Does it feel both odd and appropriate that we should be reading this chapter on Christmas Eve? Odd, perhaps, in the midst of our preparations for the celebration of Jesus’ birthday, but wonderful that, at the same time, we can rejoice in his victory over death. After this journey we have been on with Jesus … More Luke 24: A New Chapter
We are at the beginning of the end of Jesus ministry on earth. It is the turning point of history and of the relationship between God and Man, and a fulfillment, of sorts, of Simeon’s prayer of praise in the temple so long ago. There is so much here—what makes for greatness, the foretelling of … More Luke 22: The Beginning
We get closer to Bethlehem as Christmas Day draws near, and Jesus is getting closer to Jerusalem. In reading through today’s chapter, we can see some of what is on his heart and mind. As he passes through Jericho, Jesus looks up at a man sitting on a branch of a sycamore tree, obviously watching … More Luke 19: The Seeker
Today’s chapter is very short, and all in red, indicating the words of Jesus. All red, that is, except for the usual prelude about who is listening and learning, and who is listening but not learning a thing. The tax collectors and sinners are listening, presumably to learn. The Pharisees, again, are in a bit … More Luke 15: Priceless
It was fascinating to read this account of a dinner invitation while many of us are planning special dinners during the Christmas Season. The chapter started with Jesus breaking bread, along with other guests, at the home of a Pharisee. Did you love as much as I did that the first thing Jesus did when … More Luke 14: The Counsel and the Cost
This chapter starts with the heading “The Calling of the First Disciples”. Until now, Jesus traveled and ministered alone (which, oddly, I hadn’t noticed before today). Some of the men he eventually called might have been in the crowds that were constantly searching him out “to hear the word of God”. Certainly, living in or … More Luke 5: The Beginning
Have you ever wondered, “Seriously, what’s my problem?” At some time, for some reason, maybe you have questioned why you act or react in a certain way, and do it over and over again. Or maybe you have wondered where your joy went, or your passion, and why it left. You used to be much … More Am I Enough?
This week is Passion Week. Many this week will follow Jesus in the scriptures, on his path to Golgotha. Feeling Judas’ betrayal. Hearing the screaming mob. Watching the judging, the beating, the scattered friends and disciples, the suicide of the betrayer. Witnessing the tears of the fearful friend. How shocking it was to those who … More The Remedy
It has been quite a while since I posted here. For those who have followed my journey this past year and a half, I just want to say thank you for your prayers and I am doing quite well! … Last evening I had dinner with friends. After dinner, the guest of honor played a CD of … More Ahead Of Your Time
Still talking about love! God’s intention, at least part of the end game of God’s love perfected in us, is that we give it out. Like he does. Nothing that I say on this blog should be contrued as “God’s love ends with me.” God loves me as much as he does anyone else; of … More Nice Jewish Boy
“The sun will come out, tomorrow! Betcha bottom dollar that tomorrow, there’ll be sun!” Most of us remember Little Orphan Annie’s delightful performance of this song in the titular musical. Even though this little actress, Aileen Quinn, knew the outcome of the whole story, she was certainly “in the moment” when she sang this proclamation. … More I Love Ya, Tomorrow!
Those who regularly follow my blog probably sense that I prefer to write about God’s character than I do about my — or our — lack. But sometimes my own glaring lack of godliness becomes too much to overlook, and this week I’ve noticed a “showering with my socks on” kind of discomfort that eventually … More Heart Gardening