2019 Lenten Devotional: The Miracles of Christ

Day 40 – Saturday, April 20, 2019 The ascension of Jesus Christ Acts 1:1-11 In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the…

2019 Lenten Devotional: The Miracles of Christ

Catching of the 153 fish Day 39 – Friday, April 19, 2019 John 21:4-11 Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it…

2019 Lenten Devotional: The Miracles of Christ

The resurrection of Jesus Christ Day 38 – Thursday, April 18, 2019 Matthew 28:1-10, 16-20 After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and…

2019 Lenten Devotional: The Miracles of Christ

Jesus restores a severed ear Day 37 – Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Luke 22:45-54 When he got up from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping because…

2019 Lenten Devotional: The Miracles of Christ

Day 36 – Tuesday, April 16, 2019 The withering fig tree that produced no fruit Mark 11:12-14, 20-25 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry.…

2019 Lenten Devotional: The Miracles of Christ

El Greco – Christ Healing the Blind Day 35 – Monday, April 15, 2019 Healing Bartimaeus of blindness Luke 18:35-43 As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by…

2019 Lenten Devotional: The Miracles of Christ

“Raising Lazarus” Day 34 – Saturday, April 13, 2019 Bringing Lazarus back to life John 11:1-44 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and…

2019 Lenten Devotional: The Miracles of Christ

Day 33 – Friday, April 12, 2019 Healing ten men suffering from leprosy On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he…

2019 Lenten Devotional: The Miracles of Christ

Healing a man with dropsy Day 32 – Thursday, April 11, 2019 Healing a man with dropsy Luke 14:1-6 On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of…

2019 Lenten Devotional: The Miracles of Christ

Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman Day 31 – Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Healing a woman with an 18 year infirmity Luke 13:10-13 Now he was teaching in one of the…

 

“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