Tag Archive: Luke

Dec 24

Two ways that God shows that he is in control of Christmas

Two ways that God shows that he is in control of Christmas First, he named John the Baptist. Then, he named Jesus. Naming Naming is very important. Parents usually name their children We also get to name the things that belong to us.  Things that we want to receive special treatment.  We name our cars, …

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May 27

No matter how bad it gets, Jesus does not give up on us

Three stories One day when Jesus was walking with His disciples. He told them three stories. People whose sins were public and branding were also listening to Jesus. Might his words give some hope to them? The religious leaders criticized Jesus for being near being whose sins were so offensive to them. Jesus wanted his …

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Apr 27

Do we trust God even when it looks like we shouldn’t?

Bookends of 1-2 Samuel Writers often use bookends to let us know what is most important to them. Bookends are very similar concepts or words at the beginning and end of a book. They remind us what we need to remember. The books of 1 and 2 Samuel were originally one book. The writer put …

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Apr 02

What happens when our comfortable faith meets a crisis?

Our childhood faith Many of us were raised in religious homes. Until something happens we have a comfortable faith. We pretty much do as we wish. Then a crisis comes. A crisis of faith A powerful man with a comfortable religion met Jesus. He was powerful and comfortable and wanted a civil, courteous conversation with …

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Feb 05

Judge not and you shall not be judged. What does this mean? Is it possible?

Judge not and you shall not be judged A verse that many people quote but fewer can find in the Bible is “judge not and you shall not be judged.”  The usual reasoning behind their quotation is that we should never criticize anyone and no one should criticize us. If we keep this ethic, when …

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Dec 25

A Post From Christmas Past Simeon’s message of greatness and suffering

When Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple to be dedicated they met Simeon. Simeon had been told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he saw the Messiah. (Luke 2:25-26) God moved him to go to the temple that day. He held Jesus in his arms and blessed God. He …

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Dec 21

A Post From Christmas Past- Announcing the Birth of Messiah.

God does things differently than we do. He announced the birth of Messiah to two groups. First, He hid the unveiling of the Savior of the world in obscurity. Then He invited both the lowly and the important to see His miracle. God sent angels from heaven that very night to the dirty smelly shepherds …

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Dec 18

A Post From Christmas Past- Jesus is the Jewish Messiah and the Savior of the world.

In his Gospel, Matthew argued that Jesus was the expected Jewish Messiah: He was a son of Abraham (1:1) He was the Son of David and the Messianic King (1:1; 9:27; 12:23; 15:22; 20:30-31; 21:9; 22:41-45) Matthew also used the Jewish Scriptures to present the case that Jesus= life and death fulfilled the prophetic expectations. …

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Dec 17

A Post From Christmas Past- The hard obedience of Mary and Joseph. What can we learn?

In the events surrounding the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph were called to model the godly life in different ways. What can we learn from each of them? Joseph becomes a model of faithful obedience to God’s commands. Mary becomes a model of faithful acceptance of God’s will. God made a choice. He chose …

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Oct 17

In the middle of our life choices there are defining events

In the middle of our life choices there are defining events Mary anointing Jesus and Judas betrayed Jesus. (John 6:71; 12:1-8; 13:2; 26; 29; 18:1-11; Matthew 26:14-16; 27:3-10; Luke 10:38-42; 22:3) Mary was the disciple who caught the vision, gave a great gift, and is remembered as a part of the Gospel story When there …

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