Luke 4:16-21

Luke 4:16-21, 28

And he went to Nazareth, where he had been raised. And he entered into the synagogue, according to his custom, on the Sabbath day. And he rose up to read. And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. And as he unrolled the book, he found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because of this, he has anointed me. He has sent me to evangelize the poor, to heal the contrite of heart, to preach forgiveness to captives and sight to the blind, to release the broken into forgiveness, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord and the day of retribution.” And when he had rolled up the book, he returned it to the minister, and he sat down. And the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “On this day, this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

And all those in the synagogue, upon hearing these things, were filled with anger.


First a little history. The practice in the synagogues was to have seven readers every sabbath, the first a priest, the second a Levite, and the other five Israelites of that synagogue. Jesus was raised in, and a member of, that very synagogue. As a member, he may have often been one of the readers for the day. However this day was special. This was the day that he announced to family, friends, and neighbors his God given ministry.

Family and friends may be the hardest to whom you ever minister. Those who’ve known you longest know all your failures, the foolish things, and perhaps the sinful ways of your past. But they are the ones whom you most want to seer saved.

One Spirit

1 Corinthians 12:4-11

There are different spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. There are different ways of serving, and yet the same Lord is served. There are different types of work to do, but the same God produces every gift in every person. The evidence of the Spirit’s presence is given to each person for the common good of everyone. The Spirit gives one person the ability to speak with wisdom. The same Spirit gives another person the ability to speak with knowledge. To another person the same Spirit gives courageous faith. To another person the same Spirit gives the ability to heal. Another can work miracles. Another can speak what God has revealed. Another can tell the difference between spirits. Another can speak in different kinds of languages. Another can interpret languages. There is only one Spirit who does all these things by giving what God wants to give to each person.


For the common good is the reason that the gifts of the Spirit are given.

Wisdom
Knowledge

Courageous
Healing
Miracles

Prophecy
Discernment
Speaking languages
Understanding languages,

These are given to be of service to the church, which is the body of Christ, for the glory of God. Do not be prideful or boastful puff your gift. No gift is given for self glorification. No one earns a gift of the Spirit. The GIFTS are given by the Spirit to fulfill the will of God.

Prayer
Lord, we come seeking Your will and purpose. We place these Spirit given gifts under your direction that they may be used for the common good.
Amen.

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A Little While

When my youngest child was three to four years old, the family took a road trip of 550+ miles. After being on the road for nearly nine hours, we were about 50 miles from or goal when the youngest said, “I want to go home!” I tried to reason with her that we were nearly to where we were going. “No! I want to to home now! We can come back tomorrow!”

There was no way for her to understand, because she had no concept of time or distance. In her young mind it was perfectly logical to “go home” as start again the following day.

John 16:16-18 16.
A little while, and then you will not see me. And again a little while, and you will see me. For I am going to the Father.” 17. Then some of his disciples said to one another: “What is this, that he is saying to us: ‘A little while, and you will not see me,’ and ‘Again a little while, and you will see me,’ and, ‘For I am going to the Father?’ ” 18. And they said: “What is this, that he is saying, ‘A little while?’ We do not understand what he is saying.”

In our scripture verses Jesus is trying to explain things to his disciples. However, they couldn’t fully understand him because they did not possess the necessary concepts.

When I read the Hebrew prophets, I marvel at some of the images that they employ. How difficult it was for them to translate spiritual images and concepts into something that human minds might understand. Isaiah quoted God as saying, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

It wasn’t until the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples that they began to have an understand of what Jesus was telling them.

Prayer
Lord, as we rely on your wisdom, lead us to an understanding of the purpose you have for us.
Amen.


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    We Gather Together

    Hebrews 10:24-25 24.
    Let’s consider how to provoke one another to love and good works, 25. not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.


    Every Wednesday a group of us gather for a card ministry. We send cards to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, and other milestone events. Cards are sent with our sympathies. Get well cards are sent with our prayers. The cards are signed by all in attendance (up to 24 folks). Though this group also has other ministries within and for the community, the cards are what draw us together every week. At the end of each meeting we take a role call. The roll call is when each member updates us on their joys and concerns for the week. The roll call binds us together to celebrate each other’s joys and carry each other’s burdens.
    If there is a similar group near you, I encourage you to join them. If there is no group, make one!

    Prayer
    Lord we are mindful of the apostle’s words , “not forsaking our own assembling together”. Lord, thank you for bringing your followed together for ministry toward the community and within our assembly.
    Amen.

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    I Don’t Have Time

    Matthew 17:5
    And while he (Peter) was still speaking, behold, a shining cloud overshadowed them. And behold, there was a voice from the cloud, saying: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.”

    Luke 9:35 And a voice came from the cloud, saying: “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”

    These two gospel readings record the words of God the Father and what He said about Jesus. “Listen to him.” Does this sound like a suggestion to you? To me it sounds like a command: “Listen to him.”

    Many of us have bibles in which Jesus’s words are in red. Those words in red are the most important words to which we should listen. Read them. There aren’t many. Between Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts there are slightly over 2000 words. However, many of the events are covered in multiple accounts using slightly different words. If you combine those accounts you end with a little over 1000 words. An average reader could read 2000 words in about 7 minutes! A slow reader should be able to read the entirety of Luke (the longest gospel) in around three hours. The average person spends that much time watching TV.

    For the sake of your immortal soul, could you take the time to read the most important words ever spoken?

    Prayer
    Lord, we truly are busy. The things of this world pull us in so many directions. However, we know in our hearts that we always make time for what is important. Forgive us for not making time with your word a high priority.
    Amen.

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    Pencil Christian

    Lessons that I’ve learned from a pencil about being a Christian.
    1. A brand new pencil in an attractive wrapper is not working. 

    • Christians all dressed up, but not sharing the good news, are not working.

    2. A pencil has 3 layers: paint, wood, and graphite.

    • People have 3 layers: body, soul (self), and spirit (God part).

    3. It is a number two pencil. 

    • I am not number one.

    4. Before it can be used, a pencil must be sharpened. 

    • Before a Christian can be used they must be sharpened.

    5. sharpening grinds away the paint and wood to expose the graphite. 

    • Becoming a Christian grinds away your thoughts of body and soul (self) to expose the spirit which is the  God part of them.

    6. Even the best pencil needs to be re-sharpened now and again. 

    • Even the best Christian needs to be re-sharpened now and again.

    7. The pencil is not the message. 

    • The Christian is not the message.

    8. The purpose of a pencil is to write messages. 

    • The purpose of a Christian is to reveal God’s message.    

    9. A pencil may write many messages in many ways. 

    • A Christian my share their story about God in many ways.

    10. There are lots of different writing instruments with different uses.

    • There are many kinds of Christians, each with their own type of service

    Prayer
    Lord, thank you for revealing your truths to us even in the simple things out our lives.
    Amen

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    I Don’t Need to Know

    Matthew 6:31-34

    “Don’t ever worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’  Everyone is concerned about these things, and your heavenly Father certainly knows you need all of them. But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you. “So don’t ever worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

    I was reading a blog today where the author was speaking about things learned as a student in various countries. In the middle of his story I found a gem of wisdom. “Sometimes you don’t need to know the plan to function.”

    It occurred to me that that statement is exceptionally true in our walk with God. Jeremiah 29:11 I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope. Though they was said by God to the nation of Israel, I believe it to be true to all who follow God.

    Prayer
    Lord, as the hymn writer wrote, “Lord I want to be a Christian in my heart in my heart.” Though I desire to have the while journey mapped out and explained, I realize that it is unnecessary for me to know more than the next step pin the road. Thank you for your guidance.
    Amen.

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    An expansion of the Lord’s Prayer:

    An expansion of the Lord’s Prayer: 

    Our Father,,

    (Malachi 2:10)

    Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?

    who art in heaven

    (Psalms 11:4)

    The LORD is in his holy temple. The LORD’s throne is in heaven. 

     hallowed be thy name.

    (Exodus 20:7)

    “Never use the name of the LORD your God carelessly. 

    Thy kingdom come, 

    (Matthew 18:4)

    Whoever becomes like this little child is the greatest in thel kingdom of heaven.  

    thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

    (Luke 22:42-43)

    Jesus prayed, “Father, if it is your will, take this cup of suffering away from me. However, your will must be done, not mine.”  

    Give us this day our daily bread.

    (John 6:35)

    Jesus told them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never become hungry, and whoever believes in me will never become thirsty. 

    And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
    (Colossians 3:13)
    Put up with each other, and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 

    For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever
    Malachi 3:6
    “I, the LORD, never change.”

    Amen.
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    Eyes On the Prize

    Mark 8:34-38
    Then Jesus called the crowd to himself along with his disciples. He said to them, “Those who want to follow me must say no to the things they want, pick up their crosses, and follow me. Those who want to save their lives will lose them. But those who lose their lives for me and for the Good News will save them. What good does it do for people to win the whole world yet lose their lives? Or what should a person give in exchange for life? If people are ashamed of me and what I say in this unfaithful and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of those people when he comes with the holy angels in his Father’s glory.”


    f you thought being a follower of Christ would be easy, you are delusional. It ain’t easy, my friends, but it’s doable. Even Jesus’s twelve closest friends and first followers suffered greatly. Although the scriptures only tell if the deaths of two of them, early church reports and legends claim that all but one died horrible deaths by crucifixion, stoning, burning, decapitation, and stabbing by knives, swords and spears.

    ou can’t say that they weren’t warned of the cost of following him. He told them, “Go! I’m sending you out like lambs among wolves.” (Luke 10:3) You must be willing to abandon everything and everyone that is important to you for his sake. It is not always required to give up everything but it’s always required that you be willing to do so. Read Luke 9:57-62 for more on the cost of discipleship.

    o we are not promised that life will be easy but it will be easier because he will share our burdens and comfort us. There are rewards in this life and the next. Matthew 25:34 “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, my Father has blessed you! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.”

    Keep you eyes on the prize.

    The 23rd Psalm Revisited

    1.  The Lord is my shepherd. Isaiah 30:21 “and when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way. Walk in it.”

    2.  I shall not want. Philippians 4:19 “And may my God fulfill all your desires, according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

    3.  He makes me to lie down in green pastures. Matthew 11:29 “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

    4.  He leads me beside the still waters. Jeremiah 31:25 “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” 

    5.  He restores my soul. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think over you, says the Lord: thoughts of peace and not of affliction, so that I may give you patience and an end.

    6.  He leads me in the paths of righteousness.
    Psalm 16:11 “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”

    7.  for His name’s sake. 1 John 3:2b Most beloved, we are now the sons of God.


    8.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. Isaiah 41:10 Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not turn away, for I am your God. I have strengthened you, and I have assisted you, and the right hand of my just one has upheld you.

    9.  for You are with me.

    Matthew 28: 20b “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

    10. Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Ephesians 6:10-18 “the full armor of God … belt of Truth … breastplate of righteousness … the gospel of peace … shield of faith … the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
    11.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. Romans 8:38 & 39 “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present not the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

    12. You anoint my head with oil. 1 John 2:27 “But as for you, let the Anointing that you have received from him abide in you. And so, you have no need of anyone to teach you. For his Anointing teaches you about everything, and it is the truth, and it is not a lie. And just as his Anointing has taught you, abide in him.”

    13.  My cup runs over. 2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make every grace abound in you, so that, always having what you need in all things, you may abound unto every good work,”

    14.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. Romans 7:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

    15.  I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. John 14:3, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” 

    Prayer
    Thank you, Lord, for your presence with us in the past, in the present, for the future, and for life eternal.
    Amen

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