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A Cure for Hypocrisy

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In order to get Jesus away from an ever increasing number of people who had collected together to listen to him, a Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him at his home. What occurred came to be Jesus’ final address to the Pharisees in Luke’s narrative. Although he did speak with certain Pharisees later, Jesus never again addressed a group of them on matters the whole sect believed and practiced. Here in Luke 11:39-40, Jesus accused the Pharisees of being hypocrites, of appearing good to folks on the outside, while in reality their hearts were full of wickedness. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Friend Who Calls at Midnight

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In another parable Jesus tells of a friend who comes to another friend at midnight with a request. The friend who disturbs the other has no regard for himself, i.e. how he might appear to his friend, and he has little or no regard for his neighbor’s comfort (Luke 11:5-8). What seems to be all important is that he has a guest in his home, but he has nothing to set before him to express his hospitality. On the other hand the friend in bed has absolutely no desire to get out of bed. He has no interest in helping his friend. He just wants him to go away. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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When There Is No Freedom

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What is the believer’s responsibility when his freedom is taken away? This can occur, if one is forced into servitude (slavery), when one nation conquers another, when powerful, unmerciful men are in authority in civil and commercial institutions and one might add other examples. What is a Christian to do under such circumstances? I believe both Peter and Paul offer reasonable solutions to these questions when they speak of the haustafel codes pertaining to servants or slaves. While it may not be a popular solution in our modern society, we need to remember the New Testament speaks to those who have freely chosen to follow Christ, and such a choice involves bearing wrongful treatment without complaint. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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