2019 Lenten Devotional: The Miracles of Jesus Christ

Raising of Jairus’ Daughter Day 16 Saturday, March 23, 2019 Raising Jairus’ daughter Mark 5:22-24, 35-43 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he…

2019 Lenten Devotional: The Miracles of Jesus Christ

Jesus heals a woman with internal bleeding Day 15 Friday, March 22, 2019 Healing a woman with internal bleeding Mark 5:25-34 Now there was a woman who had been suffering…

2019 Lenten Devotional: The Miracles of Jesus Christ

Christ heals a possessed man at Gerasa – Master of the Alexander Romance Day 14 Thursday, March 21, 2019 Healing the Gerasene demon-possessed man Mark 5:1-13 They came to the…

2019 Lenten Devotional: The Miracles of Jesus Christ

Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee -Rembrandt Day 13 Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Calming the stormy sea Mark 4:35-41 On that day, when evening had come, he…

2019 Lenten Devotional: The Miracles of Jesus Christ

Jesus raises the widow’s son Day 12 Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Raising a widow’s son Luke 7:11-17 Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and…

2019 Lenten Devotional: The Miracles of Jesus Christ

Jesus gives a hand on the Sabbath Day 11 Monday, March 18, 2019 Healing a withered hand Luke 6:6-10 On another Sabbath, He entered the synagogue and taught, and there…

2019 Lenten Devotional: The Miracles of Jesus Christ

Healing the Paralytic Day 10 Saturday, March 16, 2019 Healing a paralyzed man – Luke 5:18-26 Just then some men came, carrying a paralyzed man on a bed. They were…

2019 Lenten Devotional: The Miracles of Jesus Christ

“The Faith of the Centurion” DAY 09 Friday, March 15, 2019 Healing a centurion’s servant – Luke 7:1-10 After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the…

2019 Lenten Devotional: The Miracles of Jesus Christ

Jesus Heals A Leper Day 08 Thursday, March 14, 2019 Healing a leper Luke 5:12-15 Once, when he was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with…

2019 Lenten Devotional: The Miracles of Jesus Christ

Catching a large number of fish Day 07 Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Catching a large number of fish – Luke 5:3-10 He got into one of the boats, the one…

 

“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.”  Romans 1:8 (NIV)

After worship on January 10, 2016 our leadership had a retreat.  We ate together and shared stories about very special people past and present who helped form our faith.  At the end of our sharing, I asked the leadership what characteristics would describe those precious people.  Many qualities were pooled and words like faithful, humble, loving, compassionate and caring were brought forth.

I shared about my wonderful youth leader and Christian tobacco farmer named Jeff Chipman.  Jeff was a very simple man.  He laughed all the time.  His love for the Lord was so evident.  I have many memories of Jeff.  For example, our youth group went swimming at his pool, which was miraculously made out of a steel silo.  I worked for Jeff in every stage of the tobacco process.  He paid well and was always kind.  He often invited me to have dinner with his family.  Those dinners were very special and I truly saw a fine example of a Christian family.

I praised God for Jeff as I shared his faith story with our church leadership.  At the end of the retreat I challenged our leadership to go and be “Jeff Chipman’s,” to one another, the congregation and the world.

The Apostle Paul gave a very nice compliment to the church he founded in Rome.  He stated, “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.”  Wow!  A report about faith going all over the world.  Think for a moment how a TV show is interrupted for a “Special Report.”  It grabs your attention.  It causes your head to pop up and take notice.  Think for a moment how Mt. Healthy and surrounding communities can experience “Special Reports,” coming out of Mt. Healthy UMC?  Wouldn’t that be great?  I truly believe 2016 will be an amazing year in the history of Mt. Healthy United Methodist Church!   How?  All of us committing to take time to be like Jeff Chipman or someone you can name in your mind who touched your life!  The community will get a very special report about God’s amazing love through us!  Is there anything greater than Christians loving all on behalf of Jesus Christ?  I ask you to join our leadership as we live out our faith everywhere!  God bless you and have a great February 2016!

Jonathan