First Week of Advent

Isaiah envisioned people using swords for plow parts and turning spears into pruning tools—a peaceful ideal still not realized. A Roman military officer, admittedly unworthy to have Jesus under his roof, asked the Lord to cure his paralyzed servant by just saying the word—a wonderful expression of faith. Jesus worked the miracle from a distance. Crowds gathered to hear the rock-solid teaching that leads to faith and good works. Miracles occurred before the throngs and in the presence of just a few. When Jesus sent the Twelve to proclaim the Kingdom of heaven, He also gave them authority to heal and even raise people from the dead. They had become fishers of men and laborers in the field. To stay on track in our lives, do we routinely take the steps of listening, believing, and responding.