Go and Do Likwise

Finishing what I started the other day.   Some who read this, won’t like it. Let him who has ears to hear, hear. Jesus responds to the lawyer who’s asked him “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”   He responds “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”  And he answered, “You […]

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Good Deeds

The parable of the Good Samaritan.  One of the three most famous parables Jesus ever told, all three of which, coincidentally, appear only in Luke.   The parable of the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, and the rich man and Lazarus.   These three parables have escaped the boundaries of the church, Christian teaching, or […]

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Fire From Heaven

Going to finish what I started in the last couple of messages..  I had made the statement that What happens at the start of his final journey to Jerusalem  is shocking,  if we will allow it to shock us.  I made this statement but never actually got to this point, so today I will get to the […]

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Winners and Losers

Luke 9:51 is a very important demarcation point in the gospel of Luke.   It almost seems as though it should be the start of a new chapter.  It is from this point that Jesus begins his final journey to Jerusalem.   Luke 9:51 to the triumphal entry in the middle of Luke 19, 10 […]

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Not Following Us?

Let’s see if I can keep it short and to the point today.   Looking at a quick couple of verses where a disciple is rebuked by Jesus.  Usually the disciple tripping over himself was Peter, poor Peter!!   But this time, we see the apostle a John, the life apostle, the self described disciple whom […]

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More on Labels

As Soren Kierkegaard said “Once you label me, you negate me”. One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s […]

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Soren Kierkegaard said “Once you label me, you negate me”.  In other words, once you put a label on me, you have reduced me to your label.  The story we are looking at today from Luke chapter 7 involving Jesus, a Pharisee, and a prostitute has much to do with labels.  Labels that we put […]

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Woe to You…

We began to look last time at Jesus’s Sermon on the Plain.   As we look at this sermon, as well as the Sermon on the Mount, we need to realize that these are sermons for changing the world.  Because despite our tendency to want Jesus to take us to heaven while leaving our world […]

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