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Pastors' Teaching Conference
October 10-11, 2016
Responding Well to the Bible, to People, and to Current Issues
Greg Strand, Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing, EFCA
Greg's powerpoint presentations are available here. Audio of the four sessions is pending.
Faith Community Nursing: October 2016
Elim Care Faith Community Nursing
Zipline Newsletter - September 2016
2016 NCD Annual Conference
Dr. Gary Hoag Connecting Faith & Work
Will Satan Win Because of This?
By Dave Linde
Last month Dan Moose wrote a post on spiritual warfare. In connection with that theme, consider afresh these excerpts from a familiar incident in the life of Jesus (Mark 9:17, 17, 28, 29 NIV):
A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 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”….
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.”
The tension created by the disciples’ inability to drive out the demon is not resolved until the end of the incident in Jesus’ private instruction to them. Their question and his answer conclude the incident. Their words should hang in our hearing as we ponder what happened. What do we learn from this incident?