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Summary: This sermon is designed to motivate the hearers to prostrate themselves before Jesus, while simultaneously telling others how He healed them.

U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris

Fort Stewart, Georgia

Scripture References: Luke 8:40-48 (quickview) ; John 5:6 (quickview)  (The man that had been lame for 38 years); Matthew 6:14-15 (quickview)  (For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.);

I. ANNOUNCE THE PERICOPE: Luke 8:43-48 (quickview) 

II. READ THE PERICOPE: Luke 8:43-48 (quickview) 


Luke 8:47 (quickview) (And when the woman saw

that she was not hid,she came

trembling, and falling down before

him, she declared unto him before

all the people for what cause she

had touched him, and how she

was healed immediately).

IV. PURPOSE: To motivate the hearers to prostrate

themselves before Jesus, while

simultaneously telling others how He

healed them.


VI. INTRODUCTION: … According to a book entitled “Women’s Encyclopedia of Health & Emotional Healing” … Historically, women have not been treated kindly by the established medical profession, neither as health care consumers, nor as health care providers, nor as subjects of medical research … In fact Lila A. Wallis, M.D., clinical professor of medicine at Cornell University Medical College in New York City, and Perri Klass, M.D., research fellow in pediatric infectious diseases at Boston City Hospital … Women have repeatedly complained that their doctors don’t take them seriously, that their symptoms are cast aside as being imaginary or “psychosomatic.’ “

Dr. Wallis and Dr. Klass point out that when it comes to diseases that affect both men and women, studies are often done on all-male groups and the results generalized to women, “as if men were truly the generic humans.” Consider these studies funded by the National Institutes of Health.

1. Research on the prevention of heart disease (including the use of low doses of aspirin) involved the long-term monitoring of 40,000 men, even though heart disease is the number one killer of women, too.

2. A report called Normal Human Aging was based entirely on men.

3. The famous concept of the Type-A personality (the ambitious, aggressive workaholic) was developed from a study of 4,000 California businessmen.

Maybe even worse is the dearth of research money devoted to the study of women’s health issues. According to the Federal General Accounting Office, the National Institutes of Health spends less than 13 percent on women’s health issues, less than 2 percent on obstetrics and gynecology and less than 0.5 percent on basic breast cancer research.

****************TAKE 5 BEATS****************

MOVE 1: Most of you know … that I have been married now for nearly 17 years, and my wife and I have been blessed with three boys: 11, 8, and 2 years of age.

A. Most of you also know that I have extensive training in Marriage and Family Counseling and Clinical Pastoral Education (Hospital Ministry).

B. But, what most of you aren’t aware of … what I am about to share with you …

C. About a year and a half ago, … my wife and I were having some terrible times in our marriage regarding our marriage …

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