One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Luke 6.12-13 NLT Making important decisions How did Jesus choose his apostles? If he was willing to forego sleep, … Continue reading What is an apostle?
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord … Continue reading Who am I, and why am I here?
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. Luke 4:14-15 NIV What does that mean? In the power of the Spirit? As I read about Jesus I am reminded that he lived his life … Continue reading In the power of the Spirit
The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so … Continue reading Discerning the spirits
The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” (Luke 4:4 NIV) This first temptation of Jesus by Satan immediately raises the question, “if not bread alone, then what else?” Matthew’s account gives the answer, … Continue reading Angels, dreams, stars, prophets and Jesus
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. (Luke 4:1-2 NIV) Being led by the Spirit is a something that … Continue reading Led by the Spirit – into the wilderness?
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