Jesus opens the disciples' minds to understand the scriptures (24:44-49). The ascension of Jesus (24:50-53; see also Mark 16:19-20; Acts 1:9).
Sermon Luke 3:7-18 What Should We Do? A response to the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting. Biblical Commentary Children's Sermons Hymn Lists Luke 3:7-18 What Should We Do? Pastor Harvard Stephens, Jr. Today I truly believe that God wants me to say something about the tragedy that occurred this past Friday in Newtown, CT, at [...]
As addicts, we know a thing or two about denial and we know a little about having our worlds collapse and ripped out from under us. Pain is a great teacher; but her lessons come to us hard.
I don't know how deep the water was at Canal Street church, but the deepest water in New Orleans was about 10', and the average was about 7'. What would be covered by water—toxic water—if our sanctuary were flooded to either of those heights by storm waters. . . .
The question is: Was Jesus acclaimed because of his greatness, or did the crowds pursue him because of what they hoped he could do for them? Were they hoping to be disciples, or were they just hoping to be healed--or to witness a miracle?
That, my friends, is a picture of grace: being invited into a place we have no business being. By grace, we are lavished with gifts that we did not pay for and do not deserve. And only by the kindness of our Host have we even been allowed to enter and to stay.
Martha is driven by duty rather than delight. She may be an effective organizer, a great cook, conscientious in all that she does, but she is simply responsible, not inspired, even on the day when Jesus himself comes to dinner.
Jesus healed many people, but not everyone. Those he healed got sick again, and those he raised from the dead eventually died again. The purpose of healing the sick and raising the dead was not to suspend the laws of nature but to bear witness to the power of God over life and death.
When Mother's Day arrived, a chaplain in a state prison was overwhelmed with prisoner requests for Mother's Day cards. He gave out boxes and boxes of ‘em. When Father's Day rolled around, he had stocked up--but almost none of the men asked for them.
This parable should be called the Parable of the Loving Father, rather than the Parable of the Prodigal Son, because that's really what it's about – a father's love for his children, with little regard for whether they deserve it or not.