Jesus' confrontation with the Pharisees and religious order of his day shows us that Jesus despises hypocrisy. This fact usually surprises those who choose to leave Christianity because of "all the hypocrites in the church."
Where is our nostalgia taking us? If the definition is to "long for home" then what is that "home" like? Revelation 21-22 give us a vivid picture of the future of Christian joy.
It's one thing to say that Jesus will redeem our nostalgia at Christmas. It's quite another to understand HOW he will do so. Popular sports movie Hoosiers will help us uncover the meaning of John 1.
Nostalgia comes from a Greek word meaning "homesick." Today we use Luke chapter 2 to shine a light on the Christmas phenomenon of a Hallmark Christmas Movie. No, seriously.
The Christmas season can bring a wash of warm feelings and expectations of wonder and magic. But it can also bring a longing in the heart for something so much more.
Luke 10:25-37. After concentrating on the nature of who Jesus is, Luke turns in chapter 10 to the kind of life that Jesus expects his followers to live. And the first of these lessons is deeply transformational.
Who was Jesus? There were lots of opinions going around during his day, but his disciples said it correctly: he was the incarnate Son of God. But what does that mean for us?
Luke 8:22-25. You can't be certain of anything unless you're in possession of the power to make something so. Jesus is compelling for the very reason that is he is all powerful
Luke 8:4-18. Luke records the first story Jesus ever told, what we call "parables" as a story that explains HOW we are supposed to hear Jesus' stories.
Luke 7:1-10. The religious leaders told Jesus that the Centurion was "worthy" to have him heal his servant. But that's not how the Centurion sees himself. What does this have to do with Biblical "faith?"