Miracles in the Making

Scripture Reading: Luke 13:18-30 Have you ever plucked a dandelion from the grass and blew on the seeds so they would float away into the wind? So small, so insignificant, right? The world tends to value size: the biggest TV, the largest house, the highest income -- we want the biggest and best thing now. But what if the smallest things could produce the greatest miracles? We have all watched dough magically rise because of baker’s yeast....

He’s No Jack In The Box

Scripture Reading: Luke 13:10-17 As a child, I remember playing with a toy called, “Jack-in-the-box.” Jack in the box was a small to medium size box with a clown inside. The clown sat on a spring and after so many turns of a lever, Jack would pop out of the box. To play with it again, you just pushed Jack back into the box and started the process again. The thing about Jack was that he never changed how he looked, what he did, or where he...

Own Up

Scripture Reading: Luke 13:1-9 “I didn’t do it I swear.” The famous line of every child who has ever gotten into trouble. Do you remember what it was like being a kid? Can you think back to a time when you were doing something that you knew you shouldn’t be doing? That moment when you looked around to see if anyone was watching just before you committed the act that got you scolded and punished by your parents for disobeying. We have all been at the place where we knew we were in the...

The Danger of Later

Scripture Reading: Luke 12:35-48 “I’ll do it later.” How often have we used that excuse to justify doing what we want instead of what we know we should be doing? More than once in His teaching, Jesus stresses the importance of living our lives with intentionality. In Luke 12:35 He says, “Stay dressed for action…” The picture He paints in the following verses is that of servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding. For the...

What Are You Storing?

Scripture Reading: Luke 12:13-34 In Luke 12:13-21, Jesus tells a parable about a rich fool who stored up for himself barn-fulls of treasure on earth instead of in heaven. When his time on earth came to an end, he missed an eternal reward because he was too focused on earthly rewards. After Jesus finished this parable, He shares an incredible truth in verse 22-23: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about...

Always Get Up

Scripture Reading: Luke 11:33-52 We’ve all made mistakes. We’ve all pushed when we should have pulled and zigged when we should have zagged. You get the idea. This is innate, human, and given (Romans 3:23). God does not expect perfection, but God does expect us to pursue perfection with the way we live. However, as believers and new creations in Christ, we no longer live according to the sinful flesh, but according to the Spirit (Romans 5:8). We are called to a higher...

He’s Not A Machine And Life Is Not A Game

Scripture Reading: Luke 11:1-14 Everyone has played the claw machine at an arcade. You put in your quarters, move the dangling claw as strategically as possible, and hover directly over the prize that caught your eye. When we hit the button we’re sure we’re precisely on target and we expect to have the prize in hand in a few seconds. You take a deep breath as you press the release button and watch the claw open. It gently grabs the prize and then somehow, with no...

Prayer For Your Friends May Change Your Future

Scripture Reading: Luke 10:25-42 Have you raised a teenager? If not, perhaps you were one at some point? We know teenagers can be a special breed and require lots of attention and grace. Lord knows they can push you to the very brink of darkness. They tend to be mouthy and carry a “know it all” attitude, convinced they don’t need a parent’s love and guidance. All of a sudden they know everything and advice falls on deaf...

Questions

Scripture Reading: Luke 10:1-24 It’s alright to ask questions. You don’t have to know it all. It’s ok to admit you’ve never heard of that band, been to that restaurant or know the difference between a Chemex and a French Press. Feel free to admit you aren’t an expert in public policy and world history. It’s even okay to confess you haven’t read the whole Bible! In other words, it’s okay to be humble. After all, when you know everything what more is there to discover? When...

A Bad Habit

Scripture Reading: Luke 9:57-62 Most of us have a bad habit. We keep looking back. We focus too much on the past and not enough on what lies ahead. Whether it's former successes, failures, obstacles; good times or bad times; sins or holy moments; we get trapped in the days gone by. Jesus encounters three people who confess a desire to follow Him. But each one has their own reasons for not following through on what they said. One doesn’t believe trading present comfort for future...