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32 That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” 39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
40 And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” 42 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43 And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, 44 and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” 45 But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.
2:1 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. 3 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 4 And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. 5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic—11 “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” 12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
1 Good News
2 Good News in a Time of Conflict
3 Jesus Calls, We Follow
4 The Author Comes To His People
5 Not Just a Walk-on Part
6 Praying, Attracting, Accepting
7 Change Your Shape
8 Do the Right Thing and See What Happens
9 The Beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
11 The God Who Comes
12 Come, Follow Me
13 Amazing Authority
14 Jesus at Home Saves the World
15 As We Are Sent, People Are Drawn
16 All Joined Up
17 Insiders and Outsiders
18 A Banquet with New Wine
19 Yes, We Can
20 Ordinary Life - Extraordinary God
21 Chosen To Be Companions of Jesus
22 Proclaim the Good News and Cast Out Demons
23 Let Jesus Take You in Hand
24 The Secret Revealed to You
25 Let the Light Shine
26 More. Now. How?
27 Jesus Will Make You Safe and Make You Different
28 Light Freedom Instead of Dark Freedom
29 Jesus Delivers on His Promises
30 Reach out and Touch
31 Making Waves
32 Whose Fault?
33 Personal Space in the Midst of Discipleship
34 Not a Rescue but a Revelation
by Alastair Bolt
by Alastair Bolt
by Alastair Bolt