Morning turningpoint: Day 25; Acts 1

We noticed the theme about being a witness. Jesus says “you shall be my witnesses”. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8, ESV Later the apostles begin the outreach by replacing …

Morning turningpoint: Day 24; Luke 24

Verse 8 and verse 9 are screaming for attention. She remembered, returned and reported the message. And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Luke 24:8-9, ESV How many times have we not reported a message or truth from God because we didn’t or wouldn’t …

Morning turningpoint: Day 23; Luke 23

What a way to end the week—praises at the beginning and punishment at the end. Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” …

Morning turningpoint: Day 22 – Luke 22

Oh, how fast things can change. Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people. Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. He went away and conferred with …

Morning turningpoint: Day 21 – Luke 21

Jesus looked up and saw … Luke 21:1, ESV It’s easy to notice people giving a lot, but what about those giving their lot—sacrificially. It’s easy to see a beautiful temple, but what seeing, respecting and living according to its future and purpose. Learn to see like Jesus. See or recognize the frauds who claim to be the returned Christ. …

Morning turningpoint: Day 20 – Luke 20

The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to …

Morning turningpoint: Day 19 – Luke 19

And he was seeking to see who Jesus was … Luke 19:3a, ESV Jesus clarifies misconceptions about Himself and His kingdom. Through His encounter with Zaccheus, He shows how He unlike others–being FOR any repentant believing person—no matter their wealth, past offenses, physical disadvantages, reputation among others. Through His time with the people, He shares how His kingdom is unlike …

Morning turningpoint: Day 18 – Luke 18

And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. Luke 18:1 ESV Don’t stop praying and don’t give up on God answering your prayer. Like the widow woman, pray with persistent faith. Like the tax collector, pray with humility and a penitent heart. Unlike the rich young ruler, sacrifice all …

Morning turningpoint: Day 17 – Luke 17

For what do you need more faith? The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” Luke 17:5, ESV It doesn’t require more faith to avoid being a stumbling block, or to forgive great, repetitive or many offenses; your faith just needs to be in God. Little faith, in God, can move mountains! We ought not require appreciation to do …

Morning turningpoint: Day 16 – Luke 16

The challenge to put money and materials over God is great.  The challenge to manipulate possessions for salvation is common thinking—so much that it’s easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for God’s word to change. People would rather ignore God’s word (like that of the law and prophets) and come up with their own way or believe …