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Luke 23 - Preparation Day

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At the end of this reading, we learn the day of Jesus' death was "Preparation Day." This is Christmas preparation day for many of us. What better way to prepare to celebrate our Savior's birth than to remember that he willingly went to the cross for us. Immanuel, God with us, is also the God for...

Luke 22 - Humbled in the Upper Room

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This chapter will humble you as you join the disciples in the upper room and ask questions about yourself: Have I, a follower of Jesus, betrayed him like Judas? Have I denied him like Peter? Have I thought of myself greater than others? Have I grown weary and fallen into temptation? The...

Luke 21 - Seeing Life Differently

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Jesus gives us different perspectives. A few comments causes us to change the way we look at offerings, at beautiful buildings, and the pleasures of life. But knowing Jesus also gives us a different perspective on the end of the world. As we see the signs fulfilled, we can eagerly look forward...

Luke 20 - Challenges in the Temple Courts

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Jesus spent the last few days of his public ministry teaching in the temple courts, where centuries of animal sacrifices pictured the One great sacrifice that could truly pay for sins. Here, where the Messiah should have been welcomed, he was rejected just as the Scriptures foretold. What...

Luke 19 - The Advent of the King!

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When the King enters, things change! You see it in Zacchaeus' life. The parable of the minas teaches it. It is evident in the Pharisees' reaction on Palm Sunday. Even so, come quickly, King Jesus, into our hearts and change us into your likeness.Remember: Tomorrow evening at 5 & 7 pm...

Luke 18 - Have mercy on me!

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"How sorry do I need to be?" a fellow pilgrim through Luke asked recently. Am I sorry enough for my sins?The simple answer is, "No, we are never 'sorry enough' for our sins." We are nearly blind to the power of sin in our lives. There is the Pharisee and the Rich Ruler in all of us. And so...

Luke 17 - Noah, Sodom, Lot's Wife

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The flood, the destruction of Sodom by fire from heaven, and Lot's wife turning into a pillar of salt - these are all impossible things. Why do we believe them? Because Jesus did. Notice he references all of them as historical events. The fact that our God did those "impossible things"...

Luke 16 - A friend knows your name

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Lazarus had nothing except this: He has a Friend in heaven who knows him by name. The rich man had everything, but no one knows his name.The story at the end of the chapter illustrates Jesus' point in the first half of the chapter. We are to use our worldly wealth to make friends who will...

Luke 15 - 4 Lost, 3 Found

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Notice in verses 1 & 2 that Jesus is speaking to a mixed crowd. The lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son offer comfort to "tax collectors and sinners." Three lost, three found. But there was another "lost son," the one who resented his father's mercy. The parable ends with an...

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