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We cordially invite you to join us as we gather to glorify God’s word through fellowship. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of fellowship, short devotional, and prayer. We meet monthly 2nd Saturday  (October to May) and would love it if you could join us via Zoom.  Click the Sign-Up button above to sign up and join us.  Our young ladies’ class is for ladies between the age of 5-12.  
 
Honorable and Dishonorable Woman In The Bible is the title of the book by Crystal Reyes for our Ladies Class. Come along on this journey as we take advantage of the opportunity and have a front seat into the lives of these beautiful, amazing women. Some made honorable choices, and some choices were dishonorable. These studies will allow us to love and encourage one another as we share our testimonies. Pack your sugar and grab your teacup as you join us on this beautiful journey.
 
We are looking forward to spending time with you!
 
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Verse of the Day

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. — Psalm 43:5 (NIV)

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The One Thankful Man

Don’t forget to say, “Thank you”

Jesus Heals the Man with Leprosy

Today’s story can be found in the first three books of the New Testament in the Bible.  Matthew, Mark and Luke are also the names of three men that either heard about the story or were there to see the miracle for themselves and then wrote about it.

This story is about a man with leprosy.  So what is leprosy?

Leprosy is a disease that is caused by bacteria.  People that get leprosy usually live in poor areas, have dirty water, eat food with little nutrition, and aren’t healthy to begin with.

It looks very bad.  It can make a face look bumpy and can completely change the way a person looks.  Some people get it on their hands or feet and loose their fingers and toes from it. 

This isn’t everything leprosy is, but you get the picture.  On top of it all, during the time when Jesus was around, people thought leprosy was caused by people’s sins.  So, if someone had leprosy, it was because he or she had done something wrong.

For all these reasons the “lepers”, as they were called, were kicked out of the city and had to live on the outside of it.  They weren’t allowed in stores or churches or any public place, so many times they went to live in the dumps where the garbage was, to find food and other things they needed.  No one wanted to see them for fear of touching them and catching the disease or becoming ‘unclean’ because of their sins.

Now to the story: Jesus was going around at this time healing people and telling stories.  Word got around about Jesus, so people would follow Him because they wanted hear what He had to say or to see a miracle.

While Jesus was walking and talking with people, a man with leprosy approached Him, fell to his knees, and put his face to the ground begging , “Lord if you want to, you can heal me and make me clean.”

Something amazing happened next.  Like it was no big deal, Jesus just reached out and touched the man.  

Wait a minute, Jesus reached out and touched a man with leprosy?  This was not allowed then and now Jesus would be unclean! Besides this man looked really bad and probably was very sick!

None of this mattered to Jesus, however. He reached out his hand and said to the man, “I will heal you.  Be clean.”  And right in that moment the leprosy left him.

This showed that Jesus was more than just a man.  Jesus healed the man of his disease but also cleansed him from his sin without becoming infected Himself.

Jesus then asked the man to do one thing.  He asked him not to tell anyone what just happened and to go to the priest to be checked out.  This would show that he was cleansed and he would leave an offering.  Then the priest would give permission for him to come back and live with the people again.

By going to priest the healed man would send a message that Jesus had a special power from God.  The people were waiting for a Messiah (someone that would come and save them) and the priests and Jews believed that only God could cure leprosy.  This was supposed to be a sign that the Messiah had come.

Instead the man was too excited and told everyone he saw what had happened.  This made it hard for Jesus to walk around in the cities because large crowds would flock to Him and the Jewish leaders started to go against Jesus because they didn’t believe that He was sent by God.

Jesus would often go off by Himself and pray but people kept coming to see Him from everywhere.

The message that I want you to take from this story is that it doesn’t matter to Jesus what you’ve done, how you look, or what other people think about you.  He made you and He loves you no matter what!  Everyday, Jesus is trying to reach out and show His love to you but sometimes we’re too busy to notice.

Start taking notice of the beautiful things outside (a butterfly, flowers, or a sunset), the love from a parent or a friend and even kindness from a stranger.  All these things are ways God is trying to show His love for you.
 
https://www.dltk-kids.com/bible/cv/jesus_heals_the_man_with_leprosy

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Youth Encouragement

We miss you all very much and we look forward to meeting as a group in the near future.  School begins in a couple of weeks and some of you will be headed to the school building and some will be taking classes at home.  We wish you much s in this upcoming school year. We are putting together some monthly bible study topics and challenges to keep us all connected and allow us to encourage one another as we continue on our christian journey as strong soldiers ready for battle.
 
 

We can agree that God Himself is our inspirational source because He is the basis for everything good and everything worth imitating. 

  • Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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