Luke-The Investigative Gospel
Freedom In Christ
It is only when Christ is present, whether in the life of an individual, a family, a church, or a nation, that they experience genuine and lasting freedom, but even that freedom is something most believers will never experience because of three obstacles that we face.
The Bible plainly tells us that this man was plagued by a mob of demons that went by the name of Legion.
No I want you to be clear on this; if a man or woman rejects Christ and goes to hell, they go because they made a conscious choice to reject Christ.
Love of Darkness
You see, one of the greatest obstacles most people will ever face is their own love of the darkness they live in.
When you step out of that world into the world of light, then you can find freedom like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.
It didn’t matter that this man who had been in such bondage was now set free, or that this Jesus was just as concerned about their eternal souls – they were afraid and unwilling to have any dealings with Him.
Jesus went all the way across that lake just to meet this man and set him free.
The obstacles are real, and they are difficult to overcome. Most will never find freedom, but for those of you who are ready, Jesus stands today ready.
Luke-The Investigative Gospel
There Is Purpose In The Storms
Although the Sea of Galilee is only 5 miles wide and 13 miles long it has a history of terrible storms.
The disciples in obedience to his command hoisted the sail and begin the five mile trip across the lake.
Sometimes We Will Face Storms In Our Lives.
The once placid lake of our life becomes a storm tossed, angry, raging sea.
But no matter what storms come up in our life, we can call upon Jesus.
When We Are In A Storm We May Think That We Are Out of God’s Will.
You can find a storm and be right in the center of God’s will.
Without difficulties, without trials, without stresses and even failures, we would never grow to be what the Lord wants us to become.
When We Are In A Storm We May Think That God Doesn’t Care.
When we are in the midst of a crisis of one form or another and it seems that Jesus doesn’t care, He just does not seem to be interested or concerned with what we are going through.
When We Are In A Storm We May React In Fear Rather Than Faith.
In reality their problem was not the storm around them but the unbelief within them.
When We Are In A Storm We Need To Remember To Cry Out To The Father.
I am so glad I serve the God of the Universe who not only created everything that is, is not limited as to He can act by His own creation.
When In A Storm Faith Will Keep You From Being Afraid.
Jesus cares, not only cares, but acts and saves.
We Disappoint The Lord When We Give In To Fear.
Although their fear was natural, they had no excuse for their lack of faith.
Advent 2014 – Star Of Wonder
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:1-5
In this passage, John makes reference to the word, light, and darkness.
He reminds us how timeless Jesus is, how divine Jesus is, how overwhelming Jesus is.
Jeremiah’s Prophecy: “A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” – Jeremiah 31:5
“In the beginning was the Word…” – John 1:1
“In the beginning God…” – Genesis 1:1
“For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” – I Corinthians 15:22
We experience death through the first Adam. But we receive life through the second Adam, Jesus Christ.
In Bethlehem, Jesus came in the form of a human for a new beginning.
Genesis describes God’s first creation. John describes the new creation.
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” – Colossians 1:15-16
To the Greek, the Logos is what lies behind the universe and maintains its order … to the Jew creation took place through God speaking …
Logos – the Word tells us: Jesus is God; Jesus is Creator; Jesus has always been around.
Jesus is life – Jesus brings Eternal Life.
Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10
Jesus is the only option to know God!
Advent 2014 – O Holy Night
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from old, from ancient.” Micah 5:2
Christmas is an ideal opportunity to rekindle the hope that all humankind can experience the transformation of God.
What some deemed sacrilegious God used to glorify Himself and His Son.
God is not intimidated by the unclean.
“Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” Acts 10:15
This is the Christmas Season! We are all talking about the incarnation when we talk about Christmas.
Christmas is a perfect opportunity for God to show us how He loves to transform the ordinary into the sacred.
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
God loves to take the common and use it for His glory.
What is is not what something may become.
As believers, we must never put a period on the end of a sentence. We must put a comma and let God finish.