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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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January 29, 2013 - The Ministry of the Hands

By Maxine Strobridge

The outstretched hands of Christ show love and compassion. In the story of the loaves and fishes, Christ met the need of a hungry group of people. When mothers brought their children to the Lord for blessing He "took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them" (Mark 10:16, KJV).

The most wonderful ministry of the hands of Jesus is that they were nailed to a cross for your sins and mine.

There are many other illustrations in the Gospels which tell us how Jesus used his hands to minister to individuals. As Jesus descended from the mountain, after the Sermon on the Mount, a leper came from the crowd and worshipped Him. "And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him" (Matthew 8:3). Immediately the leper was made whole.

There are many ways we can use our hands to minister to others, and one of the most important is through prayer. Does that sound like a contradiction? Paul says in 1 Timothy 2:8, "I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting."

Only as our hearts are clean can we lift up holy hands to God in prayer and intercession.

During the journeys of the Children of Israel, Amalek warriors came and fought against them (Exodus 17:8-16). During the battle, Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the mountain. Moses lifted his hands toward heaven and interceded for Israel. As long as Moses interceded, Israel prevailed. When his hands became heavy, Aaron and Hur held his hands up for him. The final victory was won because of the faithfulness of these men.

Of course, there are many practical things we can do with our hands to directly assist others in their need, or to serve in the church. God invites us to put our hands to work in His service and watch as He multiplies our outreach. Ecclesiastes 9:10 should be every believer’s life theme: "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might."

— Adapted from "The Ministry of the Hands" by Maxine Strobridge, originally published in the September 24, 1961, Pentecostal Evangel.



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