Luke 23

Luke 23

Don’t Miss The Moment

by Andrew Kinney

But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”


Jesus was dying, and he still took the time for the criminal next to him and had one conversation that changed that man’s eternity.  How many of us are too busy texting, scrolling through facebook, or always in a hurry?  We can miss the moment to impact someone’s eternity if we aren’t paying attention.  We have to look for opportunities to be Jesus’ ambassador to this world.  We have to look beyond ourselves and be the hands and feet of God.  I want to encourage you to walk through your day as if Jesus is right next to you the whole time.  Talk with Jesus, and ask him for help. Live with the awareness that we are citizens of heaven, and that we live on earth to be missionaries to the world.  Remember, we don’t save people, we get to introduce people to the truth. We get to introduce Jesus to those around us. You are a walking testimony of what happens when you submit to Jesus, and make him Lord over your life.  



Dear Lord God, 

Thank you for providing a way to save me from my sin.  Holy Spirit, please guide me today and make me sensitive to your promptings.  I don’t want to miss the moments anymore,  please forgive me for the times that I have.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Luke 22

Luke 22

by Elisa Moore


Luke 22:24-27-Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them. Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people’. But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.

“But among you it will be different.” 


At the time Jesus spoke these words, it wasn’t true of the disciples. They were again arguing over who was the greatest. I’m sure servanthood was not on their minds. But as Jesus points out, the world’s definition of greatness and God’s definition are different. “Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank.” Jesus came as a servant. A suffering servant. God came to earth in the form of a human and served us. God. Served. Us. “For I am among you as one who serves.” 


So is it different? Are we different? Do we serve with no strings attached? Do we serve those who aren’t deserving of our service? Do we serve those we dislike? Do we even serve at all? “It will be different”. When Jesus spoke these words the disciples weren’t different. Yet. But He knew what was coming. The disciples would be forever changed by their leader, who served, suffered, and died for them. And so can we! We may not have a servant’s heart now, but we can and we will! 

Lord, thank you for coming to earth and serving us. Transform our hearts. Give us unconditional love and pure motives for serving those around us. May we follow your example in all things. Amen.

Luke 21

Luke 21

by Jake Cordell


S - Luke 21:1-4 NLT 


O - Jesus was people watching.  There were people that were giving out of their surplus, but then there was this widow.  She dropped in just 2 coins.  These two coins weren’t going to cover the ministry costs.  These two coins weren’t going to change how ministry would be done. However, with those two coins, according to Jesus, she gave more than all the rest of them!  Jesus is constantly doing that!  He flips the rules mid-game.  The people that were dropping the big gifts were the ones getting the accolades, but her gift came at a high price.


A - Jesus isn’t looking for the leftovers from our abundance.  He is looking for our heart.  God is a selfish God!  He wants us all to Himself.  Are we any different as parents or with our spouses?  How many parents struggle as their kids get older because their kids are caught between them and their friends.  Many of us don’t worship other gods in the traditional sense, but many of us have idols that we put before God.

- Sports.  How many sporting events do we watch, attend or follow versus how much time do we spend with God?

- Television.  How is it so easy to binge watch a whole season of your favorite show, but so difficult to read a book of the Bible?

- Our children.  Pastor Jake, you have gone too far!  Do your kids have priority in your life over your relationship with God?

- Our stuff.  Does our stuff control us?  Do you live beyond your means?  Most of us have more than two coins.  Many of us give (less than 10%).  Some of us tithe (10%), but very few of us give offerings (above 10%).  This lady gave two coins, but it was an offering from her heart.  It was all she had!


Jesus asks for the whole enchilada.  He wants all of us.  Our hearts.  Our calendars.  Our checkbooks.  It isn’t the quantity - it is the quality!  If you could take a step back and look at your life from an outward experience, does He have you?  Are we like the widow who gave it all or are we like the rich people who only give out of our surplus?


P - God,Help us in our thinking and processing.  Today, may we become Yours!  Not just in title, but in how we live our lives.  May our lives look like the widow who gave everything!

In Jesus name, Amen.

Luke 20

Luke 20 Devotional

by Steve Stupar

S: Luke 20:26 “They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer they became silent.”

O: When Jesus is questioned about certain topics throughout the New Testament, he always seemed to have the right answer. Why is that? Jesus was in tune with the Father’s desires. Jesus had a desire to provide an answer that glorified God in all situations. When the Sadducees and others questioned him, he provided a response that didn’t conform to their expectations. He gave them parables and questions that made people think and begin to question their own ways of thinking. To the point in verses 39-40 where it says, “Some of the teachers of the law responded, ‘Well said, teacher!’ And no one dared to ask him any more questions. I want to be able to respond to others with the truth and love that Jesus did.

A: We live in a world that is longing for answers to questions that only God can provide. With shootings and natural disasters, the world is looking for an answer as to why. I want to challenge you to find biblical answers to today’s tough questions. The bible tells us to be ready to provide defense for what we believe in. It’s time to start being serious about our desire to show God’s truth in all, and I mean all, situations. Giving the right answer to someone has to start with love though. The world isn’t always ready for a brass biblical answer. It takes having relationships and showing someone, the love of God before telling them they have to love God. 

P: Dear lord, I pray that as we go about our weeks you would give us opportunities to share your truth with others. I ask that you would enlighten us to the answers you would have us give others and have them be biblical answers that can only come from the creator of truth. Let us be patient and kind in a world that seems to have lost its compassion for others.

Luke 19

Luke 19

Lost and Found


S:“For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” Luke 19:10 NLT


O: Jesus didn't come to appease the religious crowd. Jesus didn't come to pander to the aristocracy. Jesus didn't come to hang out with the party crowd. His mission was simple.  Jesus entered the world to save sinners.  Looking at the Gospels, we see Jesus reach out to men and women, children and the elderly, the rich and the poor, demon possessed and the spiritually mature.  Lost people come in all walks of life.  And He came for them all.  And 2000 years later His mission still stands…to seek and save the lost.


A: Following Christ means that I follow His mission for my life.  And that means that my willingness to interact with people from all walks of life has to mirror Jesus’ heart for all people.  This means developing relationships with people that aren't like me.  At times we can insulate ourselves with like-minded people who look like us, have similar interests, etc.  This points to our desire for comfort and safety.  And looking at the world and the division that seems so prevalent right now, you have to wonder how much of this could be improved if believers begin to take the risk of engaging with outsiders instead of judging or retreating to our bubbles of safety.  


P: Father, you sent your Son into this world to seek and save sinners.  May we follow in his footsteps and continue to focus on the lost.  May we lay down our preferences for your Kingdom’s sake and for the sake of lost souls that are desperate for the truth.  Lord, give us a boldness that is unafraid of people and places and situations that are different from our backgrounds.  May we have a heart for the lost that outweighs our comfort so that all might know the salvation that comes through faith in your Son.  In His Beautiful Name, Amen.

Luke 18

Luke 18 - Eyes to See, Josh Higdon


“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” - Helen Keller


“What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord,” he said, “I want to see!” And Jesus said, “All right, receive your sight! Your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it praised God, too.”

Luke 18:41-43 NLT


Imagine for a second being blind, physically unable to see. For me, my mind is instantly filled with sights that I've experienced, the faces of loved ones, memories that at one point I visualized and tucked away into my mind for future recollection.  But if born blind, I wouldn't be able to do this.  I would be limited, if not totally incapable of conjuring up ideas of what things looked like if I was never able to see.  


Spiritually speaking, we were all born blind.  And this passage provides the key that allows us to unlock our spiritual sight.  That key is faith.  This man heard the commotion of a passing crowd, so he asked what was going on.  Hearing who was passing by, the man, obviously with some knowledge of who Jesus was or having heard of the miracles He had performed, begins to shout out.  The crowd attempted to quiet the blind beggar, but the only one that mattered heard his desperation and stopped to perform this miracle.  And in an instant, the man could see.  And others, who seconds earlier attempted to quiet the blind beggar, were also given sight.  


How often do we as believers walk in functional, spiritual blindness?  Easily overwhelmed by our circumstances we forget that Jesus is nearby, listening and waiting for us to call out to Him.  It reminds me of Mark 8 when the disciples began to argue because they forgot to bring bread.  Hearing them argue, Jesus says, “You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear?’ Don’t you remember anything at all?” (Mark 8:18).  He fed 5,000 with a loaf and a few fish, yet the disciples were blinded by their current circumstances, forgetting who was with them.  


So, maybe that's you.  Maybe life is hard right now.  Things aren't going according to plan.  Know this.  Jesus is with you.  He is listening.  He is waiting for you to shout out above the crowd in faith.  My three year old son, Aaron, picked a saying up from kidsBridge that goes, “Nothing is too hard for God!”  So wherever you are, whatever you're facing, have faith for He is with you and He still performs miracles.  Praise God!

Luke 17

S - “If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.”

O - Just before this, Jesus is responding to the Pharisees’ question, “when will the kingdom of God come?”  To which he tells them that it is already here!  He then talks to his disciples about when the Son of Man will return to them.  That no one will know when that time is.  The Pharisees always tried to trap Jesus into saying that wrong thing; yet, Jesus outsmarted them every time.  He outsmarted them and also taught His disciples.  He wanted them to be prepared for when He was no longer with them.  Can you imagine hearing Jesus say that if you cling to life you will lose it, but if you let your life go, you will save it?  It doesn’t make logical sense!  This is just like many things that Jesus taught that went against the culture.  To be first, you must be last or to be the greatest you must be the least of these.  Here again he wants us to let go in order to save our lives!

A - We are taught in our culture to hold on and try to be in control of our lives.  You know, “it’s your life - do what you want to do” or “do whatever makes you happy.”  Yet, God’s kingdom doesn’t work this way.  He is asking us to let Him be the Lord of our lives, and to surrender each day to His will.  Giving up control is terrifying, isn’t it?  But when live our lives in complete surrender to the One that created us and knows what we need, I believe we will live a full, joy-filled life!  We need to trust in the One that knows everything and knows what is best for us!  Jesus was smart enough to outsmart the tricky Pharisees, compassionate enough to take time to heal those that were sick, and loving enough to sacrifice His life so that we might have life everlasting!  I would say that is a God that we can surrender to - He is a loving, gracious, amazing God!

P - Lord, thank You for being my Lord and Savior!  I surrender to Your will today and I give you control of every area of my life - my future, family, finances, and everything else!  I desire to let my life go in order to save it.  Will you show me how to do that today?  I trust You!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.”


- Lindsay Cordell

Luke 16

Luke 16 - Dangerous Duality


“No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."”

Luke 16:13


Our faithfulness to God is severely damaged when we only give Him half of our hearts.  We are faithful when we are wholly devoted, when He is uppermost in our affections.  Living with one foot in this world and another in the Kingdom will always leave us feeling miserable in both.  Meaning, when we pursue worldly possessions, power or experiences we walk in the guilt and shame of knowing we've placed worldly idols in front of an eternal God.  And, when we walk in half-hearted obedience, our carnal nature will whisper in our ears, “There is more fun to be had.  There is more money to be made.  There are more trips to be taken…but you're holding back, and you'll never experience all this world has to offer.” Duality is dangerous!


Dietrich Bonhoeffer, A German pastor committed to fighting the Nazi regime, famously stated, “When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.” In this he doesn't mean primarily a physical death, although for him his last days were spent in a Nazi concentration camp where he ultimately died by way of hanging on April 9, 1945.  Instead, in this quote he points to a Garden in Gesthemane, where Jesus, soon to be crucified, pleaded with His Father to let the cup of suffering pass, yet resolved three times that not his will, but His Fathers will be done.  When our hearts are conditioned in this way, where our plans and our possessions and even our own lives are wholly submitted to God’s will, our true self, the one we were created to be starts to shine through.  


Out of our submission, our joy becomes deeply rooted and our perspective, eternal.  Our satisfaction is no longer driven by worldly desires, like nicer houses, larger 401k plans, or better vacations.  Money, power, possessions…these are cruel taskmasters, always leaving us wanting for more.  However, when we understand that all we have, from the air in our lungs to the car in the driveway, has been given to us by a gracious, benevolent God, it should inspire worship and create within us a desire to utilize these gifts as instruments for His glory.  And we will never be more satisfied on either side of Heaven than when we are glorifying God.  It's why we were created.    


Prayer: Father, I pray for whole-hearted submission to Your will for my life.  May I view the things of this world for what they are…at worst, temporary, hollow distractions and at best, instruments for your glory, that you've bestowed upon me to that end. May I hold the things of this world loosely, never turning away from your invitation to follow You because of any earthly possession.  May I live with my feet firmly planted in your Kingdom in this age and in the age to come so that I might glorify You and enjoy You forever.  In Jesus Name, Amen!

Luke 15

Luke 15

by Andrew Kinney


*Read Luke 15 first, then come back to read this.


“In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and turns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed!” Luke 15:7 NLT.


Jesus shows us the value of a lost soul in this chapter.  He shows us how much He values those that are lost.  Jesus goes to great lengths to describe how much effort, energy, and care went into finding what was lost in each parable.  The shepherd leaving to go find 1% of his flock. The woman searching without ceasing until she found her lost coin.  The father letting 1 of his 2 sons go, knowing he was going to waste his inheritance.  But when the father saw his lost son coming back home from a distance, he ran to meet him where he was. The father helped his child the rest of the way home.  


These 3 parables Jesus used, shows us how much God cares for those who don’t live in relationship with Jesus yet.  If you have been struggling with your own personal value, if you have been doubting that God could save you, if you have been stuck in a rut for so long with no end is sight… God has what you need to move forward.  God cared so much for you that He sent His 1 and only son, to be tempted, beaten, and killed in a brutal way… to pay for your sins.  Jesus resurrected 3 days after his death and is with God now interceding on your behalf.  God loves you and your life matters. He wants you to be apart of the body of Christ. 


Each of us have different personality types, strengths and weaknesses.  Paul asks God to take away his weaknesses in2 Corinthians 12, but Paul said that God told him that His strength is make perfect in Paul’s weaknesses.  I know I’m suppose to be writing on Luke 15, hang in there!  I have written this devotional 4 times now.  My first attempt was to write something that was informative and a good example on how to write a devotion.  The 2nd and 3rd attempts centered around how the church needs to make people that are lost a priority.  But while holding my newborn son, I realized something.  If I love this little boy as much as I do…(which is more than I can describe) how much more does God love me?  And after reading this passage, how much rejoicing happens in heaven when someone that was lost gets found?!  At the same time, how much does God’s heart break when someone thinks they don’t have any value or if they feel like their life is meaningless?  If everything in your life has failed you, God won’t.  If you feel like you don’t know what strengths you have, you could get discouraged and not try.  When I meet someone who has no idea what their gifting or talent is, I see that as a perfect opportunity for God’s love and light to shine through that person.  Because God has used broken and flawed people all over the Bible, and guess what He still does.  I want to encourage the person that feels alone, God can be with you, just ask Him.  Find someone that has been a christian for a while and ask them questions about God and about following Jesus.  You have so much potential, you have so much to offer the world.  Your life matters.  Take one step towards Jesus today, and he will run to meet you.


I want to talk to the seasoned christians for a minute.  We must have a sense of urgency and priority for those around us that don’t have a relationship with Jesus.  We know what our lives looked like before we were saved, and we know God died for EVERYONE.  We are his ambassadors to this world, we have a responsibility to spread the good news!  I pray that theBridge Community church, and the church at large, goes all out to reach those who are lost.  I hope to see people saved, and celebrations had when that happens.  God has awoken something in me that can’t be quiet anymore, I hope he does the same for you.


Some questions to ask yourself…

“Do I value myself?”

“Do I find my identity as a son or daughter of God?”

“How can I reach that person who I know needs Jesus?”

“How can I better serve God with my gifts and talents?”

I encourage you to reach out to us if you need to talk, we are here for you!

- Andrew Kinney

Luke 14

Luke 14:11

“For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”


I remember in grade school when being the fastest was the only thing that mattered! It was so important to win and be the best! I’m thankful it’s not like that anymore. I can barely walk and talk without running out of breath. However, we still fight for position sometimes in this world. But there is a better way!


I simply love how the Bible teaches us God’s principles! In Luke 14, Jesus teaches about humility. That’s always a crowd pleasing message! And in this instance, Jesus is teaching humility to people who need it in the moment. He along with others were preparing to sit for a meal together, and there was some fighting to sit in a place of honor at the table. So he goes on to explain a perspective that is outside of their understanding; outside the normal cultural thing to do. Jesus says it is better to be humble, to let others have the best first. When you do, then, you’ll be exalted.


Are you still trying to win races and be #1? God’s doesn’t expect a winner. As a matter of fact, He wants you to let others go before you: let others win. He wants us to humble ourselves so others feel loved, appreciated, and exalted. When we open our hearts to follow this principle of humility, then, we too will be exalted… by Almighty God.


Let’s together look for ways to humble ourselves and serve others.


-Pastor Randy Reed

Luke 13

Luke 13

The Narrow Door

by Ali Stupar

Scripture: Work hard to enter the narrow door to God’s Kingdom, for many will try to enter but will fail.  When the master of the house has locked the door, it will be too late. You will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Lord, open the door for us!’ But he will reply ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ Then you will say, ‘But we ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ And he will reply, ‘I tell you, I don’t know you or where you come from.’  


Observation:  The older I get, the more I realize just how narrow the door is to the kingdom of God.  The ways of the world so often cloud my thoughts or weigh me down, making it hard to concentrate on the presence of God and his hand on me throughout the day.  Even more, the older I become, the more I notice those around me who are going through life without intimately knowing the God who loves them.  As Christians, we so often treat our relationship with God as something to check off a list.  We go to church, speak kindly to others, maintain morally good lives, yet how aware are we truly of the presence of the Lord.  Do we intimately know God? Yes, we may have been close to his presence, but are we inviting him to be an adamant part of our lives? In addition, are we showing others around us how deeply we desire to know God, how integral he is in our lives, and how desperate we are to enter the narrow door into his kingdom?


Application: Let us take some time today and connect quietly with God.  Let us set our phones or work aside and listen to what he might be speaking to us.  Maybe today we could even try to enter into a dialogue with God? Let us tell him about our day, speak to him of our joys and triumphs, or fears and failures.  Let us intimately seek him as a part of our lives.  For ultimately, we want to know him.  We want him to know us; to be a part of us.  Only then can we enter through that narrow door, and only then can we help others see and access the door as well.  


Prayer:   Father, we thank you so much for your sacrifice that allowed us to enter through the door and into your kingdom.  We thank you that you long to know us- that you- who created the universe- still desire to know and have a relationship with us.  Please help us connect with you daily.  Remind us of your presence and help us remain straight on this narrow path.  We love you, and we long to know you deeper. 

Luke 12

Luke 12:22-34 - Anxiety’s Cure  

Josh Higdon


If you’re anything like me, there are many things in this world that cause you anxiety.  I’m a bit of a hypochondriac and my wife is a nurse.  Therefore, anytime she comes home to tell me about her day at work, inevitably she’ll describe some weird symptom that one of her patients presented with during her shift, which causes psychosomatic me to relate to the weird symptom, thinking to myself…yeah, I’m pretty sure I’ve got that.  Note to readers: NEVER, and I mean NEVER google your symptoms.  I’m convinced WebMD was created by some sort of demon spawn.  Within three clicks you will be convinced you have 4 weeks to live, pushing you to freshen up your will and feed your kids ice cream for dinner.  I joke, but honestly when I worry about my health, Jesus’ words in this text provide for me a solution to alleviate the anxiety that prevents me from fully enjoying my life.


To start, Jesus speaks specifically about food and clothing, two necessities of our lives.  And let’s be honest here, in America the vast majority of us don’t need to worry about where our next meal is coming from or what we’ll wear tomorrow.  If anything, our problem is that we have too much to eat and too many choices on what to wear.  Now, there are those in our world where hunger and clothing are real problems, and Jesus will get to that later in this text (v. 33).  


Jesus points out here that life is more than food and the body is more than clothes.  He is telling us that there is more to life than what we can consume or accumulate.  Oh, how often we fall into the traps of greed and materialism, propping up the temporal things of this world to a perch higher than the Kingdom of God.  Worldly thinking is a portal through which worry and anxiety are given access to our hearts and minds.  The antidote for worldly worries can be found in Colossians 3:1-4, which states, “Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”  What a promise!  We are hidden with Christ in God!  He is our sustenance.  He is our clothing.  He will provide!  And at His name, even the demons behind WebMD must flee.


Prayer:  Dear Jesus, Our lives are filled with so many things to worry about.  The world seems to grow crazier by the day.  Would you draw us closer to You?  Please replace our worries with Your peace.  Let us recognize areas in our lives that we have placed above you, including our fears.  Above all else, may we seek your Kingdom and Your righteousness, knowing that when we do that You will provide everything we need, namely more of You!  Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.  In Your Precious Name, Amen!


Luke 11

Luke 11


S - Luke 11:4 - and forgive our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.


O - These red letters in my Bible hit hard to me because I walk in the conundrum of the realization that it is easy to live in the double standard in the area of forgiveness.  In this model prayer that Jesus gave to us, He is wanting us to understand and even press into this idea of forgiveness.  In this prayer, Jesus is modeling some important things for us in this:  understanding who God is in our lives and His Holiness, His agenda over ours, our provision, forgiveness and for us to be strong as we are living in a corrupt world.  So 20% of this model prayer is in regards to finances.


A - For far too long in my life, I allowed myself to live in this double standard.  I had a hard time forgiving, but yet I wanted forgiveness instantly.  Jesus, in some of His final moments here on this earth, offers forgiveness to those that put Him on the cross, yet I would find it difficult to forgive someone for something petty in comparison.  In this passage, Jesus is helping us understand the need to ask God to forgive our shortcomings or our sins, but also the need to forgive others.  We are unable to neighbor well unless we know how to forgive.  Forgiving isn’t saying that what they did was okay.  Forgiving isn’t even for the other person.  Forgiveness is for us so that we can continue to live with clean hearts!


P - Lord,

Thank You for your forgiveness.  Even though we come up short many times this week or even today, You are quick to forgive and forget.  Please, through the Holy Spirit, would You help us carry Your nature as we forgive those who have wronged us.  As we do, may Your name be kept Holy and people be drawn to You!

Your Kid


Luke 10

Luke 10:2-3 Harvest Season

By Josh Higdon

S:     “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.  Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.”

O:     Driving around this time of year you will witness fields abuzz with laborers.  Cornfields and apple orchards are a frenzy of activity during the harvest.  Without these laborers the months of planting and growth, miraculously produced through seeds, sun, rain and time, would all be for naught.  The fruit would go to waste.  There would be no point in planting if the hard work of the harvest were not performed. 

    And like the cornfield and apple orchard, there is an ongoing season of harvest this is far more valuable than any seasonal crop, and that is the harvest of eternal souls.  So many are waiting, ready.  Fallow fields are ready to be plowed, for seeds to be sown, waiting to be irrigated by the water of life.  The harvest doesn’t just “happen”.  It’s not osmosis-like in nature.  It is work…hard work.  It is dangerous work.  On this side of heaven, wolves do things to lambs, like eat them.  Even so, it is worth the risk.  To become a laborer, working in the great harvest of souls, is our greatest calling.  Wolves will come and when they do, we look to our Great Shepherd, who will protect us, His sheep.  The work will be backbreaking at times, and when it is, we will go to the One who has promised us rest, who has promised an easy yoke and a light burden.  It will all be worth it, the snarling wolves, the sore backs will fade into oblivion when, one day, we cross the finish line and run to our Shepherd, The Lamb of God, Jesus.


P:    Father, show me the fields.  Father, give me the strength.  Father, protect me from the wolves.  May you set my hands to the harvesting equipment so that more and more might be saved as you work through me.  Lift my eyes that I might see the ripe fields around me that are ready to be harvested.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

Luke 9

Luke 9:7-9, 18-20, Jesus, More Than a Rumor by Chuck Moore

When something is repeated in Scripture it stands out. When it is repeated in the same chapter of a Gospel, it stands out even more. In the seventh verse of the ninth chapter of the Gospel of Luke, we see Herod Antipas' curiosity about who Jesus is. Herod entertains the identity of Jesus by compiling the opinions, rumors, and gossip of the people. He considers him to be John the Baptist, Elijah, or a prophet of old. He was most familiar with John, and concluded that he must seek out more of Jesus. 

In the eighteenth verse, Jesus asks of the disciples what the public opinion was of Him. And the disciples inform Him that many of the people are saying the same things Herod heard. But He takes His inquiry one step farther. He doesn't ask "Do you believe them?" Rather, He asks "But who do you say that I am?" 

Let's consider these two occurrences. The ruler, Herod, collects the opinions of people. The only certainty that he has is of the direct knowledge of John's death by his own command. But he stops short of making a determination for himself. He delays, he waits, he needs more evidence. Similarly, through the disciples Jesus collects the public opinion of His identity. Rather than having the disciples make their own deductions on rumors and hearsay or even to prolong a decision about Him, Jesus asks abruptly. And just as abruptly, Peter answers, "You are the Messiah sent from God!" 

Perhaps there is not much application to this, but the very pointed question from Jesus: Who do you say I am? I have to ask myself, in what ways have I been sitting on my hands and waiting to decide? Or do I respond with emphatic staccato?

Let us not be confused by those who may not know Him. Draw close to Him in prayer and study to confirm for yourself with vigor:

He is Jesus the Messiah sent from God. 


Luke 8

Luke 8 - Jesus, The Calm in the Storm by Lindsay Cordell


S - “But as they sailed He fell asleep.  And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy.  And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, ‘Master, Master, we are perishing!’  Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water.  And they ceased, and there was a calm.  But He said to them, ‘where is your faith?’”



O - I imagine Jesus drifting off to sleep with the gentle back and forth rocking of the boat on calm waters.  The scene quickly changes as a storm comes and the disciples begin to fear for their lives.  The Bible says they were in jeopardy.  Can you picture the scared disciples shaking Jesus awake yelling about the storm and how they are going to die?!  I don’t know about you, but I love naps so much that I had to teach my kids not to wake mommy up just to tell me there is a fly in the house!  Do you think this is how Jesus felt?  Jesus was not afraid or worried about the storm.  He simply calmed the storm…and then questioned the disciples’ faith.



A - Do you have circumstances in your life that have your faith being tested?  Do you cry out to Jesus for help because you don’t think you can get thru it on your own?  Perhaps you can even see how He is calming storms around you.  But do you think He is asking us, “where is your faith?”  When that storm hits, what is your first response?  Fear or Faith?  You may be crying out to Jesus as your first response and I think that is what we should do!  Yet, we also stand up in faith and proclaim the Word over that storm.  



P - Father, thank You for the power of Your Word in our lives.  Just like that day in the boat with the disciples, You are with us even if we feel at times you are napping.  You are Faithful and You never leave us or forsake us.  Would You help us today to face the storms of life with Faith that You are with us?  Help us remember that You have given us all we need to get thru this day.  It is the day You have made and we will rejoice in it!  Thank You for Your love!  Amen!

Luke 7

Luke 7 – Sept 25 by Randy Reed


“One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat.” Luke 7:36


Jesus wasn’t afraid or ashamed to accept an invitation to dinner from someone like a Pharisee.


As Christians, we may feel like we should distance ourselves from non-believers and those we know to live ungodly lives. We may have even been taught this way of life once we’ve accepted Jesus as our savior. But Jesus shows us here in Luke 7:36 we can and should live close to those not yet saved. Since we have the same spirit in us that rose Jesus from the tomb(Romans 8:11), we don’t have to fear AND should be ready for God to shine through us into others’ lives.


Lord, help us to understand your ways. Teach us to love everyone! Holy Spirit, give us courage and the words to speak into the lives of those around us.

Luke 6

Luke 6:38 - Golden Rule Returns



"Give, and it will be given to you.  Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.  For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you."


I can remember how well my mother took care of me when I was a boy and I would get sick.  As I’d be watching Bob Barker play Plink-O on the Price is Right, she would return from her mid-day bus run with ginger ale, soup, and rented video games.  In those moments I felt abundantly loved.  And her compassion may have even led to some future “Ferris Bueller” hookie episodes.  What can I say?  I loved video games and wasn’t exactly wild about isosceles triangles and past participles.


As a father of four, I can now understand what happens inside a parent’s heart when your child is sick or hurting.  Your heart aches and you would do just about anything to make your son or daughter feel better.  In terms of our human relationships, our children should be amongst the easiest to apply this principle to.  As parents we give ourselves away to our children.  


But what about others who don’t hold priority in our lives?  Are we as quick to give ourselves away to them?   In the preceding section Jesus talks about loving our enemies, doing good to those who hate us, blessing our cursers and praying for those who abuse us.  That, my friends, is a much tougher sell.  Operating from a carnal, fleshly position it is impossible.  


In order to get this right we have to operate out of the Spirit of God.  Romans 8:6-8 says, “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.  For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.  Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”  The mind of flesh yields death.  The Spirit-filled mind yields life and peace.  And in many ways, those are the returns we’re measuring.  I don’t know about you, but I think I prefer life and peace.


So we give. If there is a single word that should mark our Christian life it is give.  We give ourselves first to God and then to our fellow man.  As Christ-followers, may we be known for our generosity.  May the measure we use be ridiculously large.  May we baffle people with our generosity.  Let us not use a thimble, when we’ve been given an ocean.


Today or tomorrow (depending on when you read this), my encouragement is for you to identify someone in your life to give of your time, of your finances, of your prayers, of your presence.  It could be someone under your roof, perhaps a daughter who is struggling with long division or it could be the mother of three standing behind you in the check out line.  It could be the homeless man outside of Wal-Mart or a mother who used to bring you ginger ale and video games when you were sick.  God gave (John 3:16), and so should we.   


Luke 5

Luke 5 (NLT)  by Steve Stupar

Luke 5 has so many amazing verses and stories about Christ and the early parts of his ministry. We read about the calling of some of his first disciples paired with healings and the forgiveness of sins! I want you to take time to reflect on the different parts of this chapter and their significance. We are going to focus on 5 verses that I feel are the core of Luke 5. If you don’t like the “prompts” please feel free to write on whatever you are feeling. They are there to help spark ideas, it’s nothing you should feel forced to do.

The First Disciples

8 When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.”

This verse shows us such a great picture of how forgiving and truly gracious our Lord is. In the midst of our sin Jesus wants to continue to bless us with abundance. What he asks from us in return is that we follow him. If Jesus wants to bless you with a boat load of fish, let him!

Prompt: Write about a time when Christ blessed you when you felt less than deserving.

Jesus Heals a Man with Leprosy

12 In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.”

Sometimes in our busy lifestyles and culture we can be a little demanding of God. Lord I need, and I need it now. I want to challenge you to ask for his will to be done. The Lord’s prayer says, “Thy will be done, thy kingdom come.” Not the kingdom of Steve, but the kingdom of God. He isn’t a magic lamp that you rub when you have some wishes.

Where is a place in your life where you need to stop saying “need,” and let the will of God take over?

Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man

26 Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!”

Our God deserves our awe and our praise. He is a miracle worker that wants to do great things in our lives. Often, we’re waiting for Moses to part the Red Sea in front of us, but God wants us to recognize the little things too! Moses didn’t wake up and part the Red Sea either, he sought God’s plan and obeyed it no matter how crazy it seemed.

Start keeping a journal of what God is doing in your life. When something amazing happens, write it down! We make the mistake of letting those things go unnoticed and then forgotten about.

Jesus Calls Levi (Matthew)

31 Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” 

Most people aren’t rushing to a hospital when they wake up feeling amazing. The doctors don’t often treat people who come in saying, “I woke up this morning feeling great, so I decided to come get a check-up.” Take that analogy into the real world and realize that there are sick people all over the earth. Their sickness is not knowing the love of Christ. Christ calls us to take that word of hope to them. I know it can be hard sometimes to share our faith with people, but I want to ask you to be bold. If your coworkers don’t know you’re a Christian it’s time to let them know. Maybe it’s through sharing your testimony or maybe it’s through your lifestyle.

I want to challenge you to reach out to a “sick” person. Realize that everyone needs Jesus, especially those that don’t know him yet!

A Discussion about Fasting

36 Then Jesus gave them this illustration: “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and uses it to patch an old garment. For then the new garment would be ruined, and the new patch wouldn’t even match the old garment.

It might not be an immediate transition, but our new life in Christ should look different than what our lives looked like before. Our friends should see that our new patch doesn’t match the old one. Put on your new garment and wear it with pride, wear it with confidence! Don’t think because you still sin that you aren’t a new creation either. God calls us to ask for forgiveness, not to dwell on our past sins. Be genuine in your forgiveness and he will wipe you slate clean.

Wake up tomorrow morning and physically put on your new garment! I know people who physically put on the physical armor of God. They put on their pretend helmet and pick up their invisible sword! Wear it with the confidence you have in Christ. 


Luke 4

Luke 4 – Sept 15 by Lindsay Cordell

S - Luke 4:42-43 “Now when it was day, He departed and went into a deserted place.  And the crowd sought Him and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from leaving them; but He said to them, ‘I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.’”

O - Jesus had just finished healing “every one of them” that came to Him for healing.  He began healing as the sun was setting and finished up the following morning - He literally healed people with various diseases all night long!  He healed all that came; yet, when it was time to move on, He did.  He obeyed the will of the Father, not the will of man.  The crowd witnessed miracle after miracle and desired to keep Jesus with them.

A - Can you imagine being touched and healed by Jesus, looking into His eyes full of love and compassion for you?  Can you imagine the lives that were forever changed because of those miracles?  I imagine the atmosphere of that place - people filled with wonder and adoration for Jesus.  I know I wouldn’t want Him to leave!  I would want to stay in that place of wonder forever.  Yet, Jesus knew His mission and He knew it was time to leave to continue on His journey.  He didn’t allow the will of man - even those that adored Him - to influence His kingdom assignment.  Who do you listen to?  Do the voices of others impact your decisions over the voice of God?  What is God asking you to do this very day?

P - Father, thank You for loving us and thank You for Your Word!  I pray that today we would seek to listen to Your voice above all others.  Help us seek Your favor and not man’s.  I pray for those that are seeking for direction and clarity - those seeking for answers.  Would you help them hear Your voice so clearly?  Forgive us for seeking the approval of man over doing Your will.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.