Identity Theft

Scripture Reading: Luke 8:26-39 What comes to mind when you hear the words “identity theft?” Do you reach for your credit card or wonder if your computer password wasn’t strong enough? Believe it or not, identity theft has been happening for a very long time. The man in this story was, not the first, but definitely a very serious victim of identity theft. In this passage we learn that “for a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among...

The Good Soil

Scripture Reading: Luke 8:4-15 The parables of Jesus connected His listeners to concepts like “the word of God” by using familiar things such as seeds. He did this to teach moral and spiritual lessons. Jesus, in the parable of the Sower, was teaching that authentic change and growth depends on our response to God's Word. The seed represents the Bible and biblical teachings. The soil represents our response to His Word. It's easy to say, "Oh good! I'm not that thorny, rocky,...

A Gift

Scripture Reading: Luke 7:36-50 When you receive a gift, how do you express your gratitude? Does your appreciation change depending on the value of the gift? What about when the gift is forgiveness, grace, freedom, and the salvation of your soul? How do you thank the Creator of the universe for the most incredible gift ever given? When we think about the blood of Jesus washing away every sin we have ever committed, it should bring us to our knees in humility, just like it did to the...

Who Are You Pleasing?

Scripture Reading: Luke 7:18-35 Have you ever had a conversation you couldn’t “win” no matter how much truth you tried to present? Have you had doubters and naysayers question your character for trying to follow God’s call on your life? Have you been mocked for the very thing you thought was your gift? Have you ever felt that you didn’t fit in with a certain religious crowd? Everyone needs genuine challenges from friends, family, Scripture and...

Walking By The Funeral

Scripture: Luke 7:11-17 The widow’s pain had to be unbearable. She’d already experienced the agony and grief of having to bury her husband and was now in the middle of the funeral procession to bury her only son. In that time, Jews buried their dead on the same day they passed. The pain and hurt must have been fresh and deep. When Jesus saw the widow and her dead son being carried out, He was overcome with compassion.. He offered her comforting...

No One Likes Rotten Fruit

Scripture Reading: Luke 6:43-49 You are in charge of bringing a dish to the party. After a long and dreary winter, a colorful fruit bowl sounds like the perfect choice to brighten up the party. As you whistle ‘Dixie’ through the grocery store you notice some of the choices are less than acceptable: bruised apples, blackened bananas, and squishy rotten cantaloupe. Do you see them and think, “These are absolutely perfect to bring to...

3 Little Words

Scripture Reading: Luke 6:27-42 LOVE YOUR ENEMIES. Who knew a command comprised with only 3 little words could be so difficult? But wait, Batman doesn’t love the Joker. Ohio State doesn’t love Michigan.We have a tendency to focus intently on our rivals -- they can’t be better, they won’t be better. Jealousy is a...

The Spirit Heals

Scripture Reading: Luke 6:17-26 There is a popular worship song with lyrics that read, ‘A miracle can happen now for the Spirit of the Lord is here.’ Read that again, but this time don’t just see the words. Look at the reality that can happen in your life. ‘A miracle can happen now for the Spirit of the Lord is here.’ Whether we realize it or not the Spirit of the Lord is here in...

Leave Me Alone

Scripture Reading: Luke 5:12-26 What does Jesus, the Pharisees, and the sick have in common? Well, for starters, they always seemed to be around each other at the same time. Sure for entirely different reasons: Jesus came to heal, the sick came for healing, and the Pharisees came because they had nothing better to do than to condemn anyone who wasn’t one of them. What's amazing is Jesus knew this, and He never stopped anyone from coming to see Him. Not the sick, not the...

Fishing Advice From a Carpenter

Scripture Reading: Luke 5:1-11 Jesus was not a known fishing enthusiast. Jesus was not a professional fisherman. Jesus was not, by human standards, qualified or authorized to give instructions on how to fish. He didn’t have the experience. He didn’t have the backing of the fishing community. To make His advice even less...