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To whom can we show Jesus’ kindness? Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees … complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them! Luke 15:1-2 Our society seems caught in a trap of polarised views. Each side has its legalistic lines … Continue reading Whom do we receive?
We live in an age that idolises enjoyment and rejects passages like, “I want to know Christ … and the fellowship of sharing in his suffering.” Philippians 3:10-11 Yes, Jesus did it for us, but he is the forerunner of our faith. But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him … Continue reading Experiencing the cross
These Covid months ask much of us, it is tough interacting online and being held from our loved ones. How does Jesus look at those who ask for strength? Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me. Isaiah 42:1 Jesus looks with pleasure on us who feel so … Continue reading Feeling useless?
We think of shame as something bad that Jesus would never have experienced, yet, … For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 You don’t scorn something you don’t experience. Jesus was nailed naked to a … Continue reading Overcome shame
Contentment frees us for Jesus, yet our culture drives us from it. Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Luke 6:20 The poor, aware of need have opportunity to depend on the Lord, whereas those focused on their desires turn to them – money, relationships, gifting, … for support. … Continue reading Where do your desires lead?
Why does Luke emphasis that Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit’s power? Surely as the Son of God that’s obvious. Yet, Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. Luke 4:14 After being in the wilderness fasting forty days and been tempted by the devil Jesus should be weary. So, anything … Continue reading Empowered?
The birth place of Jesus, a stable, almost escapes mention in the gospels. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, … She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke2:6-7 Luke is the only gospel writer who mentions … Continue reading Son of God born in a stable?!
Jesus’ faith held to some absolute certainties. Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, …” John 11:41-42 This does not mean Jesus always got what he wanted. Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not … Continue reading What is faith?
What kind of flourishing do you aim at? What kind of a person does that make you? Only a fool would not understand this: Though the wicked sprout like weeds and evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever. Psalm 92:6-7 Weeds flourish, growing fast and taking over, but their end is the dump. This is … Continue reading How do you flourish?