Sunday, March 31, 2013

Jesus Feeds Five Thousand Men

Luke 9:13-17 (GNT) ...They answered, "All we have are five loaves and two fish.  Do you want us to go and buy food for this whole crowd?" (There were about five thousand men there.)  Jesus said to His disciples, "Make the people sit down in groups of about fifty each." After the disciples had done so, Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up to Heaven, thanked God for them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people.  They all ate and had enough, and the disciples took up twelve baskets of what was left over.

The Lord Is Risen!

(Aramaic Bible In Plain English) Luke 24:34 -
As they were saying, “Truly our Lord has risen and He has appeared to Shimeon (Simon Peter)!”

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Jesus Feeds Five Thousand Men

Luke 9:10- (GNT) The apostles came back and told Jesus everything they had done.  He took them with Him, and they went off by themselves to a town named Bethsaida.  When the crowds heard about it, they followed Him.  He welcomed them, spoke to them about the Kingdom of God, and healed those who needed it. When the sun was beginning to set, the twelve disciples came to Him and said, "Send the people away so that they can go to the villages and farms around here and find food and lodging, because this is a lonely place." But Jesus said to them, "You yourselves give them something to eat."

Friday, March 29, 2013

Herod's Confusion

Luke 9:7-9 (GNT) When Herod, the ruler of Galilee, heard about all the things that were happening, he was very confused, because some people were saying that John the Baptist had come back to life. Others were saying that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life.  Herod said, "I had John's head cut off; but who is this Man I hear these things about?"  And he kept trying to see Jesus.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Jesus Sends Out The Twelve Disciples

Luke 9:1-6 (GNT) Jesus called the twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority to drive out all the demons and to cure diseases.  Then He sent them out to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick, after saying to them, "Take nothing with you for the trip: no walking stick, no beggar's bag, no food, no money, not even an extra shirt.  Wherever you are welcomed, stay in the same house until you leave that town; wherever people don't welcome you, leave that town and shake the dust off your feet as a warning to them." The disciples left and traveled through all the villages, preaching the Good News and healing people everywhere.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Only Believe And She Will Be Well

Luke 8:49-56  (GNT) While Jesus was saying this, a messenger came from the official's house. "Your daughter has died," he told Jairus: "don't bother the Teacher any longer."  But Jesus heard it and said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid; only believe, and she will be well."  When He arrived at the house, He would not let anyone go in with Him except Peter, John and James, and the child's father and mother.  Everyone there was crying and mourning for the child. Jesus said, "Don't cry; the child is not dead - she is only sleeping!"  They all made fun of Him, because they knew that she was dead.  But Jesus took her by the hand and called out, "Get up, child!"  Her life returned, and she got up at once, and Jesus ordered them to give her something to eat.  Her parents were astounded, but Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone what had happened.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I Knew It When Power Went Out Of Me

Luke 8:42-48  (GNT) ...As Jesus went along, the people were crowding Him from every side.  Among them was a woman who had suffered from severe bleeding for twelve years; she had spent all she had on doctors, but no one had been able to cure her.  She came up in the crowd behind Jesus and touched the edge of His cloak, and her bleeding stopped at once.  Jesus asked "Who touched Me?" Everyone denied it, and Peter said, "Master, the people are all around You and crowding in on You." But Jesus said, "Someone touched Me, for I knew it when power went out of Me."  The woman saw that she had been found out, so she came trembling and threw herself at Jesus' feet.  There in front of everybody, she told Him why she had touched Him and how she had been healed at once.  Jesus said to her, "My daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace." 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Jairus' Daughter...

Luke 8:40-42 (GNT) When Jesus returned to the other side of the lake, the people welcomed Him, because they had all been waiting for Him.  Then a man name Jairus arrived; he was an official in the local synagogue. He threw himself down at Jesus' feet and begged Him to go to his home, because his only daughter, who was twelve years old, was dying.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Tell What God Has Done For You (What Jesus Had Done For Him)

Luke 8:37-39 (GNT) "Then all the people from that territory asked Jesus to go away, because they were terribly afraid.  So Jesus got into the boat and left.  The man from whom the demons had gone out begged Jesus, "Let me go with you."  But Jesus sent him away, saying, "Go back home and tell what God has done for you."  The man went through the town, telling what Jesus had done for Him

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Jesus Heals a Man with Demons continued...

Luke 8:34-36 (GNT) The men who had been taking care of the pigs saw what happened, so they ran off and spread the news in the town and among the farms.  People went out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were all afraid.  Those who had seen it told the people how the man had been cured. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Jesus Heals a Man with Demons continued...

Luke 8:30-33 (GNT) Jesus asked him, "What is your name?"  "My name is 'Mob'," he answered-because many demons had gone into him.  The demons begged Jesus not to send them into the abyss.  There was a large herd of pigs near by, feeding on a hillside.  So the demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and He let them.  They went out of the man and into the pigs.  The whole herd rushed down the side of the cliff into the lake and was drowned.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Jesus Heals a Man With Demons

Luke 8:26-29 (GNT) Jesus and His disciples sailed on over to the territory of Gerasa, which is across the lake from Galilee.  As Jesus stepped ashore, He was met by a man from the town who had demons in him.  For a long time this man had gone without clothes and would not stay at home, but spent his time in the burial caves.  When he saw Jesus, he gave a loud cry, threw himself down at His feet, and shouted, "Jesus, Son of the Most High God!  What do you want with me? I beg you, don't punish me!"  He said this because Jesus had ordered the evil spirit to go out of him.  Many times it had seized him, and even though he was kept a prisoner, his hands and feet tied with chains, he would break the chains and be driven by the demon out into the desert.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Jesus Calms a Storm

Luke 8:22-25 One day Jesus got into a boat with His disciples and said to them, "Let us go across to the other side of the lake." So they started out.  As they were sailing, Jesus fell asleep.  Suddenly a strong wind blew down on the lake, and the boat began to fill with water, so that they were all in great danger.  The disciples went to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, "Master, Master!  We are about to die!"   Jesus got up and gave an order to the wind and to the stormy water; they quieted down, and there was a great calm.  Then He said to the disciples, "Where is your faith?"  But they were amazed and afraid, and said to one another, "Who is this Man?  He gives orders to the winds and waves, and they obey Him!"

Portrayed in the Jesus film (1979)...

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Jesus' Mother and Brothers

Luke 8:19-21 (GNT) Jesus' mother and brothers came to Him, but were unable to join Him because of the crowd.  Someone said to Jesus, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside and want to see you."  Jesus said to them all, "My mother and brothers are those who hear the word of God and obey it."

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Be Careful How You Listen

Luke 8:16-18 (GNT) (Jesus said) "No one lights a lamp and covers it with a bowl or puts it under a bed.  Instead, he puts it on the lampstand, so that people will see the light as they come in.  Whatever is hidden away will be brought out into the open, and whatever is covered up will be found and brought to light.  Be careful, then, how you listen: because whoever has something will be given more, but whoever has nothing will have taken away from him even the little he thinks he has."

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Jesus Explains the Parable Of the Sower

Luke 8:11-15 "This is what the parable means: the seed is the word of God.  The seeds that fell along the path stand for those who hear; but the Devil comes and takes the message away from their hearts in order to keep them from believing and being saved.  The seeds that fell on rocky ground stand for those who hear the message and receive it gladly.  But it does not sink deep into them; they believe only for a while but when the time of testing comes, they fall away.  The seeds that fell among thorn bushes stand for those who hear; but the worries and riches and pleasures of this life crowd in and choke them, and their fruit never ripens.  The seeds that fell in good soil stand for those who hear the message and retain it in a good and obedient heart, and they persist until they bear fruit."

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Listen, Then, If You Have Ears!

Luke 8:4-8 People kept coming to Jesus from one town after another; and when a great crowd gathered, Jesus told this parable:

"Once there was a man who went out to sow grain.  As he scattered the seed in the field, some of it fell along the path, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it up.  Some of it fell on rocky ground, and when the plants sprouted, they dried up because the soil had no moisture.  Some of the seed fell among thorn bushes, which grew up with the plants and choked them.  And some seeds fell in good soil; the plants grew and bore grain, one hundred grains each."

And Jesus concluded, "Listen, then, if you have ears!"

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Woman Who Accompanied Jesus

Luke 8:1-3 (GNT) Some time later Jesus traveled through towns and villages, preaching the Good News about the Kingdom of God. The twelve disciples went with Him, and so did some women who had been healed of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (who was called Magdalene), from whom seven demons had been driven out; Joanna, whose husband Chuza was an officer in Herod's court; and Susanna, and many other women who used their own resources to help Jesus and his disciples.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Your Sins Are Forgiven...Your Faith Has Saved You; Go In Peace

Luke 7:48-50 (GNT) Then Jesus said to the woman, "Your sins are forgiven."  The others sitting at the table began to say to themselves,"Who is this, who even forgives sins?"  But Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

Friday, March 8, 2013

Whoever Has Been Forgiven Little Shows Only A Little Love

Luke 7:44-47  Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman?  I came into your home, and you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and dried them with her hair.  You did not welcome Me with a kiss, but she has not stopped kissing My feet since I came.  You  provided no olive oil for My head, but she has covered My feet with perfume.  I tell you, then, the great love she has shown proves that her many sins have been forgiven.  But whoever has been forgiven little shows only a little love." 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The One Who Was Forgiven More

Luke 7:40-43 (GNT) Jesus spoke up and said to him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." "Yes, Teacher," he said, tell me."  "There were two men who owed money to a moneylender," Jesus began, "One owed him five hundred silver coins, and the other one fifty.  Neither of them could pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both.  Which one, then, will love him more?"  "I suppose," answered Simon, "that it would be the one who was forgiven more."  "You are right," said Jesus. 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Jesus At the Home of Simon the Pharisee

Luke 7:36-39 A Pharisee invited Jesus to have dinner with him, and Jesus went to his house and sat down to eat. In that town was a woman who lived a sinful life.  She heard that Jesus was eating in the Pharisee's house, so she brought an alabaster jar full of perfume and stood behind Jesus, by His feet, crying and wetting His feet with her tears.  Then she dried His feet with her hair, kissed Them, and poured the perfume on Them.  When the Pharisee saw this, he said to himself, "If this Man really were a prophet, He would know who this woman is who is touching Him; He would know what kind of sinful life she lives!"

Portrayed in the Jesus film...

Friday, March 1, 2013

God's Wisdom Is Shown To Be True By All Who Accept It

Luke 7:29-35 {GNT} All the people heard Him; they and especially the tax collectors were the ones who had obeyed God's righteous demands and had been baptized by John.  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law rejected God's purpose for themselves and refused to be baptized by John.  Jesus continued, "Now to what can I compare the people of this day? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace.  One group shouts to the other, 'We played wedding music for you, but you wouldn't dance! We sang funeral songs, but you wouldn't cry!'  John the Baptist came, and he fasted and drank no wine, and you said, "He has a demon in him!'  The Son of Man came, and He ate and drank, and you said, 'Look at this man!  He is a glutton and winedrinker, a friend of tax collectors and other outcasts!'  God's wisdom, however, is shown to be true by all who accept it."