We’re TELLING “THE MOST NEGLECTED part of discipleship is SHARING Christ with others.” Pastor Ray > I have the BEST NEWS in the world! 15 …“Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.16 Anyone who believes […]

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LOVE WON: How LOVE Defeated Death

LOVE WON! https://vimeo.com/channels/forestpointe/124153578 (< WATCH HERE- SCROLL to LOVE WON) “If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he […]

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LOVE WON: How LOVE Defeated Death

HELL: Why Would A Good God Send Us There?

A Bout To Love: God Of Love AND Right/ Heaven AND Hell WATCH Here > https://vimeo.com/channels/forestpointe/123552196 (Enjoy music or fast forward) “In the absence of light, only darkness is left.” ― Reyna Pryde “In heaven, believers in Jesus Christ will […]

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HELL: Why Would A Good God Send Us There?

Billy Graham helped change my life

Everybody has a Billy Graham story. This is mine.

I was in a hurry. I had just finished a wedding and pulled on to U.S. 321 from Dallas headed to Belmont for an urgent meeting. The traffic was creeping. I noticed that highway patrolmen were posted by the road every quarter of a mile. I was frustrated. I followed the slow-moving traffic on to Interstate 85. My business on this Saturday in June of 2007 was pressing but the traffic crept along all the way to Belmont. It was only when I arrived at my destination did I learn that I had been a part of the funeral cortege of Ruth Graham. I had been too preoccupied to notice how honored I should have felt to be in such a procession.

On Saturday, Feb. 24, I was ready. Poised and mindful on the bridge at Exit 22 over Interstate 85, I craned my neck among those gathered to pay tribute to the family of Billy Graham as they passed by our location. As far as I could see in the distance both north toward Gastonia and south toward Belmont, I could see firetrucks, emergency medical service vehicles, highway patrolmen, and various other branches of law enforcement along with people. Civilians like me wanted to pay their respects to the one who once, upon being posed the question to his vocation on the witness stand in a legal case, said, “I preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole world.”

I felt as if this were a procession not just for president but a king. Indeed, to me this was a procession more important than any state funeral for any president or king that I have ever witnessed in my lifetime. Quite simply, I believe there was no single individual in the world in the last century who has more of positive effect on the world than Billy Graham. In essence, this was a procession for a king, the King of Kings, to whom this son of North Carolina had borne witness all of his life. I thought about what Billy would have said at this display of affection. For him, life was all about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. For him, it was about the cross and the salvation offered to all people through the sacrificial death of Jesus and his subsequent Resurrection that literally changed the world.

I glanced at the people around me. All of them have a Billy Graham story that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. I have my own story. In the aftermath of my father’s death when I was 8 years old, I attended a Billy Graham Crusade. It was held in a stadium right across from the cemetery where my father and brother were buried. On that night, I heard a preacher share the good news again. I was sent follow-up materials (“some literature” as Billy would put it) that seemed to be addressed to me by a spiritual father still alive on this earth. Billy was like God’s reminder to me that my heavenly Father had not left me alone. We lived with family who cared for us in the aftermath of our tragedy. My grandfather and uncles helped me, but it was because Billy Graham still lived that I felt some of the presence of my now-departed earthly father. I know it sounds strange, but it was oh so true for me. What is your Billy Graham story? Tell it to someone and find your own heart lifted.

A note in closing. Several years ago, my wife Andrea and I attended a service at Calvary Church in Charlotte where Billy Graham’s family has been involved for a long time. After the service was over and Billy headed back to the atrium of the church with the other Calvary pastors, Andrea whispered in my ear, “I want to meet him.” I said, “Go for it.” She quickly got up and moved down the aisle to catch him before the crowd left and/or before he was whisked away. Andrea is not usually this impulsive so I was a little bit surprised. I caught up with her shortly thereafter and she was beaming with joy. “I met him!” she exclaimed. “I touched his arm and he was so nice.”

On Saturday, I made an appointment to be on the bridge with others to honor Billy’s life in service to the King of all kings. I slowed down long enough to be mindful of the moment and the memory as this family followed in pristine procession. In the end, we all touched him or were touched by him in some way.

Slow down. Take time. You may discover like me that by the time you get to where you are in a such hurry to make arrival, it will be just fine.


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“THE MOST NEGLECTED part of discipleship is SHARING Christ with others.” Pastor Ray

> I have the BEST NEWS in the world!

15 …“Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.16 Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. Mark 16:15-16

My Message is SIMPLE:

> Here is what I have SEEN AND HEARD.

• We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard. Acts 4:20

• “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah? John 4:29

• 45 Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person…His name is Jesus…” 46 …“Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.
John 1:45-46
My Method is SIMPLE:

• When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.
1 Corinthians 9:22

• 15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way. 1 Peter 3:15-16
My Call is CLEAR>
• 14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” Romans 10:14-15

• 37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Matthew 9:37-38

My “Will” Will Answer The Question> Will I GO TELL?

Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” Isaiah 6:8

Yes, But How? > SERVE Jesus on a CHURCH TEAM & SHARE Jesus at every opportunity.

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LOVE WON: How LOVE Defeated Death


https://vimeo.com/channels/forestpointe/124153578 (< WATCH HERE- SCROLL to LOVE WON) “If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? ― Timothy Keller “I know the resurrection is a fact, and Watergate proved it to me. How? Because 12 men testified they had seen Jesus raised from the dead, then they proclaimed that truth for 40 years, never once denying it. Every one was beaten, tortured, stoned and put in prison. They would not have endured that if it weren’t true. Watergate embroiled 12 of the most powerful men in the world-and they couldn’t keep a lie for three weeks. You’re telling me 12 apostles could keep a lie for 40 years? Absolutely impossible.” Chuck Colson “The resurrection cannot be tamed or tethered by any utilitarian test. It is a vast watershed in history, or it is nothing. It cannot be tested for truth; it is the test of lesser truths. No light can be thrown on it; its own light blinds the investigator. It does not compel belief; it resists it. But once accepted as fact, it tells more about the universe, about history, and about man’s state and fate that all the mountains of other facts in the human accumulation.” ― LIFE Magazine 1956 IF THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST IS TRUE, I MUST ACCEPT JESUS AND ALL HE SAID AND DO ALL HE WANTS. MY CHOICE > I Am Loved and I Am HIS OR I am loved and I am NOT HIS.

1 After fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem… I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain… 9 James, Cephas (Peter) and John, those esteemed as pillars… Galatians 2:1,2,9(NIV) [55 AD] Paul

1 Brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve.6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born….14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith….16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. … 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. ..26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.”…“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 14, 16, 17, 19,20-22, 26, 27, 55(NIV) [56 AD, Paul}

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26 (NIV)

The door is open. The resurrection is the key. Will you stay in your tomb?

The Bottom Line > I BELIEVE Christ is RISEN and LOVE WINS!

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HELL: Why Would A Good God Send Us There?

A Bout To Love: God Of Love AND Right/ Heaven AND Hell

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“In the absence of light, only darkness is left.” ― Reyna Pryde

“In heaven, believers in Jesus Christ will never cry again. In hell, unbelievers will never stop crying. What more motivation do we need to share Christ with the lost?” ― Brian Williams

“Jesus did not die just to save you from hell. He paid the price to give you all of heaven.” -Carlos Rodriguez



>>> The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

1. The Lord…the greatest ONE

2.is NOT Slow…the greatest SPEED

3 .His promise… the greatest VOW

4. as some understand slowness…the greatest MISUNDERSTANDING

5.Instead…The greatest COMPARISON

6.He is patient…The greatest LOVE

7.With YOU…The greatest GIFT

8.Not wanting…The greatest REPULSION

9.ANYONE….The greatest INCLUSION

10.To Perish…The greatest TRAGEDY

11.But EVERYONE…The greatest DESIRE

12.To Come.. The greatest DECISION

13.To Repentance… The greatest WAY, TRUTH AND LIFE

17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:17-18 (NIV)



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Series > A Bout With Doubt: HOPE GREEN

Talk > Hope That Does Not Disappoint

“I hope…I wish…I want…I wait….help me to hope God.”

> Something In us wants JUSTICE…and HOPES it will come.

But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Amos 5:24 (NRSV)

> God promises justice and it is GUARANTEED…and in that I hope… and TREMBLE.

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Galatians 6:7 (NLT)

> I can have hope when I fall for God will RAISE ME UP…when I hope in Him.

Hope Hand

30Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:30-31 (NIV)

1Therefore, since we have been made right (justified NIV) in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. 3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. 6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:1-8 (NLT)

> I can ANCHOR my life in a hope that encourages me.

Hope Anchor

Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:17-19 (NIV)

>>>>>> The Bottom Line > I HOPE.

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WHY Evil? WHY Suffering? WHY Pain?

A Bout With Hurt: Why Evil? Why Pain?

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“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our consciences, but He shouts to us in our pain. It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world” C.S. Lewis


15 The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. 16 But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— 17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” Genesis 2:15-17 (NLT)


1Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called.“Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.” 2 “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” Genesis 22:1-2 (NLT) WHYPAIN2


20 Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. 21 He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!”22 In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God. Job 1:20-22 (NLT)


31 On the way, Jesus told them, “Tonight all of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say,‘God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32 But after I have been raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.” 33 Peter declared, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.” Matthew 26:31-33 (NLT)
And immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he broke down and wept. Mark 14:72 (NLT)WHYPAIN1christ on the cross

But what about the pain in the world?! Where is God when all this bad stuff happens?

Where He has ALWAYS been….Transcending time and space, ruling the universe, and in exactly the SAME PLACE when his one and only Son was tortured, brutalized, and killed to bear your sin and my sin.

Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Mark 15:34(NLT)

God’s pain is the same as our pain multiplied by 107 Billion borne on the body of Jesus, His one and only.


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Is JESUS The Only Way? What Did JESUS Say About It?

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Today, before I leave, I will say Jesus is a Lunatic, a Liar, or The Lord.”

God replied to Moses, “I am who I am. Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.” Exodus 3:14

What Did Jesus Say About Himself? I AM THE…


Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
John 6:35 (NLT)

So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. John 10:7 (NASB)


“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. John 10:11 (NLT)


“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener.
John 15:1 (NLT)


Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:1 (NLT)

Jesus Only Way 1


Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.
John 11:2(NLT)


Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14:6 (NLT)


15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Colossians 1:15-17 (NIV)

Now, BEFORE I Leave Today, ” WHO IS JESUS TO ME?”

Do I believe Jesus was a lunatic?
Do I believe Jesus was a liar?
Do I believe Jesus is THE LORDQuitOpenDoor?

I believe Jesus is MY LORD.

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Meaningless: A Bout With Longing

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“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” ― C.S. Lewis

“I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” -U2

1. I am RESTLESS if I look only here for what I long for.


16 I said to myself, “Look, I am wiser than any of the kings who ruled in Jerusalem before me. I have greater wisdom and knowledge than any of them.” 17 So I set out to learn everything from wisdom to madness and folly. But I learned firsthand that pursuing all this is like chasing the wind. 18 The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 (NLT)

> I Can BUILD BIG Things…

4 I also tried to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by planting beautiful vineyards. 5 I made gardens and parks, filling them with all kinds of fruit trees. 6 I built reservoirs to collect the water to irrigate my many flourishing groves. Ecclesiastes 2:4-6 (NLT)


7 I bought slaves, both men and women, and others were born into my household. I also owned large herds and flocks, more than any of the kings who had lived in Jerusalem before me. Ecclesiastes 2:6 (NLT)

> I Can Have MONEY and All The PLEASURE It Can BUY…

8 I collected great sums of silver and gold, the treasure of many kings and provinces. I hired wonderful singers, both men and women, and had many beautiful concubines. I had everything a man could desire! Ecclesiastes 2:8 (NLT)

> ”You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” < Saint Augustine ...But I Need God First and Most To Be REST-FULL 1Remember your Creator in the days of your youth... 9So I became greater than all who had lived in Jerusalem before me, and my wisdom never failed me. 10 Anything I wanted, I would take. I denied myself no pleasure. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labors. 11 But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere...13 Now all has been heard, here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the duty of all mankind. Ecclesiastes 12:1,9-11 (NIV) 2. When I Want HIM MOST, I Get EVERYTHING ELSE 1 You have searched me, Lord and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise: you perceive my thoughts from afar....23 Search me, God, and know my heart test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:1-2, 23-24 (NIV)] 1God's promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. 2 this good news—that God has prepared this rest—has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn’t share the faith of those who listened to God. 3 only we who believe can enter his rest. Hebrews 4:1-2(NLT) “No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT) “The Christian says, 'Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or to be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that country and to help others to do the same. ― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity JesusAkiane

THE BOTTOM LINE- My LONGING is filled when the ONE I LONG for fills it.

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LOVE DOES- Featuring Terry Scalzitti


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“Success is loving and being loved by those we care for the most.”

I can only give love when I have received God’s love. (Everything else is a vague imitation.)

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NLT)

When I get love, I am compelled to give it because God lives in me.

11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and His love is brought to full expression in us. 13 And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in Him and He in us. …16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them…17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. …19 We love each other because he loved us first.
1 John 4:11-13, 16-17, 19(NLT)

I know that I love well when I am described with loving qualities.

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT)

So What? Love IS. Am I? Love DOES. Do I?

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“We are the hands and feet of Christ. When I touch others, I bring the love of Christ to them in a practical way.”



Mark 5:25-34 (NLT)
25 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. 26 She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse.


27 She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd…

…27(b) and touched his robe. 28 For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.


30 Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”31 His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”32 But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done.


34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

Romans 12:4-6 (NLT)
4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. 6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.

So What?devotions-wh-dec-27 > LOVE DOES SO LOVE TOUCHES.

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