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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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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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