John: “Master, we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.”

Jesus: “Are demons bad?”

John: “Uh…yes.”

Jesus: “And are we currently fighting against the spiritual forces of wickedness?”

John: [in a small voice] “yes.”

Jesus: “Then he is our ally in this. Treat him as such.”

There are so many enemies arrayed against the Kingdom of God that we can’t afford to reject potential allies.

Today’s Scripture:

Luke 9:46-62


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On our honeymoon, my wife and I went snorkeling. Above the water, we could just see…water. But below the water, with the benefit of the masks we were wearing, we saw a whole other world: the sea teemed with bright fishes and gently waving grasses. That undersea world had always been there, but most of the time we were unable to see it.

In the Bible from time to time we get a glimpse of the deeper spiritual reality that is currently hidden from us with naked sight. The so-called Mount of Transfiguration is one of those times:

29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 

Luke 9:29-30

Isn’t it fascinating to think about all the life that we are currently unable to see?

“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

1 Corinthians 13:12

Today’s Scripture:

Luke 9:28-45


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There is a phrase I say to myself, when confronted with something hard: “cross before crown.”

See, everything worth having comes with a cost.

In today’s reading, Jesus explains that even the Messiah is not exempt from this principle: it’s Cross before Crown for Jesus, too.

And the more valuable the crown, the more painful the cross.

What cross do you need to pick up today?

Today’s Scripture:

Luke 9:18-27


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Yesterday’s lesson: you have what you need.

Today’s lesson: you have what you need today, too.

The disciples have seen amazing things happen in the name of Jesus. But immediately after their successful ministry trip, they are then confronted with another problem: a huge, hungry crowd. And it’s as if the size of this problem has caused them to forget everything they previously learned. So, Jesus teaches them again as he uses 5 loaves and 2 fish to feed the five thousand.

The point: in the name of Jesus, you always have what you need, even when it seems as if you don’t. Don’t let the size of the problem intimidate you.

Today’s Scripture:

Luke 9:10-17


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When Jesus sends the Twelve out on their discipleship residency training, he tells them “Take nothing for the journey.” The implication is that the Twelve have everything they need to do ministry in Jesus name.

For us, it’s the same:

You have everything you need today.

Today’s Scripture:

Luke 9:1-9


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That sums it all up, doesn’t it? Jesus tells Jairus, the father of the girl who has just died:

Do not be afraid; only believe.

A good reminder today (and every day).

Today’s Scripture:

Luke 8:40-56


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What’s Next?

by Andrew Forrest

After Jesus heals the man with the Legion of demons, the man wants to stay with Jesus. Instead, Jesus sends him on mission:

“Return home and tell how much God has done for you.”

Luke 8:39

Jesus heals so that we can go on mission.

What’s your mission today?

Today’s Scripture:

Luke 8:26-39


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“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed,” says Jesus. So, why do we think we can hide? Even in this life, our choices will often eventually become public knowledge. (Look at all the “Metoo” disclosures.) But God sees everything already.

Rather than trying to pretend you are better than you are, why not just confess in prayer today and ask the Lord for mercy? Honesty is the best policy for your soul.

Today’s Scripture:

Luke 8:16-25


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The key to understanding this parable is to realize it’s all about proper hearing. The way to know if someone has properly heard Jesus is if that person actually does what Jesus says. The way to know if someone has not heard Jesus is if that persons does NOT do what Jesus says.

Why doesn’t everyone respond with obedience when he or she hears the Word of God? Jesus doesn’t really explain why, but he does say (quoting from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah), that, though the Word of God might be right in front of some people, they can still totally miss it:

though seeing, they may not see;
    though hearing, they may not understand

Luke 8:10

Today’s Scripture:

Luke 8:1-15


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The reason Simon the Pharisee is so scandalized when Jesus lets the sinful woman come near and weep all over him is because Simon can’t imagine that if Jesus really knew “what kind of woman she is” that he would let her approach. But that’s what’s so amazing about Jesus: he neither condones sin nor pushes away sinners.

Today’s Scripture:

Luke 7:36-50


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