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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…

Being in the Ten Percent

Luke 17:11-19 In the account of the ten lepers we are reminded of a couple of great truths. We are reminded that we are to be grateful to God for his blessings, but even more that we are to have faith in Christ as our Savior. The account illustrates how God shows his common grace to all, but not all are appropriately…

O Lord, It’s Hard to Be Humble

Luke 17:1-10 Pride is a danger that even the most mature Christians face. Since this is the case, and because it is so destructive – Jesus teaches his followers to be humble, and he does so without even using the word. First, Jesus teaches that his followers will be humbly aware of giving offence – of causing others to stumble. This is…

The Showoff and the Beggar

Luke 16:19-31 In this parable Jesus illustrates for his hearers (which includes us) the consequences of rejecting God and his word. To set up the main teaching of the parable Jesus tells us about two men who stood in vivid contrast to one another in life and death. In life the in-named rich man had it all, loved to show his wealth…