As the time drew near for him to ascend to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. He sent messengers ahead to a Samaritan village to prepare for his arrival. But the people of the village did not welcome Jesus because he was on his way to Jerusalem. When James and John saw this, they … Continue reading Walking away from enemies
John said to Jesus, “Master, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he isn’t in our group.”But Jesus said, “Don’t stop him! Anyone who is not against you is for you.”Luke 9:49-50 All of us long to be part of the inner circle, part of … Continue reading Accepting outsiders
“Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will … Continue reading Self sacrifice
Luke the doctor wrote his "gospel" - his version of the good news of Jesus - apparently for someone named Theophilus, "so you can be certain of the truth of everything you were taught." (Luke 1:4) The six middle chapters of the gospel - chapters 9 to 14 - while continuing the historical account of … Continue reading Attitudes of discipleship
“Jesus said, “This is how you should pray: “Father, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. Give us each day the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…Luke 11:2-4 NLT Jesus instructs us to ask our Father for forgiveness. We need this … Continue reading Prayer: as we forgive
But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 NLT As previously noted, I have come to think of the six chapters … Continue reading The one worthy thing
One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all … Continue reading Love who?
The Lord now chose seventy-two other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places he planned to visit. These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more … Continue reading Prayer in an age of distraction