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Jesus heals a demon-possessed boy

Matthew 17:14-21, Mark 9:14-29, Luke 9:37-42
Jesus heals a boy who has been made dumb by an evil-spirit.
Contributed by Sweet Publishing
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After taking Peter, James and John up a mountain to pray during the night, Jesus returned to meet with His disciples. A large crowd was there and the teachers of the law were arguing with the disciples. ‘What are you arguing about?’ Jesus asked. – Slide 1
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A man in the crowd answered, ‘Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. – Slide 2
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‘Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.’ – Slide 3
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‘You unbelieving generation,’ Jesus replied, ‘how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.’ The boy was brought to Jesus.   – Slide 4
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When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. – Slide 5
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Jesus asked the boy’s father, ‘How long has he been like this?’ ‘From childhood,’ he answered. ‘It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him.’ – Slide 6
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‘If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.’‘If you can?’ said Jesus. ‘Everything is possible for someone who believes.’Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’ – Slide 7
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 Jesus rebuked the impure spirit. ‘You deaf and mute spirit’, He said, ‘I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.’ The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. – Slide 8
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The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, ‘He’s dead.’   – Slide 9
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But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up. – Slide 10
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After Jesus had gone indoors, His disciples asked him privately, ‘Why couldn’t we drive it out?’He replied, ‘This kind can come out only by prayer.’ – Slide 11
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