 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. (v. 14) It was raining, cold and hard, as we finally canoed into our camp for the night. It may have been spring back home, with blooming tulips,
READ : Luke 18:9-14 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted. (v. 14) It doesn’t take too much digging into the Bible to realize God honors, and expects, a humble heart.
READ : 1 Samuel 17:19-39 Then Saul . . . put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. (v. 38 NIV) Before David went out to face Goliath, King Saul dressed David in his own
READ : Exodus 3-4:17 Oh, my Lord, please send someone else. (4:13) Moses didn’t exactly see himself as being a spokesperson for God. When God called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses’ first reaction was disbelief. Even when
READ : Ruth 3:1-18 Go and uncover his feet and lie down, and he will tell you what to do. (v. 4) Barley threshing was in progress, and each evening following their work Boaz and his men celebrated another harvest
READ : Isaiah 38:1-6 Remember now, O Lord, I implore you, how I have walked before you in faithfulness. (v. 3) Such a short, simple prayer certainly had a remarkable result. King Hezekiah was very ill. When the prophet Isaiah told
READ : 1 Kings 8:22-30 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have built! (v. 27) When an ocean liner or aircraft carrier is dedicated,
READ : 2 Chronicles 20:5-17 O Lord, God of our ancestors, are you not God in heaven? (v. 6) Messengers came to King Jehoshaphat one day with the terrifying news that an enormous army was gathered against the people of Judah.
READ : Judges 16:23-31 Lord God, remember me and strengthen me only this once, O God. (v. 28) Is it possible for someone to pray an authentic prayer that asks for revenge? That is exactly what Samson prayed for. This is
READ : Exodus 32:15-20, Exodus 32:30-34 But now, if you will only forgive their sin — but if not, blot me out of the book that you have written. (v. 32) What should have been a wonderful time of celebration and joy