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Matthew 17:14-20 “And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. “
Psalm 103:1-4: “Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.”
1 John 5:4- “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.”
Dedicated to a fellow believer who has a precious 2 year old daughter battling Lukemia. May God give them the Victory over her disease!!
Mark 1:14-18- “…Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.”
Named for my son who was born in June of 2008.
Sporting his “Andrew” soaker at 2.5 months.
Esther 8:15-17 – “Then Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal robes of blue and white, with a large crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple; and the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced. For the Jews there was light and gladness and joy and honor. In each and every province and in each and every city, wherever the king’s commandment and his decree arrived, there was gladness and joy for the Jews, a feast and a holiday.”
The story of Esther is such a good one. We recently went through the book of Esther in our Sunday School class. I got a chance to revisit a book I honestly had not read in a long time. You see, Mordecai is Esther’s uncle who lived in Persia. The Jews had originally been taken there under captivity, yet at the time of this story, they had been freed to go back to Israel. Yet Mordecai and his family chose to stay. So here they were, living amongst Persians, acting as Persians. In fact, when Xerxes had decided he wanted a new queen- and Esther was in the “running”, Mordecai forbid her to reveal her true nationality.
After Esther was made queen, Haman (the king’s “prime minister”) plots to have the Jews killed and tricks the King into having a decree established to do so. When the King agrees, it is then that Mordecai comes back into the picture. He advised Esther to go to the king and beg for mercy.
Haman hates Mordecai and has gallows built to have him killed. Meanwhile, Xerxes reads over some old records and realized that Mordecai saved his life and the king had not yet honored him. So he calls Haman in and asks him what he should do to honor a man. And Haman said to give him royal robes and parade him throughout the city. The king agrees and asks Haman to fetch Mordecai.
At the banquet Esther prepared for Xerxes and Haman, she pleaded with the king for the life of her people. Her request was granted, and after Xerxes learned that Haman had plotted to kill his wife, he had him hung on the gallows that were built for Mordecai. However, Xerxes command can not be revoked. So he issues a new edict allowing for the Jews to take up arms and defend themselves against the army, which they do. Shortly after, Mordecai was given royal robes of blue and white and paraded through the city. The Jewish holiday Purim comes from this time.
Mordecai is a wonderful example of a man who God watched out for. Mordecai had done a good deed for the king and at just the right time, God had the king remember it. God can weave together the events of life for our best, even though we may not be able to see them at the time. We can trust Him.