July 7 – Workers for the Harvest – Luke 10:1-20– The twelve were not the only ones who had been following Jesus. Here Jesus designates a group of 72 to go ahead of Him to prepare a number of towns for His visit. As we consdier the fact that we too are sent by Jesus into the harvest field, we will look at His instructions to the 72 to better understand our mission. Some questions we might ask: Why two-by-two? What does He send them ahead of Him? How is a Christian disciple like a lamb among wolves? What was the purpose of traveling light? Of praying first? What kind of household guests were they to be? Etc.
July 14 – Go and Do the Same – Luke 10:25-37 – This is the familiar story of the Good Samarian. From this story we learn three principles about loving our neighbor: 1) Lack of love is often easy to justify, even though it is never right; 2) Our neighbor is anyone of any race, creed, or social background who is in need; 3) Love means acting to meet that person’s need. No matter where we live, needy people are close by. Jesus taught us to help.
July 21 – Is Anything too Hard for the Lord – Genesis 18:1-14 -When the Lord and two other heavenly visitors appeared to Abraham and told him that a year later he would have a son by his wife Sarah, Sarah was heard laughing. The Lord asked Abraham, “Why did she laugh?” That was followed up with: “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” The obvious answer is, “Of course not.” We can make it a habit to insert our needs into that question: Is this ….. too hard for the Lord? God is personally involved in our lives and encourages us to ask for His power and His help.
July 28 – This is How You Should Pray – Luke 11:1-13 – When Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them to pray, He taught them the Lord’s Prayer. This is not only a prayer to be prayed, but also a pray that shows us something about prayer and how we should pray. We’ll spend some time digging into this treasure known as the Lord’s Prayer.
August 4 – Guarding Against Greed – Luke 12:13-21 – This is the Parable of the Rich Fool. Life is more than material goods. Our relationship with God is much more important. This Parable cautions us against greed and challenges us to look beyond earthbound goals to consider how God would have us use what we have been given for the good of the Kingdom. Faith, service and obedience are the way to beocme rich toward God.
August 11 – Why Worry? – Luke 12:22-34 – Jesus acually commanded us not to worry. But we are sooo good at it. Worry is pointless because it can’t fill any of our needs; it is foolish because the Creator of the universe loves us and knows what we need. The Lord promises to meet all our real needs, but not necessarily all we want or deisre. A great test to help us look at worry and why we worry and how to overcome it.
August 18 – Jesus, the Great Divider – Luke 12:49-53 – We are familiar with Jesus as uniter, as peacemaker, but here Jesus says that He has not come to bring peace, but to divide people? What is that all about? Jesus allows no middle ground among those who would be His followers. He demands loyalty and commitment, sometimes even to the point of servering other relationships. Are you willing to risk the disapproval of those close to you to follow the Lord?
August 25 – But, But, But – Luke 13:22-30 – These words of Jesus are hard. We may not necessarily see the people we expect to find in the Kingdom of God. Just listening to Jesus’ words is not enough. We must turn form sin and trust in God to save us.