June 27, Luke 5:1-16 What do you want from God?
We all want something, from God and from people around us. In the first section there was a crowd listening to Jesus teach, I suppose that if it were important what the subject was then it would be included. Later He tells Peter to go out for a ... Read more
June 26, Luke 4:31-44 A time for preaching and a time for healing
In the beginning of this chapter Jesus was teaching in the synagogues, here at the end He's healing all manner of sickness at Peter's house. I don't profess to know why God does what He does. I suppose that it was important for the people to be ... Read more
June 25, Luke 4:16-30 It's good news, not religion
Jesus reads from the prophet Isaiah, that He is anointed to preach good news. The reality is that anyone who preaches the gospel message could read this passage and say that it's fulfilled. Here is the good news, this world we live on is broken ... Read more
June 24, Luke 4:1-12 Prove it!
Think about that simple statement. How often do we either hear it or say it, and what is the motivation? Typically you'll hear this after someone makes a claim that they are or can do something. And from where does the motivation come to seek pr... Read more
June 23, Luke 3:1-22 The gospel according to John the baptist
John is a character in the scriptures that I really would like to have actually seen. I picture him a bit wild looking, he wears a leather girdle, no shirt, he's hairy all over with long hair and beard. His voice is graveled from years of preach... Read more
June 22, Luke 2:22-38 Jesus' first temple visit
According to The Law, the mother and new born child must make an offering 40 days after birth. Some would argue that neither Mary or Jesus need to be purified but it was still The Law and Jesus was here to complete all of The Law. That they boug... Read more
June 21, Luke 2:8-21 And what were you boys doing in the field?
We've heard this story many times too, the shepherds were keeping their flocks and a host of angels came to them. Just think about this for a moment, the nature of man has not changed in the thousands of years. At that time there hasn't been a p... Read more
June 20, Luke 2:1-7 God moves people
It seems odd to look at the Christmas story in June but we might actually be closer to the time line. It's amazing how God can move the right people at the right time to where He wants them. Or move the mind of kings to make people move. The sto... Read more
June 19, Luke 1:57-80 Zechariah preaches Jesus!
Zechariah hasn't said a single word for 9 months. I wonder at the mechanics behind this. Did God remove his vocal cords? Certainly his mouth needed to work in order to eat but he couldn't even whisper. I suppose that really doesn't matter but th... Read more
June 18, Luke 1:39-56 Elizabeth knows, but how? And Mary sings
We the readers know that Mary is pregnant, or at least soon will be but how does Elizabeth know? The text says that she was filled with the Holy Spirit, perhaps He revealed this. But what about the people around them, didn't this greeting seem s... Read more
June 17, Luke 1:26-38 An angel speaks to Mary
It doesn't matter if you're a Christian or not, this section should be familiar to everyone. An angel came and told the virgin Mary that she would have a son. When I read Luke's description I can't help but have a lot of questions. Where was Mar... Read more
June 16, Luke 1:5-24 A funny thing happened at the altar today
I love this section, it shows God's sense of humor. Zechariah is ministering in the temple, he would be in the holy place, the area reserved for priests but not in the most holy place where the ark should have been (the ark was lost to Babylon ... Read more
June 15, Luke 1:1-4 Biographies of Jesus
I've decided to look at the gospel of Luke for a while and maybe go a bit deeper than last time. Here in the first section there are some things which I find intriguing. Luke notes that the reason for his writing is because 'many' others have wr... Read more
June 14, Obadiah. Nations, and men, rise and fall by God's choosing
Obadiah is an obscure prophet, no-one knows where he came from. He lived and prophesied around the time that Nebuchadnezzar captured Judah. His prophecy is primarily against Edom, who were the descendants of Esau. They did what nearly all nation... Read more
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June 13, Jude. Learn lessons from the past
Much of what's in the bible is history and I think that a large part of our social problems is that we've forgotten history. I think Jude is writing to a group that stumbled away from the faith, possibly because of false teachers. Jude cites spe... Read more