The World Needs The Lord

     Christians know that this world is not our home. As the old song says, we are just passing through. We also know that we are in the world but not of the world (John 17:14-21). One particular element of our lives here is the duty we have to reach out to people with the saving gospel of Christ (Romans 1:16).

Strange Things To Our Ears

     After the events in Thessalonica and Berea recorded in Acts 17 Paul was left alone for a time in the philosophical center of the Greco-Romans world, Athens in Greece. The idolatry he saw disturbed him and led him to engage Jew and Gentile alike in a discussion of mankind’s spiritual condition. He even entered the marketplace where he encountered Epicurean and Stoic philosophers.

Our School of Bible Emphasis

     As many of you know, our School of Bible Emphasis (also known as “SBE”) began again for this new school year the second Tuesday of September. The program was begun nearly thirty years ago by Winfred Clark who preached and served as an elder for this congregation for many years. It is a work overseen by our eldership and headed up by Jimmy Clark, the son of the school’s founder and the preacher for the Bethel Church.

Earth Versus Rock

     There can be no doubt that Christians are familiar with the Lord’s words about the wise man building on the rock. Doctor Luke has them here in Luke 6:46-49 and they are found in Matthew’s gospel in 7:24-27.
Everyone who has been to one of our vacation Bible schools has the song and the motions that go with it burned into our brains. And that, my friends, is a good thing.

Spiritual "Ups and Dows" From Luke

     Bible students know the Sermon on the Mount and most people think of the account in the 5th, 6th and 7th chapters of Matthew. Doctor Luke provides us a bit of a different look into some of the same material in Luke 6:17-49. We might remember that when Jesus spoke to large groups of people the likelihood is that He gave the same lesson a number of times so that the substantial crowds (6:17) would have opportunity to hear Him. This accounts for the small differences in wording we see sometimes when comparing the gospel records.

Lessons From Luke: The Apostles

     Doctor Luke gives us a concise account of the choosing of the apostles. This gives us the opportunity to think about this group of men and discern a few lessons. The account is Luke 6:12-16: Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

Lessons From Luke: The Lord of the Sabbath

     Luke 6:1-11 flows conceptually from the material in 5:33-39. In both places the Pharisees were having trouble with the way Jesus was conducting Himself with regard to certain elements of their interpretation of the Law of Moses. In this passage the problem was with the Sabbath (Exodus 20:10). A fascinating element of this series of event is the inability of the Pharisees to see the reality of what was unfolding before their very eyes. The prophecies of their own Bible were being fulfilled. The Lord was offering proof that He was the Son of God and thus the Messiah.

Lessons From Luke: The Power of Faith

     Luke chapter 5 contains three examples of the power of faith. In verses 1-11 faith is shown to be superior to human reasoning. You remember that Simon Peter had been fishing all night and had caught nothing. The man knew fishing; he was a fisherman! But he had heard the teaching of the Lord and so when Jesus told him to let down his nets again, Peter did it. He was rewarded not only with a fine catch but with a new job that gave his life a superior purpose. He became a fisherman for souls.

Violence and Christianity

     We have all been shocked at what seems to be unusual outbreaks of violence around the world and here at home. We might well remember, however, that as much as we are “guided” by the news media to think that such things happen only when they are reporting them, violent behavior by human beings is not an occasional thing: It happens all the time.

Lesons From Luke: Jesus In Galilee

     Galilee is surely a beautiful part of Israel but its physical beauty is far surpassed by the spiritual beauty of the things our Lord taught and did there. As we look to Doctor Luke’s record we see that the people of the region noticed the remarkable work that Jesus was doing (Luke 4:14). We also see that He taught in their synagogues and that His teaching was often well received (Luke 4:15).