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Luke17:11-19
Now on His way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As He was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met Him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, Jesus, Master, have pity on us!

When He saw them, He said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." As they went, they were cleansed.

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus feet and thanked Him--and he was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" Then He said to him, "Rise and go, your faith has made you well.

God’s Special Time

When I first heard that Kairos means God’s Special Time, it reminded
me of the Bible verses “to everything there is a season, a time for every
purpose under heaven.” The special timing of events are designed by
God and He Himself arranges and promotes these events so that
His will may be done.

I’ve come to understand that God may use a string of occurrences to
bring about His special purposes. When God told Philip to go to an
intersection along the desert highway, He didn’t tell him who he would
meet there. Likewise, the Kairos men who came to me here in my
prison desert didn’t know me either, but God knew us both and through
their obedience, both of our paths came together in God’s Special
Time. Love spoken is love heard, but love in action is what shook the
ground. One man’s obedient actions can change another man’s
eternal destination and wayward course. And, so it is with Kairos.

God sent someone who took the time to make a difference for me. The
Zack now has greatly evolved from the Zack I once was – the
incorrigible is now the encourager. Not by simply hearing God’s love
but by experiencing it in action. I may not possess the voice of that
angel, but I am a living testimony of the impact that many have had
inside these prison walls.

An S.O.S. is not just for the Coast Guard, but for anyone who hears to
respond. So, let us not pass by on the other side of the road, but like
the Samaritan, stop and make a difference in just one man’s life. Who
knows, maybe this is your designed God’s Special Time!

If my prodigal past took me from my first love (God) through the night
life, the Marine Corps, the streets, drugs, crime, and prison, and then
through redemption back to God, then there’s also
hope for many others in prison.

Zack Smith

Kairos # 16, Used with permission


What is God saying to me through this Word?

Do you need Christ’s healing?

Prayer Focus: Kairos Brothers & Sisters who are thankful even though they are in prison.

There is an interesting similarity between this Bible story and the results of a Kairos weekend. The guests who invest themselves in the weekend, following directions, listening and participating--through their faith they are healed.

In the beginning, they really don't know what to expect. All are invited to experiment, accepting at face value what is presented and offered, trusting God for the results. No special moves on their part are required, except obedience to the program.

For the Brothers and Sisters that hear of Kairos, it has to be similar to the outcasts with leprosy who have heard of Jesus and that He is healing all who come and believe. Hope is born that they too can have a new beginning, another chance at life.

May we all be grateful that we have a God with unlimited, Do Overs. BELIEVING
...that our God is Faithful to complete His good work in each of us.
...that when we think God is being unfair, we just don't know enough about what God is up to yet.
...that we can believe God is for us and not against us.
...that He has many plans for our good and not for our harm.
...that God is more invested in our success than we are.

You are His blessing in the world today!


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