Luke (2005-06) (Page 2)

Luke (2005-06) (Page 2)

We have God's Word. Why are you not studying it? Why have you not made it a priority to understand God's Word?

Luke 16:19-31

What good things do you have in your life? Think about your life for just a moment. What good things do you have and how do you use them? Is your life set aside to be used by God?… God desires to have mercy on us. He gives us the things that we have to show us mercy now in life, in hopes that we, then, would get the hint and show mercy to others… We have great opportunity around…
What's the good news of the kingdom of God? That you, in fact, can be forgiven and loved by God, and it doesn't matter who you are, what you've done, where you've come from. You can be forgiven and loved by God. That's good news!

Luke 16:1-18

We, so often, struggle with this concept of forgiveness. If they owe it, they owe it. They sinned against me. They deserve what they get. We make life hard for people. God does not make life hard for people. We make life hard for ourselves. God does not make life hard for us. God may allow for circumstances to happen in our lives and around our lives in order to get our attention, but God does not cause evil to…
Do you realize how much you are loved by your Father? Do you know what lengths your Father would go to, to have you back?

Luke 15:11-32

Ministry should never come before the family, but when God asks something specific of us, and especially in that relationship that we have with Him, it should always come first, even before our family, and I think we have a hard time making a distinction between the two… Are you resolved in your heart to honor God with the moment and with your life? I believe God has ministry for all of us, and I would pray that each and…

Luke 15:1-10

So often we only put the emphasis for our resolve for our new year on what’s going to make my life a little more comfortable, what’s going to make my life a little better, what’s going to make my life a little stronger. When was the last time you thought that, “This year I’m going to resolve to give up my life so that I can live completely and totally for Jesus Christ.” When was the last time any of…
If I want to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, I have to be willing to give up me.

Luke 14:15-35

How many of you have ever felt that God is an ogre? Or that God was mean? That God didn’t really care. That God must be sitting up there judging you and punishing you somehow because of the circumstances of your life. Have you ever thought that? Have you ever felt that? First and foremost, God’s Word tells us God is love. He sent Jesus to show us God is love. When He brought Israel out of Egypt, He said…
We're going to be so much happier in life if we stop thinking about ourselves and start thinking about others.

Luke 14:1-14

This is the problem I find, when we get stuck in legalisms, when we allow legalisms to rule our life, we know very little about God’s Word and don’t care to know the truth of God’s Word. We take what we want from God’s Word, and we use it the way we want, and leave the rest behind. I have, on a few occasions, had conversations with people who wanted to eliminate certain portions of God’s Word because they didn’t…
I'm going to continue to do my Father's work. I'm going to continue to spread the love that my Father had for me. I'm going to be bold. I'm going to step out. I'm not going to run away.

Luke 13:31-35

If you are trying to impress God, guess what? Stop. It’s not going to happen. It doesn’t work. God is not impressed with our efforts. God loves us already. He doesn’t want us performing for Him. If we do things, He wants it to be done because we love Him, and we know He loves us. When we help other, it needs to be done because we love Him, and we know He loves us, not because we are performing…
God wants us to always, always, feel welcome close to Him.

Luke 13:18-30

And sometimes we think because bad things are happening in our life that God has abandoned us but, in fact, it’s the opposite. God has not abandoned us. When those rough things start happening in our lives, it is usually because God loves us, because He is packing manure around us. He is making life stink for us, but He is giving us the life-saving nutrients that we need that will cause fruit to grown. And yet, we resent those…
If we are faithful servants, we will tell the truth that our Master has asked us to tell. We will be faithful to that truth...

Luke 12:42-59

What has God entrusted you with? …Everyone in this room has been entrusted with something… We’ve all been given a responsibility, and so often we reject, turn away from, and ignore that responsibility. But you have now been entrusted. God’s Holy Spirit was given you a call in your life to know and to let others know about the Person of Jesus. You have a responsibility, and you have been given…much, and now much will be required of you. I…
Where is your foundation? Where is your strength? Who are you putting your trust in? See, it's not about what you're going to face tomorrow. It's about Who you're facing tomorrow with.

Luke 12:22-41

Jesus says you don’t have to worry about you. Your Father in heaven knows who you are. And this is the crux of it. You know what it is? We’re afraid. Notice how He says that? Verse 32, “Do not be afraid.” You know why we seek to store up for ourself? Because we’re afraid of what tomorrow is going to bring. We’re afraid that tomorrow is going to happen and we’re not going to have enough… You know, we…
Why do we worry? Why do we toil?... Jesus already told us, it's about relationship with Him... It's about having an eternal relationship. It's not about keeping this flesh alive. It's about living in this flesh until He chooses to take us out of this flesh.

Luke 12:13-34

How many of you worry about sharing your faith because of what someone might think of you? How many of you keep your mouths closed because you’re worried about how you might be perceived or received? Jesus says, do not worry about how you will defend yourself. You know what? It is not about you defending yourself, because it is not about you. Your faith in Jesus Christ is about Him. The love that God has for us is about…
You know, it's not about me telling you how to live your life. It's not about me showing you the way. Jesus already showed us the way.

Luke 12:1-12

We find ourselves, so often, angry at God. It all has to do with this hypocrisy. We think that we are good people until God starts exposing who we truly are. We don’t like that, so we get mad at God. And you know what? There have been a few times I have had arguments with Jesus… We can get angry at God. We can yell at God… And you know what? He’s going to forgive that. He’s happy to…