Wednesday, May 31, 2006

No no no

I am not pregnant, and the cradle is not for me! It is for my grandchild-to-be. See here.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

An Idea

I have a comment or question or --something about Luke. I'll post soon when I have a bit of time.

Meanwhile, anyone still here??? Besides Lorna? Tell us where you are in Luke. Rose is at chapter 15, I'm at 19...

Anyone?

What do you think of this?

Or otherwise, how about we just move on to Luke's second book, Acts of the Apostles?

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Confused

I`ve got behind with my reading of Luke. I always start out with good intentions of keeping up with these readings, then something happens and I lag behind.

Anyway, I`ve got up to Luke 15, but there`s a verse in Chapter 14 that puzzles me greatly -
verse 26: "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, even his own life, he cannot be a disciple of mine."

All Jesus`s teaching I thought was about love - e.g. love God, love your neighbour as yourself, so why in this verse is he saying that we have to hate, in order to be a disciple. It just doesn`t make sense to me.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Luke 22

But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. (Luke 22:21)

The full weight of Judas' betrayal hit me with this. He was there holding hands with Jesus, part of the circle of friends, and when he slipped out to betray Jesus he broke that fellowship.

Ouch

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Luke 19

triggered something off in me.
I blogged about it over at see-through faith

ENJOY

Sunday, May 14, 2006

the end is in sight .. and then ?

Sun 14th Luke 19
Mon 15th Luke20
Tues 16th Luke 21
Weds 17th Luke 22
Th 18th Luke 23
Fri 19th Luke 24

the end.

My target is to finish Luke this week. I've been enjoying it - but it's been a bit haphazard i must admit.

Any thoughts or suggestions as to whether we continue here or not, and if we do what shall we read next? I'm thinking of Acts as a good follow on for myself. But am open to suggestions.

be blessed

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Luke 14 an extra thought

I blogged about Luke 14:25 on over here

I also got stuck on (in a good way) Luke 16:10-18 which the message calls
God sees behind appearances


ouch and wonderful! What a combination.

I find it weird that Jesus says that we don't need more faith (Luke 17:6) but have to accept it as true. But I do wonder what it is that He means, or why I find this so hard to accept.

Maybe it's not that I lack faith, but I don't exercise it ...or something :)

Be blessed

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Time for Goodbye

It's been great! Please remove me from the blog. GOD BLESS!!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Luke 13 some thoughts

1. Anyone know anything about the tower in Siloam? (Lk 13:4) The death of 18 people made a big impact on the community it seems.

2. Luke talks about figtrees. In the message it's about apple trees ... appropriate here in Finland where everyone loves apple trees and apple juice etc :)

"The gardener said, "Let's give it another year. I'll dig around it and fertilize, 9and maybe it will produce next year; if it doesn't, then chop it down.'"


reminds me of Jonah getting a second chance doesn't it you? And make me think too - how is it that God fertilizes you and me??

3.Jesus is often portrayed as being meek and mild, especially in films ... but listen to this

Jesus said, "Tell that fox [Herod] 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.



That's all from me folks! What are your thoughts on Luke so far?

Friday, May 05, 2006

this coming week

I'm taking Luke much more slowly than one chapter a day. It's not what I planned but...

so

anyway I'm reposting this

Sat 6th / Sun Luke 13
Mon 1 Luke14
Tues 2 Luke 15
Weds 3 Luke 16
Th 4 Luke 17
Fri 5 Luke 18
Sat 6 Luke 19
Sun 7 Luke 20

and we'll see how I (we) get on this week. If you're going faster it's ok. But I realised I need more time with this.

fire

Luke 12:49

I've come to start a fire. - how I wish it were blazing right now.... do you think I came to smooth things over and make everything nice? Not so. I've come to disrupt and confront.

we forget how radical Jesus was

I've never really understood luke 12: 55 though. It' s not the language it's the thought. any ideas?

Thursday, May 04, 2006

a few morsels

He commissioned them to preach the news of God's kingdom and heal the sick. He said, "Don't load yourselves up with equipment. Keep it simple; you are the equipment.
(Luke 9:2-3)


I love it that we are the equipment :)


"You feed them," Jesus said. (Luke 9:13)


Way to go Jesus. That's delegation from the top :) Don' t you love it :)

The Message talks about Peter blurting stuff out, and babbling. I identify with that guy more and more every day (grin)



In Luke 11 we find a new version of the Lord's prayer. Not sure if I like it :(

Father,

Reveal who you are.

Set the world right.

Keep us alive with three square meals.

Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.

Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil."

except the keep us forgiven and forgiving. That's so essential I find.

and if you're wondering about the 'woe to you pharisees' section - the Message puts it
you're hopeless religion scholars! ouch! I don't like that passage much (in any version) if I'm honest - it comes too close sometimes.

There is such good teaching in Luke. I'm taking it slower than I expected. And that's ok. So long as I'm feeding on the word of God - morsels are great :)

Be blessed

Monday, May 01, 2006

readings this week



Sun 30 Luke 13
MAY
Mon 1 Luke14
Tues 2 Luke 15
Weds 3 Luke 16
Th 4 Luke 17
Fri 5 Luke 18
Sat 6 Luke 19
Sun 7 Luke 20

I'm hopelessly behind myself.

Some thoughts on Luke 7 though.

Jesus was willing to go into the home of the Roman solider. Again evidence that He didn't just minister to the Jews. I don't think I'd noticed that before. The Message put it like this

A Roman captain there had a servant who was on his deathbed. He prized him highly and didn't want to lose him. When he heard Jesus was back (had he been waiting I wonder?) he sent leaders from the Jewish community asking him to come and heal his servant. They came to Jesus, and urged him to do it, saying "He deserves this. He loves our people. He even built our meeting place" (Luke 7:1-5)


Was this Roman soldier what we see in Cornelius (in Acts 10) I wonder. A God-fearing man. One of the first to become believers - free from the need to be circumsized etc. I don't know but I find it interesting :)

Until now I've always focused on the faith of the man - and not who he is or was.

What's more I don't think I've ever noticed that Jesus healed the boy in Luke 7:11-15. I've certainly never preached on it - or heard it preached. Imagine the scene though - a funeral procession, that Jesus just happened to come across. He sees the widow's greif and raised him from the dead.

What I love most is the reaction to this miracle though.

They all realised they were in a place of holy mystery, that God was at work among them. They were quietly worshipful - and then noisily grateful, calling out among themselves "God is back! Looking to the needs of his people" The news of Jesus spread all through the country.


There's no record of a feast following this, but I'm fairly sure there was one. Was Jesus part of it? Maybe. I like to think He was, don't you?

As I said I'm far behind the reading scheme. And I'm hereby giving myself permission to plod along. I'm enjoying Luke - it really is as if I've never read it before.

I'm onto chapter 8 now :) Be blessed wherever you are