55. Be Bold & Shameless

Luke 11:5-13

A couple of weeks ago we read of two sisters, Mary and Martha. Martha was upset that she was doing all of the work around the house while Mary sat at the feet of Jesus. Martha thought it just wasn't fair that she was overwhelmed and busy while Mary did nothing to help. We know that Mary made the right choice by stopping to spend time with Jesus. But many of us often feel like...

53. First Things First

Luke 10:38-42

Our text this morning speaks of what is “pressing or urgent” and what is “actually important”. We all strive to do the things that are important to us, but we’re often distracted by things that are “pressing or urgent”– things that have to be done right now that aren’t necessarily a part of the central values of our life as a Christ follower.

So, how do we strike a...

52. Questions, Answers, and the Meaning of Life

Luke 10:25-37

Today as we remember the tragic events that happened 15 years ago, we get to look at a passage that is a great reminder of the many heroic events that happened that day. Our lives were changed that day as the events unfolded. We all felt the sting of those heinous acts that were committed in an attempt to strike fear in our hearts.

But today we...

51. The Return of the 72

Luke 10:17-24

Last week in our text we saw Jesus commission as Heinstructed His heralds to pave the way for Him as he heads to Jerusalem. We were challenged to pray for the lost, memorize a promise from God word, and seek out someone close to you to share the gospel with. I hope that you have started to make these three things habits in your life this week.

In this week's text...

50. Jesus Instructs His Heralds

Luke 10:1-16

As we continue our study in Luke we find Jesus giving instruction to and sending out those who would go before Him to declare the message that “the kingdom of God has come near.” We see that some will accept this message and some will reject, but those who were sent out were told to pray, persevere, proclaim, and prioritize no matter what happens to them or how they are received...

48. Humility: A Counter-Cultural Approach to Greatness

Luke 9:46-55

Recently, if you’ve read the news, scrolled through social media sites, or watched any amount of television, there has been much debate about greatness. Presidential nominees are declaring how they will be a great president, tech companies declare they have the next greatest invention, and news anchors discuss weather or not a particular Olympic athlete is indeed the greatest of all time.

But have you

45. The Life of a Disciple

Luke 9:23-27

Back in the 70's we saw an explosion of "self-help" books hit the bookstores, many of them topping the New York Times best seller list. The teaching of building up ones self-esteem spread like wildfire, even within our own churches. You can turn on a radio station almost any time of day and listen to someone teach you how to love and accept yourself unconditionally.  I am good.  I can do anything.  I deserve this or that.  We literally have fallen in love with ourselves...