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Becoming a Saved People

August 29: Becoming a Saved People

Isaiah 60:1–62:12; Luke 22:63–23:25

For Luke, Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophet Isaiah’s message. At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, according to Luke, Jesus opened the Isaiah scroll in a synagogue and proclaimed that the words in Isaiah 61 are about Him (Luke 4:17–19): “The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is upon me, because Yahweh has anointed me, he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim release to the captives and liberation to those who are bound, to proclaim the year of Yahweh’s favor, and our God’s day of vengeance, to comfort all those in mourning” (Isaiah 61:1–2). This moment defines what Jesus’ life would mean—and He was immediately persecuted for claiming the authority rightfully given to Him by God (Luke 4:20–30).
Luke’s message—an extension of Isaiah’s—is played out further near the end of Jesus’ life. Jesus’ claim to authority resulted in His being sentenced to death (Luke 23). It is …

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August 29

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Romans 1:11 “For I long to see you in order that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established;”

Philip. 4:1“Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, so stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.”

1 Thes. 3:6 “But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us good news of your faith and love, and that you always think kindly of us, longing to see us just as we also long to see you,”

2 Tim. 1:4 “longing to see you, even as I recall your tears, so that I may be filled with joy.”

I don’t mean to do any one of these verses a disservice by lumping them all together, because each of them carry a powerful meaning when they stand alone, but I wanted to read them together because I wanted for us to see the strength of Paul’s longing to connect with fellow Christians. A longing God recognized when he created us. Throughout the creation narrative, God pauses to admire what He’s done, several times he says, “It is good,…


August 29

As we are finalizing our plans to vacation in the mountains of Colorado, I only have one concern, can I survive without Survivor? Yes, I’m addicted.

Right now I’m developing some strategies to make it without my weekly Wednesday night fix. For instance, instead of going shopping at the Safeway in Gunnison, we can try to live off the land. We could bonk a chipmunk upside the head, or throw a rock at one of the birds. I’m sure there are some grub worms under one of those rocks. Also, we could make a spear out of aspen branches and try our hand at spear fishing.

We could have contests to see who gets the last cupcake or gets to use soap when they shower. And every three days we could have a tribal counsel and vote one of the members of our family off the mountain. If somebody doesn’t pull their weight, we’ll snuff out their torch, and send them packing.

What is it about that show that it has America watching? Is it the “real TV” aspect? Not for me, with the sharp editi…


August 29

PRECIOUS LORD, TAKE MY HANDThomas A. Dorsey, 1899–1993
  For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13)

Out of a broken heart after his wife and newly born son had both died, Thomas Dorsey cried to his Lord to lead him “through the storm, through the night” In doing so, he created lines that have since ministered to others in an unusual way. This tender song, written by a black gospel musician in 1932, has since been a favorite with Christians everywhere.

Thomas A. Dorsey grew up in Georgia as a “preacher’s kid.” As he began to be successful as a composer of jazz and blues songs, however, he drifted away from God. After it seemed to him that he was miraculously spared in brushes with death, Dorsey came back to the Lord. As his life dramatically changed he began to write gospel songs and to sing in church services. It was during a revival meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, that he received a telegram …