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Luke 24

That must been an amazing journey as Jesus unfolded to these disciples the O.T. scriptures and how they are related to Him! All of a sudden the dots would have come together and a veil was being removed as it all became ever clearer. They would have come to understand that the coming kingdom was

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Reflections

Today is a day to pause and reflect over our readings this week. We saw the events that lead up to the Crucifixion and we watched as our Lord died in our place for our sins! I would suggest that it would be good to reflect not only on what we observed, but our feelings.

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Reflections to consider

Why would the Messiah, the Son of God, have to die such a violent, terrible, excruciating death? The Scripture is plain. First, he died for sin. Isaiah says, We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And GOD has piled all our sins,

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Luke 23

Two people were crucified with Jesus. Many scholars feel these men were most likely part of the insurrection that Barabbas was charged with – they were not as fortunate as Barabbas. One of these criminals took part in hurling insults at Jesus, but the other criminal realized that Jesus was innocent. He seemed to be

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Luke 22

The Passover meal commemorated the Jews’ deliverance from slavery in Egypt. It also had a much deeper spiritual application that, as Jesus explained here, would be fulfilled through His death. The Jewish nation as a whole had missed any future prophetic meaning of the Passover. On the night of the original Passover the Jews had

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Luke 21

Jesus told His disciples they were going to have to suffer because of Him. They were going to face Jewish rulers,  kings, and governors and they would be witnesses to them! “But this will give you an opportunity to tell about me.” (ERV) How these men faced this persecution was going to open doors of opportunity to

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Lukes 20

Jesus in our reading was openly teaching the people who gathered to listen. Thus, his opponents, seeking ways to kill him, tested him at the point of authority. What authority did he claim? The scribes had authority. They had studied with rabbis. The priests had authority. They had inherited the position of priest all the

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Luke 19

Jesus in our reading notes how His coming was hidden from the eyes of the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law. How was it hidden from their eyes? It was hidden because they were not focused on God’s agenda, but their own. Pride and wealth had blinded them to the very signs that were

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. As we see the life of Jesus unfold we need to realize that He is establishing for us a pattern of the life we are called to live. John says that we are to “walk as Jesus walked.” So, as you think about your readings reflect

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Reflections to consider

Only two things can come between you and God. One is unconfessed sin. The psalmist says, “If I regard wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear” (Psalm 66: 18 NASB). So we are to pray, “Forgive us our debts.” The word forgive means “to cancel a debt.” Sin is a debt. We exist

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Luke 18

“I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” “Jesus applied the story for his disciples. If an uncaring human judge acts like this, how much more does a loving heavenly Father care for his children. He will

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Luke 17

Jesus in our reading warns the disciples against causing anyone to stumble, illustrates the power of faith with the parable of a mustard seed, and concludes with another parable on the proper attitude of a servant. For Jesus’ followers must see through the eyes of faith rather than be blinded by the concerns of the

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Luke 16

How do we use what God has blessed us with? That is the question that Jesus is putting on the table. Worldly gains should not be used to satisfy the desires of this world; instead, they should be used for things that are of eternal value. These followers of Jesus will be welcomed either by

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Luke 15

Scholars have noted that similar parables like the Prodigal Son had been told in one form or another since Babylonian exile among the Jews. What is noteworthy is that Jesus’ parable ended in a very different way from the other parables. (The other parables went something like this) “When the son comes home there is

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Luke 14

Jesus closed our reading by declaring: “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?” In this place the salt appears to denote disciples and the idea to be: genuine disciples are an excellent thing, valuable as salt to a corrupt world, but disciples that are not genuine

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. A text I would like to suggest that you reflect on is this: “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth

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Reflections to consider

When you surrender your will to his will, you find that prayer changes you. Your prayers will change as well. That is why getting into that secret place every day and surrendering your will to his is so important. Don’t ever leave the place of prayer until you are fully surrendered to Jesus Christ. Without

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Luke 13

Why do things happen to us? That is often a question for which there is no answer. Calamities often appear as God’s judging his unfaithful people, but suffering does not always reflect God’s wrath. Jesus noted in our reading that those who are not affected by recent calamities should not assume that they are innocent

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Luke 12

All too often people want to paint God as either a God of love or wrath – but the God we worship is both! Yet in all this let’s not forget how much our Creator is aware and concerned about all that takes place in our lives. God is not a Divinity that just watches

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Luke 11

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” What an amazing promise God has given His children! We need to realize that this promise is not made to people in the world. So, those who have obeyed the gospel have this

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