Receiving Healing and Help from God — Mustard Seed Faith for the Struggling Writer

Luke 9:37-42, Mark 9:14-28, Matthew 17:14-20

Receiving Healing and Help from God — Mustard Seed Faith

Answers to our prayers bring conflict, division and opposition. “When Jesus came to the other disciples, he saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them (the other nine disciples).” Our attempts to believe in the power of Jesus will always lead to conflict, division, and opposition. Nine other disciples had tried to heal one boy. They had failed. Earlier these nine, plus Peter, James, and John, had gone out in pairs and healed all they met. They had driven out demons. Now their failure to help one boy threatened the reputation of Jesus. If his disciples proved to be frauds, then the Scribes’ argument that Jesus was a false teacher would carry greater weight.

Answers to our prayers includes humility. “A man came and knelt before Jesus.” In contrast to the nine disciples and the Scribes, the father moved passed arguments and acknowledged that he needed Jesus’ help. Casting blame hinders our ability to draw close to Jesus. Forgive, be reconciled, and draw near to him.

Answers to our prayers include repentance for both us and others. The father said, “Lord, have mercy on my son.” James declares that the prayers of righteous individuals are powerful (James 5:16). Even though none of us are righteous on our own, through the blood of Christ we are made righteous. Before we make our requests to God, repent, confess our sins, and in humility come before God with our prayers lists of petitions.

Answers to our prayers include clear and detailed descriptions of the affliction or situation. “My boy has seizures and suffers greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. He is possessed by a spirit that robs him of speech. Whenever this spirit seizes him, it throws him into convulsions and onto the ground. He foams at the mouth. He gnashes his teeth. He becomes rigid. He suddenly screams. This spirit scarcely ever leaves him. This spirit is destroying him.” Effective prayer includes specifics. Not because Jesus needs to know, but because we need to be able to testify later of all that he did. In listing details of the affliction we give weight to the power of Jesus’ healing and help. But we should be careful not to glorify the affliction or situation. Do not claim it as yours by saying, “My ____ (disease, problem).”  The affliction or situation is not ours. It’s of the devil. He came to steal, kill, and destroy and Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil.

Answers to our prayers often include a recap of past attempts at healing and help. “I brought my boy to _____ but they could not heal (help).” Before Jesus healed the woman with the issue of blood, we learn that she had spent all she had on doctors but none could help her. In fact, she grew worse. The contrast of failed attempts at healing and help reveals our need for God in all situations. We should be careful, however, not to blame on those who tried to help us and failed. Blame and shaming can block the flow of healing and help from God.

In our next lesson on healing and help we will look at the importance of pure faith.

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Skull Creek Stakeout Wins 2021 Purple Dragonfly Award

Congratulations to our 2021 Purple Dragonfly Award Winners!

Skull Creek Stakeout by Eddie Jones takes

2nd place in ebook Middle Grade Fiction

Skull Creek Stakeout Wins 2021 Purple Dragonfly AwardA murder . . . A mystery . . . A monster . . . Is there a vampire killer running loose in Transylvania, North Carolina. ★ 2021 Purple Dragonfly Award Winner for Middle Grade Fiction ★

Last summer, Nick Caden became an Internet celebrity for almost a whole day when he discovered Billy the Kid’s killer in the “living” ghost town of Deadwood. (Not the real Billy the Kid — he’s been dead for years.) When the owner of the Cool Ghoul Gazette learns of Nick’s super sleuthing skills, he hires Nick to investigate the death of a vampire. In Transylvania, North Carolina, Nick finds a corpse with fangs, bite marks and a stake driven through its heart.

But once he begins to peel back the clues surrounding the murder, Nick finds his new job is not only dangerous but could suck the life out of him.

Features:
* The Monster Mysteries are Award Winning Middle Grade Novels
* Each story involves a “monster” from the Bible: ghost, vampire origins, walking dead, man turned to beast, phantom
* Short, fun, fast read, spiced with humor and illustrations
* No profanity, sexual overtones or glorification of evil
* Book report / criminal report questions for each case

Benefits:
* Encourages readers to list suspects, follow clues, question motives, and look for half-truths and lies in alibis
* Reinforces the Golden Rule
* Honors family
* Middle Grade audiobooks series / audio books for teenagers
* A good boy book for boys who like to read

★ Help teen sleuth Nick Caden solve a vampire murder in Transylvania, NC ★
Complete the Skull Creek Stakeout: Official Criminal Inquiry: Write a Book Report – Catch a Crook to see if you have the makings of a homicide detective. With this easy-to-follow “homicide detective” worksheet, you can fill in the answers to the questions while you read. When finished, your book report should be thorough enough to convict a killer! Check out the book report questions on this page: amazon.com/dp/B088VL152Z/.

Awards for the Monster Mysteries series

  • Winner of the Selah award for tween / teen mystery series
  • INSPY Award nominee
  • Moonbeam Children’s Book Award nominee

Praise for the Monster Mysteries series

“This series has the same longevity and wholesome quality as “The Hardy Boys” and “Nancy Drew” but the author writes for today’s youth.” ~ Amazon review

“I enjoyed reading this fun, suspense adventure. Great book for middle school. Teen boys and girls will enjoy it, too!” ~ Amazon review

“I would think it would be for ages nine and up. A good Christian book for boys.” ~ Amazon review

“I was guessing until the end of the book. I did not know who it was. Even adults will enjoy this book.” ~ Amazon review

Parents can trust the Monster Mystery Series. There is no sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language, only positive moral values.


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