June 5, 2014


Matthew 9:1-8

I will never forget an experience I had many years ago. I went to a hospital where a dear friend’s mother was in ICU. The family felt that they might lose her. I asked the family if they would consider me anointing her and praying for her. They asked me to do this. It was a gentle and quiet moment of prayer and hope. In about a week the woman went home. About two months later I heard a pastor say that I was “practicing voodoo.”

Did I heal the woman? Of course not! Did the Lord use that anointing and prayer as a part of the healing process? The woman thinks so. I only know that Jesus did what cannot be explained. In these verses from Matthew 9, the religious leaders mocked Jesus for stepping outside of the box. If you step outside the box, do not be surprised if you are mocked. It is okay. Honor Jesus and give him the praise.

Prayer: Lord, help us to always remember that you are the Great Physician. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell,
Pastor of  Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.

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One Response to June 5, 2014

  1. Danny Ward says:

    We need to hold our Old Testament near to our heart, to see the faith of our forefathers. But, our church has been built upon the Apostles, who by order of our Christ was sent out to heal the sick and raise the dead. Too many among us will not believe in the ability to heal, or refer to it as “voodoo” because they believe that the gifts died with the Apostles. I have never read anywhere in the Bible that miracles will cease with the first century church. It only dies when we allow it to as we move our faith away from Christ Jesus. Voodoo, no. Faith in Christ, YES. VICTORY IN JESUS , definitely

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