Luke 8; Luke 9

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Luke 8

1 After this, while Jesus was traveling through some cities and small towns, he preached and told the Good News about God's kingdom. The twelve apostles were with him,
2 and also some women who had been healed of sicknesses and evil spirits: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out;
3 Joanna, the wife of Cuza (the manager of Herod's house); Susanna; and many others. These women used their own money to help Jesus and his apostles.
4 When a great crowd was gathered, and people were coming to Jesus from every town, he told them this story:
5 "A farmer went out to plant his seed. While he was planting, some seed fell by the road. People walked on the seed, and the birds ate it up.
6 Some seed fell on rock, and when it began to grow, it died because it had no water.
7 Some seed fell among thorny weeds, but the weeds grew up with it and choked the good plants.
8 And some seed fell on good ground and grew and made a hundred times more." As Jesus finished the story, he called out, "You people who can hear me, listen!"
9 Jesus' followers asked him what this story meant.
10 Jesus said, "You have been chosen to know the secrets about the kingdom of God. But I use stories to speak to other people so that: 'They will look, but they may not see. They will listen, but they may not understand.'
11 "This is what the story means: The seed is God's message.
12 The seed that fell beside the road is like the people who hear God's teaching, but the devil comes and takes it away from them so they cannot believe it and be saved.
13 The seed that fell on rock is like those who hear God's teaching and accept it gladly, but they don't allow the teaching to go deep into their lives. They believe for a while, but when trouble comes, they give up.
14 The seed that fell among the thorny weeds is like those who hear God's teaching, but they let the worries, riches, and pleasures of this life keep them from growing and producing good fruit.
15 And the seed that fell on the good ground is like those who hear God's teaching with good, honest hearts and obey it and patiently produce good fruit.
16 "No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. Instead, the person puts it on a lampstand so those who come in will see the light.
17 Everything that is hidden will become clear, and every secret thing will be made known.
18 So be careful how you listen. Those who have understanding will be given more. But those who do not have understanding, even what they think they have will be taken away from them."
19 Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, but there was such a crowd they could not get to him.
20 Someone said to Jesus, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you."
21 Jesus answered them, "My mother and my brothers are those who listen to God's teaching and obey it!"
22 One day Jesus and his followers got into a boat, and he said to them, "Let's go across the lake." And so they started across.
23 While they were sailing, Jesus fell asleep. A very strong wind blew up on the lake, causing the boat to fill with water, and they were in danger.
24 The followers went to Jesus and woke him, saying, "Master! Master! We will drown!" Jesus got up and gave a command to the wind and the waves. They stopped, and it became calm.
25 Jesus said to his followers, "Where is your faith?" The followers were afraid and amazed and said to each other, "Who is this that commands even the wind and the water, and they obey him?"
26 Jesus and his followers sailed across the lake from Galilee to the area of the Gerasene people.
27 When Jesus got out on the land, a man from the town who had demons inside him came to Jesus. For a long time he had worn no clothes and had lived in the burial caves, not in a house.
28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him. He said with a loud voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don't torture me!"
29 He said this because Jesus was commanding the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had taken hold of him. Though he had been kept under guard and chained hand and foot, he had broken his chains and had been forced by the demon out into a lonely place.
30 Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He answered, "Legion," because many demons were in him.
31 The demons begged Jesus not to send them into eternal darkness.
32 A large herd of pigs was feeding on a hill, and the demons begged Jesus to allow them to go into the pigs. So Jesus allowed them to do this.
33 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd ran down the hill into the lake and was drowned.
34 When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran away and told about this in the town and the countryside.
35 And people went to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man sitting at Jesus' feet, clothed and in his right mind, because the demons were gone. But the people were frightened.
36 The people who saw this happen told the others how Jesus had made the man well.
37 All the people of the Gerasene country asked Jesus to leave, because they were all very afraid. So Jesus got into the boat and went back to Galilee.
38 The man whom Jesus had healed begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying,
39 "Go back home and tell people how much God has done for you." So the man went all over town telling how much Jesus had done for him.
40 When Jesus got back to Galilee, a crowd welcomed him, because everyone was waiting for him.
41 A man named Jairus, a leader of the synagogue, came to Jesus and fell at his feet, begging him to come to his house.
42 Jairus' only daughter, about twelve years old, was dying. While Jesus was on his way to Jairus' house, the people were crowding all around him.
43 A woman was in the crowd who had been bleeding for twelve years, but no one was able to heal her.
44 She came up behind Jesus and touched the edge of his coat, and instantly her bleeding stopped.
45 Then Jesus said, "Who touched me?" When all the people said they had not touched him, Peter said, "Master, the people are all around you and are pushing against you."
46 But Jesus said, "Someone did touch me, because I felt power go out from me."
47 When the woman saw she could not hide, she came forward, shaking, and fell down before Jesus. While all the people listened, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.
48 Jesus said to her, "Dear woman, you are made well because you believed. Go in peace."
49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of the synagogue leader and said to him, "Your daughter is dead. Don't bother the teacher anymore."
50 When Jesus heard this, he said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid. Just believe, and your daughter will be well."
51 When Jesus went to the house, he let only Peter, John, James, and the girl's father and mother go inside with him.
52 All the people were crying and feeling sad because the girl was dead, but Jesus said, "Stop crying. She is not dead, only asleep."
53 The people laughed at Jesus because they knew the girl was dead.
54 But Jesus took hold of her hand and called to her, "My child, stand up!"
55 Her spirit came back into her, and she stood up at once. Then Jesus ordered that she be given something to eat.
56 The girl's parents were amazed, but Jesus told them not to tell anyone what had happened.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version. Copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Luke 9

1 Jesus called the twelve apostles together and gave them power and authority over all demons and the ability to heal sicknesses.
2 He sent the apostles out to tell about God's kingdom and to heal the sick.
3 He said to them, "Take nothing for your trip, neither a walking stick, bag, bread, money, or extra clothes.
4 When you enter a house, stay there until it is time to leave.
5 If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off of your feetn as you leave the town, as a warning to them."
6 So the apostles went out and traveled through all the towns, preaching the Good News and healing people everywhere.
7 Herod, the governor, heard about all the things that were happening and was confused, because some people said, "John the Baptist has risen from the dead."
8 Others said, "Elijah has come to us." And still others said, "One of the prophets who lived long ago has risen from the dead."
9 Herod said, "I cut off John's head, so who is this man I hear such things about?" And Herod kept trying to see Jesus.
10 When the apostles returned, they told Jesus everything they had done. Then Jesus took them with him to a town called Bethsaida where they could be alone together.
11 But the people learned where Jesus went and followed him. He welcomed them and talked with them about God's kingdom and healed those who needed to be healed.
12 Late in the afternoon, the twelve apostles came to Jesus and said, "Send the people away. They need to go to the towns and countryside around here and find places to sleep and something to eat, because no one lives in this place."
13 But Jesus said to them, "You give them something to eat." They said, "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish, unless we go buy food for all these people."
14 (There were about five thousand men there.) Jesus said to his followers, "Tell the people to sit in groups of about fifty people."
15 So the followers did this, and all the people sat down.
16 Then Jesus took the five loaves of bread and two fish, and looking up to heaven, he thanked God for the food. Then he divided the food and gave it to the followers to give to the people.
17 They all ate and were satisfied, and what was left over was gathered up, filling twelve baskets.
18 One time when Jesus was praying alone, his followers were with him, and he asked them, "Who do the people say I am?"
19 They answered, "Some say you are John the Baptist. Others say you are Elijah. And others say you are one of the prophets from long ago who has come back to life."
20 Then Jesus asked, "But who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Christ from God."
21 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone, saying,
22 "The Son of Man must suffer many things. He will be rejected by the older Jewish leaders, the leading priests, and the teachers of the law. He will be killed and after three days will be raised from the dead."
23 Jesus said to all of them, "If people want to follow me, they must give up the things they want. They must be willing to give up their lives daily to follow me.
24 Those who want to save their lives will give up true life. But those who give up their lives for me will have true life.
25 It is worth nothing for them to have the whole world if they themselves are destroyed or lost.
26 If people are ashamed of me and my teaching, then the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and with the glory of the Father and the holy angels.
27 I tell you the truth, some people standing here will see the kingdom of God before they die."
28 About eight days after Jesus said these things, he took Peter, John, and James and went up on a mountain to pray.
29 While Jesus was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became shining white.
30 Then two men, Moses and Elijah, were talking with Jesus.
31 They appeared in heavenly glory, talking about his departure which he would soon bring about in Jerusalem.
32 Peter and the others were very sleepy, but when they awoke fully, they saw the glory of Jesus and the two men standing with him.
33 When Moses and Elijah were about to leave, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents -- one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." (Peter did not know what he was talking about.)
34 While he was saying these things, a cloud came and covered them, and they became afraid as the cloud covered them.
35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, whom I have chosen. Listen to him!"
36 When the voice finished speaking, only Jesus was there. Peter, John, and James said nothing and told no one at that time what they had seen.
37 The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met Jesus.
38 A man in the crowd shouted to him, "Teacher, please come and look at my son, because he is my only child.
39 An evil spirit seizes my son, and suddenly he screams. It causes him to lose control of himself and foam at the mouth. The evil spirit keeps on hurting him and almost never leaves him.
40 I begged your followers to force the evil spirit out, but they could not do it."
41 Jesus answered, "You people have no faith, and your lives are all wrong. How long must I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here."
42 While the boy was coming, the demon threw him on the ground and made him lose control of himself. But Jesus gave a strong command to the evil spirit and healed the boy and gave him back to his father.
43 All the people were amazed at the great power of God. While everyone was wondering about all that Jesus did, he said to his followers,
44 "Don't forget what I tell you now: The Son of Man will be handed over to people."
45 But the followers did not understand what this meant; the meaning was hidden from them so they could not understand. But they were afraid to ask Jesus about it.
46 Jesus' followers began to have an argument about which one of them was the greatest.
47 Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he took a little child and stood the child beside him.
48 Then Jesus said, "Whoever accepts this little child in my name accepts me. And whoever accepts me accepts the One who sent me, because whoever is least among you all is really the greatest."
49 John answered, "Master, we saw someone using your name to force demons out of people. We told him to stop, because he does not belong to our group."
50 But Jesus said to him, "Don't stop him, because whoever is not against you is for you."
51 When the time was coming near for Jesus to depart, he was determined to go to Jerusalem.
52 He sent some men ahead of him, who went into a town in Samaria to make everything ready for him.
53 But the people there would not welcome him, because he was set on going to Jerusalem.
54 When James and John, followers of Jesus, saw this, they said, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven and destroy those people?"
55 But Jesus turned and scolded them.
56 Thenn they went to another town.
57 As they were going along the road, someone said to Jesus, "I will follow you any place you go."
58 Jesus said to them, "The foxes have holes to live in, and the birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to rest his head."
59 Jesus said to another man, "Follow me!" But he said, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."
60 But Jesus said to him, "Let the people who are dead bury their own dead. You must go and tell about the kingdom of God."
61 Another man said, "I will follow you, Lord, but first let me go and say good-bye to my family."
62 Jesus said, "Anyone who begins to plow a field but keeps looking back is of no use in the kingdom of God."
Scripture taken from the New Century Version. Copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.