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Know God in a Year #103 The Healing Power of Love


Peter and the others can’t believe Jesus has stopped. Jairus is impatient and nervous. “I felt healing power leave me,” explains Jesus, “somebody touched me with purpose.” The woman, joyfully realizing her healing, is trying to slip away, grateful and content. But seeing that isn’t possible, she comes forward tearfully telling the story of how […]

Know God in a Year #102 Focused Faith


Crowds await Jesus on the other side of the lake. Graciously he spends the afternoon talking with them and healing their sick. Then he heads to Matthew’s for a special dinner. The ruler of the synagogue hears he is there, and desperately goes to him at Matthew’s after dinner, asking, “Please come and touch my daughter. […]

Know God in a Year #101 Sent Away


The people of Gadara were engrossed in materialism–not interested in spiritual life. Jesus permitted the loss as a merciful way to refocus them, but fear has them now, and they ask Jesus to leave. He understands. Loss, fear and the supernatural create superstition. As he walks to the boat, the two healed men beg to […]

Know God in a Year #100 Of Pigs and Men


Dawn breaks as Jesus and his friends reach the other side of the lake. Sunrise kisses water and land with peace again. They step onto land and the peace shatters. More scary than storms, two demon-possessed men rush at them.* Fragments of broken chains hang about them, their skin bleeding from cutting themselves, their eyes […]

Know God in a Year #99 “Be Still”


(continued from yesterday…) A huge wave crashes over the boat. Hope fails. Skill and strength are useless and the disciples’ boat fills with water. Several of them are fisherman; their whole lives have been spent battling the storms of this lake, but they are losing this one. Fighting the wind and the waves, they forget […]

Know God in a Year #98 Pure Peace


Jesus has spent the day by the lake telling stories to a huge crowd. Day after day he has taught and healed, meeting their needs, answering their questions. The crowd pressed him until he barely had time to eat. Today he told parables illustrating his work and the growth of his kingdom: the sower, the […]

Know God in a Year #97 What is God’s Will for Me?


Jesus explains his metaphor. God’s love is His yoke. Cattle were yoked together to keep them in step, in synch, make their pulling easier, more efficient, their work lighter. Linked with Him, aware of His closeness, our lives become simple, satisfying, and rewarding. His goodness will hold us and be enough. When challenges come, His […]

Know God in a Year #96 Come


Most of those who followed Jesus were not critical like the Pharisees or His brothers. Some were just curious, but many were spiritually hungry, honest-hearted seekers. To them He said, “Come to me all you who work hard and carry heavy loads. I will give you rest.” He wants all of us to feel loved, […]

Know God in a Year #95 What God Can’t Do


Jesus’ brothers shudder at His plain words to the Pharisees who are attributing His work to Satan. Jesus says they are cutting themselves off from God. The leaders hear Spirit inside urging them to accept Him. They feel longing for His rest. But after rejecting Jesus, it is too humiliating. Pride keeps them tied to […]

Know God in a Year #94 Family Problems


Jesus’ brothers are indignant. They don’t believe he is the Messiah. His patience and kindness aren’t lost on them. But these stories! “He doesn’t take time to eat, spends whole nights in prayer, defies the Rabbis…” “What will people think? Something must be done.” They urge their mother to help them do an intervention. “Jesus will listen to […]