December 9, Luke 12:35-56 Are you ready?
Sort of an open question, ready for what? But that's the point, be ready for anything. If you look at all of Jesus' teachings you'll see that he wanted His followers to be ready for any situation. Sometimes it may require physical labor, sometim... Read more
December 8, Luke 12:4-34 What are you afraid of?
I'm lumping fear and anxiety together. I know some people that claim they have no fears, that they totally trust God for everything. I also know they're liars. We all have fears, one of the best descriptions of the fears of regular people comes ... Read more
I did something stupid
There's a special post today, you see I did something dumb and need to try to make it better. We'll get back to Luke tomorrow but this is more important today.
As most of us do by now I am involved with different groups of people and post ... Read more
December 6, Luke 12:1-3 Secrets
We're just looking at three verses today but something very significant. What constitutes a secret? As soon as a second person knows then it's not a secret. I served in military intelligence, yes I know people joke that's an oxy-moron, but learn... Read more
December 5, Luke 11:14-54 No matter what happens, some will just not believe
The rest of this chapter deals essentially with people who simply will not believe. They existed then and they still exist now. Those then asked for miracles and signs to prove who Jesus was. There were signs certainly but still they wouldn't be... Read more
December 4, Luke 11:1-13 The most powerful prayer
The text says that John the Baptist taught his disciples to pray. I'd be curious exactly what he taught them. Jesus' disciples ask Him too for instruction in prayer, I think it's something in us that looks for a magic formula. There are a lot of... Read more
December 3, Luke 10:21-42 A bologna sandwich guest
The story of the good Samaritan is fairly common, the principles in it can be seen nearly daily. It seems to me that I have an opportunity every day to do something nice for someone, perhaps not to that level but some act to show love to my neig... Read more
December 2, Luke 10:1-20 We live in a mission field
Jesus sends out 70 missionaries who will experience what I talked about yesterday, some places will receive them and some places will not. What I find interesting though is that these also had the same report as the disciples had when they went ... Read more
December 1, Luke 9:43-62 What's really important?
There's a bit of foolishness in this last section, the disciples argue about who is greater. Really? I understand in a sporting event perhaps training to be the best but always remember that the best today will be beaten tomorrow. But that's an ... Read more
November 30, Luke 9:37-42 The disciples can't cast out a demon
I was initially going to lump the last of the chapter together but as I read this section a different idea came to me. The same story is told in Matthew and Mark's gospels, the difference though is that in those books they ask Jesus why they cou... Read more
November 29, Luke 9:28-36 On the mountain
We have a bird's eye view of a mountain top, there are four men in our vision. One is kneeling and the others seem to be sleeping. Suddenly there are two more men, both are glowing and the one who was kneeling is standing now and glowing too. Th... Read more
November 28, Luke 9:21-27 Take up your cross. What does that mean?
We associate a cross with the crucifixion and I'm fairly certain that Jesus' disciples also thought similarly yet not exactly the same. We look at it meaning certain death. Taking up one's cross could also mean laboring at a heavy thankless task... Read more
November 27, Luke 9:7-20 Who is this Jesus?
I don't have any specific thoughts on the first section today, Herod was curios but not enough, and the story of Jesus feeding the multitudes is fairly common. My focus today is on the question Jesus asks his disciples. "Who do you say that I am... Read more
November 26, Luke 9:1-6 The apostles on a mission
Jesus gave the twelve power and authority to cast out demons and heal, then He sent them out to the villages. These would be the first missionaries. They took the gospel out to the people, the small villages where there may not be a synagogue. T... Read more
November 25, Luke 8:40-56 If I could just touch God
Again we see that when Jesus knows someone needs Him, He goes. While on the way to Jairus home, someone touched Him. Peter says that in this crowd of people many of them would have touched Him. I am certain that Jesus knew who touched him, I thi... Read more