Trinity Talk (Page 2)

Trinity Talk (Page 2)

Luke 22 | “And When You Have Turned Back…”

Oh, there are great riches to discover in Luke 22! The physician Luke records in great detail bountiful truth and intimate moments with Jesus. It is almost a shame to have to focus on one part of this chapter, but while reading this passage something jumped out at me that I had never really grasped before. What caught my attention is what Jesus said to Peter after they had taken the Lord’s Supper. Consider the dimly lit room and the…

Luke 21 | How to Prepare for a Zombie Apocalypse

Some of the most popular movies and TV shows of all times have been about the end of time and the catastrophic destruction of the world as we know it. No doubt some of you would say Mad Max was your go to post-apocalyptic movie. Others would choose a more contemporary version like “The Walking Dead. My favorite happens to be WALL-E, but then again I do have 2 little boys at home. Since the beginning of time, people have…

Luke 20 | Between A Rock And A Hard Place

“But he looked directly at them and said, ‘What then is this that is written: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” Luke 20: 17-18 I remember several years ago listening to a sermon where the preacher was speaking against the heresy of trying to present Jesus in a more “user-friendly” way to people. He said…

Luke 19 | The Love Of Our Savior

Our blog today is from The Gospel of Luke, chapter 19:28-48. I titled this blog The Love of our Savior because of the emotion I feel when reading through it. It opens with what seems at the time to be an incredibly joyous occasion with Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem where his followers cover the very ground his colt will walk on as they shout praises (vs. 38) “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.”…

Luke 18 | Approaching A Holy God

Jesus teaches us how to posture ourselves in approaching God throughout chapter 18 of the gospel of Luke. In the parable of the persistent widow and the healing of the bling beggar, with persistence (vs 1-9; 35-43). We see in the parable of the pharisee and the tax collector, the need to approach God in humility (vs 9-14). We see in verses 15-17, that we need to approach the kingdom of God as little children. As we learned with the…

Luke 17 | The Miraculous In The Mundane

Our concept of the spiritual world is really strange sometimes. We often miss the truly spiritual things because we are focused on what we think is spiritual. We can easily miss the forest for the trees. Luke 17 is a good example. The young disciples thought their biggest need was to increase their faith. The well-meaning but deceived and law-bound Pharisees were concerned with the end times and the coming of the kingdom of God. But Jesus ties strong faith…

Luke 16 | Faithful Like Him

Paul Queen reminded us in a recent blog that because of God’s unchanging faithfulness, we can trust him. Luke chapter sixteen turns this thought around and asks the question, “Can he trust us?” There is a theme throughout the Bible of settling accounts, of being responsible for what we have been given. “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you…

Luke 15 | When God Celebrates

This past Sunday while traveling to church, I suddenly realized that I had left my cell phone back at my house. It was too far and too late to go back and retrieve it before church began. At that moment, I must have sighed too loudly. My wife understandingly commented on how ‘we just feel lost’ without our phones. Aside from the question of whether or not we are too dependent on our iPhones (sorry if you use another brand!).…

Luke 14 | Looking for the Worst Seat in the House

Luke 14 reflects the increasing opposition toward Jesus on his way to the cross. Notably, he has already been in conflict over the meaning of the Sabbath and has more than once offended their religious rules and systems. Yeah Jesus! Jesus, on this occasion, is invited to the house of a ruler of the Pharisees. There he notices a man suffering from a disease. Jesus uses the condition of the man to pose a question and proves a point regarding…

Luke 13 | Free in Christ

Luke 13:10-17 presents a contrast between the thinking of Jesus and those who are merely religious. In this account, Jesus heals a woman who was physically disabled. Luke indicates that her condition was due to a “disabling spirit” – that is, it was due to evil, spiritual forces that caused her to be severely bent over at the waist. Today, we might attribute such a physical problem to scoliosis (curvature of the spine). Yet, we must allow in our world-view…