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Discuss the meaning of healing miracles with reference to present day belief and Christian life.

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PAPER 1 - CHRISTIANITY THROUGH A STUDY OF LUKE AND ACTS Section B Discuss the meaning of healing miracles with reference to present day belief and Christian life. Christians can learn many things from the miracle stories today, many of which teach us to follow Jesus' examples. Some teach us to help others, whereas others teach us about the importance of forgiveness. The nature miracles can teach Christians a lot, most of which we are able to put into application on Christian life today. 'The Stilling of the Storm (Luke 8:22-25)' teaches Christians that we shouldn't panic when we are following the Lord, regardless of the situation. 'Feeding the 5000 (Luke 9:10-17)' teaches Christians that in doing ministry we need not be overly concerned about how little or how much we have. We just need to share what we have - as little as it may be, and let God do the rest. For example, when Harvest comes about, Christians hold a Harvest Festival at their church. This is where Christians donate food, which can then be sent off to third world countries, where the food is in need. Food for Harvest festival - Sharing the food we have with others who are need of it. ...read more.

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Christians learn that it is Jesus who rules hell, not Satan. Therefore it's not a good advertisement to have demons as your spokesmen (talk nastily to people). Instead, Christians need to speak nicely and positively to others. 'Jairus' Daughter (Luke 8:40-42, 49-56)' is a resurrection story which explains to Christians that they should think of others who have passed away as being just simply asleep, not dead. The grief they suffer from is that the presence of their loved one has gone for a time, but this only lasts for a while whilst their loved one waits to be resurrected. 'Jesus Raises a Widow's Son (Luke 7:11-17)' is another resurrection story which reminds Christians that they should look out for others, and help those who are needy and need someone to look after them. For example, Christians can do charity work to raise money for those who are in need. Volunteering is a great way in helping others, as it shows Christians are doing things out of their free will instead of just helping others for the money. People preparing to do Sponsored Walk to help others in need Two volunteers who work in an emergency shelter, London to provide meals for those who need them. ...read more.

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The people of this church believe that Jesus is waiting for you to come before him, whatever your need is. They do not guarantee miracles but they do pray for them to happen. They also believe that coming before our Lord Jesus is the first step of healing, despite what problem you may have. Here, they encourage people to join them at their services because Jesus never turns anyone away. They also remind others that the most used phrase in the Bible is 'Do not be afraid'. Someone being 'healed'. 'Southern Cross Ministries' in Australia is another ministry with such services. Every Thursday a special service is offered to assist people into recovery from cancer and other serious illnesses. 'Unity North Church in America,' is another church that has these 'healing services'. They believe that they are following the example of our elder brother - Jesus, because the Gospels say He sent His followers out to spread his teachings and heal the sick. All churches do these healing services differently to one another, but they all believe in one thing - that it is the Power of the Spirit which helps healing today, and that such healing services can only be conducted because of what Christians can learn and believe from Jesus' miracles. If no one believed in Jesus' miracles, such services would not occur today. Melanie Underwood Luke RS Coursework 2003 ...read more.

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