Jesus Heals

BCC family,
What a wonderful time of worship we had this past Sunday! Hearing Marla and Jack Bosch's testimony was powerful, especially in light of the story of Jesus' healing of a woman who had been subject to bleeding for 12 years. This story reveals Jesus' deep love for individuals who are hurting and desperate. Marla's story of healing reminds us that Jesus, at times, still intervenes in miraculous ways, as well. As Hebrews 13:8 says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."

You may also have a personal story of God intervening in an amazing way in your life that you would like to share. I want to invite you to go to the BCC app and click on the "testimony" tab and tell us your story, or simply send an email to the church office telling us what God has done for you. Testimonies are a powerful way for us to bless others and encourage one another in faith. We may even choose some of the testimonies to record for future service.

Before I close, I want to speak to you who have prayed and prayed for God to intervene, only to feel your prayers have fallen on deaf ears. Sometimes our pleas seem to go unnoticed. When addressing worries and fears, Jesus reminds his followers in Matthew 10:29 "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." Jesus wants us to know that our pain never goes unnoticed by the Father.

However, God, in his wisdom, does not choose to respond to every situation in the same way. As the song sung by Scott Krippayne says:
Sometimes He holds us close
And lets the wind and waves go wild
Sometimes He calms the storm
And other times He calms His child

We can trust that if God heals or intervenes in answer to our prayers, his will is good. But we can also trust that if God chooses not to, his will is still good! (Romans 8:28)

However, sometimes God's answers to prayer come after a long season of praying. Jesus tells the parable of a persistent widow who kept crying out for justice to the judge. Finally, after so much pleading, he gave what she was asking for.  Luke introduces this parable by giving Jesus' rationale: "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up." (Luke 18:1) So, just because you have not received an immediate response from God, it does not mean that he is not listening nor that he will not give you what you are asking for. In the end, however, God is less concerned with you and I getting what we have requested. He is most concerned that we get HIM. Let's determine, then, to look not to what's in the Father's hand, but to the Father himself. If we find him, we have found all that we need!

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