You Are Peter And On This Rock I Will Build My Church

In today’s Bible reading, includes Peter’s familiar confession of Jesus’ divinity (“You are the Christ”) and Jesus’ statement, “You are Peter and on this rock, I will build my church.” Jesus and His Disciples entered Caesarea Philippi, He asked them who people thought He was. They replied that some people thought He was John the Baptizer,…

Misplaced Priorities

In several places in today’s Bible reading* we see misplaced priorities. Three times (Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-17; Luke 8:26-32) we see a town concerned more for the financial well-being of their community than for the spiritual and physical well-being of a demonized man who lived among them. The reason I say this is because when…

Jesus Heals and Restores

In today’s Bible reading* we see stories of Jesus healing and restoring people. But he doesn’t just heal everyone. And He doesn’t restore everyone. The LeperA key factor in Jesus’ healing ministry was the faith of the one requesting the healing. The leper asked Jesus to make him clean, to remove his leprosy. He simply…