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February 23, 2015

The Touch That Transforms - Matthew 19

There are many types of touch - such as the encouraging pat on the back, the comforting hug, and a parent's loving squeeze. Each conveys something unique and can communicate powerfully.

No matter what the situation was, Jesus knew just how to touch people - sometimes with His hand but always with His heart. Consider how lives were affected by coming in contact with Him. For instance, in today's reading, Jesus called the children to Himself, placed His hand upon those little ones, and blessed them.

With His physical touch, the Savior also cured many illnesses. Peter's mother-in-law was immediately better when Jesus placed His hand on hers (Matthew 8:14-15). Later, when soldiers and religious leaders came to arrest Christ, Peter struck the high priest's servant and cut off his ear. The Lord, however, lovingly reached out and healed the injury (Luke 22:50-51).

Other times, Jesus used words to impact people. For example, when He told Lazarus to come out of the grave, the dead man arose (John 11:43-44). Christ also healed a paralytic by speaking to him (Matthew 9:6). And the Samaritan woman's life was transformed through a mere conversation with the Savior (John 4:7-29). She felt His heart even though there was no physical touch.

God touches us today as well. We can't experience Him physically hugging us or placing a hand of blessing upon our heads, but His Word, His Spirit, and His truth move us in the depths of our being. Jesus feels our pain and moves us, giving us salvation and transforming our lives.

Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.

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Upcoming Events
February - Get to Know You Dinners. This is for our church families to get to know one another better.

February 28 - Secret Sister Kick-Off Luncheon at Kim Staub's at noon. All information sheets and your RSVP MUST  be turned into Judy by February 22nd.  There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer if anyone would like to help with the food.

March 1 - Special Guest Speaker: Terry Taylor Our missionary to Trinidad & Tobago.
              - Carry-in Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

March 7 - Soup Cook-off & Bake-Off at the church beginning at 5 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and enter a soup for the contest. Also, we ask that only one dessert is entered per person.

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