In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas), who was always doing good and helping the poor. About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. Lydda was Near Joppa, so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, ‘Please come at once!’ Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them. Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called the believers and the widows and presented her to them alive. This became know all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.” (Acts 9:36-42)

Saints let people see God’s love as they help the poor and do good. God works through such ministries to bring other people to believe in Christ. Thus the church grows, physically and spiritually. The church had prayed (3:30) that ‘signs and wonders’ would be performed. This mighty work of faith was by the same man whom Jesus had reprimanded for his ‘little faith’ in mt. 8:26. Note also that he knelt; humility and faith go hand in hand. Prayer can lead to healing when it accomplishes His larger purpose.

The early Christians were called believers. Raising Dorcas from death gave Peter and the church opportunity to share the news of Christ’s power and increase the number of believers. Miracles can lead to true belief but do not necessarily do so.


Precious Abba, today we lift up the discipline of obedience to our Lord, and the response can be a cause for growth within the church. He is abundantly faithful to those who respond to to situations by first humbling praying and then seeking His grace and mercy, if it is within His will, and He responds to our prayers in response to our faith in Him and our expectation of taking actions upon the request of faithful prayers. It is out honor to serve our Lord in any way we can, and praise Him for the opportunity. This we ask in Jesus’ name, our Lord and Savior. Amen


People do not fail, they simply give up trying. Place your faith and trust in God.”


For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.” (Romans 15:26)

“Saints” is used often in association with the love which Christians have for one another. The context of this verse concerns the offering which Gentile saints made for the poor and those persecuted saints of Jerusalem. To be a saint, a member of Christ church, is to love and help others.


“Greet all the saints in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me send greetings. All the saints send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.” (Philippians 4:21-22)

As a minister, Paul was fully cognitive of appreciating the church’s efforts to help his ministry financially, and also to recognize their efforts, while trying to to burden them beyond their capabilities. He also revealed to the believers in Colosse, just how much he appreciated their helping the ministry to the poor, beyond the local, even to Jerusalem.


The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” (Revelation 22:21)

The last two verses in the Bible are prayers. The Christian church lives with the expectant prayer that the great hopes of Revelation will come to pass soon. The Bible’s last word bless God’s people of all ages with Christ’s grace. God’s people are the saints. God’s grace rests on us while we wait for God’s final victory.

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