Luke 13:3

Jesus says in Luke 13:3
“I tell you … unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

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Luke 4:16-21

Luke 4:16-21
“16) And He[Jesus] came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up to read.
17) And there was given to Him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written,
18) ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19) To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.’
20) And He closed the book, and He gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him.
21) And He began to say to them, ‘This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.'”

Song “Sing for You” by artist Cool Hand Luke, with lyrics.

Song “Sing for You” by artist Cool Hand Luke, with lyrics.

Lyrics:
What do You want me to do?
If I knew I swear I would
Anything You ask me to
Can I only know that it’s You who’s asking?

Sing, I’ll just sing for You
When I don’t know what to do
Wait, I’ll just wait and take heart (Ps 27:14)

Why is it so hard to move?
I can trace my choices back to fear
What do You want me to do?
Like a bison, run into the storm

Oh, take it over

Lyrics to song “The Balancing Act” by artist Cool Hand Luke.(+song at bottom of post)

Lyrics to song “The Balancing Act” by artist Cool Hand Luke.(+song at bottom of post)

I’ve got to climb to the top
Never stop til I reach it
Til I feel that I’m good and that I’m in control
Of life and my thought
When I’m not I still preach it
Cause they’re all gonna see if I start to fall or lose control
I’m losing control of this

I’ve been balancing on suspended pianos
And trying to appear composed
It makes the loudest noise when they begin to crash
With eyes on me I force a laugh
You come to me and set me free

Cross my arms across my chest
This is not a gift I can accept
But I appreciate the sentiment
I worked too hard for righteousness
To just lay down while You hand me this
And put my faith in something You call grace
From You

I’ve been lost inside a cave without a lantern
At every sound I start to run
Feel my way around the dark without a pattern
If I would wait You’d come
To rescue me and show the way

Cross my arms across my chest
This is not a gift I can accept
But I appreciate the sentiment
I worked too hard for righteousness
To just lay down while You hand me this
And put my faith in something You call grace
From You

Son, you’re trying to earn
What is far beyond you
Son, you’re trying to earn
What is freely given

Every time that you try to just reduce
This to a give and take
You spit in My face
And tell Me that this blood was shed in vain

“Study the Gospels” by J.C. Ryle.

“Study the Gospels” by J.C. Ryle

It would be well if professing Christians in modern days studied the four Gospels more than they do. No doubt all Scripture is profitable.

It is not wise to exalt one part of the Bible at the expense of another. But I think it would be good for some who are very familiar with the Epistles, if they knew a little more about Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Now, why do I say this? I say it because I want professing Christians to know more about Christ. It is well to be acquainted with all the doctrines and principles of Christianity.

It is better to be acquainted with Christ Himself. It is well to be familiar with faith, and grace, and justification, and sanctification. They are all matters ‘pertaining to the King.’

But it is far better to be familiar with Jesus Himself, to see the King’s own face, and to behold His beauty. This is one secret of eminent holiness.

He that would be conformed to Christ’s image, and become a Christ-like man, must be constantly studying Christ Himself.

Now the Gospels were written to make us acquainted with Christ. The Holy Ghost has told us the story of His life and death,—His sayings and His doings, four times over.

Four different inspired hands have drawn the picture of the Saviour. His ways, His manners, His feelings, His wisdom, His grace, His patience, His love, His power, are graciously unfolded to us by four different witnesses.

Ought not the sheep to be familiar with the Shepherd? Ought not the patient to be familiar with the Physician?

Ought not the bride to be familiar with the Bridegroom? Ought not the sinner to be familiar with the Saviour?

Beyond doubt it ought to be so. The Gospels were written to make men familiar with Christ, and therefore I wish men to study the Gospels.

On whom must we build our souls if we would be accepted with God? We must build on the rock, Christ.

From whom must we draw that grace of the Spirit which we daily need in order to be fruitful? We must draw from the vine, Christ.

To whom must we look for sympathy when earthly friends fail us or die? We must look to our elder brother, Christ.

By whom must our prayers be presented, if they are to be heard on high? They must be presented by our advocate, Christ.

With whom do we hope to spend the thousand years of glory, and the after eternity? With the King of kings, Christ.

Surely we cannot know this Christ too well! Surely there is not a word, nor a deed, nor a day, nor a step, nor a thought in the record of His life, which ought not to be precious to us.

We should labour to be familiar with every line that is written about Jesus.