November 9, 2018 Ezekiel 4-7; Mark 5:21-43

“There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 (NLT) The heart of this ministry is to inspire a love for God’s Word and encourage the discipline of daily Bible reading and SOAP journaling. These are a few of our SOAP notes from today’s reading. We encourage you to read and journal on your own first, then join us in conversation about what God revealed to YOU today. Click HERE to go directly to the daily reading if you wish.

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Just Believe | Kim Chipman

S~ Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:36 (NIV)

O~ Jesus is speaking to a man whose daughter died. He was asked to go to heal her, but once she died they didn’t think there was any point. It seems really reasonable to me that they would think they no longer needed a healer for a dead person.

A~ There are lots of dead things You can breathe life into. People, relationships, dreams, hearts. “Just believe,” You said.

Today I’m going to choose this. Choose to believe You can heal hurts. Believe You love my kids more than I do. Believe You can both ignite and guide my passion. Believe you are a pursuer of hearts. Believe You know more (and better) than I do. Believe You are good. Believe You are worth sacrifice.


P~ Lord, help me to choose belief today – and every day. Help me to live for You alone.  Help me to BELIEVE. I love You!

His Way | Kelley Deases

S~ He [Jesus] gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this [how He had brought a 12-year-old girl back to life], and told them to give her something to eat. Mark 5:43 (NIV)

O~ So many things Jesus does throughout His life and ministry on earth are vastly different from what I would have done. Born in a stable, true identity kept hidden for most of His 33 years, and, as here, not silencing the scoffers by making a grand spectacle of His power and authority when He performed a miracle. What’s more, why, after His own resurrection did He not appear to everyone everywhere and set the record straight about who He is and what He had done? Perhaps it is because Jesus is calling us to have faith. “Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.'” John 20:29  “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 There has to be room for doubt in order for faith to mean something.

Maybe I just need to let God be God, and not try to play armchair quarterback as to Christ’s movement on earth, or His movement today.

A~ Last night, while sitting at my post as Prayer Partner for the children’s ministry at my church, a mom approached me to share her heart and receive prayer. She reminded me we had talked before and she had shared the heartache of being married to an unbeliever and the challenge of raising five children in a home divided. Last night, she shared how she and husband are attending counseling together. She shared how she is getting revelation from God about owning her part of improving the atmosphere in their home and perhaps drawing her husband toward God. She reported improvement in their co-parenting; since he was raised in a Christian home, some of those foundational principles have abided. What I heard last night was a wife and mother letting God work, even if it is not on her timetable or in her.way. I think she encouraged me even more than my listening and praying encouraged her.

P~ Lord, Help me accept I am not always going to understand Your ways. But help me to have a faith which knows that You know better.

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