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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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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Oct 07

Two ways we might be baptized as a Christian that we usually don’t think about

James and John’s Request Jesus prepared the disciples for their future by teaching them about his suffering and death.  After one of these times James and John asked him if they could sit at his side in the eternal kingdom. (Mark 10:32-34; Matthew 20:17-19; Luke 18:31-33) Jesus’ question Jesus responded with a question.  He asked …

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Oct 02

Sometimes we just don’t understand what God is teaching us because we have our own agenda… just like Jesus’ disciples.

Jesus taught with the purpose Jesus presented his messianic claims to the religious leaders and they responded that he had his powers because he was Satan’s partner. (Matthew 12) Jesus called the crowds to a deeper relationship with him but they grew tired of his teaching and went away. (John 6) The third emphasis of …

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Sep 30

What were the two reasons for the Jewish Sabbath and what can we learn from them?

Wherever there is Law there is Talmud A principle that I have often seen in life is that “wherever there is Law there is Talmud.” When you have principles people look to find the exceptions and the borders. How much can I do and still be in bounds? I live in Naples Florida and in …

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Sep 09

Miracles and experiences don’t guarantee faith (So that you may believe. John 20:30-31)

Seeing is believing Most people live entirely in a material world. If it can’t be measured, it doesn’t exist. Seeing is believing. I have served on two juries. During the trials when I served, witnesses did not agree and one witness told the story a bit differently when asked to repeat his testimony. Seeing is …

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