Monthly Archives: July 2014

Luke 18:9-14 — Remembering our need for grace

It’s amazing how though times change, some things never do.  And in this passage, we see an example of this.  Luke writes, To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this … Continue reading

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Luke 18:1-8 — Keeping the faith through times of trial

It would be easy from looking at just the first verse to think that Jesus’ point is simply that we should keep praying and not give up when God seems slow to answer. This is most certainly true, but the … Continue reading

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Luke 17:20-37 — A sudden but certain judgment

After addressing the Pharisees on God’s kingdom, Jesus turns to his disciples with a word of warning. He told them that there would be times of trouble when they would long for his coming, and because of that, it would … Continue reading

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Luke 17:20-21 — Seeing God’s kingdom

Well, I’m back from vacation.  And straight into one of the more difficult passages to interpret. The Pharisees came to Jesus asking when God’s kingdom would come.  I’m not sure what they meant by that, but perhaps they were saying, … Continue reading

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Luke 17:11-19 — Grateful

Just a blogging note:  this will probably be my last blog for the next few days as I will probably be computerless over the last few days of my vacation. In this passage, we see ten lepers hanging out together … Continue reading

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John 11:45-57; 12:9-11 — Recognizing truth when we see it

I’ve mentioned the problem the Pharisees and the priests had where they saw all that Jesus said and did, and still did not believe.  It all comes to a head here.  Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, and there was absolutely … Continue reading

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John 11:23-44 — The one who calls forth the dead

Yes, we will eventually finish this chapter.  But not today.  It’s a passage that is so totally rich in truth. When Jesus told Martha that her brother would rise again, she said, I know he will rise again in the … Continue reading

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John 11:17-44 — Uncovering our pain before Jesus

So often in our lives, we go through pain and hurt, but instead of dealing with it, we bury it.  We try to ignore the pain.  Or we cover it over with other things, busyness, food, pleasure, or whatever else we can … Continue reading

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John 11:7-10 — Walking by the light

When Jesus made the decision to go back to Judea to see Lazarus, his disciples objected, saying, But Rabbi…a short while ago the Jews tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there?  (8) Jesus’ answer is very striking. … Continue reading

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John 11:1-45 — That we might believe

This is one of the most famous miracles Jesus performed, and I’ve spoken on it at church more than once.  But as I read it through this time, these words strike me: So that you may believe.   (15) We … Continue reading

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Luke 17:7-10 — Our attitude in service

We all like a pat on the back.  A “Well done” after we do something.  But is that why we serve?  For the praise of others?  For the praise of God even? Do we feel underappreciated when it doesn’t come? … Continue reading

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Luke 17:3-6 — Forgiveness

As I was reading this passage, something new struck me as I was reading the ESV. Jesus is, of course, talking about forgiveness here.  He said, If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.  (3 — … Continue reading

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Luke 17:1-3 — Causing others to fall

Just a quick note:  I’m currently on vacation back home in Hawaii.  So, I may or may not be blogging every day as usual.  We’ll see how things fall out. Speaking of falling, Jesus says here, Things that cause people … Continue reading

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Luke 16:19-31 — The reality of hell

Hell.  It is not the most pleasant of topics.  And yet Jesus taught on it.  And in this passage he makes it very clear that it exists, and what’s more, describes what it is like. First, it’s place of torment.  You … Continue reading

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Luke 16:19-31 — When we fail to prepare

This is one of the most graphic depictions of the afterlife, probably because it’s the most personal.  In particular, it is a graphic picture of what hell will be like. Many people think that this was an actual incident, the … Continue reading

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Luke 16:15-18 — Justifying ourselves

One major problem of the Pharisees was that they were so self-righteous.  They were so proud of keeping every little rule there was that they couldn’t see the sin that was so obviously there in their lives.  And when their … Continue reading

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Luke 16:13-15 — Who or what we serve

The god of Money is very big in our society.  Many people long for it.  They work for it.  They even give their lives for it.  But Jesus tells us here, No servant can serve two masters.  Either he will … Continue reading

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Luke 16:10-12 — Being faithful

While Jesus praised the dishonest manager in his story for at least planning for his future, he also criticized him, saying, Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little … Continue reading

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Luke 16:1-9 — Securing our future

Everyone desires security for their future.  But how many of us really plan for it?  Not just in terms of life here on earth, but in terms of eternity? This story Jesus tells is a very unusual one, because he … Continue reading

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Luke 15:11-24 — The extravagance of God’s grace

This is perhaps the most famous of Jesus’ parables in the Gospels.  Yet it must have been utterly shocking to the Pharisees. For here in this story was just the type of person they despised.  Here was a young man, … Continue reading

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Luke 15:1-10 — Seeking the lost? Condemning the lost?

In this passage, we see the one big difference between Jesus and the Pharisees.  And it is unfortunately one of the big differences between God and a lot of people that call themselves Christians today.  The Pharisees condemned those who … Continue reading

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Luke 14:25-35 — Counting the cost

As the large crowds followed Jesus, I wonder if Jesus was searching their hearts as to why they were following him? Were they following him because of the miracles?  Because of his great teachings?  Or was it truly because they … Continue reading

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Luke 14:15-24 — Excuses

In warning the Pharisees not to just assume they will enter the kingdom, Jesus, as he often did, told a parable. It was a story of how a man invited people to a great banquet.  In those days, they didn’t … Continue reading

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Luke 14:15-24 — When we reject Jesus

After Jesus mentioned how God would reward the generous in the resurrection of the righteous, one of the guests at the dinner said, Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.  (15) This man … Continue reading

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Luke 14:12-14 — Giving

As Jesus looked around the room, I wonder what kind of people he saw?  A lot of people were invited to this dinner, and I would guess that he was the only one who was not considered at least moderately … Continue reading

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Luke 14:7-12 — Humility

In this passage, we see a cultural issue that we don’t really see so often in Western culture, if at all.  Jesus noticed at the meal he was at, that people were jockeying for the best seat.  Generally, the person … Continue reading

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Luke 14:1-6 — Arguing people into belief

Jesus was not only a master teacher, he was a master debater.  We see it here, when once again he confronts the Pharisees with the “legality” of healing someone on the Sabbath. The thing that strikes me here is the … Continue reading

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