I hope that everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend celebrating with family.  I know that it is also an important time to remember those who have paid the ultimate price for the freedom we enjoy each day.  One of our liberties that is all too easy to take for granted is the freedom of religion.  As we have been studying the Gospel of Luke, we are able to take time each day to open the Bible and consider the life of Jesus.  A freedom that some are not able to enjoy as we do. 

This week is our final week in the book of Luke.  Please take some time to read chapters 22 - 24.  As two men were walking along the road full of discouragement, Jesus showed up and encouraged them through the Scriptures.  They did not even realize that it was Jesus until He broke bread with them.  At that point, their spirits were lifted and they ran to tell the others.  I am not sure if you are wrestling with discouragement or a lack of hope, but I do know that Jesus is present walking beside us all the time and just like these men, it is possible to be unaware.  Just realizing His presence should offer hope. Let's connect with Him this week, as we are free to do so.


Have you ever felt over looked or insignificant?  If so, you are not alone.  As we carry on this week with our study of Luke, chapter 19 gives us a snapshot of a man determined to see Jesus.  He was even willing to climb a tree just to catch a glimpse of Him.  What must have caught him off guard, was when Jesus spotted him up there and called him by name.  More than that, he spent the evening with this little man, having dinner and meeting his friends.  

What an amazing picture of the way God feels about every single human!  He loves us and knows us, no matter how insignificant or alone we may feel.  Jesus waits for us to cry out to Him as He is always near.  Let's connect with Him this week as we continue reading in Luke - chapters 19 - 21.


As we carry on in our study of Luke's Gospel, this week we are reading along in chapters 16 - 18. In chapter 18, Jesus is confronted by a young wealthy man who asks Him what is necessary to receive eternal life.  In the midst of answering this man's question, Jesus let this man know that he was lacking in one area.  He then challenged the man to surrender that area and to follow Him whole-heartedly.  The man walked away with his head hung low, deciding instead to carry on in life without a willingness to trust Jesus with his life.  Let's continue to read through the Book of Luke and to ask ourselves some of the same difficult questions regarding our personal commitment to Jesus. 


As we continue reading through the Book of Luke, this week we are reading chapters 12 - 15.  When you get to chapter 15, Jesus tells 3 stories to his audience to communicate one significant point. Something happens in the first two verses that cause Jesus to feel the need to express what God values in contrast to popular opinion in that day. Take some time to consider what God values as you read that chapter.  How do His values match our own?  This Sunday, we will be discussing how to practically live out His values 


Do you ever feel that regardless of how hard you work, you never seem to finish all that you have to do? If so, does this leave you feeling overwhelmed or discouraged?  

Time management is not easy in the suburbs of the bustling Washington, D.C. metropolitan region.  It is easy to lose perspective in the midst of all of our daily responsibilities and then try our best to squeeze God into our day.  Is it possible to keep Jesus at the center of our lives in the midst of this fast paced culture?  As we begin week 3 of the Luke Challenge - this week we will be reading chapters 8-11. Near the end of chapter 10, Jesus has an exchange with two sisters regarding priorities and what truly matters. As we read this week, let's consider how this passage applies to every day life today, in our local context.


For some reason, every time someone mentions the name "Luke", I think of Skywalker, and not the famous doctor, who was responsible for more of the New Testament material than any other single author (27.5%). The recent advertisements for the long awaited Star Wars sequel is not helping the matter.  

If you missed our first week exploring the first portion of Luke's Gospel, it's not too late to play catch up and take the "Luke Challenge."  We are asking that everyone simply take time to read along and explore the chapters for the week. Last week was chapters 1-4, and this coming week is 5-7. So if you are just starting the challenge, simply read the first 7 chapters before Sunday.  Why not keep some paper and a pen close at hand and invite God's Spirit to speak to you as you read along; after all, He is the co-author. Hope you can join us this Sunday at 5pm as we continue to consider the life of Jesus from this physician/reporter's perspective!