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The Temple, The Tribulation, and The Tree. Look Up (Part 1)

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series The Gospel of Luke

“Stop the world, I want to get off!” The “Brexit”, ISIS, Email Servers, Trump, Clinton, Taxes, Obamacare, The supreme Court, Gun Control, Hunger, the Zika Virus, The planets lining up, Four “blood moons”, War in Iraq, War in Afghanistan, Tensions rising in the far east, Russian jets doing flybys of our ships, earthquakes in Japan, LA, Ecuador, and all over the globe; Islamic terrorism, Tornados, Tsunami’s, Hurricanes, Famine, and on and on the list goes. Then we’ve got our own little personal crisis we go through. How are we supposed to respond when the world seems like it’s unraveling? For the Christian, the answer is very different than for the non-Christian. While the non-Christian might reasonably wring their hands in fret and worry; Quite simply the Christian is told to Look Up, not in a “Defy the world” kind of way, but in an eager expectation of our coming king. Christians, we are not given the pass to fret and worry. With every day we draw closer to the culmination of all things in Christ! In today’s extended passage from Luke 21:5-36, Jesus uses three items to speak about his impending return and he gives us a framework for our reaction to His return as well as the state of […]

Luke 20:27-40 God of The Living

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series The Gospel of Luke

In 1901, Dr. Duncan MacDougall believed that the human soul had mass and could be measured. So he developed an experiment in which dying patients were weighed during death. Six patients were weighed at death and he reported ¾ of an ounce were lost. His findings were made suspect however when another physician pointed out that natural events such as perspiration at the time of death would more than account for ¾ of an ounce. I don’t know if the human soul actually has mass, though I do not think so. But we do believe that we have more than a body, we also have a soul. And that soul will live forever. Please stand as you are able and hear God’s word: Luke 20:27-40. The Saducees Once again the enemies of Christ are standing around Him as his final week progresses. The legal attack launched by the spies failed, it was time for a Theological attack. We know about the Pharisees: Strong on tradition and certain of their works based righteousness. The Sadducees however rejected the role of tradition altogether. Further they restricted the authority of scripture giving the most weight to the five books of Moses (Called the Pentateuch). The Pharisees and Sadducees were not fond of each […]

Death and Taxes

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series The Gospel of Luke

Death and Taxes. They are unavoidable. How many of you rejoiced when the middle of April came around again and you filed your paperwork with your Uncle Sam? Note too many of us. How deeply we would all love for God to tell us that it was right to not pay these onerous taxes which will invariably be used to pay for abortions, fund planned parenthood, line the pockets of corrupt politicians and their bedfellows, support causes and programs we could never support as Christians, enforce the LGBTQ agenda, and even increase the capacity of government to strip away more God given freedoms and lead our country further into decay. If my taxes will be used to fund such debauchery should we pay them? What then if we were to discover that our taxes are being used to further the belief that our president is a deity, or to support lavish orgies, and the wrongful enslavement of other cultures? For these were issues added to our own which were faced by the first century Jews as at the point of a sword they were forcibly taxed and made to pay the wicked Roman empire. As a result a great argument raged over whether or not it was right to pay […]