Posts with the tag “luke”

Luke 24
by Audrey Rogers on April 3rd, 2020
Luke 24:32Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road?Sometimes we can become enamored. So much so that our hearts are set on fire.However, there’s a difference between smoke and heat. There’s a difference between human fire and godly fire. One doesn’t have much substance and therefore producesa lot of smoke. The other has sustainable fuel and produces a healthy flame. You ...  Read More
Luke 23
by Audrey Rogers on April 2nd, 2020
Luke 23:34Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. There’s Jesus suspended by nails, scanning the scene below. Soldiers sporting. Crowds gawking. Rulers pontificating. Criminals haranguing. Bearers of God’s image with really no clue. Flashes of pain. Waves of nausea. The taste of death. Sin crouching at the door. Murder, Jealousy, Hypocrisy, and Spite – mingling in and around the peop...  Read More
Luke 22
by Audrey Rogers on April 1st, 2020
Luke 22:24A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. Are you kidding me? Jesus just gets done predicting his own betrayal and subsequent murder, and the disciples are posturing for promotion? The timing couldn’t have been worse. And why are they concerned about it in the first place? Yet Jesus didn’t blast them for their insensitivity. Rather he told t...  Read More
Luke 21
by Audrey Rogers on March 31st, 2020
Luke 21:4The widow put in all she had to live on. I find it interesting that Jesus would even let her do this. She had nothing and he watched her give even the little she had away. He idly sat by and observed the scene. He didn’t offer any help in the moment. From a human perspective that could seem callous. From a heavenly perspective, he’s doing her the greatest honor in the world, and allowing ...  Read More
Luke 20
by Audrey Rogers on March 30th, 2020
Luke 20:23But he perceived their craftiness. Tricky, tricky, tricky. Throughout chapter 20, the various leaders of the Jewish establishment were pretty slick, seeking ways to catch Jesus in an indiscretion. They were crafty, devising questions that would proffer needed evidence. Jesus was going down. They just needed to figure out a way of pulling it off. But Jesus wasn’t thrown off in the least. ...  Read More
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 17th, 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 16th, 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