Posts Tagged ‘Luke’

Lectionary Scriptures for 2-23-14

February 17, 2014

Lectionary Scriptures for 2-16-14

February 10, 2014

Lectionary Scriptures for 2-9-14

February 3, 2014

Upperroom Daily Devotional 1-31-14

January 31, 2014

Upperroom Daily Devotional 1-30-14

January 30, 2014

Lectionary Scriptures for 2-2-14

January 27, 2014

Pastor’s Ponderings, Wonderings, Wanderings

August 25, 2013

From William Barclay’s Study Bible Notes on Luke 13:10-17:

“In Christianity the individual comes before the system. It is true to say that without Christianity there can be no such thing as democracy, because Christianity alone guarantees and defends the value of the ordinary, individual man or woman. If ever Christian principles are banished from political and economic life there is nothing left to keep at bay the totalitarian state where individuals are lost in the system, and exist, not for their own sake, but only for the sake of that system.”

Have you ever wondered, considered, given thought to, cared about the direction our government is taking us. Perhaps if we were to vote our Christian beliefs, vote in politicians who we had researched and found that they openly professed their faith and lived it by example. Just an example of the criteria we could use is asking the question: Does the person I am considering voting for tithe? This is just a small part of our faith but is the one that says do we put our money where our mouth is. If we look at the giving (tithing) of our current leadership (Pres and VP) we might use that as one criteria about their faith walk. They are obviously able to give based on the salaries and other perks they receive. But do they? Tithing is just one example of our faithfulness and is not all-inclusive. There are many ways we can example our faith but it is interesting that Jesus talks more about man and his money (possessions) than most anything else.

The most important criteria for us to look for in the people we are voting for is “Do they love God the Father with all their heart, soul, mind and strength and do they love their neighbor as they love themselves.” This criteria leads us all to give (sometimes until it hurts) whether it is love, money or time. If we claim to be Christian we should live our lives differently and look for people to support who also example the love for God and neighbor.

Have a blessed week by walking in His will,

Pastor Randy

February 20, 2013

Luke 9:37 On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. 9:38 Just then a man from the crowd shouted, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son; he is my only child. 9:39 Suddenly a spirit seizes him, and all at once he shrieks. It convulses him until he foams at the mouth; it mauls him and will scarcely leave him. 9:40 I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” 9:41 Jesus answered, “You faithless and twisted generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” 9:42 While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 9:43a And all were astounded at the greatness of God.

In our lectionary scripture for February 24th we see Jesus coming down from the mountain top where He was transfigured and where His disciples witnessed His visit with Moses and Elijah. What a scene that must have been. An experience that must have really left an impression on Peter, James and John. Yet we read in the scripture above that the disciples were asked to perform a healing by casting out the evil spirit from the child. They could not cast Him out. Only Jesus could accomplish the miracle.

What does Jesus find in todays churches? Does He find the same kind of disciples? You know the faithless and twisted generation! Would He find folks who were willing to come to church occasionally to satisfy the most basic leading of the Holy Spirit? Would He find people who would hear sermons week after week on His teachings and not change a thing about the life they were leading? Would He find people who would hear Him saying that miracles are possible if only you believe, have faith and live your life in a manner that says there is a God who loves us more than we can imagine? A God who has experienced the most heart rending tragedy that we can imagine, the torture and death of His only Son. You see, it is often that very tragedy in our human lives that keeps us from believing and praying for miracles for others. Prayer did not work for me! Why should I pray when God did not heal the one I was praying for?

I do not have answers for all the questions that can be asked about every scenario that can play out in our lifetimes here on earth but I do know God allows us to bend our will in many directions. We can use our will to follow all that this world and the evil in it offers or we can use our will to follow a God and Savior that tell us they know the suffering and heart ache we experience and they are willing to love us through it. Our prayers are heard and just as we cry out to God to hear us and answer our prayers, God is crying out to us to hear His response to our prayers.

Are you listening???????? Or, are you part of that faithless and twisted generation??????????

Pastor Randy

Lectionary Scripture May 17, 2012 Ascension of the Lord

May 16, 2012

Pastor’s Ponderings, Wonderings, Wanderings

May 2, 2012

The sun might be setting in this picture but heaven is alight with God’s presence.

Our Bible Study for the past couple of weeks is over Randy Alcorn’s book “Heaven”. There are five sessions left so if the topic is of interest to you come on by on Wednesday nights. We have a covered dish fellowship meal at 5:30, prayer at 6:15 and we start watching the video about 6:30. You are welcome at all or part of the evening. So many of us have heard so much about Heaven, about what it is like and what we will be doing. So many different ideas and many of them have nothing to do with scripture. The Rev. Dr. Randy Alcorn bases all of his ideas and statements on scripture throughout the Bible. Here is an excerpt from his book.

“A fundamental article of the Christian faith is that the resurrected Christ now dwells in Heaven. We are told that his resurrected body on Earth was physical, and that this same, physical Jesus ascended to Heaven, from which he will one day return to Earth (Acts 1:11). It seems indisputable, then, to say that there is at least one physical body in the present Heaven.

If Christ’s body in the present Heaven has physical properties, it stands to reason that others in Heaven might have physical forms as well, even if only temporary ones. It also makes sense that other aspects of the present Heaven would have physical properties-so that, for example, when Christ is seen standing at the right hand of God(Acts 7:56), he is actually standing on something. Otherwise we would have to conclude that the resurrected (and thus, embodied) Christ has been floating for two thousand years in a realm without material substance. (He could, of course, but does he?) If we know there is physical substance in Heaven (namely, Christ’s body), can we not also assume that other references to physical objects in Heaven, including physical forms and clothing, are literal rather than figurative?”

We hope to find many scriptural answers to the many questions we have. At least we will hear scripture quoted to support Randy Alcorn’s opinions and we can make educated, spirit-led decisions about our future life eternal.

With a first name like Randy, I just have to listen to him.

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Randy Branch