Here’s a short post dealing with the The Gospel according to Luke. It’s just one verse.
And he said, “Woe to you lawyers also! For you burden men with burdens heavy to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.”
Lawyers, lawmakers, Congress, government, is this what Christ was referring to? Continue reading
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
Months ago I wrote a piece titled, Household Gods. In that post I referenced Zachariah 10:2, in which Zachariah speaks of household gods who utter nonsense and diviners who see lies, tell false dreams and give empty consolation. I wrote about how the household gods of today, gods that are not carved images setting in a little shrine tucked away in the corner, but are setting in a prominent place. These modern day household gods are showcased on a 40, 55, 60 and 72 inch or larger screen. Continue reading
Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
These verses are known as, “The Widow’s Offering”. It demonstrates how so little can mean so much. It speaks of how it’s not how much you give, but how much of yourself you give to God. Continue reading
And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
These verse remind me of Stephen Covey’s seven habits.
Habit number seven is, Sharpen The Saw. The Franklin Covey website explains Habit Seven as this:
“Sharpening the saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have — you. It means having a balanced program for your self renewal in the four areas of your life; physical, social/emotional, mental and spiritual.” Continue reading
Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.
In the beginning of Luke, Chapter 10, we read about Christ appointing 72 followers to go to the towns that Christ is about to visit. I guess they were like an advance team, sent to let the citizens know what was coming and to give them a glimpse into the Kingdom of God. Continue reading
And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.
I made a note about this verse because being offended seems to be such a big deal these days. Everyone is offended by something.
First I thought I should make sure I understand what offend means, so I looked it up on Merriam-Webster.
Offend as an intransitive verb means:
- To transgress the moral or divine law
- To violate law or rule; do wrong
- To cause difficulty, discomfort or injury
- To cause dislike, anger or vexation
Offend as a transitive verb means:
- Violate, transgress
- To cause pain
- To cause a person or group to feel hurt, angry or upset by something said or done.
Let me preface the rest of what I am going to write with this. You choose to be offended. What anyone does or says is not offensive. You decide if it is offense and then you act on that. It is your decision and you are responsible for your actions. Continue reading
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
This is such a simple and profound statement.
If you read verses 22 through 24 of Luke Chapter 12, you will see that Christ is telling his Disciples, and all of us, that God provides us with everything we need to survive. Christ starts with verses 22 and 23:
And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Continue reading