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The final days of Jesus' earthly ministry

In today's reading we are led into the final days and hours before Christ's crucifixion. I always find these passages of scripture very sobering. May our wonderful Saviour continue to get the praise for what He has done for us!Luke 22: The Plot to Kill Jesus1 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover.2 And the chief ...
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The end of the world

Everyone loved John the Baptist. When the authority of Jesus was questioned He asked whether John's authority was from God or not. May we receive more authority from heaven and evidence to support the reality.Luke 20:The Authority of Jesus Challenged1 One day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priest...
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Parables of the kingdom

Luke is well known for the number of Parables that he has in his gospel. They all point to some aspect about the kingdom of God.Luke 18:The Parable of the Persistent Widow1 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.2 He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected m...
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One taken the other left

We all are tempted by something. Jesus was tempted, yet without sin. He tells us more about His kingdom. The temptation for us is to build our own.Luke 17: Temptations to Sin1 And he said to his disciples, "Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come!2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his...
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The lost will be found

Luke is noted for all the parables he lists that concern the kingdom of God. The parables in today's reading look at the kingdom of God as a whole as well as what it means personally as described by the lost sheep, coin and son. Praise the Lord for His salvation!Luke 14:Healing of a Man on the Sabbath1 One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house...
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Acknowledging Christ - brings division on earth, but peace with God

Christ continues to show His hearers the constant need of humanity. He preaches to the people, the kingdom of God and confirm His authority through signs and wonders. Be blessed.Luke 12: Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees1 In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began t...
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The prayer and promises of Jesus

Here is Luke's version of the Lord's prayer that Matthew also records. You will notice Luke's prayer records less. Jesus continues to teach and cast out demons as He walks towards Jerusalem.Luke 11: The Lord's Prayer1 Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John t...
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Jesus sends out the 12 and the 72

Jesus continues to confirm His titles of 'Healer' and 'Teacher' as He sends out the twelve, but He also speaks of His impending death. As we head into the Easter weekend pray about who to invite to our services on Friday and Sunday.Luke 9: Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles1 And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over ...
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Jesus - Lord of the Sabbath and Lord of all

Christ reveals more of His ministry and message as He proclaims the need for salvation being the greatest need for humanity. Be blessed.Luke 6:Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath1 On a Sabbath, while he was going through the grain fields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands.2 But some of the Pharisees said, "Why ...
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The temptation of Jesus

Identifying with fallen humanity, Christ was also tempted yet without sin. From this point He begins His public ministry.Luke 4:The Temptation of Jesus1 And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when ...
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Jesus is born and shows His wisdom as a boy

The birth of Christ fulfilled many OT prophesies. But there are many many to be fulfilled in His return. Luke 2: The Birth of Jesus Christ1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.3 And all went to be registered, each to his o...
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The mothers of Jesus and John the Baptist

We are back in the NT and looking at Luke for the next 3 weeks. Luke is very detailed in his gospel account of Christ and gives a thorough description of our Lord's earthly ministry through to the cross and resurrection.Luke 1:Dedication to Theophilus1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished...
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Saul and the witch of En-dor

Today we see the fruit of where spiritual low points lead us, in both the lives of Saul and David. Plenty here for the contemporary Christian to learn from as a result. Be blessed everyone.1 Samuel 28: Saul and the Medium of En-dor1 In those days the Philistines gathered their forces for war, to fight against Israel. And Achish said to David, "Unde...
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David runs to the Philistines

When we are fearful, especially for our lives we default to seeking security in areas where we not normally consider. Such was the case with David as he seeks shelter with the Philistines.1 Samuel 27:David Flees to the Philistines1Then David said to himself, "Now I will perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than to esca...
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Nabal, Abigail, Saul and David

Today we see that the prophet Samuel dies which puts an even greater focus on either David or Saul to lead as the spiritual leader passes.1 Samuel 25: The Death of Samuel1 Now Samuel died. And all Israel assembled and mourned for him, and they buried him in his house at Ramah. Then David rose and went down to the wilderness of Paran.David and Abiga...
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David confronts Saul

Question - How do you know the Lord is making you stronger in the faith? Answer - He puts you under trial so that your faith is tested and refined. This is the reality for David as we continue to follow his journey.1 Samuel 23:David Saves the City of Keilah1 Now they told David, "Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are robbing t...
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David on the run from Saul

Today we take a turn and start following David and his travels as he is prepared by the Lord to be king. He goes through his own 'wilderness wandering' experience as a result. Be blessed as you read.1 Samuel 21: David and the Holy Bread1 Then David came to Nob to Ahimelech the priest. And Ahimelech came to meet David trembling and said to him, "Why...
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Saul wants David dead

Today we see the difference between relationships that that are defined by blood as opposed to those that are defined by the Spirit. Saul and Jonathan show this difference in their relationship with David.1 Samuel 19: Saul Tries to Kill David1 And Saul spoke to Jonathan his son and to all his servants, that they should kill David. But Jonathan, Sau...
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David kills Goliath

Well, what would the rise of David be like without the story of David and Goliath. Surely, not complete. Today we read of this turning point in Israel's history and the events that led to David rising and Saul falling in the eyes of God and man.1 Samuel 17: David and Goliath1 Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle. And they were gathe...
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David anointed king

Today we see the beginning of the decline of Saul, but the rise of David. The Lord blesses faithfulness and humility. I am sure you have experienced the same.1 Samuel 15:The LORD Rejects Saul1 And Samuel said to Saul, "The LORD sent me to anoint you king over his people Israel; now therefore listen to the words of the LORD.2 Thus says the LORD of h...
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