When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!” “Yes,” he told them, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning! Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and … Continue reading Spiritual warfare
When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!” Luke 10:17 NLT Failure on mission Twice in fairly quick succession Jesus sends his disciples out to “tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick,” first in chapter 9 and … Continue reading Discipleship training
Then a man named Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come home with him. His only daughter, who was about twelve years old, was dying. Luke 8:41-42 NLT As a doctor, when I read an account like this I can’t help wondering what the … Continue reading Faith
... a man who was possessed by demons came out to meet [Jesus]. For a long time he had been homeless and naked, living in the tombs outside the town... This spirit had often taken control of the man. Even when he was placed under guard and put in chains and shackles, he simply broke them … Continue reading A lesson in demonology
John’s two disciples found Jesus and said to him, “John the Baptist sent us to ask, ‘Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else? At that very time, Jesus cured many people of their diseases, illnesses, and evil spirits, and he restored sight to many who were blind. … Continue reading Is Jesus the One?
They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those troubled by evil spirits were healed. Luke 6:18 Healing and deliverance Why are people drawn to Jesus? This verse answers that question and in so doing says something about human need. We long to hear Jesus because we need an … Continue reading To hear and be healed
I have been reading the story of the paralysed man whose friends brought him to Jesus (Luke 5:17-26), and how Jesus surprised everyone by forgiving him (usually, it would seem, he simply healed people and sent them on their way). The man hadn’t even asked for forgiveness. Jesus’ words caused a stir. But perhaps not for … Continue reading Which is easier?
Luke 5:1-7 NIV One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging … Continue reading First steps
Luke 4:40-41 NIV At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew … Continue reading Questions about demons
Luke 4:38-39 NIV Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. Recently … Continue reading Angry about illness