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WWJD?

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As the pressures upon Jesus increased, he sought solitude and prayer with his Father (Luke 6:12-19) and chose to fellowship intimately with twelve men, whom he called apostles. He chose these from certain men who followed him. They were with him and shared his troubles (Luke 22:28). As I consider this Scripture, I have to wonder how willing I am to share in Jesus troubles today. I fellowship with him, and he knows my deepest secrets, but how willing am I to know his? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Unveiling a Paradox

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And it came to pass in those days… (Luke 6:12), that is, in the context of my present study those days fall within the seven day festival of the Feast of Tabernacles. In the larger context it needs to be remembered that all of these days mentioned in Luke 4-5 incorporate the days in which Jesus was in the wilderness of people (Ezekiel 20:35), being tempted on three fronts: to give the people what they wanted—when they wanted it (Luke 4:3), to perform miracles according to the will of those demanding the signs (Luke 4:9-11), and to take the reins of leadership by force (Luke 4:5-7) and, through such mighty power, to compel men (including enemies) to obey. During those days Jesus craved communion with his Father, where he was fed (spiritually), while he remained in the wilderness of people—a wilderness of unbelief. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Choosing the Twelve

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It seems that the selection of the twelve disciples who would be called Apostles, came only after the Jewish authorities initial opposition and rejection of Jesus. I don’t mean to imply that the selection of the Apostles was an afterthought, or that Jesus was initiating plan-b, but I do believe that, before Jesus chose who his representatives would be, it had to be shown that the leaders of the nation had rejected him. Therefore, he chose the Twelve to be with him out of a larger number of disciples. These would be the ones in whom he would entrust the success of his own ministry to the nation. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Luke’s Preface

Ceartanty of Jesus

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There have been many presumptions made about the author of Luke’s Gospel narrative, and about how he formulated his narrative and what his purpose was with respect to his recipient, Theophilus, and by extension to us, Luke’s larger audience. It may be fun to explore these ideas further. I hope to do this not only by demanding proof of our more traditional assumptions about Luke and his labor in the Gospel, but also by presenting an alternative perspective that may fit the context of his work better. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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From Persecutor to Preacher

Conversion of Paul

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Paul persecuted the nascent Church, because he believed that the fact Jesus was crucified indicated both he and his message were cursed by heaven (Deuteronomy 21:23). One might conclude that not only was he responsible for Stephen’s death, but that he was also behind the first persecution of the Church (Acts 7:58-60; 8:1, 3). As a result of the posture Paul assumed toward believers in Jesus, he became the Jewish authorities’ go-to person to get the job done concerning putting down this new Jewish movement (Acts 9:1-2). He excelled where others failed (Galatians 1:14). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2015 in Galatians

 

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The Pharisees Who Believed

In Acts 15:5 Luke mentions the sect of the Pharisees implying that at least some believed. How should we understand this? I have to admit that I am very unwilling to account these Jews as unbelievers when the text says they are among those who believed. Yet, they are not presented in a very good light in the Gospel narratives, and I am coming to understand that neither does Luke present the sect in a good light in the Book of Acts. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Gospel, Jerusalem Council

 

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Barnabas and Paul in Iconium

When the missionary team was expelled from Pisidian Antioch by the civil rulers there, they traveled to Iconium and entered the local synagogue. An interesting point, at least to me, is that Luke doesn’t mention either Barnabas or Paul by name while they preached in Iconium. Luke refers to them always in the plural using the pronouns they or them, and once calls them apostles. In fact, if one reads only Luke’s record of the Iconium evangelistic effort without knowing what occurred before or afterward, the team would be anonymous. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Gospel, Paul's First Missionary Journey

 

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