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A Cost/Benefit Analysis

When Jesus had crossed again in the boatto the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea.22 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet23 and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.”24 So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him.25 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years.26 She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse.27 She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,28 for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.”29 Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.30 Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, …

In the Eye of the Storm

A German immigrant once wrote,
In December 1958, I came to America from Germany on the USS Butner, a transport ship. After we left Bremerhafen we passed through the North Sea into the North Atlantic. Huge waves buffeted the ship, and every day seemed the same—water, water everywhere, to the north, the south, the east, and the west. All we could hear was the monotonous grinding of the ship’s engine.
Finally, five days later, the scene changed dramatically. There was water to the east and the south, but to the west stood the Statue of Liberty gleaming in the morning sun. We had come home.
Walking by faith is like this. Waves of opposition battle us, with no change in sight. In all directions there seems to be nothing, with the Lord seemingly asleep. Until a special day arrives, revealing that we have been moving according to plan.[1]
James Hoover has written,
“Don’t be afraid; just believe.” These words may ring rather hollow when we, and not someone else, face a fearful or life-threatening …