January, 2020


THE GOSPEL OF LUKE – KILLER OF PROPHETS

KILLER OF PROPHETS ‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killer of prophets, abuser of the messengers of God!                             How often I’ve longed to gather your children, gather your children like a hen,                    her brood safe under her wings — but you refused …Continue reading →

THE GOSPEL OF LUKE – WRAPPING THINGS UP

WRAPPING THINGS UP “Just then some Pharisees came up and said, ‘Run for your life! Herod’s on the hunt. He’s out to kill you!’  Jesus said, ‘Tell that fox that I’ve no time for him right now. Today and tomorrow I’m busy clearing out the demons and healing the sick; the third day I’m wrapping things up. Besides, it’s not …Continue reading →

THE GOSPEL OF LUKE – STRANGERS TO GRACE

STRANGERS TO GRACE “That’s when you’ll find yourselves out in the cold, strangers to grace. You’ll watch Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and all the prophets march into God’s kingdom. You’ll watch outsiders stream in from east, west, north and south and sit down at the table of God’s kingdom. And all the time you’ll be outside looking in – and …Continue reading →

THE GOSPEL OF LUKE – YOUR KIND OF KNOWING

YOUR KIND OF KNOWING “You’ll protest; ‘But we’ve known you all our lives!’ only to be interrupted with this abrupt, ‘Your kind of knowing can hardly be called knowing. You don’t know the first thing about me.’” Luke 13:26, 27. Jesus defined eternal life in this way: “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true …Continue reading →

THE GOSPEL OF LUKE – DON’T ASSUME

DON’T ASSUME “A lot of you are going to assume that you’ll sit down to God’s salvation banquet just because you’ve been hanging around the neighbourhood all your lives. Well, one day you’re going to be banging on the door, wanting to get in, but you’ll find the door locked and the Master saying, ‘Sorry, you’re not on my guest …Continue reading →

THE GOSPEL OF LUKE – FUTILE FAITH

FUTILE FAITH “A bystander said, ‘Master, will only a few be saved?’ He said, ‘Whether few or many is none of your business. Put your mind on your life with God. The way to life – to God – is vigorous and requires your total attention…’” Luke 13:23-24. Jesus consistently refused to pander to mere curiosity-seekers. His response to this …Continue reading →

THE GOSPEL OF LUKE – ON A STEADY COURSE TOWARDS JERUSALEM

ON A STEADY COURSE TOWARDS JERUSALEM “He went on teaching from town to village, from village to town but keeping on a steady course towards Jerusalem.” Luke 13:22. Jerusalem, the Holy City of God, ancient citadel of David, Israel’s model king and revered leader. Jerusalem, seat of religious government and site of their most holy shrine – the great temple …Continue reading →

THE GOSPEL OF LUKE – ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE

ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE “Again He asked, ‘What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.’” Luke 13:20, 21 (NIV). When two or more parables appear together, called a ‘chain’, to interpret them correctly one must look for …Continue reading →

THE GOSPEL OF LUKE – WHAT’S IT LIKE?

WHAT’S IT LIKE ‘Then Jesus asked, ‘What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches.’” Luke 13:18, 19 (NIV). The kingdom of God is like …Continue reading →

THE GOSPEL OF LUKE – WHO IS REALLY RESPONSIBLE?

WHO IS REALLY RESPONSIBLE “But Jesus shot back, ‘You frauds! Each Sabbath every one of you regularly unties your cow or donkey from its stall, leads it out for water and thinks nothing of it. So why isn’t it all right for me to untie this daughter of Abraham and lead her from the stall where Satan has had her …Continue reading →