the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching… (Luke 3:2-3) Just a few words here at the beginning of Luke’s gospel describe the essence of the Christian life and are worth reflecting on. John the Baptist is described in the … Continue reading Shaped by the word of God
Luke 1:17 NIV And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. According to Luke, John was a man who, like Elijah, … Continue reading Parents and children
Luke 1:16-17 NIV He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a … Continue reading What is our focus?
1 Kings 17:19-21 NIV “Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. Then he cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, have you brought tragedy even on this widow I am staying with, by … Continue reading Greatness and the spirit of Elijah
Luke 1:15 NIV For he will be great in the sight of the Lord… and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born Doctor Luke must have been fascinated with the concept of being filled with the Holy Spirit. According to tradition, Luke was a Greek doctor, so his medical education … Continue reading Filled with the Holy Spirit
Luke 1:15 NIV for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. Can only teetotallers be “great in the sight of the Lord?” Is alcohol a sin? Certainly many … Continue reading What, no wine?
Luke 1:14-15 NIV He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. The son that was promised to Zechariah and Elizabeth would be, according to the angel, "great in the eyes of the Lord". This would … Continue reading Greatness in God’s eyes