Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Lord’s Healing Power!


Mark 5:21-34

A Dead Girl and a Sick Woman

21When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake,
a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22Then one of
the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at
his feet 23and pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying.
Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.”
24So Jesus went with him.

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25And a woman was there who
had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26She had suffered a great
deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead
of getting better she grew worse. 27When she heard about Jesus, she came up
behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28because she thought, “If
I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29Immediately her bleeding
stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

30At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around
in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

31“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered,
“and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’”

32But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33Then the woman,
knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling
with fear, told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, “Daughter, your
faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

35While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus,
the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the
teacher any more?”

36Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid;
just believe.”

37He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother
of James. 38When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a
commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39He went in and said to
them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.”
40But they laughed at him.

After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the
disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41He took her
by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means, “Little girl,
I say to you, get up!”). 42Immediately the girl stood up and walked around
(she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.
43He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them
to give her something to eat.


Isaiah 61:1-3

The Year of the Lord’s Favor

1The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me

to preach good news to the poor.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes, the oil of gladness
instead of mourning, and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.


Psalms 27:4-6

4One thing I ask of the Lord,
this is what I seek:

that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.

5For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
and set me high upon a rock.

6Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.

7Hear my voice when I call, O Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.

8My heart says of you, “Seek hisb face!”
Your face, Lord, I will seek.

9Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.

Do not reject me or forsake me,
O God my Savior.

10Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.

11Teach me your way, O Lord;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.

12Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
breathing out violence.

13I am still confident of this:

I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.

14Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.


Psalms 147:3-5

3He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.

4He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.

5Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.

6The Lord sustains the humble
but casts the wicked to the ground.

7Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make music to our God on the harp.

8He covers the sky with clouds;
he supplies the earth with rain
and makes grass grow on the hills.

9He provides food for the cattle
and for the young ravens when they call.

10His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his delight in the legs of a man;
11the Lord delights in those who fear him,
who put their hope in his unfailing love.

12Extol the Lord, O Jerusalem;
praise your God, O Zion,
13for he strengthens the bars of your gates
and blesses your people within you.

14He grants peace to your borders
and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.

15He sends his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.

16He spreads the snow like wool
and scatters the frost like ashes.

17He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
Who can withstand his icy blast?

18He sends his word and melts them;
he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.

19He has revealed his word to Jacob,
his laws and decrees to Israel.

20He has done this for no other nation;
they do not know his laws.

Praise the Lord.


Matthew 4:23-25

Jesus Heals the Sick

23Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues,
preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease
and sickness among the people. 24News about him spread all over
Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various
diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those
having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them. 25Large
crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region
across the Jordan followed him.