Janet was about to divorce her husband but decided to meet with her pastor first. The counsel he gave her provided a new perspective on her relationship.
The pastor pointed Janet to a passage of scripture, Matthew 17:14-21 . The story is about a man who came to Jesus on behalf of his epileptic son who was possessed with a demon. The man had taken his son to the disciples for healing. The disciples were unable to cast the demon out despite their efforts. Frustrated, Jesus says, “Bring him (the boy) to me.” Then he cures the boy. The disciples ask Jesus why they were unsuccessful. Jesus tells them it was because of their unbelief and that THIS KIND does not go out except with fasting and prayer.
The pastor asked Janet, “Have you been fasting and praying? Do you believe God could heal your marriage?”
Janet was a little taken aback. She was so angry with her husband, she had not prayed or believed reconciliation was possible. She certainly didn’t fast. Yet, the phrase, THIS KIND, was meant for difficult situations like her marriage. Thus, Janet decided to try a spiritual solution and fast and pray. In a month, she saw a miraculous turn around in her marriage.
Be encouraged by Janet’s situation. If you are in a difficult marriage perhaps prayer and fasting is needed. Maybe THIS KIND of marriage needs earnest spiritual attention.
Try God before you give up! The power of prayer and fasting may surprise you.
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Last week, after the horrific movie shootings, the two presidential candidates suspended their attacks on each other and gave us a breather from political campaigning. It was a nice relief even though we all know this will not continue.
And I wondered, what would happen if the church took their lead and stopped its in-fighting and disagreements over doctrinal issues that are not essential to our faith?
For example, what does it matter where one stands on when Christ will return? The point is, He will return. Or why get all worked up if creation was a literal 7 days or some other time frame we really don’t understand. The point is God created the heavens and the earth. It’s fine to study these issues, have opinions and friendly discussions regarding your interpretation of biblical passages, but to make them issues of division, makes no sense.
There is a bigger issue to consider.
According to a recent Pew Survey reported on in June of this year, millenials (age 18-30) are the least religiously observant youths we’ve seen in a long time.
Why? Three reasons were cited: 1) Prayer has been taken out of schools 2) The impact of the modern use of the concept of the separation of church and state 3) Little knowledge of God’s word, a sort of spiritual anorexia.
People need to see the relevance of faith to everyday living. Faith needs to be valuable and essential to living.
Fighting about non-essential issues of doctrine doesn’t help people connect with their faith. It also doesn’t make the church attractive to those who may be interested in exploring faith.
We all have enough conflict in other parts of life to add church to the mix. Let’s not have the church be a source of more conflict, but a place we find peace, relevance and healing.
Today is a video blog.
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