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While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the[a] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Matthew 26:26-28
“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:7
“This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
At a quick glance, Luke 15 may seem like just three quick parables that can be easily glanced over and almost silly to today’s standards and expectations. In a world that screams look out only for yourself, Luke 15 screams out the exact opposite. When I ...
"Luke 14: 34-35 NKJV
"Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land or the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
We are called to be the salt of our culture and of our time. Salt is used for taste, for fertilizer, and for preservation. Jesus refers to all three uses at one time or another in his ministry. See, if we lose our basic nature, our God-given usefulness, then we are unhel...pful to the kingdom and God's work in the world. His words are ones we need to hear and evaluate. Living as kingdom-minded people in our time is crucial. It is crucial to our world and our discipleship. We are called to surrender all to Jesus to be used for his work in the world. To do anything less is to lose our "saltiness!”
Have you had food that was bland, without seasoning? Yuck! I don't want to go through my days with distractions and lack purpose. In this chapter, Jesus tells us to count the cost, and as I think on that, it challenges me to look around and ask the holy spirit to use me so I will be useful to the work Jesus is doing around me. I want to be "Salty!' So that my life will have an impact for good."
Today's TXT Time post is by Kim Simpkins. If you would like to read today's passage of scripture you can go to our website at www.thejourneyfamily.com/txtime
"If you're a Nascar fan, you know that Corporations spend millions of bucks on sponsorship and expect immediate results. If a young driver with potential doesn't give immediate results, …he may be gone! But it isn’t only in Nascar. Its football, shopping centers, friends…and especially true in spiritual maturity.
“If God doesn't change me now then I ain't doing this Christian thing!” In verse 7 the owner, the corporate sponsor, the Alumni, your buddy….our even you, say, “For ...three years now I’ve..” and you can fill in the blank with your situation, waited and there are no results. Chop it down! He’s done. The owner wants results….yesterday.
Look at the wise Gardner's response. “Please give it a little more time.” I've got a little more work to do to it. For the tree, the Gardner still needed to dig a trench around it and fertilize it. These things take time folks! You can't say God is real if He doesn't perform for you. He’s not a genie a He sure ain’t Santa Claus.
The Gardner knew what the thing that was in his care needed, even when the owner did not. You have to trust that your Creator knows what you need….and that it may take time for the results to show.
That is why the qualities that God desires are called the fruit of the Spirit. They take time to mature. Especially if you have a past lined with bad choices. The Gardner in our lesson didn't share with the owner how he spent years preparing the soil and growing the seedling and protecting and nurturing it. For years he fought off rodents and insects (things that can destroy the root, the bark, and the leaves). Like God, the Gardner knew the plants struggles to get to where it was when the owner encounters it. So don't give up.
When times get hard, and you don't feel you're producing, get back to the basics. My guess is your prayer time, Bible time, devotions, worship and giving haven't been up to par. Those are the things that make the soil rich. Do the work, get back to the basics. Trust the process.
Without faith, it is impossible to please God. So like the gardener, have faith."
Today's TXT Time post is by our Children's Pastor Bryan Simpkins. If you would like to read this passage of scripture you can go to our website at www.thejourneyfamily.com/txtime
"Luke 12:1-3 (MSG) “By this time the crowd, unwieldy and stepping on each other’s toes, numbered into the thousands. But Jesus’ primary concern was his disciples. He said to them, ‘Watch yourselves carefully, so you don’t get contaminated with Pharisee yeast, Pharisee phoniness. You can’t keep your true self-hidden forever; before long you’ll be exposed. You can’t hide behind a religious mask forever; sooner or later the mask will slip, and your true face will be known. ...You can’t whisper one thing in private and preach the opposite in public; the day’s coming when those whispers will be repeated all over town.’”
In this scene, Jesus warned his disciples to be on guard from becoming infected by hypocrisy. The Pharisees were rule-wielding, power-hungry imposters. But they wore the mask of being devoted religious leaders. How exhausting that must have been!
It’s so easy for us as Christians to gloss over hypocrisy when we think about ourselves. We can say we follow Jesus, but not be obedient to His Word. Or, we can just be partially obedient; or appear to be obedient in front of others, and be somebody else in private. Be careful! It’s a slippery slope! It’s through obedience that we cheerfully give our tithes, love our neighbors, honor our parents, submit to our husbands, and love our wives. But what if we don’t love those who may not be so easy to love, show kindness and patience to everyone equally, forgive at the deepest level?
When others look at us, do they see someone who is real or is it an imposter behind a mask?"
Today's TXT Time post is by Kim Bales. If you would like to read this passage of scripture you can go to our website at www.thejourneyfamily.com/txtime