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Our Confession under Persecution

Persecution - 1Jesus told his disciples that those who confess him before men, he will confess before the angels / messengers of God (Luke 12:8), and he said so in the context of persecution. Jesus was at that very time undergoing persecution by the Pharisees and lawyers (cf. Luke 11:53-54), and the disciples, evidently, seemed to be afraid of what was taking place (Luke 12:7). Authorities can be very intimidating figures, when they want to be, whether or not such intimidation is justified. Jesus faced the unjustified threats and tactics of his enemies, but, although his disciples gathered with him, they seem to have been both surprised with what they were witnessing and somewhat fearful. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Tell No Man?

Leprosy - 1Luke tells us that Jesus told the man whom he had cured of his leprosy to tell no man what happened. Rather, he was to go to the priest and offer the sacrifice that Moses prescribed in the Law. Some folks seem to believe that this man disobeyed Jesus, pointing to Mark 1:43-45 where Jesus is said to have “strictly charged” the man, saying: “See that you say nothing to any man…”, but the man published (G2784) abroad what Jesus had done for him! Did Jesus really intend for this healing to be kept secret? If so, why did he say further that the man was to show himself to the priest and offer the appropriate sacrifice as a testimony or a witness to them? It doesn’t make sense for Jesus to say on the one hand: “Tell no one!” but on the other: “Go to the priest and offer the sacrifice according to the Law, as a **witness** to them. How should we understand this? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Thy Will Be Done

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In what we term the Our Father Jesus used to teach his Apostles (and us) how to pray. In the final clause of Luke 11:2 Jesus tells us to pray, “thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.” I believe one of the keys to understanding Jesus’ teaching at this point is to remember the disciple came to Jesus, confessing his ignorance and asking Jesus to teach him and the other disciples how to pray (Luke 11:1). After all, if he knew how to pray, or how to hollow God’s name, or how bring the Kingdom of God to fruition etc., why would he come asking Jesus to teach him and the others how to do these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Three Great Things

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It is interesting to watch Peter’s behavior in the Gospel records. He is so impetuous, seemingly so ready to stand with Christ and declare his loyalty to him. Of all the Apostles, he is the most endearing, perhaps because, more than any of the others, he is willing to go on record, to act at once, rather than wait to see which way popular opinion was trending. No doubt, because of this characteristic, the Gospels record Peter doing three great things: making a great claim, making a great boast, and making a great error. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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How Secret are our Thoughts?

Would you be comfortable in the presence of someone who could read your mind? Some of us go to great lengths to make what we hope would be a good impression on others. Some businesses even employ people whose sole responsibility is to keep a good image of the company before the eyes of the public, and, if for any reason the company is caught doing something illegal or has produced a product that has hurt the public or the environment, these public relations employees try to turn the negative publicity into something positive or at least something less damaging to their company’s image. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2011 in Jesus, Woman at the well

 

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The One… Whom You do not Know!

John’s testimony was that there stood One among the Jews whom they did not know (John 1:26). This One was he who was preferred above John. It was he whose shoe John was unworthy to unloose; that is to say that John was not worthy to unloose that One’s shoes in order to wash his feet (the task for the lowest household servant). This One would come and baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire! His winnowing fork was in his hand… gathering the wheat into his barn, while the chaff he burns with unquenchable fire (Matthew 3:11-13). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2011 in Gospel, Jesus, Religion

 

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