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The Gospel Cannot Be Hid

LeavenThe Lord warns us that we need to beware of hypocrisy. What we are within will be made manifest to others. It is impossible for any of us to hide our true character forever. Eventually, God will bring all things hidden out into the open. The heart of the hypocrite is open to the Lord, and believers are no different. Our hearts, for good or for bad, are open to him as well. The implication Luke 12:1-12 is that the inner realm is much stronger than that of the outer. We cannot hide who we are. In Matthew 10:27, it is the Jesus who spoke in darkness, and what he said had to be proclaimed in the light. In Luke 12:3, it is we who speak in the darkness, and God, for honor or dishonor, will bring that to light as well. What the Lord whispers in our ears will be made public, and what we whisper in the ear of others cannot be hid. It must be made public. There is a power at work here that we are unable to see, but we are able to witness its effect. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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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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Forgive Us Our Trespasses

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While Jesus was in Jerusalem for his third Passover of his public ministry, he taught his disciples how to pray for the Kingdom of God. What we sometimes call the Our Father is that prayer, and we have come to its final four clauses, which probably should be taken together. In Luke 11:4 Jesus tells us to pray for the Father’s forgiveness over the sins that we have committed. At first this appears like a contradiction with respect to what Christ intends to do later. Aren’t our sins once and for all forgiven when we receive Christ as our Savior? Why, then, do we need to pray for forgiveness of our sins (Luke 11:4) whenever we pray to our Father (cf. Luke 11:2)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Our Father…

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Jesus taught the Apostles in Jerusalem, or more specifically on the Mount of Olives how to pray (Luke 11:1-4). Matthew, also, has Jesus teach a similar prayer to his disciples in Galilee near the beginning of his public ministry. In Matthew’s narrative Jesus teaches the Apostles on a mountain probably near Capernaum during what is called the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:9-13). Matthew places the context of Jesus’ prayer over against the ‘hypocrisy’ of those who love to be seen praying in public(Matthew 6:5-7). On the other hand, Luke has Jesus teach the Apostles this prayer, while they were in Judea celebrating the Passover. The context there was ignorance. The disciples came to Jesus in Luke, while Jesus called his disciples to him in Matthew. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Value of Principles to Our Faith

Our principles are not tested by how eloquently we speak of them or embrace them in the good times. Rather they are tested in evil times, when we are asked to choose between a principle and reputation, between a principle and honor or between a principle and comfort, peace or fair treatment. Abraham confessed that he was a pilgrim in the land of Canaan. In other words he didn’t identify himself with the Canaanites. However great or small their mutual respect went, Abraham had separated himself from them (cp. Genesis 17:10, 14), and this is the key to understanding Abraham’s desire to bury Sarah, his wife, in the land that was promised to him by God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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Fallen Women and Jesus

Have you ever noticed how Jesus was not afraid to be associated with women of questionable moral character? Mary Magdalene was someone out of whom he had cast 7 demons (Mark 16:9). We don’t know exactly what that meant, but certainly Mary Magdalene was not someone who had graced the lists of high society in her day. Then there was the woman in Luke 7:36-50. Simon the Pharisee was appalled with Jesus’ obvious acceptance of her gestures of affection. Additionally, how can we forget the protection and mercy Jesus offered the woman caught in adultery? When everyone else condemned her, Jesus judged everyone else and saved the adulterous women. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2011 in Jesus, Woman at the well

 

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The World Hates God Because of my Religion!

It’s true, you know, the world does, indeed, hate God because my religion. Earlier we spoke of the “bad guys” who pushed the truth away and with it God, himself, but Paul poses the question: “…am I any better?” According to the Scriptures I am just as guilty as anyone else. You are, too, whoever is reading this. There is no escaping the fact that we all have something to hide. We all have those dirty closets we like to keep locked, so no one sees what is in them. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2010 in Christianity, Religion

 

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