Good News of the Kingdom

Today’s reading is Luke 8.

Of course, I’m aware that the heart of the gospel/good news message is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus for the remission of our sins. However, have you ever noticed that in the gospel accounts it is referred to as the “good news of the kingdom of God”? It is good news that Jesus died for our sins and rose again. But why? Because that death and resurrection was the victory of our King. That death and resurrection was the demonstration our King reigns. That death and resurrection shows that nothing, not even death, can defeat our King and His Kingdom. That is good news. Let’s tell someone about the victory of our King and our kingdom today.

Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 9.

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It’s All About the Message

Today’s reading is Luke 7.

Have you ever noticed that John the Baptist came teaching with one method, Jesus came teaching with another. The same people who rejected John, rejected Jesus. The same people who accepted Jesus, accepted John. What does that tell you? Salvation is about the message, not the method. Obviously, we don’t learn from this to be jerks who teach the gospel. The point to be learned is salvation comes from the message, from the Gospel of the Kingdom. We aren’t making disciples because we are being nice like we all believe Jesus was. We are making disciples when we are sharing Jesus’s message.

Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 8.

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More Like the Master

Today’s reading is Luke 6.

“A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.”

The goal of discipleship is not heaven. The goal of discipleship is Jesus. Certainly, those who are like Jesus will be with Him in heaven. Why did the apostles follow Jesus around and talk with Him and listen to Him? To be like Him. Keep that in mind as we read Luke’s gospel account. We are spending time with Jesus, not as a homework assignment, but as a means to be like Him. That is being and making disciples.

Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 7.

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Fishing for Men

Today’s reading is Luke 5.

Do you ever feel like Peter? “Lord, get away from me, I’m a sinner.” I know I do. And yet, Jesus picked him to fish for men. Jesus picked Peter to make disciples. Guess what that means about you and me. Despite our past, we can make disciples, we can fish for people. We can share the gospel and draw folks into the family of God. Don’t think you’ve been too bad to share the gospel. Share it and watch what God does with it.

Monday’s reading is Luke 6.

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Word vs. Want

Today’s reading is Luke 4.

Being a disciple means being like our Master. What better model does Jesus provide than in His temptation. Do you think Jesus wanted to eat? Do you think He wanted to know the Father was with Him? Do you think He wanted to be king? Of course. But Jesus didn’t govern His life by His wants, He governed it by God’s Word. Many today believe if they want something really bad, it is automatically okay. Jesus knew better. God’s Word, not our wants, determine what is right. Be a disciple, follow God’s Word above your wants today.

Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 5.

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Flee: Wrath is Coming

Today’s reading is Luke 3.

It isn’t a popular message, but it is a true one. Wrath is coming. We deserve it. That is why Jesus came–to save us from it. John prepared the way with a warning and a message of repentance. We are carrying on that message not because we want to win some kind of competition, but because we want to save people from the coming wrath. That is why we keep making disciples. What are you doing today to disciple wherever you go?

Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 4.

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Why Shepherds?

Today’s reading is Luke 2.

Why shepherds? Why were they the first to hear about Jesus? Why not kings and princes? Why not rulers and governors? Why not the rich and powerful? Perhaps to let us know that not only can we be followers of the great King, but we can be great proclaimers of His presence. God didn’t choose the great and powerful to be heralds of His Son, He chose people like us. Let’s get busy heralding.

Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 3.

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Why Follow?

Today’s reading is Luke 1.

I’m sure you read the whole chapter, but read Luke 1:1-4 again. Luke isn’t writing a fable. He isn’t writing a fairy tale. This isn’t “Once Upon a Time.” He is writing history. He stands in a line of Greek historians that have researched their narrative and want us to know exactly what happened. Why follow Jesus? Because He lived. Why make other disciples? Because His life, death, and resurrection really happened, and that means something. Let’s keep reading and be reminded even further why we need to be and to make disciples.

Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 2.

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Welcome to Disciple-making Disciples

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You have found the daily devotional site that corresponds to the Bible reading plan for the Christians who meet on Livingston Avenue.

Every week day, we read a chapter from the New Testament. Then we come to this website to find a brief devotion that helps focus us on Jesus Christ, being His disciples, and developing others around us to be disciples.

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