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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect on our readings of the past week. We are now in Luke and we are watching again God’s grand plan unfold with the arrival of His Son! It might be worth looking back over our readings in Luke and pause to consider each of the players in this narrative.

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Reflections to consider

Jesus said that real prayer, attention-getting prayer, God-honoring prayer, heaven-satisfying prayer is not just prayed secretly but prayed sincerely. Jesus adds that your Father rewards what is done in secret. He’s saying secrecy fosters sincerity. God knows that when you take the time to go to a secret place and get alone with him, you

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Luke 3

In our reading Luke cites the words of Isaiah the prophet (40:3-5) in order to provide scriptural warrant for John’s ministry in the wilderness.It was common for a nation to go to great lengths to repair and prepare the path for the coming of a great king. Yet, how did John prepare the path of

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Luke 2

The child arrived! So the story begins that is going to change the whole world forever! This child you was the King of kings was born in a stable and was worshipped by simple shepherds. The praise for the arrival of this King came not from nobles and priests but the very angels in heaven.

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Luke 1

“May it be to me as you have said.” I have always been blown away by Mary’s response to the news that she was going to give birth to the Messiah! A young woman who was found to be pregnant and not married could very well be a death sentence! Mary was pledged to be

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Philemon

Onesimus, a slave, had run away from Philemon, his master, and fled to Rome. There he somehow came into contact with the apostle, and became a follower of Jesus. Paul was bound to inform Philemon, his friend and Christian brother, of the situation, and to send Onesimus home. It is also possible that Paul wished

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Colossians 4

Paul noted that we should pray that we “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity” If we are to be effective in sharing the message, we must be wise in the way we act toward outsiders. Wisdom enables us to combine boldness with tact. Wisdom enables us

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. Today I am reminded of our reading in Col. 3 where Paul tells us that we need to center our heart and mind on things above. The question I need to ask myself is – what is it that fills my heart and mind day in

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Reflections to consider

A hypocrite is someone who looks out the window but never looks in the mirror. Jesus never said, “You are wrong to look out the window.” What he is saying is, “Always first look in the mirror.” Most people misunderstand what Jesus said because they try to make Jesus say something he didn’t say and

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Colossians 3

In our reading Paul reminds them of the transformation process. This transformation process has an objective – to take on the image our Creator, which in this context could be Jesus or God. This chapter talks about “putting off” and “putting on” – a process that often seems overwhelming to a new Christian. This is

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Colossians 2

A key point that Paul makes over and over again in our reading is that Jesus is the KEY to everything! Paul told them that his objective was to help them have a deeper understanding of Christ – “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Christ is the KEY as we

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Colossians 1

In verses 15-20 in our reading there is a style change from the first person “confession” which preceded in verses 12-14, and from the direct application style of the following verses. Because of style and language there is general agreement that verses 15-20 was a hymn sung by Christians in Paul’s day. So, clearly Christians

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Philippians 4

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” There are a few points that we need to realize in this command. Realize that there is a difference between being concerned and being anxious – concern expresses an apprehension about possible danger or misfortune

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Philippians 3

The image that Paul paints is very powerful!! How does one move forward as a Christian? The first step is that we have to let go of the past – you will not make any progress in your Christian walk dwelling on your past. One of the great gifts that God gives us is the

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Reflections

It is time to pause and reflect over our readings. Philippians is one of those books that love to read and reflect. One of my favorite chapters is chapter two! In verses 5-11 we have this amazing picture of what it means to love and to put the needs of others before our own needs.

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Reflections to consider

In the story of the rich man and Lazarus the rich man had everything in life but Lazarus had nothing. Yet when death came everything was reversed! Lazarus, who had nothing but God, now has everything. The rich man, who had everything but God, now has nothing. Lazarus’s body wasn’t even given a decent burial.

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Philippians 2

The call to work out our salvation with fear and trembling struck me in our reading today. As we progress in this journey with our Lord in are in a continual process of transformation. It is an amazing journey! In this process of working out my salvation with fear and trembling God’s grace allows me

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Philippians 1

Are you there yet? Paul in this text expresses a very important mind set – when Paul looked at the possibility of his death he was excited. Paul said that if it was up to him, he would move on from life and spend eternity with Christ! Paul was willing to serve as long as

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Ephesians 6

Our reading commands us to “honor” our parents. We need to realize that “honoring” our parents is a big deal. It is a principle that is carried into adulthood. As adult this principle should cause us to continue to show them love and respect all their lives. What is also important to realize is that

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Ephesians 5

“However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” Paul in this text shows how Jesus’ relationship to the church is a model for our marriages. This text ends reminding us of two very important principles in the marriage relationship. Wives desire and

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