Luke 12 – Verse by Verse

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Mark Radke was scheduled to take this chapter while Ginger & I were in Texas.  In the midst of the Coronavirus crisis, everything changed, but we decided to stick with Mark and Luke 12.

Luke 12.pdf   (Mark Radke)

Luke 12.mp3   (Mark Radke)

Here is a link to the livestream video:  https://www.facebook.com/horizoncentral/videos/1399883910195033/

Luke 8 – Verse by Verse

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Luke 8 starts with teaching, but this will be followed by several amazing examples of Christ’s power.  Jesus will encourage us to share the word with hope and to trust him when things begin to look hopeless.

Luke 08.pdf

Luke 08.mp3

A Prayer Prompted by Luke 8

Our Father in heaven,

In sending your Son, you gave us a person who we can watch, listen to, learn from and follow.  Help us to be receptive to all that Christ wants to teach us. In other words, give us “ears to hear.”  Help us to trust that you have everything under control, even when some of the circumstances in our lives seem out of control from our perspective.

We know that Jesus has all power over raging storms, physical illness, armies of demons and even death.  Let us always be ready to seek Christ’s help and to follow him all the days of our lives. This is obviously what you, as our Father, want for us.

In Christ,

Amen.

 

We are perishing! – Luke 8:22-25

22 One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, 23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. 24 And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”

That must have been some storm, to strike that kind of fear into a group of disciples, several of whom previously made their living by fishing on that same lake.  After years of experience you might think they had seen it all.  Maybe they hadn’t.

We can find ourselves in situations where experience is little help.  In fact, maybe experience only tells us that all is surely lost.  The disciples found themselves exactly there on this day.  We may feel like that is where we are today. 

And it may seem like Jesus is asleep.  Where is God when you need him?  Where is that Savior when our resources and abilities come to an end?

Jesus responded to their cries.  He calmed the storm.  His words, however, were not exactly reassuring.  He didn’t say, “There, there, it’ll all be all right.”  It was more along the lines of a rebuke, asking, “Where is your faith?”

Their voyage started with Jesus saying, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” He said it – and Jesus knows what he is talking about. 

It is okay and even required that we pray.  Sometimes God just doesn’t act without our prayers.  But we need not panic.  We can pray with faith.  We can pray confidently that God will meet our need.  We can wake Jesus up, but perhaps not with the same level or kind of fear the disciples showed on that night in the boat during the storm.

 

A Prayer Prompted by Luke 7

Dear Father in heaven,

We come before you in humility knowing that in ourselves there is nothing that would make us worthy to have you listen to our prayers.  We truly have nothing to offer but our faith in Christ.  We know that he came to proclaim forgiveness to sinners like ourselves, so we ask you to cleanse us of our sins.

We ask you to make us faithful intercessors, much like the centurion, with respect to those we love. Please hear the prayers that we offer up for others.

Help us to remain faithful in the midst of our own trials, even as John had to remain faithful in prison.

And as we recognize how great your forgiveness has been toward us, make us people who would show you great love.

In Christ,

Amen.

A Prayer Prompted by Luke 2

Dear Father in Heaven,

We thank you for the work that Luke the beloved physician did in order to help us, generations later, to be more certain about our faith. We thank you for his research, writing and faithfulness to Christ.

Through these words that we have read today and even more as we continue to study this Gospel, inspired by the Spirit, we pray that you would reveal Christ to our hearts.

Like Simeon, we want to see Jesus for who he really is. We want to know him as your salvation, through which you have rescued us from sin and its well-deserved punishment.

Please Father, establish us in our faith, ground us in it.

And like the shepherds or the prophetess Anna, use us to glorify your name before others.

In Christ,

Amen.

The old man at the temple – Luke 2:22-32

22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
    according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation
31     that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and for glory to your people Israel.”

This text does not exactly say that Simeon was old, but I’ve always pictured him that way.  He indicates he is now ready to die and his happy that he can do so in peace, having finally seen Jesus, the child of promise.

I admire the old guy.  His perseverance and faith are worth imitating.  How often are we tempted to give up when we are simply tired of waiting.  The enemy attacks people in their maturity the way a lion might look for a antelope lagging behind the herd. 

But not Simeon.  He was righteous, devout, sensitive to the Spirit’s leading and waiting.  Mostly waiting by this time I would guess.  He knew how to express his faith by his faithfulness.

The thing about perseverance and faith like this is that it is acquired by not giving up.  Does that sound simplistic? Maybe so, but it is not simple.  In fact, it can be hard.  Giving up is relatively easy – you just stop trying.  

But not Simeon.  I pray and commit to not being a quitter either, and I am praying that right now for you.  Like Simeon, the old man at the temple, we should each aspire to someday being that old man or woman in the church.