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How Shall We Then Live?

Luke 19:11-27 In this Parable of the Minas, we are reminded that the kingdom in all its fullness is not yet, and that Christ’s followers are to faithfully “invest the gospel” that it might grow until the time he returns. The Nobleman in the parable represents Jesus who is about to go on a long journey in order to receive a kingship.…

Redemption and Transformation

Luke 19:1-10 The account of Zacchaeus and Jesus reminds us that Jesus did indeed come to seek and save the lost. When we meet Zacchaeus he is far from living up to his name, which means “Righteous One.” In reality, Zacchaeus was morally deficient (he loved money while using people); he was spiritually disadvantaged (by his riches – for it is easier…

Open My Eyes, Lord!

Luke 18:31-43 As Jesus continues on his way to Jerusalem, he pulls the apostles aside and tells them what awaits him in Jerusalem. He first states that what was going to happen was to fulfill the prophecies in the Old Testament, and then he tells them some particulars (the Son of Man will be “delivered over to the Gentiles and will be…

How to Have Eternal Life

Our passage today takes us back to the very important and foundational truth that it is not our works that earn our salvation or that keep our salvation – it is not our righteousness that gains us eternal life – it is all about what Christ has done – it is all about his work on our behalf – and this can only be received by faith.

Satan – How the Enemy Works

Job 1:6-2:10 Scripture blames Satan, rather than God, for bringing trouble on Job.  The text shows that the devil and his demons work through both human governments and natural events.  The spiritual forces of wickedness have many tools to use against God’s people, and they pulled out all the stops against Job.  We should not blame God when evil comes, because God…

Angels – Pointing us to Christ

Ezekiel 1:4-28 This is the second sermon in our mini-series on Angels and Demons.  Here we see Ezekiel’s vision of cherubim, which are very different than we often think of angels.  Ezekiel describes them as big, and powerful, and glorious.  These four-faced creatures, with giant wheels next to them, filled Ezekiel with wonder.  Yet we also see that these cherubim point to…

Knowing Our Need for Mercy

Luke 18:9-14 Luke tells us Jesus is speaking in this parable particularly to those who were filled with self-righteousness and who looked on others with contempt. It is a familiar parable to us, and therefore it is easy to see others in this parable, but not ourselves – which is a dreadful thing. Jesus tells us of a Pharisee who goes to the…

The Reason to Persevere in Prayer

Luke 18:1-8 Jesus is a realist – he knows that in this world believers will suffer due to the world, the flesh and the devil. Because of this he tells his disciples “that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” This is great counsel and it is found elsewhere in the Scriptures. We are to persevere in prayer, to be constant…