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Luke 10

I have always gotten a lot out the story of Mary and Martha in our reading. The Christian walk is full of choices and often those choices are not about doing good and doing evil, but determining what is best or better in a given situation. Theses choices are not easy and sometimes it is

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Luke 9

There is a lot going on in this reading! There is an underlying question throughout the text; “I am the promised Messiah, do have the faith to trust Me and pay cost of that faith?” “‘O unbelieving and perverse generation,’ Jesus replied, ‘how long shall I stay with you and put up with you?’” The

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. We encountered this statement from Jesus this week, “Therefore consider carefully how you listen.” In the parable of the soils there is only one soil type that matured and produced fruit. The key in why those who were good soil produced a crop was how they

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Reflections to consider

Jesus gave his disciples a model of how to pray, He said that their prayers should begin with this request, “your kingdom come.” When you ask God’s kingdom to come, you are asking God to sit on the throne of your heart and your life so that his will will be done in both. The

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Luke 8

Wow, a lot is going on in text! What struck me was that when Jesus cast out the demons that possessed a man in the Gergesenes territory, the man he wanted to go with Jesus. Jesus told him to go into town and tell the people all that God had done for him. The capitol

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Luke 7

“But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” I have often thought of this passage over my years of ministry. Jesus says that there is a direct connection between our awareness of the debt we owe God and our passion and love in our Christian walk. Over the years I have seen our children

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Luke 6

Jesus said in our reading, “For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” This concept seems to apply both to judging and giving. When it comes to judging you will find that when you are critical of others, they will often respond in kind. If you make it a habit of

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Luke 5

In our reading there was a man that came to Jesus and begged to be cured of leprosy. For us to understand what Jesus did in this healing we need to understand a little of how lepers had to live their lives. Throughout history, few diseases have been as dreaded as the horrible affliction known

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Luke 4

Luke places this visit to Nazareth earlier than Matthew and Mark. Luke has carefully selected this episode to be his first in order to accomplish several objectives. First, in this story the reader is told what sort of Messiah Jesus is to be. The remainder of the narrative will show Jesus carrying out the mission

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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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