Lydia

Time to Shift Priorities? “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.” Philippians 3:7 Lydia was a savvy businesswoman who had established a relationship with many, if not most, of the wealthiest citizens in Philippi. Her specialty was purple cloth, a high-end fabric that symbolized status in first-century Europe because the dye was …

Priscilla and Aquila

 Ready to Help Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus. They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.  Romans 16:3–4 The apostle Paul arrived in the port city of Corinth around 51 BC. The bustling trade route center, infamous for its immorality, would be the …

Tabitha

Always Doing Good “Now, let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:9-10). Peter and John had been jailed for healing …

Elizabeth

The Lord Has Done This for Me “Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” Luke 1: 36-37 Barrenness was considered a sign of God’s disapproval. Elizabeth had probably felt the …

Abigail

 Wisdom from a Stranger [Abigail] was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband, a Calebite, was surly and mean in his dealings. 1 Samuel 25:3 God had chosen David as the next king of Israel, but for many years David lived as a fugitive because King Saul wanted to kill him. During those years, David and those loyal to …

Miriam

Selected to Support The Lord says, “I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam.” Micah 6:4 In a pivotal moment of human history, a young female slave approached a princess and offered to find a nurse for the Hebrew baby boy the royal …

Hagar

Secure in God’s Care And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 Few Old Testament narratives convey God’s love for the downtrodden quite as poignantly as Hagar’s story does. She was a foreign slave, probably a gift from Pharaoh during Abraham’s sojourn in Egypt (Genesis 12:16). Far from her birthplace …

A Canaanite Woman’s Faith

Persevering Prayers I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  Ephesians 3:16-17 We don’t know her name. She could be called many things—a Syro-Phoenician, a Canaanite, and a Gentile. Jews usually considered Gentiles unclean and wouldn’t have …

Woman with Chronic Bleeding

Come to Jesus [Jesus] said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:34 Twelve years is a long time to wait for healing. The unnamed woman whose story is recorded in three gospels “had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she …