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…

The Power of Eyewitness Testimony

In today’s Bible reading* we read a familiar story about the power of eyewitness testimony. It’s the story of Jesus’ encounter with a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well in Sychar. The shortest path to Galilee from Judea would take them through Samaria, but most Jews went out of their way (literally), crossing and traveling East…