“36 Then after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us now go back and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are doing.” (…) 40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of God. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.” Acts 15:36, 40-41
This speaks so much to me! This is the passion of my heart. Strengthening the churches. So people can have a spiritual home and family, have community, grow as believers, know what belongs to them through the finished work of Jesus, equip them for ministry etc.
Matthew 15:29-30 Jesus departed from there, skirted the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and sat down there. Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them.
Acts 14:1-3 – “Now it happened in Iconium that they went together to the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of the Jews and of the Greeks believed. 2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren. 3 Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.” Continue reading →
“But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. Jesus said: Come!” Matthew 14:27-29 Continue reading →
Once I met someone who was going through a very difficult time. She was struggling with suicidal thoughts, as she couldn’t see the meaning of life. Among other things, I shared with her about how much Jesus loves her, and I encouraged her to spend time in the Word. I prayed for her, and we agreed to meet the following week. – And when I met her again, she was totally changed. She was all smiles! She was enjoying life and found such joy spending time in the Word. I was amazed and asked her: “What happened?” After a few moments of pondering, she said: “I know a lot of people have been praying for me.” – I thought that was so profound, and was reminded of the power of prayer afresh. Continue reading →
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
it shall not return to Me void,
but it shall accomplish what I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
In the early church, whenever the Word of God was preached,
there were miracles of salvation, healings, and other signs and wonders.
The demon-possessed were set free. The paralyzed jumped up and walked.
People received their loved ones back from the dead.
John the Baptist was in prison for speaking his mind about the king’s relationship with his sister in law. In the prison he heard about the works of Christ. He was unsure, suddenly; Was Jesus the Christ after all? He needed to know, so he sent two of his disciples to Jesus. Continue reading →