Luke 4:1-30 Jesus was ‘tempted by the devil’(2). He was rejected by His enemies (28-29). When we look around us, we see nothing but temptations and rejection – What a negative way of looking at things! There is something more positive here – the presence of the Holy Spirit (1,14,18). Do not be afraid. There […]Read More God has given us His Spirit of power and love and self-control.
Luke 8:40-56 There are two stories here – the story of a woman and the story of a girl. Both stories have a happy ending – but before the happy ending, there were hard times. When you and I decide to follow Jesus, we look forward to a happy ending, but we must never forget […]Read More Hard Times And Happy Endings
The parable of the Good Samaritan begins with the words, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho” (Luke 10:30). There were others who were also travelling on the road to Jericho – (a) the robbers; (b) the priest and the Levite; (c) the good Samaritan. In these characters, we see three very different attitudes […]Read More The Parable of the Good Samaritan
Jesus Criticizes Some Jewish Leaders (Luke 11:37-54). 37 After Jesus spoke, a Pharisee invited him to have lunch at his house. So Jesus accepted the invitation. 38 The Pharisee was surprised to see that Jesus didn’t wash before the meal. 39 The Lord said to him, “You Pharisees clean the outside of cups and dishes. But inside you […]Read More Strong Words!
Prayer is more than a form of words. It’s about what we’re becoming as well as what we’re saying. Are we becoming people who are learning to say, “What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer”? “Take it to the Lord in prayer” – Teach us, Lord, to do this.Read More “Lord, teach us to pray … Ask, seek, knock … ” (Luke 11:1,9).
Luke 6:17-49 Four thoughts from Jesus’‘sermon’: (a) Hunger for God(21; Matthew 5:6): Laziness leads to superficial Christianity. Do not hunger and you will not be ‘filled with the Spirit’(Ephesians 5:18). Do not seek and you will not find (Matthew 7:7). Seek the Lord with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13). God has so much for us […]Read More Make sure you are ‘rooted’ in Christ.
Jesus still speaks these words to the people of this generation. What are the benefits of listening carefully to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ? As we listen to the Story of Jesus, paying close attention to what He said and did, we become aware of the greatness of God (Luke 9:43). Amazing! Astonishing! […]Read More “O faithless (or unbelieving) and perverse generation … Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you” (Luke 9:41, 44).