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The Healer

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Man with palsy lowered to Christ by James Tissot on Christimages.org.

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

Is there anyone among us who has never sought healing for themselves or for loved ones? The pain and suffering that often accompany health issues are common to all people. Healing was one of the major signs that Jesus was the Messiah who was prophesied throughout the Old Testament. Throughout His ministry, Jesus healed physical defects, illness, injury and demon possession wherever He went. Matthew 9:36 describes Jesus’ heart towards people:

“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary (harassed) and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” (NKJV)

Health issues that cause pain and suffering may be a part of life in this fallen world, but this verse makes it clear that this is not what God wants for us. He hurts right along with us and cares deeply about our well-being. Jesus’ healing ministry also made it clear that God is indeed powerful enough to heal any infirmity and even raise the dead.

So why doesn’t God just waive His mighty hand and wipe away all sickness from this world? I would love to be healed and live forever here without pain or suffering, but this world is still fallen. The thought of living indefinitely in this world reminds me of the movie “Death Becomes Her” in which two vain women drank a magic potion that gave them eternal life. The problem was that even though they could not die, they could definitely get dinged up over the years.

This brings us to two points to consider: first of all, if we belong to Jesus then this world is definitely not our home, but rather our current assignment. We need to understand that when we do get to our Heavenly home, we will be healed and will get to live forever without dings!

The second point to remember is that every single person who Jesus healed when He walked the earth eventually died. If we spend our existence focused on our own physical needs rather than sharing the hope of Jesus’ eternal healing with others who are hurting, we short change ourselves and may even deny others the opportunity of eternal life through Jesus. Focusing outwards may bring us to a place in which our infirmities are eclipsed by our compassion for the spiritual needs of others.

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to three boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside. Lisa is a member of the Central Oregon Writers Guild.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, studied Christian Apologetics at Simon Greenleaf University, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon. 

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Where is the Justice?

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Angry Mob Photo by Robert Couse-Baker on Flickr.

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

Have you ever heard a news report and slapped yourself on the forehead while asking that very question? It does not matter what your political, philosophical or religious tendencies may be, there is some group of people out there right now that makes your head spin every time they make noise. The prophet Habakkuk asked a similar question in his short book. The book starts out this way:

“The burden which the prophet Habakkuk saw.
O LORD, how long shall I cry,
And You will not hear?
Even cry out to You, “Violence!”
And You will not save.
Why do You show me iniquity,
And cause me to see trouble?
For plundering and violence are before me;
There is strife, and contention arises.
Therefore the law is powerless,
And justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
Therefore perverse judgment proceeds.” (Habakkuk 1:1-4, NKJV)

The key to the diagnosis of the problem is found in the last two lines: “the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore perverse judgment proceeds.” If you ever feel like you are surrounded by evil, you are not alone. It is also important to know from reading this book that God is quite OK with His people asking these kinds of questions. God listens when His people cry out in anguish over the sin, injustice and pain in this world. He does not shy away from these seemingly tough questions, because He is still in control and has all the answers.

God answers Habakkuk in the next six verses, essentially assuring the prophet that He has a plan to deal with the evil that causes him so much angst. God always has a plan; usually we do not know what the plan is until it unfolds before us or until we look back and see that He was in control all along.

God lays out the bottom line of how our lives need to be lived in the second chapter, last line of verse 4: “But the just shall live by his faith.” We need to have the faith to know that God is powerful enough to deal with the evil in the world, and will do so in His perfect time. In the meantime, we have a job to do and carping about injustice is not that job. Teaching others about our perfect, just and loving creator God is what we are supposed to be doing until the last day, so go make a difference today!

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys with a third on the way (!), a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside. Lisa is a member of the Central Oregon Writers Guild.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, studied Christian Apologetics at Simon Greenleaf University, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon. 

How Soon We Forget

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(Photo from morgueFile)

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

There are several recurring themes throughout the Old Testament, one of which is the recount of the miraculous Exodus from Egypt. It seems hard to believe that the Children of Israel soon forgot the trauma of being enslaved in a foreign land, as well as the miracles that God demonstrated to secure their release. In order to help them stay focused on the greatness of Jehovah God, the judges, prophets and priests reminded them of the Exodus over and over again. Within a generation or so, the people forgot their history, time and time again.

I used to ponder how people could forget the lessons they learned in life, but then realized that the example set for us by the ancient nation of Israel is not different from the way we stray over time from our own important life lessons. Things start going well, or not; and we fall right back into the same old habits that caused our downfall before. “I’ll do it smarter this time, I learned how not to get caught!” This exercise in insanity is so common to humanity that the Writer of Proverbs had this to say, “As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly.” (Proverbs 26:11, NKJV) If you have ever owned a dog, you know exactly what this means!

Life lesson amnesia is yet another reason why it is important to spend time each day with God. Staying centered on our Loving Creator daily is a great way to prevent repeated mistakes in our lives that cause us so much pain and suffering. Yes, we can make poor choices that lead to our own misery. The first thing needed to get out of the cycle of failure is to take responsibility for your own choices and stop blaming everybody else. The next thing to do is to humble yourself before God, ask for His forgiveness (He loves to forgive) and then to ask Him for wisdom to make better choices in the future. God also loves to hand out wisdom. James 1:5 says: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (NKJV)

Ask God to pile on the wisdom and He will, just like that!

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

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