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When I Met Mike

When I met Mike, my world grew bigger.

Mike introduced me to Bear, Grady, Pedro, Mellissandra, Bubba, Elizabeth, Baby Gary, Stanley, Tony, Amy, Boyce, Dallas, Hadley, Guitar Dave, and Jesse.

They live on the streets in Austin, Texas. Most are alcoholics. They all have broken relationships with family, friends, and God. They are troubled people.

In a sermon, entitled “Jesus with the Troubled Man,” pastor Dr. Ed Young, described how much Jesus values troubled people. The demoniac of Gadara, or Mr. Legion, was over-the-top psychotic, due to the 3000-6000 demons that resided in him. Jesus sent the evil spirits into a herd of swine, and the man was healed.

As a child, I wondered what happened to the pigs’ owners whose livelihood raced over a cliff, and drowned in the sea. Two thousand pigs represented food on the table, clothes, medicine, children’s shoes, home repairs. It didn’t seem right that hard-working people lost their means of earning a living.

My world grew bigger when I took my eyes off of the monetary worth of pigs, and focused on God—the God who loves people so much that He became “a people.” The truth of the matter is that one soul, restored to sanity is worth more to God than 2000 pigs. One life made whole, whether it be from demon possession, emotional illness, addictions, or the stress of everyday life, is infinitely more valuable than the economic foundation of an entire region.

The Gadarines didn’t grasp the eternal significance of Jesus’ actions, and so they pressured Jesus to leave. As the healed man continued to live in the area, testifying to God’s goodness and the healing power of Jesus, I like to think that many ruptured relationships were restored.

The story of “Jesus with the Troubled Man,” recorded in Mark 5:1-20, is good news for me. It’s good news for Mike. It’s good news for the whole, troubled world.

Please pray for Mike.

Please pray for Mike

Troubles vanish,
hearts are mended,
in the presence
of the King.

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God Phoned Today

It was about time. I’ve been waiting for God to telephone me for as long as I can remember.

He talked about love and faithfulness. I was all ears as the call began with a reminder of the faithfulness of Noah (Hebrews 11:7). Then it was right on to Proverbs 3:3, with some personal instruction.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.

As I hung up the phone, I pondered how God wants me to be faithful to Him, and to everyone He calls me to serve.

411God is a new service of “Back to the Bible.” Sign up, and have a minute of scripture read on the phone, emailed, or texted to you whatever time of the day you choose; it’s all free. Reading scripture in an email isn’t appealing to me, but pausing to listen to God’s Word on my cell while I’m washing supper dishes gives me a boost.

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