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Luke 19
by Audrey Rogers on March 27th, 2020
Luke 19:41When Jesus drew near and saw the city, he wept over it. When’s the last time you wept? To weep is a powerful thing. A full surge of emotions that occurs all at one time. And the force of it can sometimes take you by surprise. Is it surprising to think that Jesus wept? A full surge of emotions happening all at once. He looked at Jerusalem and knew the suffering she would endure. I believe...  Read More
Luke 18
by Audrey Rogers on March 26th, 2020
Luke 18:16Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. We have a little girl who is a part of our congregation who always comes up and either gives me a little fist bump or a great big hug. She has such delightful eyes. Eyes full of love and eager excitement. Everything in her heart is riding on that moment. Well, last time we gathered as a church, d...  Read More
Luke 17
by Audrey Rogers on March 25th, 2020
Luke 17:17Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Have you ever found yourself in a thankless job? People just expect things from you, and when they get it, well, that’s what you were there for in the first place. And they go happily on their way. Well, Jesus probably has the most thankless job ever. Savior of the world? That’s what he’s here for, right? People get in a pinch and they know wher...  Read More
Luke 16
by Audrey Rogers on March 24th, 2020
Luke 16:31If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead. This is a stunning statement. Through this parable, Jesus basically says—You can have money, but money won’t save you.You can have miracles, but miracles won’t save you.You can even have the Scriptures, but Scriptures won’t save you, unless you HEAR them. Faith comes by hearin...  Read More
Luke 15
by Audrey Rogers on March 23rd, 2020
Luke 15:32This your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found. Chapter 15 is all about recovering the lost. A sheep was lost, a coin was lost, and a son was lost. And when they were found, oh, the rejoicing that took place! Is there any greater purpose to life than being a part of God’s rescue mission? That’s the overall scheme of things – partnering with God to find souls. I was r...  Read More
Luke 14
by Audrey Rogers on March 20th, 2020
Luke 14:34-35Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear. There were times when Jesus didn’t mince his words, and we would do ourselves a great disservice if we danced around his difficult sayings. Given the context here, we see this is a warni...  Read More
Luke 13
by Audrey Rogers on March 19th, 2020
Thursday, March 19 Luke 13:34O Jerusalem, Jerusalem… How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! I’ve always been impressed by the passion bubbling up in Christ’s heart in this moment of time. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem. This is what I was willing to do, yet you were not willing to let it happen. Have you ever had a block...  Read More
Luke 12
by Audrey Rogers on March 18th, 2020
Luke 12:24, 27Consider the ravens… Consider the lilies… What a great passage. And what a great exercise. Take a moment now and consider the birds of the heaven and the flowers of the earth. Do they toil? Do they fret? Yet God feeds them, and God clothes them. How much more valuable are you! Fear not little flock. God is with us....  Read More
Luke 11
by Audrey Rogers on March 18th, 2020
Luke 11:33No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. As believers in Jesus, we are the light of the world (Matt. 5:14). And as things get darker the light naturally grows with intensity. And, as we all know, the darkness of uncertainty has cast its shadow upon the world. So, now, more than ever, let your light shin...  Read More
Luke 10
by Audrey Rogers on March 18th, 2020
Luke 10:3I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Right now, in the world, we are advised to practice social distancing. COVID-19 has us needing to pull back from social gatherings. And yet these words of Jesus still apply. “I am sending you out.” Even though you need to pull back socially, I want you reaching out relationally. So, how can you reach out today? Well, there are a few sa...  Read More
Luke 9
by Audrey Rogers on March 13th, 2020
Luke 9:20But who do you say that I am? You ever been called out in a meeting? You can get pretty comfortable in the group, until that moment your boss or leader calls you out. What do you think? What are your thoughts? It’s a brand-new game from that moment on. Jesus does this all the time. It’s the moment of reckoning. No more hiding behind popular opinion. No more discussing prevalent views. He ...  Read More
Luke 8
by Audrey Rogers on March 12th, 2020
Luke 8:1-3He went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women… who provided for them out of their means. It’s easy to overlook the last 8 words. We can easily breeze by and not recognize they’re there. We see the preaching of the gospel and recognize the discipling of men, and rejoice that ministry ...  Read More
Luke 7
by Audrey Rogers on March 11th, 2020
Luke 7:47 He who is forgiven little, loves little...  Read More
Luke 6
by Audrey Rogers on March 10th, 2020
Luke 6:22 Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the son of man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven....  Read More
Luke 5
by Audrey Rogers on March 9th, 2020
Luke 5:5 Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets....  Read More
Luke 4
by Audrey Rogers on March 6th, 2020
Luke 4:4Man shall not live by bread alone. ...  Read More
Luke 3
by Audrey Rogers on March 5th, 2020
Luke 3:15The people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ. We are so wired for the Messiah that sometimes we can latch on to the wrong people. We get star struck, dumbfounded. Sometimes people can be awesome. Truly terrific. Talented beyond degree. The best that I’ve ever seen. Yay! And then something begins to happen in our h...  Read More
Luke 2
by Audrey Rogers on March 4th, 2020
Luke 2:49Why were you looking for me? Did you know that I must be in my Father’s house? Jesus spoke these words when he was at the tender age of 12. Yet his heart was drawn to God. I remember having my first encounter with the Lord when I was about 8. Kids might not seem on the outside like they have all the wiring for spiritual connectivity, but, oh boy, do the ever – much more than we know. Ther...  Read More
Luke 1
by Audrey Rogers on March 4th, 2020
Luke 1:3-4It seemed good to me also… to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught. The Gospel according to Luke has literally been in the hands of millions and millions of people, but do you know it was originally addressed to one guy named Theophilus? Amazing. God had much larger plans for the Gospel than Lu...  Read More
Mark 16
by Audrey Rogers on March 2nd, 2020
Mark 16:15Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.Do you know what “gospel” means? Good News.And notice it’s not good advice. Advice is what you give someone who seeks improvement. But that’s not what Christianity is about. If it was, you would find the Bible in the self-help section of your local bookstore. And, unfortunately, that’s where some people might find it. Oh...  Read More
Mark 15
by Audrey Rogers on February 28th, 2020
Mark 15:4-5“See how many charges they bring against you.” But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed. What’s the natural response when somebody brings a charge against us? You defend ourselves, right? Especially when we believe the accusation is false. And we know that was the case for Jesus, yet he made no attempt to defend or to deflect. And Pilate was amazed that Jesus didn’t e...  Read More
Mark 14
by Audrey Rogers on February 27th, 2020
Mark 14:29Even though they all fall away, I will not. An empty wagon makes a lot of noise. And, in and of ourselves, we’re all empty wagons. Therefore, we need to be careful of spouting off niceties in the moment. Oh, we want to please, and, yes, we desire to impress. We long for people to know our good intentions. But when it comes time to deliver, often we find that the wagon is empty. Wouldn’t ...  Read More
Mark 13
by Audrey Rogers on February 26th, 2020
Mark 13:1Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings! Looking back on it now, what a odd thing to say. Wonderful stones and buildings? You’re showing Jesus your wonderful stones and buildings? Sometimes we get a little carried away. As we would expect, Jesus wasn’t impressed. To him they seemed like trivial matters. Years ago, my wife and I went to the Roman ruins. We saw the...  Read More
Mark 12
by Audrey Rogers on February 25th, 2020
Mark 12:24You know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. I think some people assume that if you have one you automatically have the other. However, I find it interesting that Jesus maintains a distinction between the two. He suggests you can know Scripture and not the power of God. And, conversely, you can know the power, without really knowing the Scriptures. And it seems that Jesus is say...  Read More
Mark 11
by Audrey Rogers on February 24th, 2020
Mark 11:17Is it not written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations?” God loves the nations! He loves different cultures, countries, and languages. He enjoys various colors, clothes, and smells. He honors all manner of music, dancing, and customs. He esteems an assortment of foods, traditions, and stories. He loves it all. And He particularly relishes when it all comes togethe...  Read More
Mark 10
by Audrey Rogers on February 21st, 2020
Mark 10:43-44Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. The mark of greatness is a servant’s heart. Servants are not esteemed, if anything, they are overlooked and taken for granted. They are not thanked. They are not appreciated. And, if they are servants, they don’t require special treatment. They do what they do, because the...  Read More
Mark 9
by Audrey Rogers on February 20th, 2020
Mark 9:38Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us? Sometimes churches can get so tribal. We develop strong group loyalty, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But as we see in verse 38, and following, Jesus transcends any one group. He is bigger than our sects and creeds. He is larger than our revivals and movements. He is n...  Read More
Mark 8
by Audrey Rogers on February 20th, 2020
Mark 8:35For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life from my sake and the gospel’s will save it. This is a phenomenal principle. Please get this—You can win the battle and lose the war. Or you lose the argument and win the friend. Do you see how that works? Whatever you do in the small, the opposite can happen in the large. Whatever you win today, you can lose tomorrow...  Read More
Mark 7
by Audrey Rogers on February 19th, 2020
Mark 7:6This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Sometimes we care so much about the outside, and not very much for the inside. But then there are others who care about the inside, while the outside doesn’t look so great. Which would you rather have? If we had to pick, I pray we would go with the latter one every time. Losing respect is sometimes the path to inner pea...  Read More
Mark 6
by Audrey Rogers on February 17th, 2020
Mark 6:38How many loaves do you have? The answer was five loaves, and two fish. Not much. But if you pass it through the hands of Jesus… he can multiply it. All it takes is a little imagination. They took the little they had & PASSED IT THROUGH THE HANDS OF JESUS! “Oh, the need is so great, and my resources are so small.”  If I give… it won’t make much difference. If I give… what will I have left ...  Read More
Mark 5
by Audrey Rogers on February 14th, 2020
Mark 5:30Who touched my garments? This is one of my favorite things Jesus ever said: Who touched my garments? His disciples are like: What are you talking about? Everybody is clamoring over you. Pulling and tugging. Ripping and tearing. And you’re asking who touched me? Yes, somebody touched me. The difference? The crowd was there out of novelty. The woman was there out of need. Her touch was diff...  Read More
Mark 4
by Audrey Rogers on February 13th, 2020
Mark 4:38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. The waves were beating against the boat, the water was filling the vessel, and his disciples were freaking out. This was it. They were going to die. Yet, there was Jesus, sound asleep on a pillow. I want that kind of peace. I want that kind of confidence. I want that kind of faith. When everything is breaking apart, I’m asleep because I know...  Read More
Mark 3
by Audrey Rogers on February 12th, 2020
Mark 3:7Jesus withdrew. Technology has allowed us an incredible level of connectivity. Whether it be email, texting, social media, messenger, FaceTime, you name it, we’ve got it. If you want to stay connected it’s easy. However, if you want to disconnect it’s hard. But, every once and awhile, I think it’s healthy. When the demands of life got hot and heavy, Jesus withdrew. And if Jesus withdrew, w...  Read More
Mark 2
by Audrey Rogers on February 11th, 2020
Mark 2:27The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a gift. A day to stop and catch your breath. A day to refresh and repose. A day to regain your rhythm. A day to take a deep breath and relax. It’s a gift from God to mankind. However, what kind of gift is it when it’s obligatory? Under such expectations, it ceases to be a gift entirely and becomes a burden. A demand. A ...  Read More
Mark 1
by Audrey Rogers on February 10th, 2020
Mark 1:3Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Isn’t this what the entire Bible is about? Yes, that’s exactly what it’s about.From Genesis 3 to Mark 1 there are a symphony of sights & sounds. Genealogies & Geographies.Tabernacles & Temples.Laws & Decrees.Poets & Prophets.Songs & OraclesStories & Sermons.Conflicts & Wars.Empires & Exiles.Plots & Intrigues.… all employed to prepare th...  Read More
Matthew 28
by Audrey Rogers on February 7th, 2020
Matthew 28:5Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen. What?!! Who is this strange man? White and shining as the sun? And what does he mean: ‘He is risen’? We saw his body go in. We saw the men roll the great stone against the mouth of the tomb. He is risen? Can it be? Oh, that would be just like Jesus! Wait until Peter and the rest hear a...  Read More
Matthew 27
by Audrey Rogers on February 6th, 2020
Matthew 27:50Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. There’s a lot going on in this chapter. Jesus is bound, led away, accused by the priests, condemned by the mob, abandoned by the governor, mocked by men, forsaken by God, and swallowed by death. What a colossal chapter this is. And he submitted to it all. But it’s, perhaps, this last step that I find most remarkable – ...  Read More
Matthew 26
by Audrey Rogers on February 5th, 2020
Matthew 26:52a, 53Put your sword back into its place… Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? During this time a Roman legion consisted of nearly 7,000 men. Can you imagine opening your front door to a legion of soldiers? It would be quite breathtaking to behold such an enormous force, let alone be attacked by one. Therefore, ...  Read More
Matthew 25
by Audrey Rogers on February 4th, 2020
Matthew 25:40As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. Jesus stands in solidarity with the down and outs. He has a special affinity with the needy. I find it interesting that he doesn’t come and personally fix the problem himself but waits for his representatives (the church) to do something about it. He wants the church to see them. He wants the church to know he s...  Read More
Matthew 24
by Audrey Rogers on February 3rd, 2020
Matthew 24:2You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down. Getting the news of Kobe Bryant’s passing last week was a shock. Here one day and gone the next. Seems surreal. But that’s the way of the world. Nothing in this life remains forever. Kingdoms will pass, dynasties will fall, cities will topple, statues wil...  Read More