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This group of posts are from my study through the book of Luke.

Ask, Seek, Knock – Luke 11:9-13

Knock and it will be opened – Luke 11:9-13 Opening Thoughts: Many of you that are following our blog will notice that we have attempted to be faithful to our daily posts but have come up seriously short this past little while. Our desire is to blog daily but good intentions are often interrupted by the most wonderful things in the world “children”. We have 3 wonderful kids and I can’t imagine life without them, but these little people are many times why we don’t get around to blogging. Their regular bedtime is 7pm and by the time we close the door to their room it’s often 7:30. Then there’s the “Mommy & Daddy, can I have a drink?” questions…. or the “I have to use the bathroom!” requests. Being a parent is super tough, there has to be a limit right? I mean by the 4th request for a […]

Teach Us How to Pray – The Lord’s Prayer

The Disciples Prayer (a.k.a.) The Lord’s Prayer Opening Thoughts: You know when a topic is so huge that you just know you can’t do it justice. I’m going to attempt to unpack something that is so massive that I tremble as I write. I’m not a Bible scholar, nor do I profess to be, however I believe God gives all who truly possess His Spirit and who seek Him the wisdom and ability to decipher the Scriptures. So as I am writing this I’m totally depending on His Spirit because I DO NOT want to be wrong about it. Praying as I type actually. The Catholics: Have you ever heard the term “Say 10 Hail Mary’s and 10 Our Father’s”? I simply cringe when I hear terms like this when used as some type of expression or penance for sin. I was in a church about a year and a […]

The Invitation Is Not Salvation

What is the Good Portion? – Luke 10:38-42 Opening Thoughts: Have you ever invited someone over to your home for a meal and when the day came you felt totally unprepared? The result of the evening was that you spent the majority of the time fussing over the event and little to no time actually sitting down to have meaningful conversation with your guests. I wonder if your guests would’ve rather had a nice visit with you instead of seeing you as a waitress? My prayer is that today’s discussion in Luke 10 will cause many of you to closely examine your lives and start to see what Jesus views as valuable service. Prepare to be changed. Luke 10:38-42 ESV .. Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who […]

Once Saved, Always Saved?

Opening Thoughts: When I was reading tonight’s text my mind was racing through several scenes that I’ve seen in a few different war movies. These are scenes of victory. Some of the most victorious scenes for me come from Braveheart. I can just see the celebrations now as they come back from the battle field. Or what about in Lord of the Rings when after many grueling and relentless battle’s they win the war and return rejoicing to the shire. This is kind of what we see here in Luke 10. Jesus had just sent the 72 disciples out to minister, and now they are returning very excited and doing victory dances… Scripture: Luke 10:17-20 ESV [17] The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” [18] And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. [19] Behold, I […]

Are We Like Sodom?

Opening Thoughts: Have you very heard the phrase “There are two sides to every story”. This phrase is very common in a counselors office. The Bible often times will have two sides going on in a single story. Take for instance the one that we started last night in Luke 10, where Jesus gathers the 72 disciples together and instructs them to go and prepare peoples hearts for the Gospel. One side of the story was directed specifically at the disciples and their job of preaching the gospel. Another side of the story was directed at the hearers, when Jesus said that there is both a  ripe harvest who will embrace the truth, as well as others who will reject the gospel and even persecute them. – The reason I bring this up is because there will inevitably be people from both sides of the story that happen to read […]

Fields Filled With Wolves

Opening thoughts: Tonight I start in Luke 10. When I started reading it I got very excited because this topic is very near and dear to me. I admit that although I love evangelism I still hardly do it enough. I would venture to say we can never do it enough. There’s so much teaching out there on evangelism, some people say you should preach with actions, others say you should preach with words. When the late Bill Bright did a survey on how many professing Christians actually share their faith, the numbers that came in were shockingly devastating. Less than 2% of professing Christians in North America actually share the Gospel. I had a thought just now, If you were on the Titanic all those years ago and you were on a cruise with your family and friends. You were having a great time together when all of a […]

I Will Follow You

Opening Thoughts: Tonight we wrap up Luke chapter 9. One of the common threads throughout the Gospel of Luke is Jesus emphasizing what it really means to follow Him. This very day and throughout history the church has been filled with people that are both true disciples and false disciples. What I mean by true disciples is people that God has made a commitment to, not the other way around. We humans make so many commitments that we never follow through on. In fact many times we say things to people that we never even intend to get around to. Take for instance the phrase, “We should hang out sometime”. Now you likely have said that to someone or had it said to you, and you may or may not have actually intended to ever follow through with it. Or maybe you have said “I’ll give you a call”, can […]

Face Like a Flint

Opening thoughts: Okay, so I started reading tonight in Luke a continuation from last night, and right off the bat I was struck between the eyes with something really HARD .. a FLINT. If you don’t know what a flint it is a type of rock that is measured at 7 out of 10 on the “Mohs scale of mineral hardness” It’s very hard, therefore has been used as ancient tools, lighting gun powder etc. If you were able to wear a suit that was made entirely out of flint into battle, and still be able to move … nothing could penetrate you. What if our faces were made of flint?? Just a thought … This is where we transition into tonight’s continued study on Luke chapter 9. Scripture: Luke 9:51-56 ESV A Samaritan Village Rejects Jesus: [51] When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he […]

Is Jesus Your Glass of Water?

Glass of Water

Opening thoughts: As I was reading this passage in Luke a couple things struck me. The first thing that really hit me was when Jesus says the words “Let these words sink into your ears” it’s likely something you should stop and think about. When I read it, the first thing I thought was “okay, you have my attention”.  Jesus puts a lot of emphasis on ears in the Gospels. “You who have ears” or “I say to you who hear” and “Be careful how you hear” and now He says “Let these words sink into your ears”. Jesus clearly wants us to pay attention. Selective Hearing: Our son Max has a bit of a problem with his ears, or should I say he has selective hearing, in other words, he hears what he wants to. We often tell him something and he will respond “Okay daddy”, then I will […]

Flabbergasted by God!

Opening Thoughts: I love spending time in the Bible, then writing my thoughts out here. Last night I joined the disciples in being “Flabbergasted by God” when I read Luke 9:43…. Yup, you heard me! One verse in which I spent about an hour dissecting. When I first started studying scripture a few years ago, I would blast through a chapter thinking that I needed to at least cover that much in order to feel like I was actually reading something. The reality wast, that most times I could hardly put two thoughts together from what I just read because there was simply to much said there. Often times our little daughter Sarah will pack her mouth so full that it is impossible for her to chew, she will then begin to spit it all out and  and then refuse to eat at all.  This is what it’s often like […]