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Fishers of Men

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Up until Jesus entered Peter’s boat, Luke shows us how men failed Jesus. They seemed to want to control him and use him for their own ends, like one would a powerful resource. In Nazareth he was met with unbelief, and when Jesus tried to show them the consequences of their unbelief (Luke 4:23-27), they sought to kill him (Luke 4:28-29). The Lord is not a lifeless commodity or spiritless resource we need to control. Just as we enjoy our freedom, so God enjoys his. He doesn’t force us to choose his way, so we shouldn’t seek to compel God to do our will (viz. “naming it and claiming it”). Our simple trust is all he requires. God must be free to give us a negative reply, if our relationship with him is to go anywhere. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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I Am a Sinful Man Oh Lord!

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Often those people who wish to tell us that there is more than one way to God are actually irreligious people. They neither attend any religious service regularly (Christian or otherwise) or show any concern for God and his ways, other than to parrot the claim that more than one road leads to God. It is astonishing that they are taken so seriously. In any other way of life they would be brushed off as ignorant people who have no idea about what they claim. Would a doctor take a stone mason’s remedy for cancer seriously? Would an astronomer take into consideration what a man told him about the moon, simply because the man owned a pair of field glasses? Would the star quarterback on the losing team in the Super Bowl believe what the Monday-morning-quarterbacks claimed went wrong in the game, just before they got into their vans to deliver their company’s goods to the local stores? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Word of God Grew and Prevailed

In Acts 19:20 Luke sums up the fifth section of his thesis by saying: “So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.” It almost seems out of place here before the riot later in the chapter, but it isn’t. Paul’s 3rd recorded missionary journey is not yet complete, but Luke uses what is already said to sum up what turns out to be Paul’s mission to the world in the name of the Kingdom of God as a free man. A glance backward would show us that Luke sums up his entries into his thesis at the conclusion of conflicts—either within the Church (Acts 6:7; 16:5; 19:20) or in respect to the unbelieving community (Acts 9:31; 12:24; 28:30-31). Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Spiritual Warfare!

I hesitate to bring this subject up, but I feel I must. I believe there is much misunderstanding within Christian circles when we come to the subject of demons. I don’t believe there is one behind every tree to try to cause men to sin. I believe some things attributed to them have to do with something going wrong at birth or some such thing and are perfectly understandable in the natural realm. Most of the evil committed by men result from our own captivity to the flesh. We cannot pass the buck and say: “The devil made me do it!” It just isn’t so. However, there are some things that cannot easily be explained in this manner and one of those matters has to do with territorial expansion as it pertains to the Gospel. Jesus encountered this when he decided to enter into the Decapolis and the one called Legion met him. After he was rebuked the territory welcomed the Gospel, but not immediately. It was after Jesus returned there at a later time. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2011 in Spiritual Warfare

 

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