Blog Posts tagged with ‘Luke’

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Luke 23:26–56. Is it worth being kind?

by slpcenglish

Bonus Devotional for February 2017. Luke 23:26–56 (click to read). Today we read about one of the most terrible events in all history: the crucifixion of Jesus. We followed Jesus’s story with so much hope and expectation. We watched as God left the glory of heaven to come be here with us as a small […]

Luke 21:1–19. Don’t Panic

by slpcenglish

12–18 February 2017. Luke 21:1–19 (click to read). We spoke last week about the dangerous temptation to look for signs of the end of the world. We saw how it distracts us from the work God wants us to do now, today. And even though this type of “sign reading” was popular in Bible times […]

Luke 17:20–37. Focusing on today

by slpcenglish

5–11 February 2017. Luke 17:20–37 (click to read). It’s hard to walk into a Christian bookstore these days and not find several books on the shelves about the so-called “end times”. The authors advertise how they are the only one who can really read the signs and predict the coming end of the world. They […]

Luke 13:1–17. Do good people suffer?

by slpcenglish

29 January – 4 February 2017. Luke 13:1–17 (click to read). One day when I was walking in Taipei, I saw a church group on the street calling out to people, saying “Become a Christian, and all your troubles will disappear!” As I heard this, it made me really uncomfortable – because that’s not true at […]

Luke 9:37–62. Who is the greatest?

by slpcenglish

15–21 January 2017. Luke 9:37–62 (click to read). In today’s business world, networking is important. People go to business dinners hoping to meet important people, to swap name cards, and build relationships with people who can help their businesses grow. But knowing so-called important people doesn’t just help our businesses, it also boosts our own […]

Luke 6:27–49. What does it mean to be like God?

by slpcenglish

15–21 January 2017. Luke 6:27–49 (click to read). What does it mean to be like God? That’s a difficult question that many people have argued about all through history. For some, to be like God means having enormous power; it means bossing people around and telling them what to do. For some, to be like God […]

Luke 3:21–38. The great and ancient plan

by slpcenglish

8–14 January 2017. Luke 3:21–38 (click to read). If we take a very simple look at the Christmas story, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the coming of Christ was somehow just part of God’s backup plan. We read through the Old Testament and look at the way that Abraham and […]

1 Samuel 17: Hope for the weak

by slpcenglish

19–25 June 2016. 1 Samuel 17 (Click to read). Over and over in this world we see how the strong survive and succeed, and how they do this at the expense of the weak. Strong nations attack weaker nations; strong armies fly into other countries and randomly bomb and kill families and children; big companies use […]

Job 15:1–16. Is suffering God’s punishment?

by slpcenglish

20–26 September 2015. Job 15:1–16 (click to read). When Job’s friends see his great pain, at first they say nothing. But soon they feel like they should explain to Job why he is suffering so much. They offer a lot of poor arguments, none of which satisfy us today – and none of which satisfied […]

Psalm 119:153–160. Depend on the Love of God

by slpcenglish

24–30 May 2015. Psalm 119:153–160 (click to read). As Psalm 119 comes to a close, the writer cries out to God, asking for his help. Like the writer, we too know that God loves and cares for us, and that he answers our prayers. But here the writer still reflects an older, Jewish understanding of […]