Jun 2010

7622 - Something New

Jesus often used parables to bring large ideas within the grasp of His audience.

In our study of the book of Luke we are in Luke 5:33-39 today. I’ll read this passage and then we can discuss them.

They said to him, "John's disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking."

Jesus answered, "Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast."

He told them this parable: "No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, `The old is better.'"

This passage is yet another confrontation between Jesus and the Pharisees.

The word Pharisee comes from the term ‘separated.’ They practiced keeping a distance between themselves and the people, for they did not want to become defiled. The Pharisees were ‘proud’ people. They lived to make a good appearance. They kept conspicuous habits that were meant to ‘call attention’ to their holiness. Jesus kept pointing out that even good things done with wrong motives were empty.

In this passage the Pharisees have raised the issue of fasting. A fast was meant to be a time of refraining from food in order the pray.

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7621 - The Call of Matthew

Jesus calls people from all walks of life to follow Him. Even those professions that are scorned by society.

In our study today Jesus calls a Jewish man by the name of Levi to join his followers.

I will read Luke 5:27-32. Listen:
After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. "Follow me," Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.

Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and `sinners'?"

Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."


In those days some people had Roman names in addition to their Jewish name. Levi was also known as Matthew as he’s called in the book of Matthew, which he authored under the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

Levi was a Jew who worked for the Romans as the area’s tax collector. Capernaum was an important custom post on the caravan route between Damascus, in the northeast, and the coast of the Mediterranean. Most Jews had no respect for these collaborators with the Romans, since some overcharged the people and kept the profits.

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7620 - Lillian - Abortion and Forgiveness

“Lillian” shares with us a portion of her testimony and the testimony of God’s forgiveness in her life.

Her background was a mental health nurse, and after having served in the past in missions overseas, she is now moving towards entering missions again after retirement. She will be serving as a Finisher with Operation Mobilisation, and is considering serving in a position on the Logos Hope with 450+ people in missions work on this ship.

She is also considering service in Haiti, or with other opportunities, but she is patiently waiting for the Lord’s leading. She then shares a young man’s testimony of service on the Doulos ship after 2 years serving with OM.

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7619 - A Paralytic Walks

We all generally understand the value of good friendships, and in this study we consider a man who had very good friends.

Our Scripture portion for study today is Luke 5:17-26. It relates how Jesus healed a paralytic who then walked away carrying the mat on which he had been so helpless.

Listen as I read the scripture: Luke 5:17-26:
One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick.
Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven."

The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, "Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, "Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, `Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, `Get up and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. . . ." He said to the paralyzed man, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home." Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, "We have seen remarkable things today."

We are told that many Pharisees were around Jesus in this passage. This is the first use of the word ‘Pharisee’ in Luke’s gospel. The name Pharisee literally comes from the term ‘separated.’

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7618 - Leper Healed

Jesus was never one to avoid interacting with the outcasts of society.

In the fifth chapter of Luke we see the authority Jesus had over illness and disease clearly demonstrated. Two different miracles of this nature are given there.

Today we will investigate how a leper was healed by the power of God as expressed through Jesus Christ.

Let me read Luke 5:12-16:
While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell on his face to the ground and begged him, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" And immediately the leprosy left him. Then Jesus ordered him, "Don't tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them." Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

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7617 - Call of Four Fishermen

As we consider the call of four fishermen, remember that all of us have been called to something.

We are now in Chapter 5 in the Gospel of Luke.

Today we’ll talk about Jesus calling his first four disciples. Listen as I read Luke 5:1-11:

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, he saw at the water's edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."

Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets."

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!" For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will catch men."

This interaction between these fishermen and Jesus was not their first meeting. Jesus had met these four men during the first year of his ministry, when he visited John the Baptist in the region of the Jordan.

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7616 - Jesus Prayed

Jesus’ example of quiet prayer and conversation with God the Father should serve as a strong reminder of its importance in our lives.

In our study through the Gospel of Luke we have come to Luke 4, verses 42-44. They tell us:

At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, "I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent." And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

The events in this portion of Scripture occurred about a year and one-half after Jesus began His ministry. These scenes are from the beginning of the first tour of Galilee, which Jesus made with the four fishermen whom He called to follow Him. Two sets of brothers, James and John, and Peter and Andrew, were chosen by Jesus to be mentored by Him.

The thing we notice in this passage is that at daybreak Jesus sought a lonely place. The parallel passage in Mark 1 (35) tells us he rose in order to have time for prayer. If you recall, at this time multitudes of people sought Jesus to help solve their particular problem or heal their diseases. So Jesus needed some quiet time to prepare for meeting and ministering to people.

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7615 - Authority Over Spirits

Jesus demonstrated that he had authority over spirits and sickness.

Today we are searching Luke 4:31-40 (edit: not verse 41). Let me read those verses:
Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath began to teach the people. They were amazed at his teaching, because his message had authority.

In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, "Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are --the Holy One of God!"

"Be quiet!" Jesus said sternly. "Come out of him!" Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.

All the people were amazed and said to each other, "What is this teaching? With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!" And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.

Jesus left the synagogue and went to the house of Simon. Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.

When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.


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7614 - "Lillian" - Saved and Full of Joy

“Lillian” shares with us her testimony and the ways in which the Lord has saved her and blessed her with a fullness of joy..

Her background was a mental health nurse, and after having served in the past in missions overseas, she is now moving towards entering missions again after retirement. She will be serving as a Finisher with Operation Mobilisation, and is considering serving in a position on the Logos Hope with 450+ people in missions work on this ship.

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7613 - Rejection at Nazareth

Let’s consider the message that Jesus brought to the people of his hometown.

We are now studying in Luke 4. Listen to verses 14-21:
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."


In the first sentence we find that Jesus was “in the power of the Spirit.” This truth characterizes the years of ministry of Jesus Christ. Jesus lived in the dynamics of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and also of Father God living in and through Him. In the Gospel of John, Chapter 14 (v.10) Jesus told His disciples that “it is the Father living in me, who is doing His work.” This accounted for the continual flow of divine power through Jesus.

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7612 - Third Temptation

Temptation was something that even Jesus experienced.

In our study through the Gospel of Luke we have progressed to Luke 4 where we are told the devil tempted Jesus for forty days. Scripture then gives us three examples of the devil’s temptation.

We have already studied the first two. To review: The first came when Jesus was hungry. In a deceitful way the devil challenged Jesus to prove He was the Son of God by creating bread from a stone.

Satan’s question regarding the deity and position as God’s Son sought to drive Jesus to show pride and prove this fact. They both knew Jesus was the Son of God, but Satan was prodding Jesus to pridefully prove this fact. If Jesus had become prideful that would have been sin, and the sin would have destroyed Jesus as well as God’s plan of redemption for mankind. Jesus calmly rebuked the devil and continued to look to His Father to provide His every need.

Temptation two was a brazen invitation for Jesus to join Satan’s rebellious campaign against Father God.

True to form, the devil deceitfully offered Jesus a short cut to power over kingdoms on earth. This would be given to Jesus by the devil if Jesus would worship him. That’s an invitation for Jesus to become a part of his evil, rebellious forces, to turn against Father God. Again Jesus stood firm in the power of God and rebuked the devil.

Today we examine the third temptation of this series.

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First Time Preaching

I had the joy and pleasure of preaching at Magnolia Bible Church on Sunday. It was a great responsibility, and I was thankful for the opportunity and greatly appreciative that the Lord enabled the message to go very well.

Pastor Scot Wall was out of town leading a retreat at Camp Peniel, and he extended me the invitation to come preach in his place. It was an intimidating opportunity, and was something that I went into with great respect for the responsibility of bringing a message to the body of Christ in that setting.

I thought it went well, and was very affirmed and incredibly encouraged by the many positive responses after the service. My contact at the church, one of the elders, was very surprised that it was only my first time preaching, as he thought that I did an excellent job.

Joe Wall, Scot’s dad and the Executive Vice President of East West Ministries, was also very surprised to learn that it was my first time, and made the very encouraging remark that he felt that the Lord might have a calling in my life to do this more.

David Preaching

Faith During the Drought
For this sermon I am preaching on 1 Kings 17.

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7611 - "Lillian" - Operation Mobilisation

“Lillian” shares with us about her experiences with Operation Mobilisation and the opportunities available with this ministry.

Her background is as a mental health nurse, and after having served in the past in missions overseas, she is now moving towards entering missions again after retirement. She will be serving as a Finisher with Operation Mobilisation, and is considering serving in a position on the Logos Hope with 450+ people in missions work on this ship.

She is also considering service in Haiti, or with other opportunities, but she is patiently waiting for the Lord’s leading. She then shares a young man’s testimony of service on the Doulos ship after 2 years serving with OM.

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7610 - Second Temptation

Resisting temptation is so important in each of our lives, and it was even more important in the life of Jesus.

In our study of Luke we are carefully looking at the temptations which the devil laid before Jesus, seeking to compromise his sinless, perfect character. Today we will focus on the second of this series of three battles. Listen to Luke 4:5-8:

The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours." Jesus answered, "It is written: `Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.' "

This passage is an awesome display of the devil and his evil character in stark contrast to Jesus and His yielded, trusting character.

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