Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Luke 9

Luke 9 NIV When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” So they set out…

Read all of Luke 9 here.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Luke 8

Luke 8 NIV After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means. While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to…

Read all of Luke 8 here.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

O Praise The Name (AnĂ¡stasis)

Hi

Throughout history worship has be a vital part of the life of the church, COVID-19 should not brings this to an end. 


You might like to exercise your lungs and bring praise to our great LORD God.




I acknowledge that our voice, or any musical ability, is only one form of worship. What other ways of worship, can you think of?

Peace

Ps. Mal

Luke 7

Luke 7 NIV When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” So Jesus went with them. He was not…

Read all of Luke 7 here.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

A little correction

I just noticed that I posted two readings (Ch 4 and 5) on the 26th March. As of today we should be back in sync with the reading plan. Luke 6 is today's reading! You can always read on ahead, if you like! Blessings Mal

Friday, 27 March 2020

Luke 6

Luke 6 NIV One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” Jesus answered them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” Then…

Read all of Luke 6 here.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Thoughts on Luke 4



Luke Chapter 4 starts with Jesus being led by the Spirit into the wilderness, for a season of testing.  I can say wholeheartedly that I seek to be led by the Spirit, but I don’t think that I would ever what to be led into the wilderness.  I want to be led by the still waters, I want to be led to places of refreshment, and places of joy, but the wilderness?  No, I don’t think so!

And yet the wilderness is where Jesus was led and led there by the Spirit!  It was here that he was tempted by the devil.  I don’t want to dwell on the temptation at this time but rather on how Jesus emerged from this time (40 days).  Firstly in verse 2 it says that he was hungry (as he had not eaten for that entire time), but strangely enough verse 14 say that after this time ‘14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit….’.  This wilderness time left Jesus physically hungry but power filled (by the Spirit).

We here at CasBap (just like the entire world) are entering a time in the wilderness, we don’t know how long this will last, as a matter of fact there is so much, that we don’t know, but can I encourage you with this one factual statement.  

You are not alone!

The Apostle Paul, who had been through incredible times of uncertainty could push his point home when he asked the following questions: -

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? (Romans 8:35 NIV)

I think, Paul asks these questions because he had faced every situation that he lists, and his resounding answer is ‘NO, there is nothing that can separate us from the love of Christ’.  So, returning to Jesus in the wilderness, how could Jesus not only endure that time but come out of it stronger?  

I wonder if it was because he knew that he was loved!  Just before the wilderness time (see the end of chapter 3) we have the record of Jesus baptism, it says this: -

The Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." (Luke 3:22 NIV)

Know this, you are loved by your heavenly Father, and you are empowered by the Spirt.  You too, can emerge from the wilderness strong, but maybe a little hungry! 

Luke 5

Luke 5 NIV One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a…

Read All of Luke 5 here.

Luke 4

Luke 4 NIV Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to…

Read all of Luke 4 here.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Luke 3

Luke 3 NIV In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene— during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of…

Read all of Luke 3 here.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Luke 2


Luke 2 NIV In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a…

Read all of Luke 2 here.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Thoughts on Luke 1


Luke chapter 1 introduces us to several people, firstly Theophilus, then Zechariah, Elizabeth and their future son John and then Joseph and Mary along with the yet to be born, Jesus.

The reason Luke gives for writing his good news account to Theophilus, is so he would ‘know the certainty of the things’(4) that he had already been taught.  Zechariah and Elizabeth have a son and he is not given his father’s name. This causes a sense of amazement and shock within the community, and this is just the beginning.  Mary has a son, and he is not even acknowledged as Joseph’s son but rather as the ‘Son of the Most High’ it continues ‘The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David’ (32).  And then to spell it out even more clearly, Luke says this, ‘the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God’ (35).  

The Coronavirus is spreading around the world, it is disrupting the lives of millions of people and yes, people are getting sick and some are even dying. What Luke shared with Theophilus some 2000 years ago, which started in one small town, has also spread around the world.  It too has disrupted the lives of millions of people, but the effect of Jesus is Good News, he has brought healing and new life to people.  May we all allow the infectious Good News of Jesus to radically change our lives and our world.  After all he is, the Son of God.

What we see here in chapter 1 of Luke’s good news story is the beginnings of a very infectious story that is continuing to change the world, in a good way!
Zechariah, now unrestrained sings out for joy, of the role his son John would play in this unfolding drama, he says: -

you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,  77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,  78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven  79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace."  Luke 1:76-79 NIV

It all sounds very much like infectious GOOD NEWS to me!

Ps. Mal

Luke 1


Luke 1 NIV Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. In the time of Herod king of Judea there was…

Read all of Luke 1 here.
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Sunday, 22 March 2020

Travel Update


Hi

I just thought that it would be good to let you know that we are OK.  Yes, we are in Perth WA, with family, and when we made the decision to travel down here the world seemed just a little more normal that it does now.

We are trying to get back home to Darwin and when we do we will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

We will keep you updated.

Blessings

Mal and Chris

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Saturday, 21 March 2020

Welcome the the CasBap Blog


Hi All

We are just exploring ways to best keep in contact with you and make it easier to share the highs and lows of life together (in spirit at least).