Devotionals for March 2017


#24 Jesus’ True Family Revealed


JUDE, A servant of Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and brother of James (Mark 6:3) JAMES, A servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 6:8) Jude and James were Jesus’ half brothers. They eventually came to see Him as Messiah … Continue reading

#23 The One Criterion for Family


Mark 3:31-35 AMPC Then His mother and His brothers came and, standing outside, they sent word to Him, calling (for) Him. And a crowd was sitting around Him, and they said to Him, Your mother and Your brothers and Your … Continue reading

#22 Enemies in the House


Reading Mark 3 in the Amplified Bible Jesus had just chosen his twelve disciples… 20. Then He went to a house (probably Peter’s) but a throng came together again, so that Jesus and His disciples could not even take food. 21. And … Continue reading

#21 Christ’s Dominion Isn’t Cruel to Family


Luke 14:26 NIV If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes even his own life—he cannot be My disciple. Christ alone could obey this in perfect balance, … Continue reading

#20 Spiritual Understanding is Responsibility


Luke 2:49 AMPC And He said to them, ‘How is it that you had to look for Me? Did you not see and know that it is necessary [as a duty] for Me to be in My Father’s house and … Continue reading

#19 Belonging to God, a Right of Ownership


There are relationship-roles that make the strongest claim of ownership and that presume a right to dominate a disciple. I believe it is this control and right of ownership that we are to hate (not the person as such), because … Continue reading

#18 When We Come to Christ as a Disciple


Luke 14:26 NIV If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes even his own life—he cannot be My disciple. This verse has perplexed commentators for centuries. Jesus, … Continue reading

#17 The Major Condition of Discipleship


Luke 14:26 NIV If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes even his own life—he cannot be My disciple. You can be a teacher yet not a disciple. … Continue reading

#16 The IF of Discipleship


Luke 14:26 NIV If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes even his own life—he cannot be My disciple. This verse does not bear the imperative of … Continue reading

#15 How a Believer Becomes a Disciple


Luke 14:25-26 NIV Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them He said, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he … Continue reading

#14 Utter Dependence – Blind, Poor, Lame and Needy


Luke 14:22-24 ESV And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that … Continue reading

#13 What Is God’s View of Disciples?


The parable of the “Great Feast” is a preparation for Jesus’ most extensive discourse about discipleship. The story holds the secrets of God’s view of disciples. Luke 14:21 ESV So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then … Continue reading

#12 Guests of the Marriage Supper


The Parable of the Great Banquet points to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Those who were invited made excuses and the host responded. Luke 14:21 ESV So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the … Continue reading

#11 The Difference Between Disciples and Believers


1 John 2:15-17 ESV Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh … Continue reading

#10 Possessions, Position, and People


Luke 14:18-20 ESV But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him ‘I have bought a field and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five … Continue reading

#9 When the Invitees Make Excuses


Luke 14:15-18a NASB When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” But He said to him, “A man … Continue reading

#8 Marriage of the Lamb


Luke 14:15-17 NASB When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” But He said to him, “A man … Continue reading

#7 The Desire for Reward


The Pharisees invited to their banquet those who could repay them. Most of what we do is done for personal gain, yet the Lord doesn’t condemn the desire for reward. He Himself offers a reward: Luke 14:13-14 AMP But when … Continue reading

#6 The Truly Hungry Follow Jesus


In Luke 14, Jesus actually gave two parables. In verse 12-14, the Lord Jesus sets the stage, the call and the reward for our relationships and our outreach. Luke 14:13 NASB But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the … Continue reading

#5 Discipleship Requires a Transformation of Thinking


Luke 14:12-13 NASB And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise … Continue reading