Thought For The Day 09/08/13

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The Word Of The Lord 

Sunday September 8th, 2013

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GOSPEL: Mark 7:31-37-14 NIV

Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.

After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!”(*) At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.

 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

(*) “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”)

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What Does Mark Mean?

Think about something. More than half of the first seven chapters of Mark, including this one, end with Christ healing. It seems that Mark assigned a particular importance to this gift by Jesus. And the healings include many types of infirmity, including physical (lameness or blindness), mental (casting out unclean spirits) as well as spiritual healing (of doubt and anguish). But there is another thing to note. Throughout Mark, he relates that Christ always admonished the one healed not to reveal how the cure took place. And yet, as human beings, the first thing we do when we are overjoyed, is to spread the news of our joy, which is exactly what each of these people did. And it was this testimony that served to spread the name of Jesus and who He was, throughout the lands! 

Mandy

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Isaiah 35:3-7 NIV

Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way;say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you. 

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs……

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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