Jesus never heals people just for their own benefit. Before we prayed for healing in several people’s lives, Pastor David gave this reflection on Matthew 8:1-17. Here we find four times Jesus healed people, but always so they could give a testimony to God’s work in their lives.
Pastor David invites us to participate in a healing service and lays out our new plan for youth ministry in this sermon based on Luke 13:10-17. Are we willing to try something new?
Can prayer actually bring about physical healing in a person’s life? Is it right to pray for someone to be healed? How do we make sense of those times when we pray and the person is not healed? Are “divine healings” really just fraudulent parlor tricks?
Let’s start with Jesus. Continue reading
A Facebook friend of mine shared a video of a “divine healing” this morning. His comment on this video was simply “smh” – internet shorthand for “shaking my head.” The video showed a well-dressed preacher praying for a young boy, who apparently had one hand significantly shorter than the other due to some kind of abnormality. The preacher had the boy put his hands together, palm to palm, and then he adjusted the boy’s hands so that his fingertips were offset by a couple of inches. After calling on the name of Jesus and on the power of the Holy Spirit, and after encouraging the congregation to pray in the same way, the unbelievable happened:
The boy’s fingertips slowly moved closer and closer to each other. Continue reading
We always believe we are right. And we hold out little hope for our enemies. But Jesus, the powerful King, shows a different way of living in Luke 8:26-39. Listen to Pastor David’s sermon here: