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Good and Evil in God’s Kingdom

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In Luke 12:29-30 Jesus told his disciples not to doubt that our Father knows what we need. We are not to act like the nations whose lives are dictated by the necessities of life. No matter what the undertaking, a nation or its leaders will not make a move without knowing that they could reasonably expect success in that project. And, the planning of that undertaking would be dictated by an adequate supply of food and drink, and tools necessary for its successful completion. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 3, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Righteous Living and the Rich Fool

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While Jesus taught his disciples, a man in the crowd asked him to tell the man’s brother to share the inheritance with him (Luke 12:13). Often questions of one’s worth come at a time of death or when one is writing his last will and testament. Some may say this man is or was worth millions. Of another, some may conclude that he wasn’t worth much at all! Yet, of the two who is to say which one enjoyed life more? Who, by taking into account only the accumulation of tangible wealth, could say for certain which of the two lived a richer life. Wealth can buy many desirable things, but it can’t buy love, long life or peace. Even the poorest of men could enjoy all three of these, so one’s worth in this context cannot be accurately put into tangible terms. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Power—Power! Where’s the Power?

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At the end of the day the picture of the babe Jesus held in his arms, as he taught to his disciples, (Mark 10:15-16) is the one which most astonishes me.[1] No one shall enter God’s Kingdom until he receives it as a child—as the babe Jesus held in his arms! How are we able to conquer the world—to wage war against the kingdom of evil—with the strength of a babe? Are we not sent into the world to preach the Gospel to the nations? Where’s that power to come from? Certainly Jesus couldn’t mean the Gospel goes out into the world without any power whatsoever. Well, no, he doesn’t mean that, but what does he mean? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2015 in Jesus

 

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Paul and Roman Benevolence

I believe it would be a mistake to presume that, because Luke shows in the next few chapters that Rome believes Paul was innocent of the charges brought against him, he means to show Rome as a benevolent or just Empire. It was not, and it certainly was not so toward Christianity during the next few centuries. Nor was it true of Felix, who not only wouldn’t release Paul without receiving a bribe (Acts 24:26), but left Paul’s case unresolved after he was replaced by Festus and sent to Rome to answer charges leveled against him by the Jewish authorities (Acts 24:27).[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Kingdom of God, Paul in bonds

 

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Wolves Shall Come in Among You

I used to wonder, at times, what it would look like if a wolf in sheep’s clothing entered my church or perhaps my denomination. Does anyone else think of these things? I think it must be important, because both Jesus and Paul and every other writer in the New Testament warn of men entering the flock of Christ in order to steal people away for themselves. If the idea weren’t worth mentioning, why would this warning be given by every writer in the New Testament, and wouldn’t it be naive to simply brush it off, saying ‘it could never happen to me’? Read the rest of this entry »

 

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