One day, Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him, and he asked them, "Who do people say that I am?" "Well," they replied, "some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other ancient prophets risen from the dead." Then he asked … Continue reading Anointed
When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!” Luke 10:17 NLT Failure on mission Twice in fairly quick succession Jesus sends his disciples out to “tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick,” first in chapter 9 and … Continue reading Discipleship training
A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, having spent everything she had on doctors, and she could find no cure. Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, this whole … Continue reading Hidden
Then a man named Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come home with him. His only daughter, who was about twelve years old, was dying. Luke 8:41-42 NLT As a doctor, when I read an account like this I can’t help wondering what the … Continue reading Faith
…the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest. “No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be … Continue reading Hearing and obeying
John’s two disciples found Jesus and said to him, “John the Baptist sent us to ask, ‘Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else? At that very time, Jesus cured many people of their diseases, illnesses, and evil spirits, and he restored sight to many who were blind. … Continue reading Is Jesus the One?
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” Luke 7:9 NLT Imagine having Jesus say something like that about you. The greatest faith in Israel? Isn’t this the kind of affirmation so many of … Continue reading The affirmation of God
So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. Luke 5:11 NIV I am challenged by the three men's response to Jesus. There is a finality in this statement that is almost frightening. Simon, James and John had been building their fishing business for years. There is nothing to indicate how … Continue reading Leaving everything
Luke 4:28 NIV All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. What made the people so angry? I believe there were a number of reasons. But first read the passage in Luke 4 which describes Jesus' first sermon in Nazareth. Offended First, they were offended by what Jesus said about himself. … Continue reading The trap of unbelief
People responding to Jesus' first recorded sermon: All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked... Luke 4:22 NIV A little way further into the same sermon: All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, … Continue reading Jesus’ first sermon?