10.24 Luke 13-15

Tatiana Reinbrecht

10.24.2020

Luke 13 – 15

Summary

In these chapters, Jesus is talking in parables about the Kingdom of God. We are seeing many different ways of how to look at the Kingdom and how we should be responding to it. Jesus is speaking to those who believe in Him, the Pharisees, and His apostles – teaching them a new perspective on what God’s Kingdom is!

Key Verse:

Luke 14:35

“… Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

Vision of Myself and Others and God

I love reflecting in Luke 15 about who we are to God. Our position, stance, and relationship to Him is explained in three different ways. As a lost sheep, a lost coin, and the Parable Son – these help shift my thinking to a humble position, remembering I was once this “lost” person but now, I am found! Amen! Now to help those who I reach out to and interact with to see this same vision.

Go With God

Meditation – let me say that one more time — MEDITATION. Taking time outside of the day to think about my relationship to the Lord and how he sees me. Even reflecting in this same way about other people too.

Jesus

ALL OVER – he’s the speaker. 

10.23 Luke 10-12

Kyle Perkins

10.23.2020

Luke 10-12

Summarize what you read in one paragraph:

Luke 10 – In this chapter, there are three different accounts that are presented. In the first account, Jesus gives instructions to seventy-two of his disciples. Jesus informs them of what they should bring, how they should act toward hosts, and how they should respond to the towns that they preach in. The second section is a story that Jesus shares to an expert in the law. The story includes an individual who shows mercy to a complete stranger. Jesus uses this as an example to show how we should treat one another. The last section portrays an interaction between Jesus, Mary, and Martha. Mary is learning at Jesus’ feet, while Martha is focused on the chores of the house. 

Luke 11 – This chapter is broken up into five sections. In the beginning of the chapter Jesus explains to his disciples how they should pray. He continues by also giving different examples of how we should be persistent in what we ask God for, or in the way we work for anything. In the next section Jesus is accused of driving out demons by the power of Satan or Beelzebub. Jesus responds by asking how an evil force of power can be forced out by itself. He explains that evil spirits are driven out by the power of God and not by the power of Satan. The last few sections cover other teachings from Jesus as well as an interaction between Jesus and the Pharisees. Jesus parallels a story from the Old Testament to his own mission on Earth. Jesus gives a teaching about watching what we expose ourselves to. At the end of the chapter Jesus rebukes the pharisees, and experts in the law, as it relates to their own hypocrisy and lack of heart for others.   

Luke 12 – Chapter 12 entails a hodgepodge of teachings from Jesus. Jesus challenges his audience/disciples on what they should be fearing, but he also sends words of encouragement as it relates to God’s concern for His children. Jesus then goes on to discuss the things that we may treasure or worry about in this life. His challenge here is to be more concerned about what God has in store for us as opposed to what the world has to offer. The middle of the chapter includes being prepared during the uncertainty of Jesus’ return for us in the future. The chapter concludes with a few minor topics. Jesus discusses the division he will cause on the Earth. Jesus challenges his audience on their lack of awareness with the purpose of Jesus’ arrival. Finally Jesus calls people to resolve issues with those they have wronged.  

What is one key verse?

“And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” – Luke 11:9-10 ESV

This passage should remind us that God calls us to be persistent in how we live faithfully for Him. I think this should challenge us to work hard in growing with God or in any aspect of our lives. There should never be an excuse with our efforts in accomplishments or exercising our discipleship. If we work hard at whatever goal we strive for, God will reward our efforts. We have to trust that God will fulfill his promises, even if it feels like a lifetime. 

How does what you read change your vision of God?

God is merciful and forgiving, but as followers of Him, he still expects us to give our best efforts in our spiritual walks. This message is presented consistently throughout these chapters. Jesus was God in the flesh, and he made many points about how we should follow God wholeheartedly. If we want the label of God’s children, then we have to live to the standards that Jesus calls us to. Jesus challenges us on subjects such as loving each other, making every effort, being mindful of what we treasure in our hearts, and more. 

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

This definitely reminds me that discipleship is hard. There are always mistakes that I will make on my journey with God. I do not think I have to beat myself up with those mistakes. However, I can continue to learn how I can improve as a follower of Him. 

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)

Because I have no excuse to improve in my spiritual walk, I have to seize every opportunity that God gives me to become more like Jesus. I want to work on setting more spiritual goals for myself. For example, I think I want to start scheduling specific days to pray longer than I usually do. I think prior to beginning these extended times of prayer, I want to have premeditated topics to discuss with God so that my prayer time is a little more fluid and intentional.    

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)

Everything written in these three chapters are almost entirely Jesus’ words. It is clear that Jesus wants our full hearts and efforts if we want to continually follow him. He does not want us to be half-hearted or fake in the way we go about living for him. 

10.22 Luke 7-9

Jill Perez

10.22.2020

Luke 7-9

Luke 7 Tells the records of two great miracles performed by Jesus, his reply to John the Baptist’s question, and the anointing by a sinful woman.

Luke 8 continues with Jesus traveling from town to town with his twelve disciples. Jesus is also accompanied by women such as Mary Magdalene, Susana and the wife of Chuza. These women have felt the healing power of Jesus and are there to provide proof of his glory.

Luke 9 Tells the records of several great miracles performed by Jesus, the story of his transfiguration, the sending of the twelve disciples, Peter’s confession and the final departure from Galilee towards Jerusalem.

What is one key verse?

Luke 7:47

“Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven – as her great love has shown.  But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

Why?

Because Forgiveness is the cause and love is the effect.

Here there are 3 people:  There is Christ (the love of God appearing among men), the women-the penitent sinner-lovingly recognizing the divine love (Jesus) and the Pharisee-the self-righteous man, ignorant of himself and empty of God’s love.

How does what you read change your vision of God?

This scripture helps me to see how much I struggle to have grace for myself.

When being forgiven of much (or anything) I feel really bad about myself but instead this will help me to feel more endeared to Jesus and God.

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

Since it is so hard for me to have grace for myself, I am learning from this scripture that I can have a mind change to know it is ok to approach God at my worst and love him as I am and will know that he truly loves me in return.

How will you go with God because of this reading?

I will go with God with this reading by realizing that I have been freed from much sin which should now free me up to love God wholeheartedly and not be afraid to approach him and express my love for him.

Where did you see Jesus?

I saw Jesus everywhere but here I see him taking the time to let this woman express her love to him.  He could have not allowed her to do what she did, he could have gotten her to do something else or distracted her but instead he sat with her.  He allowed himself to be vulnerable to her so that she could express her love and he could express his total acceptance.

10.21 Luke 3-6

Phil Perez

10.21.2020

Luke 3-6


These chapters contain many gems.  The part that sticks out to me is the fact that Jesus made such outlandish claims.  The statements he recorded that get captured in the Scriptures highlight just how bold the claims he made are.  That coupled with the radical nature of his teachings makes Jesus such a polarizing figure even today.  These passages remind me of the old argument that has been made for i believe centuries now that there is no way to claim that Jesus is a good moral teacher.  The claims he makes put him in the category of Lunatic, Liar, or Lord and doesn’t leave much room for otherwise.

The key verse is Luke 5.20-21 because to me it represents one of the high water marks in the gospel of the christian view of Christ.  It challenges all persons for all time who would like to follow Jesus based on human self-improvement.  It forces the issue of lordship right to the front.


This helps me take my proper place before God as penitent sinner in need of saving and helps me to assist others around me in believing fully in Jesus as the Son of God.  

10.20 Luke 1-2

Beth Nagel

10.20.2020

Luke 1-2

Summarize what you read in one paragraph:

These two chapters detail the birth of both John the Baptist and Jesus.  They were both born to devoted parents who had their faith tested.  Zechariah and Elizabeth were both past childbearing age when God blessed them with a baby.  Joseph and Mary were not yet married and Mary was a virgin when she found out she was going to give birth to Jesus.  The stories of John and Jesus are both filled with miracles and both pave the way for salvation for many.

What is one key verse?

Luke 2:19 “but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.”

Luke 2:51 “And his mother stored all these things in her heart.”

How does what you read change your vision of God?

The two verses I picked change my vision of God because it made me see how Mary was an ordinary, normal mother who gave birth to an extraordinary baby.  This reminds me of every mother I have known who loves and cherishes their baby and keeps every detail of that child as a treasure in her heart.  God wanted Jesus to experience humanity and I am amazed that twice in Luke 2 it was important for the author to mention how much Mary loved her baby.

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

The idea that Mary’s love for her son is important to the story of Jesus makes me feel a connection to Mary that I hadn’t before.  Mary knew that her son was special, but at the same time every mother thinks their baby is special.  I have held my own babies and looked into their eyes and wondered how they will change the world.  I have treasured in my own heart every little smile, every sweet word, and every accomplishment of my babies, and the account of Mary in Luke 2 connects all mothers.

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)

Seeing the humanity of Mary has spurred me to see how God has always used ordinary people to accomplish His will and to look for ways that he is doing this even today.

10.19 Mark 14-16

Joel Nagel

10.19.2020

Mark 14-16

Summary:

This is Mark’s passion account. Passion comes from the Latin for ‘suffer’ which tells you a little something about what we really think about love. Mark’s crucifixion account, like the first 13 chapters of his gospel, is more sparse. Most scholars believe Mark was written first and Matthew and Luke use his gospel as a jumping off point to add their own (and the Spirit’s) details. There are a couple of parts that differentiate Mark’s account. 1. In verses 51-52 where Mark includes the detail that a young man fled the scene of Jesus’ arrest in his underwear but the guards grabbed him by the underwear and he left it in their hands and escaped naked. Many believe that this is the author himself running naked on the Mount of Olives! 2. Even as the most brief gospel, the details on the resurrection are particularly sparse. Scholars have wondered if some of the last words fell off of original manuscripts or if verses 9-20 were added later. [Note: verses being added later do not make them any less biblical – God has given us what we need!] If Mark were to end at verse 16:8 it makes it the best ending of all the gospels in my opinion. Read 16:1-8 again and imagine this as the ending. The women go to the tomb to embalm Jesus, wondering if they’ll even be able to do it because of the large stone, but instead they they are greeted by an angel with news of resurrection. They are given a mission to tell Peter and the disciples but they are so afraid that they say nothing. And then it ends! But we know how the story goes. The fact that Mark is sharing this gospel means that they did find Peter and tell the disciples. I love thinking that for a brief moment the best news the world ever heard was totally in their frightened hands!

Key Verse:

Mark 16:8

“And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.”

Vision of self and others and God

What message has God given me that would change the world if I would overcome my fear and share it? To whom does God want me to tell the good news of new life? The trust that God puts in us to proclaim his message is truly incredible!

Go With God

Today’s prayer time will be all about who I need to speak up to and what God wants me to say!

Jesus

It’s interesting that even in the accounts of Jesus’ death and resurrection, the people surrounding him (in this case Mark and Mary) still stand out. Jesus found a way to be humble even as he did the greatest and most terrible thing the world has ever seen!

10.17 Mark 11-13

Krista Moots

10.17.2020

Mark 11-13

Summarize what you read in one paragraph:

The first two chapters of the reading are all about Jesus’s power. In the beginning of Chapter 11, Jesus tells his disciples to go and find a colt that had not been ridden. They do so, and find it exactly as he said it would be. As he enters Jerusalem, people spread their cloaks and branches on the ground while praising him. The following day, Jesus drives out all the merchants in the temple, and points out a prophecy that was followed by them doing this.The chief priests and teachers of the law start to plot against Jesus, which repeats multiple times in these chapters. There are multiple prophecies about people not trusting his authority, as well as trying to catch him out, and Jesus impressing people with his answers, which once again scares the chief priests and teachers of the law. Jesus starts to talk about the resurrection after chapter 12, and then talks about how important it is to love God, and to love one another. Jesus then warns the Jews about the teachers of the law, but after talks about how valuable it is to give what you can, and even more, with the widow’s offering. Chapter 13 is about the end of times, and we need to be prepared for what the world will do. It talks about how powerful God is, and how he only knows when the world will end, so we need to be vigilant.

What is one key verse?

“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” Mark 11:23

How does what you read change your vision of God?

These chapters show how powerful Jesus is. Jesus intimidates the Chief Priests and Teachers of the law, to the point where they conspire to kill him, and later to have him be arrested. Jesus performs a miracle that impresses the disciples, and then inspires others to be faithful and vigilant, because God is the only one who knows when the end of the world will happen. Jesus is inspiring those around him to follow God and love one another. I always think of Jesus as a loving man and savior, but I forget how strong and powerful he is, to the point where he was intimidating.

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

Jesus reminding us to follow God, and in the same lesson, to love people reminds me how important it is to love one another, no matter what. In this time of so much turmoil, it can be easy for me to look at people in a negative way, but this reminded me how much more important it is to love people. 

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)

I want to be more intentional in loving the people in my life.

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)

Jesus and his love for us was made so evident. We see how powerful he is, and with that, how much he loves us. He made a tree shrivel in one day, and was so powerful that the chief priests and teachers of the law wanted to have him arrested and killed. He had all this power, but still died for us. 

10.16 Mark 8-10

Joel Nagel

10.16.2020

Mark 8-10

Summary

Jesus is doing Jesus stuff and his disciples aren’t getting it (with one exception!) He feeds 4,000 – 1,000 less than his personal record – yet his disciples doubt. The pharisees frustrate him asking for a sign and Jesus teaches his disciples to watch out for their yeast but they think he’s talking about one of them forgetting the bread. Jesus is like do you remember the 5,000 and the 4,000 – it’s not about the bread! It’s about religious pride spreading like yeast through the dough.

At Caesarea Philippi there is a bright spot. Peter, surrounded by the idols there declares that Jesus is the Christ. Go Peter!

Jesus starts teaching that he must suffer and die but Peter (No Peter!) rebukes Jesus and gets rebuked right back for having his mind on the things of man. I think Jesus could rebuke me every day for the same thing!

They go up on a mountain and Jesus shows who he really is. He is greeted by two of the Old Testament heroes who both had strange deaths and represent the law and the prophets. Peter bungles again but what would you do if your buddy turned into lightning and Moses and Elijah showed up?

Key Verse:

Mark 8:29

“And he asked them, ‘But who do you say I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Christ.'”

Vision of Myself and Others and God

I think I’m seeing the way Jesus is with Peter in these passages and there’s a lot of patience but also high expectations and honesty. God must look at me and wonder how I can be so thick headed at times. Praise him for his patience!

Go With God

I need to see Jesus above every other thing. That’s what Peter proclaimed in the midst of those idols and with names of dead holy men still in the air. There’s no one like him. In these times I need to remind myself of that every single day!

Jesus

It’s all Jesus and he is amazing and unexpected and strong and loving all at the same time. He is the Christ of God just like Peter said!

10.15 Mark 4-7

Jackie Gray

10.15.2020

Mark 4-7

Summarize what you read in one paragraph:

In these 4 chapters, Jesus tells parables and performs miracles to try to get people to understand about the kingdom of God and holiness. Starting in Mark 4, Jesus uses three parables to describe the kingdom of God: the parable of the soils, the parable of the growing seed, and the parable of the mustard seed. Chapter 4 ends with Jesus calming the storm, and the disciples marveling over His power over nature. In chapter 5, Jesus drives out demons, raises a girl from the dead, and heals a sick woman. These miracles show His power over Satan and death. In chapter 6, Jesus is rejected as a prophet by those who grew up with him, gives instructions to the disciples on how they are to go out to share the gospel, and multiplies very little food to feed a lot of people. We also learn in chapter 6 of the plot hatched by Herodias’ wife, which leads to John the Baptist’s beheading. In chapter 7, Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for elevating their man-made traditions over God’s law, and explains to the crowd that impurity comes from within their own hearts. Chapter 7 ends with two more miracles. In particular,  Jesus extends healing to a non-Jewish woman because of her great faith and humility. 

What is one key verse?

‘When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages ! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?” ‘

Mark 6:34-37

How does what you read change your vision of God?

This verse doesn’t really change my vision of God, but rather, confirms and solidifies what I already know of His character. God calls us to take care of people in need, even when we are in need ourselves. In the verse I chose, Jesus and His disciples are exhausted, and the crowd around them is starting to get hungry. The disciples want to send the people to the nearby villages to get food, but Jesus responds, “You give them something to eat.” If I put myself in the disciples’ shoes, I think that I would have been very exasperated with Jesus. I would have wondered how I could provide for all of these people, when I was so depleted myself. But Jesus calls them to give what they are able, and then he multiples it to provide for everyone, including the disciples themselves! This verse reminds me that, no matter how little I might have to give, God calls me to sacrifice it to Him, and not hoard it for myself.

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

In my key verse, and the section I read as a whole, I am reminded of the compassion Jesus had for people. He poured Himself out to meet the needs of the people around Him, and He calls me to do the same. 

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)

I want to see people through the same lens of compassion that Jesus did. I want to give everything I have to meet the needs of the people around me. 

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)

These chapters are all about Jesus healing and helping people. They remind me of all of the Old Testament foreshadowing of a Messiah who will come to bind up the brokenhearted, heal the sick, and bring reconciliation between mankind and God. 

10.14 Mark 1-3

Dwayne Berry

10.14.2020

Mark 1-3

Summary: Mark chapters 1-3 move at a really fast pace and there is so much that happens. It begins the story of Jesus’ adult life starting with his baptism and by the end of chapter 3 he has already appointed the twelve disciples. Mark 1 starts with the story of John the Baptist, a man who baptized people in the Jordan River. John tells the people around him of the coming of Jesus who will be much more powerful than himself, saying that Jesus will baptize them with the Holy Spirit, rather than water alone. Jesus comes and is baptized by John then you’ve got heaven being torn open and God speaks to Jesus. Then Jesus goes in the wilderness for forty days and nights to be tested and we get the short version of that story. Jesus then goes on to preach the good news and call his first disciples. In Mark 2 Jesus is going around preaching and healing many people of different illnesses and disabilities. Jesus even spends time and eats with sinners and he’s really shaking things up and crowds of people follow in around. At the end of chapter 2 and in chapter 3 Jesus is already receiving persecution for his teachings and the amazing life he was living. He received persecution from the teachers of the law and even his own family. At the end of chapter 3 he declares that the disciples are his family and anyone who does the will of God. 

Key Verse:

Mark 3:31-35. This is one of those amazing and revolutionary but also tough teachings by Jesus. As a disciple the body of Christ and those who do the will of God are our family. When Jesus’ mother and bothers came to him thinking he was out of his mind he said “Who is my mother and my brothers?” He looked around at his disciples and says “Here are my mother and my brothers!” Jesus aligned himself with his disciples over his own family. In the same way we should align ourselves with Jesus and with each other over political groups, over race, and even over our own families.

How does what you read change your vision of God?: God is not telling us to disown or disregard our families. Family is super important. God blesses us with families and calls us to honor and love our families. God also has given us a new family in his church which he calls us to put before our own families.  

How does what you read change your vision of yourself? I pretty much do anything for my siblings. I’d do everything in my power to make sure that they’re safe and okay. This scripture helped me to see that I have to be willing to do the same and more for my family in Christ.

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters?: Jesus’ life in these chapters shows his heart and character and helps us to point out what’s really important. When the pharisees are trying to trap Jesus and find things to accuse him of, he doesn’t care about his image or upsetting them. He says “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” Jesus’ cares about our hearts and what’s right.