Trinity Talk (Page 23)

Trinity Talk (Page 23)

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 13: 10-21 | 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…

Luke 11 | Radical Prayer

By: Christine Cunningham Followers of Christ want to know how to pray (Luke 11:2-4)! Dynamic, unceasing prayer presents numerous approaches to communicating with God. Thoughts of radical prayer bring to mind a little ball-of-fire I heard at a pastor’s conference in Bogotá, Colombia. We walked into the auditorium and heard the voice of a woman praying. Simultaneously, we felt the commanding power and presence of God. This small-statured woman, whose pastor husband had been kidnapped by Marxist guerrillas, perceptibly knew…

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 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 1: 5-25 | 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 Cor. 11-12 | 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…

Live to Give

I have a saying that I use with my family whenever they thank me for doing something for them. I say, “I Live to Give”. Although I have expressed this sentiment sarcastically at times, I really do try to live out this motto as much as I can by the grace of God. As a parent you often wonder if what you’re doing makes any kind of impact on your children. Are they getting it? They see the best and…
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II Cor. 6:1 | Working Together with Him

I have both worked together for the Lord, as well as worked together with him. I definitely like working together with him better. The two are worlds apart. When you work for someone, you may not know specifically what he or she wants. You just do your best to try to please that one by working hard at various tasks that you hope will be acceptable. But when you work with someone, they are in the lead and you are…

2 Cor. 4 | Our Wounds Are Part of Our Wholeness

I am always amazed and amused when I read the way Paul describes the traumatic events that happened in his life in 2 Corinthians chapter four. Later in the letter, he recounts his beatings, dangers, shipwrecks, his being many times on the razor-edge of death, the betrayal, sleepless nights, hunger, and cold exposure that accompanied his service to Jesus. Any one of these experiences might send the best of us into a downward spiral of post-traumatic stress. But Paul calls…