Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1 NLT An important part of the task Jesus has given us is to pray. How do we learn to pray? I suppose … Continue reading Learning to pray
In chapters 9 and 10 of Luke’s gospel are recorded the first ever “calls to mission,” when Jesus sent out his disciples to do his work. I am reminded of the opening challenge of the Mission Impossible films: “Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is this…” Luke records it like this: One day … Continue reading Mission: core or elective?
When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. Luke 7:13 NLT There is a story about Jesus coming to a village called Nain, in Galilee. There was a funeral procession coming out of the village as he approached, and the man who had died was the only son of … Continue reading Compassion
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
A Roman officer, a poor widow, a spiritual leader, a Pharisee, a prostitute: in one chapter Jesus encounters each of these. It is a broad cross section of society, and it is interesting to see how Jesus reacts to and treats each one of them. Often when I read the New Testament I find myself … Continue reading Encounters: Luke 7
What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way. Luke … Continue reading Hated
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