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“Panic Attacks”

BIBLE READING: Luke 12 DISCUSSION According to WebMD, approximately six million people will be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder this year.Last year, I became one of those statistics.I woke up in the middle of the night from what I thought was a dead sleep, with my heart feeling like it was about to jump out of my chest.I checked my heart rate using my Apple watch and noticed my heart was beating at 128 beats a minute.The more I thought about it, the worse the attack became.I felt so worried about myself, I drove myself to the hospital thinking I was having a heart attack.While there, the on-call doctor gave me some meds to calm me down and began asking me about my stress level.It was the week before VBS and yes, for those of you that don’t know, VBS week is one of the most stressful times for those in ministry.I followed up with my local doctor the next day attempting to get to the bottom of what happened.His explanation was for me to rest and slow down (HAHAHAHAHA) and be prepared be…

“Keep the Word”

BIBLE READING: Luke 7-11 DISCUSSION No matter what Jesus did, He made an impact on people.  It didn’t matter if you were for Him or against Him, you were forced to respond in some manner.  Some thought He was a demon, some thought a false teacher, while others accepted Him for who He really was, the Son of God.   On one occasion, in Luke 11, there was a woman who shouts out among the crowd, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breast at which you nursed.” Her comments were meant to be considered a compliment to Mary and how God had chosen her among all women to bear the Son of God.  I am sure it must have been a blessing for Mary, after all, she has a very unique perspective of God’s plan.  Just try to imagine what it must have been like to raise the Son of God and to care for Him while He was a child.  That must have been a true blessing.  However, Jesus responds to her statement in an unexpected way.  One might have expected Jesus to agree with her comment or maybe even say som…

“Teach Us To Pray”

BIBLE READING: Luke 11 DISCUSSION                  “Lord, teach us to pray…” I wish I knew who it was that made this simple request.  Could it have been Andrew?  Andrew had originally been a disciple of John the Baptist and had seen how John had prayed; I suppose it could have been Andrew.  Maybe it was Matthew, who was a Levite and had even been trained to pray as a Levite making pleas for the people of God; Yet had now become a tax collector and maybe was seeking how he could restore that relationship he had once had with the Father.  I suppose it could have been Matthew.  Maybe it was John, who although he was called one of the sons of Thunder, had a softer side and just desired the same type of relationship that Jesus had with the Father.  I suppose it could have been John.  Maybe it was even Judas Iscariot, who had already been tempted to take some of the money out of their treasury for himself.  Maybe Judas was feeling somewhat guilty and wanted to know he might restore a relation…

“Distractions, Distractions”

BIBLE READING: Luke 10 DISCUSSION                 We have all been there!  At some point in time we have all adjusted the volume of our radio, checked the status of a quick text message or even dropped part of the burrito we are trying to eat while driving onto our pants.  All it takes is just one quick glance off the road to make a small adjustment and then before we know it, we have run off the road, or worse, have had an accident.  In today’s world of having technology at our fingertips, it is very easy for us to get distracted while we are driving.  In fact, we even see warnings on billboards and hear commercials on our radios to help prevent us from falling into that trap. Yet, in most cases we continually ignore those warnings thinking we can handle it.  In our story today, we find Martha being distracted by all the work that needed to be done around the house while Jesus was there.  She had food to cook, things to clean and people to serve, yet she was so caught up in all those n…

“Let Them Sink IN….”

BIBLE READING: Luke 9 DISCUSSION             As a parent, I feel that I am constantly having to remind my children of certain things like, clean your room, put up your clothes, and make sure you have on clean underwear.  It is very frustrating to feel like I am having to repeat myself over and over. I wonder if Jesus felt the same type of frustration?  Over and over in the Scripture we find Jesus having to remind His disciples of His coming death, yet repeatedly they let it go in one ear and out the other. In Luke 9.44 Jesus is once again giving insight to His disciples concerning His upcoming death. Just listen to the words of Jesus and see if you can feel His frustration, “Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men”. I can almost imagine Jesus grabbing Peter by the ears and speaking as slow as possible in hopes that it would finally register with them.  Yet, much like my children, they soon forget moments after it is said.  As Ch…

“Master, the Tempest”

BIBLE READING: Luke 8 DISCUSSION I will have to admit, if I had been in the boat with the disciples when the winds and waves picked up, I would have been terrified.  Just seeing the power of the wind and the water as it began to fill up the boat, I don’t know how I would have been able to control my emotions.  That is why I feel like I can empathize with them as they shouted out to Jesus “Master…we are perishing!”.  I can imagine the impatience that they must have displayed as the sought to rouse Jesus up from His sleep.  Then how that impatience quickly turned into astonishment when they witness His power as the winds and the waves obey His voice.  Shame could have been the next emotion expressed by the disciples as they hear the words of Jesus in His rebuke of them “Where is your faith?”  How is it possible that they had forgotten just who it was that was in that boat with them?  We know that they had already seen the power of God displayed through Him as they had witnessed His other …

“Just say the Word…”

BIBLE READING: Luke 7 DISCUSSION The expression “just say the word” typically is used to indicate one’s willingness to be ready to help someone else on command.However, in our reading for the day it us used to express something else, faith.Luke records the story of a centurion who had a servant that was at the point of death.When he hears about the power of Jesus, he sends word asking for the elders of the Jews to seek out Jesus to help him. Upon hearing that Jesus is on His way to heal his servant, the centurion sent out his friends to meet Jesus before He arrived.Their message was clear, “just say the word…”.The centurion knew that all Jesus had to do was say the word and his servant would recover.Jesus praises this man’s faith saying not even among His own people had He seen such faith.That is the kind of faith that Christ wants out of us; a faith that doesn’t demand signs, miracles or wonders, but a faith that says, “just say the Word”.Those words are not just the expression of grea…