Daily Devotionals

The Pastors of the church provide a daily devotional entitled Today's Word of Encouragement they hope will be a source of inspiration, encouragement, and strengthening of your faith. It is not intended to take the place of other devotional materials (Our Daily Bread, Open Windows, etc.) but to supplement those devotionals. Contact the church office if you wish to receive Today's Word of Encouragement via email, or subscribe to the church's website and it will be sent to you automatically. We pray it will be an encouragement to you.

October 18, 2020

Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to “Set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household” (Matthew 10:34-36).

I have witnessed first-hand the impact Jesus has had in a person’s life and how that person was ostracized by the family for becoming a Christian. I have known Jews and Muslims who were disowned by their families for becoming Christians. One person was issued a death certificate by his father for confessing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In other words, he was dead to them.

October 17, 2020

Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to “Set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household” (Matthew 10:34-36).

Some people who read this text feel it is atypical of the loving, compassionate nature of Jesus. In our mind’s eye we see Jesus as drawing people together, especially families, rather than creating division among people.

October 16, 2020

Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven (Matthew 10:32-33).

We need to clear up a misconception. Verse 32 is an Aramaic ‘idiom’ (an expression that has a meaning not specific of the individual words, i.e. ‘raining cats and dogs’). The English translation is a Greek translation of the Aramaic idiom which should read “everyone who confesses in Me before men, I will also confess in him before My Father who is in heaven.” This is a most important point to make, and explains why much of our efforts in witnessing proves fruitless.

October 15, 2020

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered (Matthew 10:30).

I remember when I first read Psalm 147:4, He (God) counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. I was just a boy, about 10 years old. I waited until dark to look up into the night sky to see if I could count the stars. We lived in Arkansas, on the top of a small mountain, far away from the city lights. I remember the night being crystal clear with the stars shining brightly. Of course there were far too many stars to count. In fact, I lost count several times! 

October 14, 2020

Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father (Matthew 10:29).
 
Sparrows are so common we don’t take note of them much anymore. They are not as large as an eagle nor as colorful as a peacock that we would notice them. They’re just a common, ordinary bird. While we don’t care much about sparrows, God does. They are part of His creation.
 

October 13, 2020

Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Matthew 10:28).

October 12, 2020

What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops (Matthew 10:27).

We are living in a day when truth is a rare commodity. It seems you can’t trust what you read, hear, or even see anymore. We’ve always had ‘fake news’, but it is more prevalent now than ever. People have taken to heart the right to ‘freedom of speech’, I just wish they would take to heart the right to ‘freedom of truth’.

October 11, 2020

Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows (Matthew 10:26-31).

October 10, 2020

A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household! (Matthew 10:24-25).

Jesus spoke to His disciples regarding their work, which was His work through them, and the response of the people to their work, which was their response to His work. Jesus said some would not receive them or their message just as many did not receive Him or His message. But there would be others who would respond to Jesus through their work. In this way the disciple is like his Teacher, but not above his Teacher.

October 9, 2020

But whenever they persecute you in one city, flee to the next; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes (Matthew 10:23).

This is a tough passage to understand because of the last clause, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes. It is clear Jesus was not talking about His 2nd coming when He reigns on earth for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-7). Matthew wrote his gospel long after Jesus was crucified, resurrected, and ascended to heaven. And the context of these words have to do with persecution for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So these words have something to do with the work of the apostles before Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.

October 8, 2020

Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved (Matthew 10:21-22).

As stated yesterday, “Facing persecution has been, and will always be inescapable for the Christian and the Christian church. This is not a deterrent for witnessing and ministry, but a motivation to continue to press the Gospel to others.”

October 7, 2020

But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you (Matthew 10:17-20).

Facing persecution has been, and will always be inescapable for the Christian and the Christian church. This is not a deterrent for witnessing and ministry, but a motivation to continue to press the Gospel to others.

October 6, 2020

Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves (Matthew 10:16).

Most of us don't consider ourselves to be courageous people. For the most part we want to live our lives in peace and pursue our dreams and goals with as little controversy as possible. But we live in a world that doesn't permit that.

October 5, 2020

Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet. "Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city” (Matthew 10:14-15).

Sodom and Gomorrah experienced the wrath of God for their unrepentant sin. But there is a greater judgment on those who have opportunity to believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ yet refuse.

October 4, 2020

Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet. "Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city” (Matthew 10:14-15).

Not everyone received Jesus as Messiah, or as Lord and Savior. Not everyone will. We know the Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). But there comes a time when the Lord’s patience ends and the consequences for our decision begins. That’s what’s so frightening about Hebrews 6:4-8.

October 3, 2020

And whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it, and stay at his house until you leave that city. As you enter the house, give it your greeting. If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace (Matthew 10:11-13).

October 2, 2020

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give (Matthew 10:8).

Carol Owens wrote a once popular hymn entitled “Freely, Freely.” It goes like this:

God forgave my sin in Jesus' name.
I've been born again in Jesus' name
And in Jesus' name I come to you
To share his love as he told me to.
He said 'Freely, freely you have received;, freely, freely give.
Go in my name, and because you believe others will know that I live.

October 1, 2020

And as you go, preach, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 10:7).

In the western world we are not as familiar with the idea of ‘kingdom’ as our cousins ‘across the pond’. The U.S. is a republic, not a monarchy so the concept of ‘kingdom’ to us is vague at best. But even the U.K. is not a kingdom comparable to what Jesus came to bring.

The word ‘kingdom’ in this text literally means ‘reign’. The reign of heaven is the reign of God. That it is ‘at hand’ meant it had drawn (come) near. The apostles were to preach to everyone that God had come near to them in Jesus Christ.

September 30, 2020

These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: "Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Matthew 10:5-6).

Zig Zigler said, “You can’t hit a target you cannot see, and you cannot see a target you do not have.”  President Trump said, “To get momentum, you must first focus on a specific goal with passion and intensity.”

September 29, 2020

These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: "Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Matthew 10:5-6).

September 28, 2020

Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him (Matthew 10:2-4).

Dr. E.V. Hill said it was necessary for him as pastor of a large church in Los Angeles to surround himself with staff ministers from all types of backgrounds (corporate executives, police officers, ex prostitutes, ex mafia members, recovered addicts, etc.), but ready and willing to talk to people about Jesus because those were the kinds of people the church ministered to.

September 27, 2020

Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness (Matthew 10:1).
 
S.D. Gordon imagined Jesus’ return to heaven in His ascension. As the angel Gabriel greeted Jesus he asked, “Master, You died for the world, did You not?” 
Jesus replied, “Yes.” 
“You must have suffered much,” he said. 
Jesus answered, “Yes, I did.” 
“Do they all know that You died for them,” Gabriel asked.
“No. Only a few in Palestine know about it so far,” Jesus responded.
“Well then, what is Your plan for telling the rest of the world that You shed Your blood for them?” Gabriel asked.

September 26, 2020

Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness (Matthew 10:1).

In continuing with the examination of those called to ministry, we should understand that not all people called to ministry will serve as pastors. God calls people to serve as missionaries, evangelists, teachers, church leaders, and ministry leaders as well. John MacArthur identifies four phases to ministry preparation for the disciples that should also be considered for all areas of ministry today.

September 25, 2020

Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness (Matthew 10:1).

The word ‘summoned’ (proskaleomai) means ‘to call to one’s self’. Jesus called the 12 to be with Him. Here is the crux of what it means to be called into ministry by the Lord. It is important we understand this because it makes all the difference in the success or failure of a minister and his/her ministry.

September 24, 2020

Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness (Matthew 10:1).

Matthew states Jesus summoned His 12 disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Mark 3:14-15 states Jesus ‘appointed’ 12, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach, and to have authority to cast out the demons.

September 23, 2020

Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness (Matthew 10:1).

There were many disciples who followed Jesus from the beginning of His ministry, but He specifically chose 12 men to be with Him, to be taught and trained by Him, empowered by Him, and sent by Him to spread the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. Why 12?

September 21, 2020

Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36).

In and around the Central Valley of California you will find shepherds tending sheep. The sheep are used to ‘clean up’ fields that have been harvested of grain, or pasture land that needs to be rejuvenated or reinvigorated. Shepherds are instrumental in not only getting the sheep from one site to another, but they stay with the sheep at every site. Why?

September 20, 2020

As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons” (Matthew 9:32-34).

We have dealt with the subject of demons and demon possession before (see September 3,4,5). In this text a mute man is brought to Jesus. It is possible he was a friend of the healed blind men and it was they who brought him to Jesus. If so, this is evidence of not only genuine friendship, but also of genuine faith in the Lord.

September 19, 2020

And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them: "See that no one knows about this!" (Matthew 9:30).

Blindness was not uncommon in the ancient Middle East. Hygiene was not a priority and with diseases carried by flies, sand mites, lice, etc., people suffered very poor health.

Jesus was in Capernaum where His ministry had really taken hold, so it's no wonder these two blind men had heard about His healing powers. They came to Jesus, calling Him 'Son of David'. This is a Messianic title, so this was an acknowledgment on their part that Jesus was the Messiah.

September 18, 2020

Jesus turning and seeing her said, "Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well." At once the woman was made well (Matthew 9:22; this event is also recorded, with some added detail, in Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:43-48).

Have you ever suffered a health issue that kept you quarantined from others for a long period of time? Do you know someone like that? The Covid pandemic is just a tiny taste of what the woman in this story experienced for 12 years - and we’ve been quarantined for only 6-7 months! We know people who have cancer, MRSA, hepatitis, emphysema, etc. and can’t be around people for fear their problem would get worse. Such conditions are debilitating physically, emotionally, mentally, and sometimes spiritually.

September 17, 2020

But when the crowd had been sent out, He entered and took her by the hand, and the girl got up (Matthew 9:25).

Word was spreading about Jesus. Those who had seen the miracles of Jesus told others. Then those people told others, and so on. There had not been a prophet in Israel for 400 years, so the Jews were not used to seeing miracles. The teaching of Jesus accompanied by miracles excited the people.

September 16, 2020

Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast? . . . . Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved (Matthew 9:14,17).

In the days of Jesus, wine was stored in 'wineskins' - bottles made from the skins of sheep or goats. The argument that Jesus makes is very practical. New wineskins are pliable. They can stretch as new wine ferments in them. Old wineskins are not pliable. If you put new wine in old wineskins, they will bust because they cannot expand to accommodate the fermentation of the new wine.

September 15, 2020

Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast? . . . . No one puts a piece of un-shrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made (Matthew 9:14,16).

I remember the days when my mother would spend hours mending our clothes with needle and thread or with patches of cloth. We were not a wealthy family and could not afford to buy new clothes every time a shirt or pair of pants or shoes were ripped or worn. Today wearing ripped or worn out clothes is a fashion statement. Back then it made a different statement.

September 14, 2020

Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast (Matthew 9:15).

It is believed that John the Baptist had already been arrested and put in prison by Herod Antipas. This would have prompted the ‘days of fasting’ for John’s disciples since fasting was often associated with sorrow and grief.

When asked why the Pharisees and the disciples of John practiced fasting, but Jesus’ disciples did not, Jesus responded with three parables or illustrations. The first is taken from the ancient wedding ceremony.

September 13, 2020

Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?" (Matthew 9:14).

Fasting is a spiritual discipline. It is not an activity engaged to lose weight or to impress people on one’s piousness. It is personal and it is private. In fact, when a person fasts no one is to know about it except the person and God.

September 12, 2020

Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.” For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners (Matthew 9:12-13).

Jesus said, wisdom is justified by her deeds (Matthew 11:19). By that He meant those who follow wisdom are wise; they understand the motives behind certain actions and approve of them.

September 11, 2020

And Levi made Him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at His disciples, saying, "Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" And Jesus answered them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance" (Luke 5:29-32).

True Christianity is never silent. It expresses itself in many ways, but it always expresses itself. It seeks no retirement, rather it delights in advancing the Kingdom of Jesus Christ with those who have yet to hear. 

September 10, 2020

As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called Matthew, sitting in the tax collector's booth; and He said to him, "Follow Me!" And he got up and followed Him (Matthew 9:9).

The call of Matthew to discipleship is consistent with the call of every person to follow Jesus. Those not called by Jesus (i.e. the Scribe - Matthew 8:19; a learner - Matthew 8:21) usually turn back. Those called by Jesus (except for Judas Iscariot) are saved and enter into His Kingdom.

September 9, 2020

And behold, some people brought to Him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Take heart, My son; your sins are forgiven." And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This Man is blaspheming" (Matthew 9:2-3).

The word 'blaspheme' originally meant 'to speak evil of someone', to hurt a person with words, to blame someone unjustly. When applied to Jesus, it meant to charge Him with acts and attributes He didn't possess, or to say He was evil and godless. It also meant to say or do something by which God's name is dishonored or insulted; to attempt to do or say in one's own name which only God can do. That's the meaning here.

September 8, 2020

And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, My son; your sins are forgiven" (Matthew 9:2).

How powerful is a person’s faith in Jesus Christ? We often think of faith as affecting self - like the leper in Matthew 8:1-4, or the woman with the blood problem in Matthew 9:20-22. But faith also reaches out on behalf of others. I know many of us are intercessors for others, and I personally thank you for your prayers for me, my family, and our ministry together.

We have before us an example of the power of faith when it is exercised on behalf of others. This is a well known story of a paralyzed man whose friends took him to see Jesus. This same account is recorded in Mark 2:3-12 and Luke 5:18-26 with some added details. 

September 7, 2020

The herdsmen ran away, and went to the city and reported everything, including what had happened to the demoniacs. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, they implored Him to leave their region (Matthew 8:33-34).

September 6, 2020

And they cried out, saying, "What business do we have with each other, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?" (Matthew 8:29).

Jesus had demonstrated His divine authority over the spiritual life in His Sermon on the Mount. He demonstrated that same authority over nature by calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee. Now He demonstrated that same authority over evil spirits.

Satan and his demonic hosts know who Jesus is. They know He is the Son of God. They have a history that goes all the way back to heaven prior to the creation of the universe. At this point they knew they were standing before the 2nd Person of the divine Trinity, and that frightened them. Why? Note their question, Have You come here to torment us before the time?

September 5, 2020

When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way (Matthew 8:28).

While in seminary I took a class on puppeteering. The final for the class was to perform a puppet show for an orphanage in San Francisco, not far from the seminary. Four of us drove to the site and performed for the children. After the show, one of the guys suggested we drive to China Town and have supper. So we headed out across town.

September 4, 2020

When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men (Matthew 8:28).

Demons are fallen angels. They are extremely powerful (2 Kings 19:35; Psalm 103:20; 2 Peter 2:11). Some are as powerful as holy angels (Daniel 10:4-13). They are far more powerful than humans (Ephesians 6:10-18). They have superior intelligence (Ezekiel 28:3-4), strength (Mark 5:4; Acts 19:16), power to perform signs and wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9), and know humans better than we know ourselves since they have been around since the beginning of the human race. They are not limited by time or space, and can take on any form they choose (ghosts, strange and unnatural phenomena, etc.).

September 3, 2020

When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men (Matthew 8:28).

Back in the late 1960s and early 70s Satanism exploded to the forefront of American culture. He’s always been around and active, but he became really popular with the production of “The Exorcist” in 1973. It was a frightening movie that scared the socks off of folks. What made the movie (and others like it) different from Frankenstein, the Wolfman, and Dracula, was its saturation of the demonic. Monsters are a figment of one’s imagination. Demons aren’t. They’re real. They’re really evil. And they’re everywhere.

September 2, 2020

And the men marveled, saying, "What sort of Man is this, that even winds and sea obey Him?"  (Matthew 8:27).

September 1, 2020

. . . He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm (Matthew 8:26).

There is a wonderful contrast between the power of the storm and the power of the Savior. In the midst of the storm, the wind and waves not only mastered the physical lives of the disciples, they also mastered their souls - they were afraid they would die. On the other hand, in the midst of the storm, the wind and waves were mastered by the Lord Jesus Christ who created them.

August 31, 2020

He said to them, "Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?" (Matthew 8:26).

Have you ever been in a situation where you were truly afraid for your life? We know life is a dangerous reality, but sometimes there are specific incidences where the danger is very real and the threat to life and limb is unmistakable.

Some of the disciples were experienced fishermen. Certainly those at the helm of this boat were expert boatmen. They would have known not to go out on the Sea of Galilee if there was the possibility of a storm. But there were times when storms happened suddenly and without warning. This was one of those times. Whether this storm was orchestrated by Jesus for just this occasion or not, I’ll leave that to you to figure out.

August 30, 2020

Another of the disciples said to Him, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." And Jesus said to him, "Follow Me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead" (Matthew 8:21-22).

Note the difference in this encounter with Jesus. In the previous encounter it was a Scribe that came to Jesus. Scribes were, for the most part, hostile toward Jesus. They often approached Jesus in order to argue with, or entrap Him. Here it is a ‘disciple’ that approached Jesus. This disciple was not one of the original 12, but a ‘learner’, someone in the crowd that followed Jesus. In fact, Jesus had not yet called the 12 men that would be His immediate disciples.

August 29, 2020

Now when Jesus saw a crowd around Him, He gave orders to go over to the other side. And a scribe came up and said to Him, "Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go." And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head" (Matthew 8:18-20).

August 28, 2020

This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: "He took our illnesses and bore our diseases" (Matthew 8:17).

This text is connected to the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law that saw many others come to Jesus for help and healing. What is significant is that Matthew is quoting the prophet Isaiah (53:4) to explain the purpose of the healing ministry of Jesus.

It must be stated that the primary purpose of the incarnation of Jesus Christ was to bring spiritual healing to those lost and dying in sin. He gave His life as the atoning sacrifice for sin when He was crucified on the cross. That’s why Jesus came to us.

August 27, 2020

When Jesus came into Peter's home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she got up and waited on Him (Matthew 8:14-15).

Anyone who is familiar with the New Testament knows the public ministry of Jesus was fraught with healing the sick, diseased, handicapped, and demon possessed. In many instances those who were on the receiving end of Jesus’ healing power were Jewish men. But there were occasions when Jesus ministered to Gentiles and to women. In the case of the Roman officer we see the grace and mercy of Jesus extended to the Gentiles. In the case of Peter’s mother-in-law we see that same hand of grace and mercy extended to a woman.

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