Humbled or Exalted!

Tony Vis

READ : Luke 14:1-11 A successful executive and his wife were out for a drive. Running low on gas, they stopped at a dumpy looking gas station with only one pump. While the executive went inside to pay the bill, he noticed that his wife and the gas station attendant were absorbed in conversation as if they were old friends. Driving away, he asked her if she knew the fellow. She had known him quite well. They had gone to …

The Narrow Door

Tony Vis

READ : Luke 13:22-30 Weeping and gnashing of teeth! Narrow doors and closed doors! Some on the inside and some on the outside! This is not a side of Jesus I prefer. I’d rather hear about the Good Samaritan or the wayward son who returned to the open arms of his loving father. And I would rather write about God’s love and forgiveness and mercy. So, what am I supposed to do with this narrow door stuff…and this householder who …

The Kingdom's Power!

Tony Vis

READ : Luke 13:18-20 “What is the kingdom of God, the rule of God in the lives of people what is it like?” Jesus compares it to a tiny mustard seed the smallest of seeds where He lived. Plant the seed and watch it grow into a big tree. What power! The rule of God in the lives of people is like that little seed. Give God a start in your life even the smallest of starts and God will …

Repent or Perish!

Tony Vis

READ : Luke 13:1-9 Some folks came to Jesus and put before Him a difficult theological issue. A couple of well-publicized calamities had just occurred and the people wondered what terrible sins these victims had committed that brought the judgment of God down upon them. They assumed the assassi- nated Galileans and the unfortunate workmen from Siloam were terrible sinners who deserved what they got. Jesus’ response was an emphatic, “No way!” The Master utterly denied that the victims of …

Ready for the Party?

Tony Vis

READ : Luke 12:35-46 Jesus’ story is of a master who goes off to attend a wedding. Jewish weddings in those days were gala affairs that lasted for seven days and nights. The master could tire of the party and return home at any time within that seven-day span. When he returned, he would expect his servants to be waiting and watching with someone awake even at night and with their lamps burning brightly so the doors could be flung …

Don't Worry!

Tony Vis

READ : Luke 12:22-31 Someone has said that “worry reigns over more human beings than any other potentate.” A Nobel-prize-winning physician once observed, “Businessmen who don’t know how to fight worry die young.” That’s true not only of businessmen but of farmers and preachers, housewives and teachers, doctors and secretaries, nurses and dentists, and members of any other occupation you might care to mention. “Do not worry…but seek God’s kingdom, and these others things will be given to you as …