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Things That Make for Peace – Luke 19.41ff.

The recent killings in Charleston together with the daily reports of evil and injustice in our cities make the lament of Jesus personal. Luke records in 19.41ff. “As Jesus drew near [Jerusalem] and saw the city, he wept over it, … Continue reading

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“In a word, there is no doctrine preached in our churches but that which we openly profess.  As to controverted points, they are clearly and honestly explained in our confession, while everything relating to them has been copiously treated and … Continue reading

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Ready or Not (Luke 17.20-37)

I well remember the childhood game of hide and seek. It was really fun when the whole neighborhood would play. We called it “oolyoolyumpfree” or something like that. With a lot of kids playing it was always a challenge to … Continue reading

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Your Christmas Plan (Luke 1)

Christmas is just a few days away. Of course, when you read this it will be in your rear view mirror. The pressing concern of January is to plan and organize. With the holidays behind you, take time to debrief … Continue reading

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Christmas Party (Luke 15)

Let’s be honest. Christmas is about celebrations and parties. Who are we kidding? The connection between the birth of Christ in Luke 2 and the celebration stories of Luke 15 may not be so obvious to all, but it should … Continue reading

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A Great Celebration Coming (Luke 12.37)

Celebrations add so much to the enjoyment of the Autumn season.  Reformation Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day are upon us and call for great rejoicing. Most of us will include a memorable event to set such … Continue reading

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Teach Us to Pray (Luke 11.5-13)

Willingness is a very important element in all our choices. We like to think of our will as completely free to act. While it is true that our desires govern our actions, it must be admitted that desire can be … Continue reading

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Prayer for the Whole Life (Luke 11.1-4)

We have been studying “The Lord’s Prayer” as found in Luke’s gospel – Luke 11.1-4. I hope you have had the opportunity to follow our study through the past few months as we have looked at this very familiar prayer. … Continue reading

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Learning to Receive (Luke 11.1-4)

According to the Apostle Paul, Jesus said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” And yet the Lord’s Prayer as found in Luke’s gospel teaches us to ask and to ask expectantly.  Hence, we must learn to receive. … Continue reading

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Learning to Pray (Luke 11.1-4)

When you truly desire to learn something worthy of your time and effort, you will do well to turn to a teacher who actually practices the very thing that he teaches. It is evident from Luke’s gospel that Jesus taught … Continue reading

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As It Had Been Told (Luke 2.20)

I love a good story and Christmas provides many, some from the Bible and some not. The short story Let Nothing You Dismay by Ruth Harden is a favorite of mine with a winsome and humorous ending. The Biblical Christmas … Continue reading

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