Bible in 90 Days | Luke 1 – 9: Day 75

Luke, the person has to be a very interesting guy. He’d be a fun guy to hang out with and bounce questions off of. If he had a Twitter account at the time, he’d have a Klout score of 90+. He wasn’t one of the 12 Apostles, but had to be a guy on the inside. He witnessed a lot of what is documented in the New Testament, but also investigated and researched much of it.

I’m trying my best to finish reading the Bible through in 90 days. Maybe not 90 consecutive days… but 90 days none the less. Join me. Click here for more information on the ESV Bible in 90 day plan that I am doing.

Luke 1

Theophilus must have been a friend and someone of influence who Luke respected. They probably had a lot of ideas that were not shared between the two, but there had to be a level of respect shared. They probably both loved history and current events.

Luke writes both the gospel of Luke and the book of Acts to Theophilus as a record of his research about all things that had taken place. He researched it with extreme detail.

Learned of the details that led up to John the Baptist being born. Perhaps he heard the tales of John being compared to Elijah and knowing his history figured that there was an amazing story from his parents. Thus the Zechariah and Elizabeth story.

We also have the well known Christmas story through Luke. He had to have spoken with Mary and family members who knew of truth of Jesus’ birth. He details the prophecies and shows how when God makes a promise… he keeps it. Nothing is impossible with God.

Luke 2

The birth of Jesus. The shepherds, angels, wisemen, Mary, Joseph, the Inn, the manger. Bethlehem. God had been quiet for 400 years and now it was time for salvation to be seen. Light and revelation would be felt. When Jesus showed up, he wasted no time in letting his parents know that he would be found in his Father’s house preparing for his earthly ministry.

Luke 3

John the Baptist is at work. He is calling people from sin to God through faith.

Jesus’s mission = find missing people and make disciples.

Luke 4

Jesus undergoes temptation from Satan. This version from Luke has more details than the other versions… You gotta wonder who Luke got these details from. It probably was not Jesus and I can’t imagine Satan sat down with him and debriefed Luke on the encounter. Had to have been divine revelation but reinforced through conversations with the disciples and followers.

Luke 5

Peter hears the word of God. From God. Wow. He wisely responds “At your word” I will do what you want me to do. Wow.

Peter is called and he realizes that Jesus cares about him. He realizes that he could go and catch… not just fish.

They left everything to follow him on mission.

Paralytic leaves everything that he had known.

Levi leaves everything he had known.

Pharisees just don’t get it. They are unwilling to leave all that they KNOW.

Luke 6

The 12 apostles were an odd bunch. You had guys from all backgrounds, beliefs, states of life and standing… They came together in unity with a leader who led. They followed.

Jesus’ teachings directly contradicted culture. They were metaphors yet literal. They were paradoxes. They were heavy yet freeing. They were direct and personal but needed by all. He was the Rock that we all need to understand any of it and weather any storm in life.

Luke 7

The centurion has amazing faith. Jesus even admits it. How did some people totally see and get the miracles that he performed yet others were blinded to who he was. Who he said he was. His actions proclaimed the truth.

Luke 8

A chapter later, the disciples… the very people with him are in a boat and scared for their safety. Jesus calms the storm and he asks them “Where is your faith?” Wonder if the centurion, if on the boat, would have put them in their place. They were so close, yet so far away from the truth.

Luke 9

Jesus then sends these faithless guys our 2×2 to proclaim the gospel. They had to learn that they must die to themselves and follow him daily.

While other people reject Him, they must remain firm. The cost of following him is high, but there is no other way.


Awesome Quotes in America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great by Dr. Ben Carson

A few quotes that I liked and wanted to remember. Dr Ben Carson gets slammed for speaking truth. Truth hurts sometime, but it is still truth. You can’t say that he lies when it comes to making yourself motivated to succeed vs allowing yourself to be content with status quo and/or poverty.

Time of Death on this Blog?

I’ve been thinking a lot about this site. It had a definite place and meaning at one time. I think it may be time to officially call the Time of Death on it.

I’ve got my hands in so many web sites at the moment, and I have some really cool things in the works that I want to concentrate some focus.

I’ve tried to figure out what to do with this. I went to the one source who got me interested in blogging and wordprss in the first place. I knew John would have covered this somewhere along the way. A quick Google of “tentblogger how to end a blog” resulted in  this post called How to Change Your Blog’s Content Focus. Meh. That might be what I need to do, but I also keep thinking that I need to just kill it. We’re not talking about a shift in focus… although the content that is there is NOT where I am passionate at the moment.

If John were to sit down with me, he’d probably bluntly tell me that I’m not doing the tough (but necessary) work to grow the blog. That is definitely true, but I’m not even sure that I care about growing the blog in the first place. (I’m sure that breaks a LOT of his rules of engagement online) However, I’m just not sure what to do with it at the moment.

Perhaps I need the domain name to create a personal branding page of all the things that I’m working on at the moment. I like the way he has his site. That would create the excuse for me to get one set of moo cards for myself. Maybe.

But then there is the content. I like a lot of the stuff that is here. Content is content. It is an archive of a lot of experiences and thoughts that I want to preserve. John used to have and I see that somehow that site forwards to a “upup” directory of his tentblogger site. I wonder how he did that. Of course I can read about his goodbye and change of that domain.

Seriously, my little site here does nothing. But soon, it will be vastly different. If you follow this site, I am sorry that I have not written in a LONG time. I’ve learned a lot in the past few years and intend to reboot the next version soon. Who knows… that may mean the end of some social media identities and some consolidating of others.

It is time.

Time of Death 20:49. October 15, 2012.

Probably Over Thinking Which Name I should use to Refer to God

I’m camped out on a concept and playing around with it… Just figured I’d put thoughts to words. Emailed a few folks this and might as well upload it here.

So God is this impersonal word to refer to whom He is. the word ‘god’ is like the word kleenex. We all call tissue that you can use to blow your nose by the brand name. Let me have a coke can refer to any number of soda flavors.

‘god’ can refer to anything that we make one… Our God has many names that describe Him. He revealed Himself as LORD to the Israelites. Not sure if the israelites translated this or if the name YHWH was given to them. Yahweh was derived from this. I’ve read where Yahweh appears 6800 times in the old testament.

In Leviticus, it commands that misuse in a blasphemous way is punishable by death.

Fast Forward to Romans and it speaks of God’s wrath on unrighteousness… God has made it plain to all men who suppress the truth. It has been made plain to them. Even though they may not know Him by one of His revealed names, they have His invisible attributes clearly visible. (That’s another paradox statement that now I have to chew on too)

Throughout the Bible, God commands to not take his name lightly.

Why is it that we minimize who He is in everything we do when we start talking to Him or about Him. He’s relational, but so often we just open our prayers with Dear God… when the word god is this impersonal word that can be used by any number of gods. He actually makes the point for me when he says, you should have no other gods before Me. That is even indicative of the overuse/misuse of the word.

He has many names, why don’t we use them.

Seems like the israelites were going down the right path and held YHWH sacred. They wouldn’t even speak it even though they had it. Didn’t they use a special pen to write the name?

Is this a result of us being gentiles who didn’t experience the LORD of the Old Testament and we just started referring to Him as “big G”

Just ponderous.

These thoughts above are in no way complete. This is probably something I’m going to continue to hammer out a little more and may continue to write it here as record.


Take Time to Admire Your Homeruns

Yoenis Cespedes, I’m sorry.

I’m sorry that the “unwritten rules” of baseball say that you can’t stop and admire your first professional homerun in the major leagues.

I’m sorry that Jason Vargas gave you grief about your extended “celebration” of the shot.

I’m sorry that from now on, whenever you crush the ball, we’ll be reminded by obnoxious sports reporters about your little hop and skip on your first homerun.

You see… I think this is one of the things wrong with baseball.