The Two Spies

Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 The mission was risky, maybe even deadly. The commander of the Israelite army, Joshua, had asked the two men to enter the nearly impregnable city of Jericho. Some would’ve called it a suicide mission. …

The Centurion

           Then Jesus said, …“Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” Matthew 8:13 He was a Roman centurion who commanded one hundred soldiers quartered at Capernaum. When a valued servant became deathly ill, the centurion sought help from Jesus because he had heard of His wondrous healing powers. He sent some Jewish elders to ask Jesus …

The Philippian Jailer

Paul wrote, Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10 He was only doing his job. The magistrates had ordered him to flog the Jewish troublemakers and throw them into …

The Leper

Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Mark 1:41 NASB Leprosy is incurable and still exists today. It is common in many countries worldwide with about 100 cases per year in the United States. Most people who come in contact with the bacteria don’t develop the disease …

The Desperate Father

 Jesus said, “Everything is possible for him who believes.” Mark 9:23 Desperation drove the man through the crowd toward Jesus. Before anyone could prevent him or push him aside, he shouted, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child” (Luke 9:38). Matthew records that the despairing father knelt before Jesus (17:4). The man’s …

The Invalid

“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” John 5:7-8 Many people came to the pool of Bethesda (sometimes translated Bethsaida) hoping …

The Shunammite Woman

She said to her husband, “I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God.” 2 Kings 4:9 The friendship began with a dinner invitation. A wealthy woman from the village of Shunem noticed that the prophet Elisha passed her home regularly as he journeyed from place to place. One day she urged him …

The Lad with a Lunch

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; …

The Servant Girl

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Colossians 3:23 Her story is told in three verses, yet the legacy of her faith has endured for almost 3,000 years. She was simply a “young girl” taken captive by the Aramean army. Given to the army commander, Naaman, as a prize …

The Repentant Criminal

Remember me, LORD, when you show favor to your people, come to my aid when you save them, that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may share in the joy of your nation and join your inheritance in giving praise. Psalm 106:4-5 Have you known people who gave their lives to Jesus just before they …