New Testament Blog (Page 3)

New Testament Blog (Page 3)

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 11 | Radical Prayer

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 how to connect…

Luke 10 | Revelation of Hidden Things

The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 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 that same…

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 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…