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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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A Young Boy and Our Inner Life

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On the day following the day of his Transfiguration, Jesus returned to the city of Jerusalem from Mount of Olives (Luke 9:37). The disciples were already there (Mark 9:14). Evidently, Jesus had sent them ahead, as he lingered to pray on the mount. Months earlier Jesus had given them authority over demoniacs (Luke 9:1), but they could not cast out the demon from this little boy (Luke 9:40). Jesus rebuked them for their unbelief and healed the boy. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Peter’s Great Confession

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In Luke 9:20 we find that Peter claimed that Jesus was the “Christ of God!” This is the first time anyone has ever made that confession. Earlier the nameless multitudes claimed Jesus was the Prophet who should come (John 6:14), and earlier still even some of the disciples said Jesus was the Messiah (Christ). Peter’s brother, Andrew, told Peter he had found the Christ (John 1:41). About the same time Philip went to Nathanael to say he had found the one Moses said would come (John 1:45), and when Nathanael found Jesus he agreed (John 1:49). Yet, none of these were like Peter’s confession. Andrew repeated what John the Baptist had told him, and he, together with Philip and Nathanael were merely impressed with what Jesus said to them. They reacted to circumstance, but didn’t really think it all through in their hearts like Peter did. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jairus’ Heart

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One may understand from the reading of the Parable of the Sower, that the people who have a heart for Jesus (their hearts = “the good ground” – Luke 8:8, 15) are people who are also strong in their faith. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case when one considers the meaning in the light of what occurs later in chapter eight of Luke. Who would consider a recently healed demoniac as someone having strong faith? Moreover, consider the woman with an issue of blood for twelve years. It seems her understanding bordered on the occult rather than the Scriptures, and once she was healed, Jesus had to cause her to come forward and admit what had happened to her. Only when she did this was she able to receive a better understanding of what had occurred to her. These are not incidents of great faith, but weak faith. Nevertheless, they do represents the hearts that Jesus calls good ground in the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:8, 15). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Blessings and the Limitations of Men

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There are four parts to the parable in Luke 6:39. Luke mentions that Jesus spoke to the people as he began concluding his sermon on the plain. The parts are: the blind leaders, the speck in the eye, the good and bad tree and the man’s heart (Luke 6:39-45). The parable stands out as a warning both to those who would follow after men and to those who trust in themselves that they are able to lead and teach men. Moreover, the parable contrasts good and bad teachers, showing what men should look for, before they choose which leaders or teachers they believe and follow. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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No Room in the Inn!

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As I think about the scripture, Luke 2:7, I have to wonder about the inn’s metaphorical possibilities for today.[1] Some have told us that the inn concerns the heart of man. If there is no room in one’s heart for Jesus, that one has decided to live for himself, or at least live his life without consideration of God. Probably the heart, as a metaphor, is accurate, possibly the most accurate of all possibilities. However, I would like to consider a more objective or visible metaphor in which there is no room for Jesus. What would such a thing look like? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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Worldly Believers and Salvation

Both Abraham and Lot worshiped the same God, but their testimonies are very different. Abraham had the reputation of walking with God, in so far as God called him friend. But Lot’s position was not so exalted. He may have had high hopes of changing Sodom’s wicked direction to one that was more moral, but in the end he had to be “rescued… a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard” – see 2Peter 2:7-8 NIV). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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