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Romans 15:1-7 Obligation of Care

An Honor to love. Steve and Annette Vincent

I’m in a strange place tonight because of so much going on in my life. I feel God is speaking directly to me in the first two verses in our reading. I know Paul’s instructions are for the Jews and Gentiles as well as the “stronger” and “weaker” brothers and sisters, but my heart needs to cry out tonight in a different direction instead.

I don’t know if I have actually come out and said that I care for my husband who is disabled. If not, tonight is the night to share it then. Ten years prior to our meeting he had gone through brain surgery to remove a tumor. He had obvious physical issues relating to it but that did not prevent us from falling in love and marrying. As time has progressed so have his physical and cognitive issues. Because of the radiation he underwent to kill the tumor, his cognitive functioning has suffered significantly and continues to decline. That is the issue that I am struggling with right now. Read more »

Acts 9:36-43 We Still Need Her

Tabitha, arise.

We get to read about another amazing miracle that happened in Peter’s ministry. This one is full of outstanding faith and reminiscent of the prophets of old as well as Jesus Himself. Let’s look in on Peter and see what’s going on.

Peter has been going about preaching and teaching the Jews wherever he can find them. He is one of the head apostles of the new church but he also likes to be a “boots on the ground” leader. He wants to reach out to the lost as well as interact with the new and established believers in the churches that have been planted. He is in Lydda when two men come to him. “Please come to us without delay” (verse 38). Read more »

John 8:12-30 Haven’t You Been Listening?

The truth doesn’t change just because you won’t listen!

Jesus is once again in the temple teaching. John puts Him in the treasury, which was near the court of the women. This way ALL can hear His message. Hear but not understand.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (verse 12). Jesus is making a blanket offer to any who would believe the truth. It is also a very compelling offer. Jesus is offering a way out of darkness (sin and sinful ways) and a way into eternal life. I don’t know if those listening understood His offer fully, John tells us that some did believe that day. Read more »

John 7:40-53 Not You Too!

What did you expect us to do?

Jesus’ words from our reading yesterday are causing quite a stir! The crowd and even to officers who came to arrest Jesus are considering His words. But some of them have a few doubts remaining.

Two of the biggest issues raised are Jesus’ lineage (again) and His home town. The Jews don’t go around with “name tags” on their robes saying what their family line is or where they come from, but some of their mannerisms are dead giveaways. There also seems to be differences in speech patterns and dialects from region to region. That speech pattern was distinguishable in several stories throughout the gospels. Read more »

John 4:46-54 And He Believed

The love of a father knows no bounds

Jesus has just come back from Jerusalem and is in Cana. John tells us this visit would involve only the second miracle Jesus did in this region. It wasn’t Jesus second miracle in total though. He was very busy previously in Jerusalem. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that He performed a few miracles while He was in Samaria, on the way, too.

In our story we meet an official from Capernaum. As soon as he hears that Jesus is in the he sets out to find Him. This father is desperate! His son is “at the point of death” (verse 47). I was curious to see how far he had to travel to get to Jesus so I googled it. In today’s modern Israel the two cities have merged and google says that it is 0 miles between them. But in Jesus’ day it was a 16 mile journey to get from one to the other. About a day’s journey. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that this father made it in record time! Even with his hurry, he still needed to get Jesus back to his house before his son died. When he met Jesus I imagine he was nearly beside himself with worry. Read more »