March 16 Read Luke 8. Who is Jesus according to Herod, Peter and you?
It says that Herod was perplexed, the commentary on the actual language describes the situation as a traveler coming to a crossroad with many possible paths but only leads to where he wants to go. A decision needs to be made. It also says that H... Read more
March 15 Read Luke 8 Does life sometimes scare you?
Most people are familiar with the story of Jesus calming the waters. I find a few things interesting in it today. His disciples spent years with Him, witnessed the miraculous, saw demons cast out and the dead raised up and still they were afrai... Read more
March 14 Read Luke 7 What exactly is faith?
The typical scriptural definition is "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen". OK now what does that mean? I've never been happy with that description. The centurion in today's reading had faith and showed it. ... Read more
March 13 Read Luke 6 Man corrupts laws by his traditions
In the first section we're told how Jesus and his disciples plucked some grains and ate them while walking. There was nothing in this which was against The Law but over time men's traditions perverted the law. God told Israel to do no servile wo... Read more
March 12 Read Luke 5. Jesus was a practical teacher
What was it about Jesus' teaching that brought a crowd? He told stories and entertained. Where the scribes and pharisees taught The Law from a strictly academic position, Jesus brought The Law into life situations. He taught with his stories, an... Read more
March 9 Read Luke 4. Jesus, unrecognized in the church
When we think about Jesus' ministry, most of us think about the open air teachings, by the shore or on the mountain. But Jesus began teaching in the synagogues. He went where the religious people were and to those who should have recognized Him.... Read more
March 8 Read Luke 3. John, the evangelist
We call him the baptist because that's what he's most famous for. He baptized the people of Israel to repentance and he baptized Jesus to ministry. But look at his message. It's the core message that God has given us through time. I wonder if th... Read more
March 7 Read Luke 2 God puts people where He wants them
Pretty much the whole free and developed world has heard the story of Joseph and Mary going to Bethlehem. In most cases the story depicts Mary ready to burst, but we really don't know what month they actually traveled. We do know that Mary staye... Read more
March 6 Read Luke 1 If God answers will you believe Him?
The account of Zechariah in the temple is humorous, a priest is in God's house, offering up incence and prayers, and God answers. I have this image in my mind of a man in his late 60's, white hair and beard. He's just going through the ritual of... Read more
March 5. Read Mark 16 The most significant event in the history of man
One can do a web search for significant historical events and find a lot of differing opinions on what was THE most significant. Most of the suggestions look only at the past one or two centuries, but recorded time is closer to 7000 years. In ne... Read more
March 2. Read Mark 15. Politics of the cross
Pilot is a politician and unfortunately politicians throughout time are pretty much the same. They follow what the mob or crowd wants. Unlike men of greatness who strive to do what's right in spite of the mob. We have far too many politicians, w... Read more
March 1. Read Mark 14. Power corrupts!
The chief priests and scribes plot to kill Jesus. Let that sink in for just a moment. These are men who know The Law and teach it. The first four of the ten commandments deal with man's relationship with God, number 5 is man's relationship with ... Read more
February 28. Read Mark 13 The signs of the time
Every generation of believers has looked at the signs and believed they lived in the "end times". I think that's by design, yet the things Jesus describes are so basic to the nature of man. Without God men will always fight, there will be wars,... Read more
February 27, Read Mark 12 The great commandment
Everything that the bible teaches can be summed up in two simple commands. Love God and love your neighbor. If men would simply embrace this the world's problems would vanish but we won't. In the first command, most men don't know or believe in ... Read more
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February 26, Read Mark 11 Jesus loudly proclaims, I am your king and priest
The entry into Jerusalem on what we call Palm Sunday is filled with symbolism to the Jew which may be lost on the Gentile today. The first century Jew was well aware of their history, looking always for the messiah. A donkey played a key part in... Read more