Category Archives: sickness

Does Sickness Bless You?

“A man was lying there who had been sick for thirty-eight years.” John 5:5 That was a long time to be sick. It is very hard to be an invalid year after year. This day’s reading may come to some … Continue reading

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Blood in the Water

It’s a well known fact. Biologists tell us that sharks can smell blood from 2-3 miles away. They follow their noses to the place where they sense it. They have an ‘attack mechanism’ to anything that is vulnerable. Blood acts … Continue reading

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Being Sick

“So Miriam was kept outside the camp for seven days, and the people waited until she was brought back before they traveled again.” Numbers 12:15 To be numbered among the chronically ill often can mean a transition into frustration. We … Continue reading

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All in Your Head?

Depression is a Mental Disorder, not a Disease There are plausible arguments for the non-existence of mental illness. But there are still people who declare themselves to have a mental illness. After all, being sick mentally has no physical symptoms; … Continue reading

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Dancing With Bruises

Bruises seem to be part of life’s package to us. Some will be serious, most minor. But each are noted, and some will just have to be endured. Dancers are some of the most wonderful people I know. Their gracefulness can … Continue reading

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Sinners Get Priority

17 Jesus heard this and said to them, “It is not the healthy people who need a doctor, but the sick. I did not come to invite good people but to invite sinners.” Mark 2:17, NCV “The true Christian’s nostril is … Continue reading

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The Clinic is Open

In the late part of the 1800s, a London Times journalist asked ten of the brightest men in England this question, “What is wrong with the World?”  One of these men responded, “Dear Sirs,  I am. Signed, G.K. Chesterton.” Chesterton had … Continue reading

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