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Luke 14 - Challenges that humble us

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"Those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples." Challenges like this humble us and make us realize that it is truly by grace that you and I have been invited to the heavenly banquet. God grant us "ears to hear!" Attached is a picture you can post to social...

Luke 13 - Trees, Oxen, Seeds, Yeast, Doors

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Jesus was constantly using the objects around him to teach lessons about the kingdom of God. What can trees that don’t bear fruit, oxen that need water, yeast and narrow doors teach us about the kingdom of God? Each is memorable. Each is like a puzzle that Jesus invites us to ponder to...

Luke 12 - Live with the End in View

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What we do in secret will be revealed. Wealth that seems so important will be gone. There will be an accounting of our faithfulness. These are warnings to live with the end of the world in view.Your hairs are numbered. The Father has given us the kingdom. Faithfulness will be remembered. These...

Luke 11 - Be Bold!

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Be bold in prayer! Your Father knows how to give you the best gifts. He wants to hear your prayers.Be bold when Satan attacks. Our King is more powerful than our enemy.Be bold in seeking your Savior's blessing. "Blessed are they who hear the Word of God..." May the Holy Spirit give us...

Luke 10 - Don't Get Distracted

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Don't get distracted. That was Jesus' message to the 72. Focus on the ministry. Don't waste time greeting anyone. The harvest is plentiful! Don't get distracted. But we can become so busy that we forget our calling to love. Learn a lesson from the Good Samaritan.Don't get...

Luke 9 - Looking at Death from the Heights

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For those of you who check the time I send this email, I'm sending it very late because I just got home from a police chaplain call, comforting a family in the face of death. The reading for today is very fitting.In Luke 9 we see the height of Jesus' popularity in the feeding of the 5000 and his...

Luke 7 - Powerful and Amazing!

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Jesus is amazed by the faith of the centurion. The crowds are amazed when he raises the dead. We are amazed that such a powerful Messiah didn’t rescue John the Baptist from trouble, and often allows us to suffer as well. Most of all, let us be amazed at his mercy. God...

Luke 5

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Fishermen, lepers, tax collectors, sinners. Jesus "has brought down rulers from their thrones. He has lifted up the lowly" (Luke 1:52 EHV), just as his mother Mary sang in the Magnificat. May this reading humble us. May this reading lift us up in our lowliness. Jesus can use even someone...

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