Musings June 2018

MUSINGS – June 28 2018


Mark 5:25-34
“In the crowd was a woman who had been suffering from chronic bleeding for twelve years. Although she had been under the care of many doctors and had spent all her money, she had not been helped at all. Actually, she had become worse.

Since she had heard about Jesus, she came from behind in the crowd and touched his clothes. She said, “If I can just touch his clothes, I’ll get well.” Her bleeding stopped immediately. She felt cured from her illness.

At that moment Jesus felt power had gone out of him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” His disciples said to him, “How can you ask, ‘Who touched me,’ when you see the crowd pressing you on all sides?” But he kept looking around to see the woman who had done this.

The woman trembled with fear. She knew what had happened to her. So she quickly bowed in front of him and told him the whole truth.

Jesus told her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace! Be cured from your illness.”

This woman had two things going for her.

  • She believed that Jesus could heal her
  • She felt unworthy of his attention. She was humble

Even though I strive to be like Jesus, I can’t imagine what it is like to be Jesus, to feel the power leave him.

Her bleeding had stopped. However Jesus finished the miracle when he said, “Be cured from your illness.”

If you could get within touching distance of Jesus, what would you say to him?

You ARE within touching distance of Jesus. Ask.
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MUSINGS – June 29 2018


Paul’s letter to the Philippians 3:12-14
“It’s not that I’ve already reached the goal or have already completed the course. But I run to win that which Jesus Christ has already won for me.

Brothers and sisters, I can’t consider myself a winner yet. This is what I do: I don’t look back, I lengthen my stride, and I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God’s heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus.”

I, like Paul, have not yet won the prize. I’m not perfect, however I am being perfected. I am neither what I once was not an I what I will be. My past is forgiven and my future secured. So I proclaim, this is the day that the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it!*

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*Psalm 118:24

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MUSINGS – June 30 2018


Philippians 4:8-9
“Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable. Practice what you’ve learned and received from me, what you heard and saw me do. Then the God who gives this peace will be with you.”

Thoughts are like wild horses; untrained and unbridled, they run where they will. Put your saddle on the right one and it carry you to victory. Saddle the wrong one and it will run headlong into disaster.

All day long you have an inner dialog in your head. This is good. You imagine where your choices may lead you. And it helps lead you the right direction.

You can train your thinking by what you put into your mind. As Paul writes, things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable, these are the things that we need to add to your mental diet. Feed it on the book of Proverbs and of Psalms. Get a Bible with Christ’s words in red and study them.

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