Sunday, April 25, 2021

ACTS 8 = PHILIP AND THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH Bible Background: This is not the strangest story in the Bible, but it is crazy-in a wonderful way-how this encounter happens, and how the circle of those following the risen Christ grows bigger and bigger! Philip is one of the 7 deacons,...
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Sunday, April 11, 2021

LUKE 24:13f=THE WALK TO EMMAUS Bible Background: Luke alone records this story of the 1st Easter afternoon. Emmaus is about 7 miles from Jerusalem. Two followers of Jesus (two men? a couple?) are getting out of town after an awful weekend of Roman crucifixions. It appears that...
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Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021

PASSION OF OUR LORD ACCORDING TO LUKE 1. As you know, the stories of Jesus arrest, trial, crucifixion, burial, and resurrection are told a bit differently in each of the 4 gospels. Of the 4, Luke approaches this as an historian, trying to write an orderly, believable account, so...
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Sunday, March 14, 2021

LUKE 16 – SOME WARNINGS TO THE RICH Bible Background: Luke sees wealth as a ‘spiritual barometer’. How you got it, what you do with it, means everything. Jesus warns “You cannot serve God and wealth.” The Pharisees are accused (perhaps wrongly) of...
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Sunday, February 28, 2021

LUKE 13 TIME TO REPENT Bible Background: We’ve skipped over chaps. 11-12, where Jesus teaches about persistence in prayer; tangles with the scribes and pharisees; casts out demons; points out the Rich Fool; and teaches how to not worry. Keep in mind, that his ‘face is...
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Sunday, February 21, 2021

LUKE 10:25-42 WHO ACTED AS A NEIGHBOR? Bible Background: Luke 10 is the chapter after Jesus ‘sets his face to go to Jerusalem’. This section is special to Luke (meaning that Matthew and Mark do not have this series of stories). Jesus has sent the 70 on their mission;...
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Sunday, February 7, 2021

LUKE 7=JESUS HEALS AND RESTORES LIFE! Bible Background: Since last week’s controversy in the synagogue, Luke’s account tells of Jesus teaching the crowds (Sermon on the Plain), with special emphasis on “love your enemies”, “do not judge”, and...
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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Luke 5 = The First Disciples Bible Background: Since being driven out of Nazareth, Jesus has been teaching and healing around the Sea of Galilee. Jesus has been to Peter’s house and healed his mother-in-law. Now, he gets into a boat to teach the crowds, and reveals his...
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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Luke 4:14-30 Jesus in the Hometown Synagogue+Trouble! Bible Background: At Jesus’ baptism, we met the ‘grown-up’ Jesus in his first ‘public’ appearance. Then the Spirit led him into the wilderness for 40 days of testing. Now, he begins his ministry...
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Sunday, January 10, 2021

JOHN THE BAPTIST + BAPTISM OF JESUS + LUKE 3 Bible Background: John the Baptist appears and acts like one of the prophets. He attracts people and gets their attention! Jesus and John are cousins. John issues a call to real repentance, as in: “Turn your life towards...
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