Posts from July 2019

Posts from July 2019

Luke 8 | You Can Trust Him

You either trust me or you don’t. This was maybe the most powerful word I have ever received in my entire life. A couple of years ago while going through a moderate (or potentially life-threatening) series of events in my life, I heard those words as if spoken directly to me. These words were simple, straightforward and to the point. No flowery King James English, no “Thus sayeth the Lord” just simply “You either trust me or you don’t.” How…

Luke 7 | Love and Wisdom

I cannot read through Luke’s seventh chapter without tears streaming down my face. It is an intersection of wisdom, mercy, love, and truth. It contains one of my all-time favorite verses to ponder. Verse 35 says: “Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.” It is a relatively short verse that contains both deep philosophical truth and straight forward common sense; this one sentence is better than Shakespeare could ever hope to espouse. In our own words, we might say:…

Luke 6 | How Does Your Fruit Taste?

“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briars. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6: 43-45 One expression I’ve heard a…

Luke 5 | Why Do You Eat Only With The Righteous?

“And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, ‘Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?’ And Jesus answered them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.’” Luke 5:29-32 My parents were Christians.…

Luke 4 | Living as a Child of Our Father

Sometimes religious people and Satan are on the same side. Sometimes demons understand things that religious people refuse to accept. In the earliest part of his ministry, Jesus was challenged both by Satan himself and by the religious leaders of his day. He endured the harrowing encounter with the devil in the wilderness and the near fatal resistance of the rulers of the synagogue because he was living his life on a secure foundation – he knew who he was!…

Luke 3 | So This Is Your Good News?

Many of us would say that John 3:16 is one of our favorite Bible verses. But you really should consider Luke 3:16. This verse contains some great news, but it comes with a twist. Have you ever gotten a piece of good news that didn’t seem so very good when you first heard it? Most things in life that are truly beneficial to you carry a high price tag. That is what it’s like when John promises that Jesus will…

Luke 2 | Christmas in July

When I was a teenager, I traveled around the U.S. with a Christian Drama Company. I went to 42 states in a year and a half. When you travel that much with a group of people, you tend to become like family. The only real break we had from each other was the two weeks surrounding Christmas break. Because we had all become so close-knit, we decided to start a new tradition of celebrating Christmas in July. We would sing…

Luke 1 | Words of Hope

Luke’s gospel begins with several stories intended to describe the circumstances of Jesus’ childhood (1:5-2:52). In this gospel, Jesus is presented as the universal Savior. Though it is an historical account by Luke’s own admission, what he includes is carefully selected, and the stories come as a series of doubles. The account of Zechariah is not merely a story of a couple whom God blesses with a child in their old age. It is a story that sets the stage…

2 Corinthians 13 | Testing 1…2…3…

“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? —unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test.” 2 Cor. 13:5-6 Paul, at times, seems to have a love-hate relationship with the church at Corinth. He was mightily used of God to establish this church, and he continued to have a fatherly…

2 Corinthians 12 | Bragging Rights

By: Garner Fritts Have you ever met someone who brags all the time and places themselves on a pedestal? They want everyone to know how much they are worth, how intelligent they are, how gifted they are or any other number of human achievements. Some of these braggarts invoke the name of the Lord while promoting themselves. What is even worse, there are many people who admire those types of people and hold them in higher regard than the so…
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