NT Bible Reading Blog (Page 17)

NT Bible Reading Blog (Page 17)

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 14: 7-11 | 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 12 | What’s Under the Hood?

“From the Inside Out” I remember those Saturday mornings getting up and going car shopping with my Dad. Dad would stay up-to-date with car ratings, and customer satisfaction; his favorite source was Consumer Reports. We would drive from lot to lot looking at used cars. He was never in the market for a new one. It was the “used” cars and the savings that had his interest. He had his routine down to a science. The salesman would come out…

Luke 9 | Do We Really Know the Cost of Following Jesus?

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go…

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 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 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…

2 Cor. 7 | Good Grief!

Good grief! What comes to mind when we hear this statement?  I think of the Peanuts cartoon and Charlie Brown. I see Lucy sitting there holding the football enticing Chuck to come running at full speed to kick it clear to the moon. At the last-minute, Lucy pulls it away causing Charlie Brown to sail through the air and land painfully on his back and he says: “Good grief!”  So, what is the meaning of Good Grief? Some dictionary’s top…

II Cor. 5 | Looking for Relief?

By Scott Wiens There is a classic story told by the late comedian Jerry Clower about an evening raccoon hunt in Mississippi. In the story, Jerry and his friends were coon hunting one evening and their hound dogs treed what they all thought was a raccoon. One of the men named John climbed into the tree with a long-pointed stick with the intent of knocking the coon out of the tree so it could be dispatched of by the hunters…

II Cor. 2 | Forgiveness Is God’s Plan

Today, as I write about Paul’s divine thoughts in II Corinthians chapter 2, two verses stand out to me. They are: verse 7, “so you should rather turn to forgive him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow” and verse 8, “So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him.” Here Paul is desperately trying to offer Godly advice to not only bring brothers together but to strengthen the church as well. In my 40 plus years of…