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Jesus’ Command to Make Friends

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Jesus told his disciples in Luke 16:9 to make friends with the mammon of unrighteousness, so that when you fail, i.e. when you die, they may receive you into everlasting habitations! Who are the they to whom Jesus refers? Most folks believe that the ones who receive us into everlasting habitations are those we have gained for the Lord, but this doesn’t seem plausible. Consider that the one who brings another to the Lord is often older than the one who believes at his teaching or preaching. It would reasonably be expected that the older believer would go to be with the Lord before the younger. How then could the younger receive the older into everlasting habitations? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 5, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Would-be Followers of Jesus

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As Jesus journeyed toward Jerusalem, a certain man volunteered to follow him wherever he went (Luke 9:57). According to Matthew, this certain man (Luke 9:57) was a Jewish scribe / rabbi (Matthew 8:19-20). News of Jesus’ victories at Jerusalem during the Feast of Tabernacles seemed to make Jesus untouchable. Many of the rulers of the synagogues believed on Jesus, but they feared to publicly announce their positions for fear of ostracism and their positions in the synagogue being taken away by the Pharisees and other Jewish authorities (cf. John 12:42-43). Nevertheless, news of Jesus healing a man born blind and a child born a demoniac seemed to turn the tide of public opinion. Even the authorities began to think Jesus was now unstoppable. Therefore, there was no time like the present to stand with him. Who would dare say or do anything against Jesus now? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Love’s Winning Way

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I was struck once as a member of a prayer group, praying for dozens of teams of two, leaving our church to canvas neighborhoods in nearby communities.[1] Their intent was to tell people of a certain evangelistic event coming to our church, hoping folks would agree to come and witness the affair. I recall that some training of the teams was given, but the thing that really stands out in my mind was the statement in the training exercise that, if we speak to ‘x’ number of people, a specific percentage of ‘x’ will come to the event. I wondered, “…where is the Holy Spirit in this labor?” After all, if the law of chance is able to predict the outcome of a given exercise, do we really need God to bring about what we know will occur? How would my praying affect the expected outcome? If I fall from a precipice, the law of gravity will bring me to the ground; I can pray that God will save me from the fall, but I don’t need to pray that God will do what gravity is expected to do. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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