Ep 231 | Three Miracles: Part 3, Jesus Forgives and Heals

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Ep 231 | Three Miracles: Part 3, Jesus Forgives and Heals

We learn of Jesus’ forgiving and healing of a paralytic man. This story shows us how Jesus’ forgiveness and healing can give us a new story.

Scripture

Matthew 9:1-7

Jesus climbed into a boat and went back across the lake to his own town. Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.” But some of the teachers of religious law said to themselves, “That’s blasphemy! Does he think he’s God?” Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts? Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” And the man jumped up and went home!

Questions

  1. How does forgiveness allow us to relate to others and God differently?
  2. We all need healing of some kind. It may be physical, emotional, mental, or relational. Jesus told the paralyzed man to get up and walk; what phrase might he say to you for healing?
  3. How might you prepare to encounter Jesus in a significant way?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 218 | Jesus’ Early Ministry and Miracles!

Ep 218 | Discover the Wonders of Jesus' Early Ministry and Miracles!
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Ep 218 | Jesus’ Early Ministry and Miracles!

Jesus’ hope for you is no different than his hope for people in this story. Listen along and learn about Jesus’ early ministry and miracles.

Scripture

Luke 4:14-44 NLT

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

14Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. Reports about him spread quickly through the whole region. 15He taught regularly in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

16When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. 17The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,

that the blind will see,

that the oppressed will be set free,

19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.  ”

20He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. 21Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”

22Everyone spoke well of him and was amazed by the gracious words that came from his lips. “How can this be?” they asked. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

23Then he said, “You will undoubtedly quote me this proverb: ‘Physician, heal yourself’—meaning, ‘Do miracles here in your hometown like those you did in Capernaum.’ 24But I tell you the truth, no prophet is accepted in his own hometown.

25 “Certainly there were many needy widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the heavens were closed for three and a half years, and a severe famine devastated the land. 26Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them. He was sent instead to a foreigner—a widow of Zarephath in the land of Sidon. 27And many in Israel had leprosy in the time of the prophet Elisha, but the only one healed was Naaman, a Syrian.”

28When they heard this, the people in the synagogue were furious. 29Jumping up, they mobbed him and forced him to the edge of the hill on which the town was built. They intended to push him over the cliff, 30but he passed right through the crowd and went on his way.

Jesus Casts Out a Demon

31Then Jesus went to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and taught there in the synagogue every Sabbath day. 32There, too, the people were amazed at his teaching, for he spoke with authority.

33Once when he was in the synagogue, a man possessed by a demon—an evil spirit—cried out, shouting, 34“Go away! Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

35But Jesus reprimanded him. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered. At that, the demon threw the man to the floor as the crowd watched; then it came out of him without hurting him further.

36Amazed, the people exclaimed, “What authority and power this man’s words possess! Even evil spirits obey him, and they flee at his command!” 37The news about Jesus spread through every village in the entire region.

Jesus Heals Many People

38After leaving the synagogue that day, Jesus went to Simon’s home, where he found Simon’s mother-in-law very sick with a high fever. “Please heal her,” everyone begged. 39Standing at her bedside, he rebuked the fever, and it left her. And she got up at once and prepared a meal for them.

40As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one. 41Many were possessed by demons; and the demons came out at his command, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But because they knew he was the Messiah, he rebuked them and refused to let them speak.

Jesus Continues to Preach

42Early the next morning Jesus went out to an isolated place. The crowds searched everywhere for him, and when they finally found him, they begged him not to leave them. 43But he replied, “I must preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God in other towns, too, because that is why I was sent.” 44So he continued to travel around, preaching in synagogues throughout Judea.

Questions

  1. Most people are comfortable with the idea that Jesus taught, but they become more uncomfortable with his healing and even more uncomfortable with him casting out evil spirits. Why do you think this is?
  2. If Jesus were physically with you right now. Who would you bring to him for healing?
  3. Jesus loved teaching people. What are some ways you can learn about Jesus’ teachings?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Jesus Proves He is God

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Jesus Proves He is God

Bradon: Hey Jon, could you imagine doing something really nice to someone and then having to defend yourself.

Jon: No, I mean that would be ridiculous. 

Bradon: That is exactly what happens to Jesus. Jesus, the son of God, has to defend his actions and identity in the coming episode of the Bible Story Podcast. Jesus Proves He is God

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John 5

Discussion | Jesus Proves He is God

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God Fully Heals

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God Fully Heals

Jon: Extra Extra, Read all about it! 

Bradon: Jon, What are you talking about? Also, Read what? 

Jon: Okay, Listen all about it then… This episode of the Bible Story Podcast we read a story that would have made headlines for sure! 

Bradon: We dive into the topic of healing, it’s too good to miss! 

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John 5

Discussion | God Fully Heals

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Discussion | God Fully Heals

Today we saw how God fully heals. We went through a story that took place in a pool in Bethesda. This pool was known to have healing properties, and people from all over the region would come to have a small chance at healing. Jesus finds a man who had been waiting a long time to find healing. He speaks to him shortly and commands him to walk away with his mat, which he does! Meaning the man is healed. This all was a little much for the Jewish Leaders to handle, specifically on a Sabbath day.

Today we saw how God fully heals. We went through a story that took place in a pool in Bethesda. This pool was known to have healing properties, and people from all over the region would come to have a small chance at healing. Jesus finds a man who had been waiting a long time to find healing. He speaks to him shortly and commands him to walk away with his mat, which he does! Meaning the man is healed. This all was a little much for the Jewish Leaders to handle, specifically on a Sabbath day.

Thank God for Healing

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Thank God for Healing

Key Point

In today’s story, we are going to see how important it is to thank God for healing

About the Story

There is not a whole lot of background needed. Jesus and his disciples have been touring around Isreal. Jesus has become incredibly popular because of his teaching and the miracles he has performed. He has healed lots of people, commanded storms to calm and cast out demons. He is doing things that are beyond human ability, and so Jesus has become increasingly popular. People are following him to be healed and to learn from him!

Thank God for healing. It doesn’t matter if it is natural healing from a small cut or something miraculous. Thank God for healing.

Application

We need to go to God and thank him for his healing in our lives. I don’t think it needs to be miraculous for us to thank God for healing. 

When I get a cut on my hand, my body can heal itself. That is by design, God’s design, and so it is still his healing!  

The other day, I was agitated. Someone had done something to me that hurt me. I was mad and sad all at that same time. When I got to work, I read Colossians 3:13 during my quiet time with God. It said, “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.” Well, I sunk low in my chair. I knew I was not being gracious or extending forgiveness. After my quiet time with God, I went to him, and we made things right between us. This person and I found healing in our relationship. My emotional and mental state improved significantly. God heals my emotional and mental state and my relationships too. 

We ought to be thanking God for all the healing that he so generously puts into our lives regardless if it could be described as miraculous or as part of the natural healing process. He is our creator and healer, and we can thank him for his generous healing.

Discussion | Thank God for Healing

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Discussion Episode | Thank God for Healing

In today’s story, we read about ten lepers who cried out to Jesus. They wanted Jesus to heal them. So Jesus looked at them and told them to show themselves to the priests. On the way, God healed the lepers. Only one of the ten came back to thank Jesus.

Lesson

Thank God for healing.

Questions

  1. What is something you want healing from? It could be physical, relational or mental and emotional. What is something you want healing from?
  2. If God told you to do something bizarre like show your cut to your mom and you will be healed before you get there, would you wrestle with doubt? Talk about why we sometimes wrestle with doubt!
  3. We have all experienced healing. You may not consider your healing as miraculous. God is no less involved in a minor cut than he is with a paralyzed woman instantly being able to walk. Why do we think God is only involved in the miraculous healings?

Growth Tip

I think there is an element of faith in our healing today regardless if it is miraculous or not! If a doctor gave you a prescription you either believe the doctor instructions will get you better or you don’t. You either follow the instructions or you don’t. 

Trust God’s instructions for healing!

Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Always Look to God

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Always Look to God

Key Point

Here is what we want you to learn today; Always look to God! You know, with the Coronavirus still happening, I think this story will help us get some perspective. There are some huge questions. Like, why did God allow this to happen? How does God feel about everything that is going on? Is he taking a back seat, or is he on the front lines?  To be clear, I don’t think that this story will give us all the answers, but it will provide us with clues. 

About the Story

The nation of Israel has left, and they have been wandering in the wilderness for a long time now. Now just before this story takes place. The people have complained about no water, and Moses hits his staff twice on the rock, and water gushes out! After this, the Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the Negev, heard that the Israelites were approaching on the road through Atharim. So he attacked the Israelites and took some of them as prisoners. Then the people of Israel made this vow to the Lord: “If you will hand these people over to us, we will completely destroy all their towns.” The Lord heard the Israelites’ request and gave them victory over the Canaanites. The Israelites destroyed them and their towns, and the place has been called Hormah ever since.

No matter how unfortunate your circumstances might be. You can always look to God!

Application

There is so much for us to learn from this short story. Most importantly, Always look to God! In scripture, we see God’s love for humanity. Over and over again, God rescues people from a difficult or dangerous situation. But, in this story, we see God actually causing the difficulty. God sent the snakes, which at first glance seems to be the opposite of rescue.

This can be hard to make sense of and understand. Have you ever played with a friend who’s parents never corrected his or her behaviour? If you probably didn’t enjoy spending time with him or her.

We all need correction. Remember, Israel was complaining about God’s instruction. They were talking poorly of God and Moses. So God used the snakes to correct them. This seems kind of harsh, but imagine if Israel was left to complain and self-centred. I think it would have been cruel not to correct Israel. So, in a way, God’s correction for us is part of his compassion. He intervenes so that we don’t continue to hurt ourselves and others. Now when I say correction it is not to say that our freedom to choose has been taken away. He corrects the Israelites through reminders, encouragement, and sometimes difficult circumstances. 

At the beginning of the episode, Bradon noted that this story could help us gain some perspective on what is happening today, specifically with the Corona Virus.

Sometimes, bad things happen because of bad choices we or others make and sometimes bad things happen that seem to be completely unrelated to our behaviours. Like the Corona Virus, a tornado or family member gets sick.

I am not sure why God allowed this to happen, but what I do know regardless of why he allowed it to happen, my response will always be the same. I will always look to God! We can trust God because he has proven his Character to be loving, compassionate, and faithful, His Character is consistent. It does not change. 

We know from the stories in the bible and through our own life experiences, that God is not taking a back seat. God is experiencing all these world events and his heartaches with all the pain and difficulty he sees. Maybe we are asking the wrong question. Instead of why did God allow this to happen? Perhaps we should be asking, will I trust God during this situation? Each person will need to answer that question for themselves.

In this story, God did not take away the snakes but gave people a means to receive healing from snake bites. As we look to God, as we go to him, we will find healing and restoration in a lot of areas of our lives. What I can’t say to anyone is what God will heal you or anyone else of. Unlike this story, today, there is no bronze snake on a pole to look at so we can be healed.

The story around the Corona Virus is still unfolding. The very best thing you can do is to Always Look To God!

Discussion | Always Look To God

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Discussion Episode | Always Look to God

In this story, the Israelites complained about having to go to the Red Sea. They spoke poorly of God and Moses, their leader. God sent a snake plague. As a result of the snakes, the people repented. God did not take away the snakes like the people requested but healed them from snake bites. At God’s direction, Moses built a bronze snake and put it on a pole. The people were healed when they looked at the pole with the snake.

Lesson

Always Look to God.

Questions

  1. Bradon said, “God’s correction for us is part of his compassion.” Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?
  2. Regardless of what is going on in life, you can always go to God. How do you feel knowing that you can go to the God who is all-powerful, all-knowing, creator of the universe, and will welcome you with love and compassion?
  3. What are the difficult things in life for you right now? Share these concerns with your group then reflect on this question. Will I trust God in this situation?

Growth Tip

Having a daily quiet time with God is incredible. Create a regular habit of spending time with God in prayer and bible reading.

When life gets hard, this habit of meeting with God becomes life-giving. There is literally nothing like spending time with the all-powerful creator of the universe.

Well, when you put it that way. It sounds like an obvious thing to do. I would suggest attaching it to a habit that already exists. Maybe a meal, a morning routine, or an after school or work snack.

That’s a great idea. Spend time with God. You won’t regret it.

Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.