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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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The Wilderness Experience and Eternity

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The meaning of the Feast of Tabernacles has to do with where I see my permanent dwelling – this world, or Christ. My life is not one of self-denial but choosing the joy of Christ over the hazards of this world. Notice the language in the Scripture: “…if he gain the whole world…” and “whosoever will preserve his life” and “whosoever shall be ashamed of Me” (Luke 9:24-26). All these things occur when one becomes attached to the world, seeking to make this world and all its comforts, gadgets and status symbols one’s permanent dwelling. We are called to leave this world behind. Jesus’ disciples have no stake here. That is, we have no investment in this world. We look for a city to come, made without hands. Our investment is in Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Overcome by the World!

The land of Canaan was situated between two ancient empires: Egypt and Mesopotamia. Whoever controlled Canaan would maintain a monopoly on international trade or at least control how much of it went on. I find it interesting that the Middle East still maintains that position. Its oil reserves fuel the world’s commerce, and the price placed upon a barrel of oil could have great consequences, not only in international trade, but also how much commerce is conducted in any one nation! Something similar to this went on in Abram’s day and after him. The trade routes between Egypt and Mesopotamia ran through Canaan. Therefore, whoever controlled this land bridge between the two great continents grew rich by levying taxes or fees for the good going through the land. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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