Desert Battle – Good News for February 21

21 02 2010

Luke 4:1-13

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”

Jesus answered him, “It is written, One does not live on bread alone.”

Then he took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a single instant. The devil said to him, “I shall give to you all this power and glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I may give it to whomever I wish. All this will be yours, if you worship me.”

Jesus said to him in reply, “It is written: You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone shall you serve.

Then he led him to Jerusalem, made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written: He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you, and: With their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

Jesus said to him in reply, “It also says, You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.

When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.

The Daily Path: Thank goodness (God) it’s Sunday! After reading that passage I can’t wait to get to church. Where will you go to see Him?





The Provider – Good News for July 22

22 07 2009

Psalms 78:

They tempted God in their hearts by demanding the food they craved. Yes, they spoke against God, saying, “Can God spread a table in the desert?”

Yet he commanded the skies above and the doors of heaven he opened; He rained manna upon them for food and gave them heavenly bread.

Man ate the bread of angels, food he sent them in abundance. He stirred up the east wind in the heavens, and by his power brought on the south wind.

And he rained meat upon them like dust, and, like the sand of the sea, winged fowl, which fell in the midst of their camp round about their tents.

The Daily Path: I wonder how many times have I doubted God in my own heart? In the midst of anxiety I have overlooked the abundance he has provided… and will continue to provide.

Room to Chat: Father, forgive me for the doubt that creeps into my heart when I am blinded by despair. Even in human suffering you provide. Thank you for what I have been given.

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Praise Where Praise Belongs – Good News for January 8

8 01 2009

Luke 4:14-22

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region.  He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all.

He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day.  He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.  He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.

Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”  And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.

The Daily Path: As I reflect on this passage, it occurred to me that we  so often speak highly of many things of this world. The sad part is that much of the praise we bestow falls on achievements that have no meaning in the final evaluation. 

Room to Chat: This morning I was feeling some pressure to dive right into work and bypass my usual start that consists of spending some time with God. Fortunately I stepped back for a second and realized that if not for God no success would be possible in any endeavor. Don’t let the demands (temptations) in life keep you from a moment with God.