Luke 3:1-38

February 19, 2018
Luke 3:1-38

In this chapter John is sharing the amazing news of baptism leading to the forgiveness of sins.  He also is very direct with the crowd who seem to be coming to him because it was “the popular thing to do.” (verse 7 – The Message translation) He explains, “What counts is your life. Is it green and blossoming?” (verse 9) Then he goes on to tell the people how they can change their actions to reflect the love they have received, basically telling them to love each other by sharing what they had, treating each other with respect, and being content with what they had been given.  John’s words of wisdom continue to ring true today.
God, as we devote ourselves to you during this season of Lent, change us from the inside out and help us to find ways to allow our lives to reflect your goodness.  Amen

Devotion by Amy Hiatt

 

Luke 2:1-40

February 17, 2018
Luke 2:1-40

"When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.  And the child grew and became strong, he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him." Luke 2:39-40

Home at last, following what must have seemed a multitude of extraordinary events in the lives of two new parents.  The long journey from Bethlehem to Egypt back to Nazareth is over; the wonder of the Holy birth, a time-etched memory.  Now the real work begins:  raising their new son as best they can in the admonition of the Lord.
Luke depicts Mary and Joseph as good and faithful parents.  We see Jesus as a healthy young child who "grew and became strong".  We can just imagine, however, that Jesus and his parents experience the same challenges that all families have in their relationships and as they teach him life lessons.  God saw that His Son was "filled with wisdom" so that he would be equipped to make good choices, and "His grace was upon him" that all he did and became would be pleasing to his Heavenly Father.
Now, that is what we should be praying for our children:  to grow, to be strong, to be filled with wisdom, and for God's grace to be upon them.  AMEN!

Devotion by Gay Lynn Williams

 

Luke 1:57-80

February 16, 2018
Luke 1:57-80

Verse 58 says, “And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.” It’s great to celebrate with loved ones! God created us to be in community, love one another and share in joys and sorrows. Is it simpler for you to say nothing, or to share in joys and sorrows with loved ones in your life? If we struggle with our own lives, sometimes it is difficult to reach out to celebrate or mourn with others. Would you have gone to the crucifixion of Jesus? Would you have missed the resurrection? Be challenged to step out and ask someone how you can rejoice with them!
Prayer: Lord, help me be your hands and feet. Amen

Devotion by Vicki Krueger

 
 

Luke 1:26-56

Feb 15, 2018
Luke 1:26-56
 
It’s easy to be suspicious when someone promises good news, even more so when it’s decorated with a compliment. “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you,” said the angel. Mary’s response is to be ……. troubled. And unsure. It can be difficult to accept flattery, especially when followed by a promise that you have been blessed with a great task. But isn’t that what all Christians experience?
 
“Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you!” you were told, when you first accepted Christ into your life. “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you!” you should know, whenever you take a step out in faith.
 
Serving others. Leading a prayer. Comforting a stranger. Sharing a personal conflict with a friend. If you are troubled at the thought of such tasks and worried about what it could mean, never fear. Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you!
Amen.
 
Devotion by Rob Robertson

 

Luke 1:1-25

February 14, 2018
Luke 1:1-25

The gospel according to Luke is the most readable of the four gospels.  It is the only gospel not written by a Jew.  Luke was probably a Gentile, was well educated, a physician, and, most notably, a close companion of Paul at various times including his first imprisonment.
According to William Barclay’s commentary Luke’s gospel has the following characteristics:
·       It is written with a historian’s care as a result of much research.
·       It is clearly written for the Gentiles and all the peoples of the world.
·       It is a gospel of prayer as it shows Jesus praying at all the great moments in His life.
·       It is the gospel of women as Luke gives special attention to the women in Jesus’ life.
·       It is the gospel of praise.  Luke uses the phrase “praising God” more often than the rest of the New Testament put together.
·       It is the universal gospel describing Jesus as for all people without distinction.
What a privilege and joy it is to study the gospel of Luke this Lenten season.
 
Devotion by Dean Gropper