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Saturday, March 20, 2010

3/20/10- Matthew 10- Jesus the Physician

3/20- Matthew 10 selections (10:1,7-8) and Mark 6:12-13

1He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. 7As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.' 8Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Mark 6: 12They went out and preached that people should repent. 13They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.

Thoughts: The amazing thing is that Jesus encouraged his disciples to make the world a better place. He gave them authority to heal and to help. In the end all healing and help comes from the One who made the white blood cells and the antibodies. He is the same One who gives talents and abilities to those in the health care profession in answer to so many prayers over the centuries and still today. He gives minds, hands, and life.  Jesus does not usually heal despite the doctors, but usually through the doctors, and with the doctors. He asks you and I to be a people who will make the world better than it was when we arrived. God works usually through and with us, sometimes despite us, but only very rarely without us (and without others caring for us- including physicians).

Prayer: Help us O Lord, to not only experience the power of your healing, but to be vehicles to let that power loose on the world.

P.S.- Some from our church are going to a neighborhood to invite people to our Easter services, to worship, and to the Lord.  Please pray for us.  As Jesus sent out the twelve, so He sends us out to spread good news.

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