Luke 8:26-39: Declare How Much God Has Done for You

1 Chronicles 12-14, Psalm 129, Luke 8:26-39, Colossians 3:1-14 Luke 8:26-39: Jesus now goes to the Gerasenes, which is “opposite Galilee” (8:26). Jesus has not just gone on a sailing trip, but has arrived to deal with the demoniac. This man was being tortured and traumatized by demon possession. Note again that the New Testament does make a…

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Luke 8:16-25: He Even Commands Winds and Waters

1 Chronicles 10-11, Psalm 128, Luke 8:16-25, Colossians 2:16-23 Luke 8:16-25: Three more moments that underline the power and importance of God’s Word. First, from verses 16-18 Jesus teaches in parabolic language about the importance of using God’s Word openly and boldly. You don’t light a lamp and then cover it up; in the same we are to…

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Luke 8:1-15: Good Soil

1 Chronicles 7-9, Psalm 127, Luke 8:1-15, Colossians 2:8-15 Luke 8:1-15: Jesus continues to preach and evangelize the kingdom of God. The twelve disciples are with him as are Mary, Joanna and Susanna. Mary had had “seven demons” cast out of her—a surely dramatic conversion. Joanna was from a more reputable background, indeed of high influence, the wife…

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Luke 7:36-50: Love Much

1 Chronicles 5-6, Psalm 126, Luke 7:36-50, Colossians 2:1-7  Luke 7:36-50: In many ways one of the most important stories in the Bible for clarifying the nature of the gospel today is in front of us this morning. A “woman of the city” who is a “sinner”—almost certainly together intended as euphemisms for a prostitute—comes to Jesus while…

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Luke 7:18-35: Wisdom Is Justified by Her Children

1 Chronicles 3-4, Psalm 125, Luke 7:18-35, Colossians 1:15-29 Luke 7:18-35: John asks his disciples to ask Jesus the question of the hour: are you “the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” Whether John at this moment is facing some extra doubt, or whether instead he is looking for this issue to be…

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Luke 7:11-17: Fear Seized Them All

1 Chronicles 1-2, Psalm 123-124, Luke 7:11-17, Colossians 1:1-14 Luke 7:11-17: Jesus’ astonishing miracles continue, this time raising a young man from the dead. Here in human flesh is the Lord of all glory, who is the resurrection and the life. Note that the “Lord saw” the widow (7:13). Jesus is not ignorant of our difficulties, does not…

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June 26-30, 2021

In keeping with the Bible reading plan we are using, the last days of each month are designated as “free days.” June 26-30 then are intended to allow you to catch up on reading you may have missed or to study passages more in depth that intrigued you during the first 25 days of the month.…

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Luke 7:1-10: Great Faith

2 Kings 24-25, Psalm 122, Luke 7:1-10, Philippians 4:14-23   Luke 7:1-10: This well-known story of the centurion’s faith is remarkable for several noteworthy reasons that those wishing to center their lives upon Christ may pay careful attention to. First of all, the centurion, a powerful military man, with the power of life and death at his command,…

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Luke 6:43-49: A Firm Foundation

2 Kings 22-23, Psalm 121, Luke 6:43-49, Philippians 4:8-13  Luke 6:43-49: As Jesus comes to the end of his famous sermon, he uses two illustrations to make two practical and profound concluding exhortations. First, he explains how it is that we are to obey Jesus without obedience itself being the defining characteristic, in a legalistic sense, of what…

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Luke 6:37-42: Speck and a Log

2 Kings 20-21, Psalm 120, Luke 6:37-42, Philippians 4:1-7   Luke 6:37-42: Jesus now comes to address the thorny question of human relationships—our tendency, in particular, to judge one another, to feel superior to each other, and to cast aspersions about each other’s moral performance and spirituality. In some ways, verse 37 these days is the most famous…

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