Resolution for 2014: Live out the power of the Kingdom. Subset: Love those who have no desire to love you. Drive them crazy in the process. It may be a “win/win.” It may also cost you a lot. Either way, live out the Kingdom’s power.
How to live in 2014? Jesus has some pretty direct things to say about that. 27 “But I say to you who are willing to hear: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on the cheek, offer the other oneContinue reading “The Resolution for 2014”
Luke 5-6 has some encounters that typify what Jesus is trying to get across early in his ministry. It’s simple: Get on the Kingdom’s agenda! Those who see that message and come to him get a response. The leper came and ASKED, “Lord, if you are willing…” Levi heard the call of Jesus and immediately left his workContinue reading “The Pharisee in Me”
Luke 1 begins with the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth. They were getting along in years and had no children. It was a constant prayer, but one that by this time they offered up without much hope. Then, the answer comes. 13 The angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah. Your prayers have been heard. Your wifeContinue reading “Surprised by answered prayer”
I am reading/praying my way through Luke right now. One thing I truly love about Luke’s take on the life of Jesus is in the intricate tie between prayer and activity. In Luke 5 there is the constant rush of ministry activity. Healing, teaching, deliverance ministry, but Luke adds in, “Jesus often withdrew to theContinue reading “Observing the Pattern of Prayer… and Action”