Thankfulness

Scripture Reading: Luke 17:1-19 This story can be overlooked because of it's simplicity. Thrown aside because of it's seemingly unimportance bearing to what's going on in the chaos of life. Although what can't be ignored is the fact that this story is not only in the Bible, but Jesus Himself has something to say about thankfulness. The call to be thankful to God is as beneficial as it is necessary. We are the kind of people who love ourselves. We have websites for ourselves. Our profiles on...

Celebrate Easter With Your Little Ones

Easter can be a blast when you have little ones!  From Easter bunnies to egg hunts to candy, there are lots of different ways to celebrate Easter with your children. As a parent, it’s important for you to choose wisely how you celebrate with your kids. Why? Because the Easter story isn’t just a message for adults. It’s a message to everyone -- young and old. It’s a story of victory. It’s a story of giving. It’s...

Loopholes

Scripture Reading: Luke 16:14-31 The dictionary definition of the word justification is the action of showing something to be right or reasonable. Action is the keyword. In verse 15, Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for their version of justification being the actions they do to bring themselves praise. Often times, we get so focused on what we do: tithing, giving to the homeless, serving at church, volunteering, etc. Even though these things are great, they are garbage if the motive behind them is to make...

The Cost of Discipleship

Scripture Reading: Luke 14:25-35 Are you willing to be a true disciple of Jesus and follow His example? While salvation is a free gift, true discipleship has a cost. True disciples of Jesus must love Him more than anyone or anything else and must follow in His steps by living according to His example and teaching. Jesus refers to His followers as “disciples.” A disciple is the student of a mentor or teacher and puts what has been learned into...

Children on a Playground

Scripture Reading: Luke 14:12-24 Children can befriend anyone. They run onto the playground and instantly become best friends with another child they just met. It doesn’t matter what the other child wears or what their beliefs are; in that moment, they are simply looking for a playmate. They are selfless and innocent, reaching their hands out to the misfit in the sandbox. In Acts 10:28 Peter declares, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to...

Be Humble or Be Humbled!

  Scripture Reading: Luke 14:1-14 In Luke 14, while eating in the house of a prominent Pharisee leader, Jesus took note of how guests at the meal picked their position at the dinner table. In that time, it was customary for guests to occupy a seat that marked their importance of rank. As a guest would enter, he would seat himself in a place that he thought he was entitled to fill. As I'm sure you can imagine, guests wanted others to see them occupying the most...

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...