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Lenten Devotional: Mar. 8

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Today’s texts: Genesis 44:18-34; 1 Corinthians 7:25-31; Mark 5:21-43

Mark 5:21-43

Thousands of Cambodians fled Cambodia after suffering under the rule of the Khmer Rouge Communist regime and came as refugees to America.  My parents were one of many blessed refugees, having been sponsored by a church in Arizona.  These Cambodians, along with the thousands of others that survived the tortures of the Killing Fields, were looking for healing from all the brutal experiences they went thru.  Words really cannot explain it.  Many Cambodians today are searching for this healing.  I believe only one person can bring this type of healing and He has brought healing to thousands of Cambodian survivors.  His name is Jesus.

Jesus is the Healer.  Literally…he heals people.  Not only physically, but also spiritually.  He gives peace to those who need it.  He literally healed many Cambodians who met Him and He also healed thousand of Cambodians from the painful experiences they went thru.  He transforms hearts that are broken and have no hope.  If you ask many of the hundreds of thousands of Cambodian followers of Jesus today why they follow Jesus, the answer will be simple: “He healed me.”

Mark highlights three ways Jesus heals in this passage: Jesus heals diseases, Jesus gives peace, and Jesus raises people from the dead.  It really is that simple.  And when you are faced with a person like Jesus, all you can do is be amazed and begin following Him.

Now does Jesus heal everyone he meets?  No.  But then again, do you know ANYONE that can heal like Jesus heals?  I didn’t think so.  So receive the invitation that Jesus gives to everyone: Come follow me and I will heal you.
Michael LyMichael was born and raised in a Chinese-Cambodian refugee home after his parents escaped the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime. Growing up in a Christian and Ancestral-Buddhist home, Michael started following the teachings of Jesus at a young age. He has worked more than 10 years as a controller and accounting consultant for several organizations, including The Mosaic Company in Renton, WA. Michael and his wife Shannon moved to Seattle in 2007 to begin peacemaking work among Christian and Muslim communities in the Puget Sound and is Co-founder of Peace Catalyst International.

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