Philippians 4:8-9 'Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practise. And the God of peace will be with you.'
It’s June. Summer is ahead. We’re counting the days. I have Olaf’s song in my head: ‘Da da, da doo. Bees'll buzz, kids'll blow dandelion fuzz. And I'll be doing whatever snow does… in summer!'
“Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.”
-- Luke 5:10
Eugene Peterson in his introduction to the Gospel of Luke writes: “Most of us, most of the time, feel like left out-misfits. We don’t belong. But with God there are no outsiders.”
My hope is that you will agree that there is nothing more exciting than taking time to study the life of Jesus. Whether it’s for the first time or you are quite familiar with it all, Luke challenges us to see it afresh. He longs for us to move from being amazed and astounded to choosing to become a disciple of Jesus. We mustn’t miss some of Luke’s unique emphases, like the presence of God’s Holy Spirit! Describing Jesus as being filled with, led by and empowered through God’s Spirit was a stark reminder that those same words ought to describe all of Jesus’ followers.