Monthly Archives: June 2014

Luke 13:33-35 — What God longs to do, what he won’t do, what he can’t do

This is one of the more poignant portions of scripture.  After dealing with the Pharisees, Jesus weeps, O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children … Continue reading

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Luke 13:31-33 — Refusing to give in to fear

It is very easy to tell other people not to be afraid, it’s another thing to live it.  Yet, that is exactly what Jesus did. Some Pharisees came up to him saying, Leave this place and go somewhere else.  Herod wants … Continue reading

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Luke 13:22-30 — Before it’s too late

None of us like to think about hell.  And none of us like the idea that anyone is going to hell.  We’d like to think that everyone (or almost everyone) will go to heaven someday. Perhaps that’s the feeling this … Continue reading

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Luke 13:20-28 — The need to be watchful

I wrote on this passage when we came across it in Matthew (the same illustration is used twice, though probably on different occasions). The more I look at it, however, I wonder if perhaps Jesus didn’t mean something else than … Continue reading

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John 10:22-42 — When seeing is not believing

A lot of times, people say, “I’ll believe in God if he appears to me and talks to me.”  There is a fatal flaw with this line of reasoning.  God did appear.  He did talk to us.  He walked among … Continue reading

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Luke 13:10-17 — To set people free

Old ways of thinking die hard.  You’d think that by now, the Jewish leaders would start to understand that healing on the Sabbath was not wrong.  They had tried time and again to argue the point with Jesus, and time … Continue reading

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Luke 13:1-9 — Taking a hard look at ourselves

I suppose it’s only natural that after Jesus talked about the need for being reconciled to God before the coming judgment, that someone would bring up an incident that had just happened.  Apparently, the Roman governor Pontius Pilate had just … Continue reading

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Luke 12:54-59 — Reconciling ourselves with God

It’s been interesting going through the gospels and looking at the teachings of Jesus, because as I’ve mentioned before, Jesus often repeats what he says, but in different contexts. In the Sermon on the Mount, he admonished the people to … Continue reading

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Luke 12:49-53 — The fire of the gospel

Fire can be a terrifying thing, especially in a forest.  The speed with which it can spread and the damage it can cause can be incredible.  But fire can also do positive things for a forest. Among other things, fire … Continue reading

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Luke 12:35-48 — Being ready

Jesus closes up his warnings against hypocrisy, greed, and desiring the things of this world with one last admonition.  Be ready for his return. He told his disciples, Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like men waiting … Continue reading

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Luke 12:13-34 — What this life is all about

What is this life all about? So many people wander about lost because they don’t know.  Often times they search for meaning in money, possessions, and things. That’s what the man who asked Jesus to judge between he and his … Continue reading

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Luke 12:13-21 — When our time comes

Our life is fragile.  And in an instant, it can be taken from us.  Whether it be in a car accident, an earthquake, or whatever it may be. And on that day, when we see God, what will he say … Continue reading

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Luke 12:1-8 — Undercover Christian

I remember hearing a comedy sketch one time about an “undercover Christian.”  Someone for whom his faith was “a personal thing.”  Something he kept to himself. But Jesus has another word for an undercover Christian.  A hypocrite.  An actor.  Someone who … Continue reading

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Luke 12:4-7 — Fear, fear not

Just a brief note concerning this blog:  for the teachings of Jesus, if he repeated things (as he often did), I may or may not comment on the things he repeated, depending on if God brings something new to light … Continue reading

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Luke 12:1-3 — Hypocrisy

It’s interesting to me how Jesus used the same illustrations to bring out different points.  This passage is an example. Earlier, when he had sent his twelve disciples out, he talked about how everything concealed would be revealed, and how … Continue reading

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Luke 11:47-54 — When actions speak louder than words

One of the things that the teachers of the law and the Pharisees did was pay lip service to the prophets.  They even built tombs to honor them, basically saying, “We really respect these guys.  If it had been us, … Continue reading

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Luke 11:45-46 — The problem with legalism

From blasting the Pharisees, Jesus turned to the teachers of the law.  Why? Jesus told them, And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will … Continue reading

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Luke 11:37-44 — What’s in the heart

In this passage, Jesus give a blistering criticism of the Pharisees.  And basically what it came down to was what was in their hearts. The Pharisees looked so good on the outside.  They were so careful to keep the law. … Continue reading

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Luke 10:38-42 — What Jesus really wants

This is another one of my favorite stories, I suppose because it shows us something that’s easy to forget. Martha opens up her home to Jesus, but then promptly neglects him.  Why?  Because she’s too busy trying to “serve” him. … Continue reading

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Luke 10:25-37 — Going beyond the head knowledge

As I look at this passage, there is one more thing that strikes me. This is a story about three people that knew God’s word very well.  One, of course, was real (the expert in the law), and two were … Continue reading

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Luke 10:25-37 — To love in deed and truth

As I read this passage, the words of John spring to mind when he said, Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.  (I John 3:18) We see this in the “Good Samaritan.” … Continue reading

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Luke 10:1-24 — Ask…then go!

In this passage, we see Jesus not only sending out the 12 disciples, but 72 others.  And he gives them pretty much the same instructions that he had given the 12 when he first sent them out. But it’s the first few … Continue reading

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John 10:1-21 — The good shepherd

Here we see a beautiful picture of Jesus’ relationship with us.  And he paints the picture with the imagery of a shepherd  and his sheep. He said, The sheep listen to [the shepherd’s] voice.  He calls his own sheep by … Continue reading

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John 10:1-10 — The Gate

Many people wonder, “Why does Jesus have to be the only way to God?” The short answer:  because he said so. Jesus told the people, I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by … Continue reading

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John 9:39-42 — When you think you know it all

The irony in this passage is very thick. The man who had been blind could see who Christ really was and worshiped him.  The people who could see all their lives, couldn’t recognize who Jesus was though he was standing right in front … Continue reading

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John 9 — A picture of salvation

After Jesus healed this man blind from birth, it caused quite a stir as we see in this chapter.  But through this story, we see a beautiful picture of salvation. We see, first of all, that this man was blind from … Continue reading

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John 9:1-5 — Why did this happen to me?

Sometimes, bad things happen to people, and they wonder, “Why did this happen to me?  Is God punishing me for something I did?” There are times when God will let us go through suffering because of our sin.  But I … Continue reading

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John 8:37-47 — Whose child are you?

Things get pretty acrimonious in this exchange between Jesus and the Jews.  And it came down to this question, “Whose child are you?” It was a question that swirled around Jesus, and it’s possible that when the Jews protested, “We … Continue reading

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John 8:31-36 — The truth that sets free

Many times, people look at the “rules of Christianity,” and feel that they are so binding.  That they couldn’t enjoy life if they followed them. But when Jesus tells us how we should live, he doesn’t do so to bind us … Continue reading

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John 8:12-58 — The one who brings light and life

A lot of people in this world are lost.  They seek a good life.  A good marriage.  A good job.  And most of all, joy and peace.  And yet, somehow, these things elude them.  People have been like this ever … Continue reading

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