10 Sermons: The Gospel of Luke
It is important to try to persuade people, like Luke in his Gospel, of the truth of Christianity.
It is not wrong to want evidence for our faith. Belief is not groundless. But there is an evil in demanding signs beyond what a humble and open heart would require.
You may have never heard of Nazareth, and this young girl may be poor and obscure, but don't judge by merely human outward appearances. Her son is going to be great.
God is about to change the course of all human history; the most important three decades in all of time are about to begin. And where is God? Occupying himself with two obscure, humble women—one old and barren, one young and virginal.
There is a deadly disease and an awesome enemy. And every one of us will die from this disease and be devoured by that enemy if there is no horn of salvation for us.
All the mammoth political forces and all the giant industrial complexes, without their even knowing it, are being guided by God, not for their own sake but for the sake of God's little people—the little Mary and the little Joseph who have to be got from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
Jesus' birth brought a new era in the history of redemption, but one that is still in complete harmony with the old.
I feel tremendously challenged by the example of Jesus to strive for increased wisdom and understanding of Scripture.
Don't trust in the kind of tree you are. If there is no fruit that accords with repentance, you will be destroyed.
You can tell where a man's heart is resting by the way he handles his money and by the attitude he has toward his possessions.