Introducing Jesus: Week 24

Luke 8:40-56

March 10, 2019 • Jan Vezikov

Western cultures tend to be "monochronic" in that they view time as linear, with a definitive beginning and end. Time is viewed as limited, so we structure our lives by milestones, deadlines, and hard schedules. Polychronic cultures like Southern Europe, Latin American countries and the Middle East view time as cyclical and endless. Doing things right and maintaining harmony is more important than getting things done “on time.” If there are such stark contrasts in understanding time between cultures, how much more so between people and God? God is never late.

Introducing Jesus: Week 25

Luke 9:1-17 • March 17, 2019 • Jan Vezikov

In Luke 9:1-17, the disciples plea for Jesus send the 10,000+ crowd of people home because they were hungry. In response, Jesus commands "You give them something to eat." Then Jesus proceeds to fulfill His own commandment, through the disciples' feeble, fraught, and faithless obedience. Apart from God's grace, applied to our hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are helpless to do what God commands us to do.

Introducing Jesus: Week 23

Luke 8:26-39 • March 3, 2019 • Shane Sikkema

Healthy habits are important. But moral habits are as well. Gossip, lust, greed, lying, envy, fits of anger, passivity, vanity, drunkenness, etc. There are things we do, that we wish we didn’t do, and have maybe even promised countless times to never do again. But they keep coming back to haunt us. It might leave us wondering if change is even possible. It’s no wonder Scripture often talks about sin as self-inflicted slavery.

Introducing Jesus: Week 22

Luke 8:22-25 • February 24, 2019 • Jan Vezikov

It’s been said that there are 365 “Fear nots” in the Bible — one “Fear not” for every day of the year! In Luke 8:22-25, Jesus leads the disciples into the middle of the most terrifying storm of their lives, takes a nap while they panic, then calms the storm and their raging fear. Then, as He typically does, leaves them with the mystifying question: "Where is your faith?"