Monthly Archives: October 2009

Does This Sinner Look Familiar?

In the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector in Luke 18:9-14, Jesus tells about a Pharisee and a tax collector who both went to the temple to pray.  The Pharisee stood up when he prayed, and and he … Continue reading

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Sin, Faith, and Duty – Luke 17

If We Cause Others to Sin Luke 17:1-3a says, “Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come.  It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea … Continue reading

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How Can God Expect Us to Be Glad About Bad Things?

In the book, “When Bad Things Happen to Good People,” Rabbi Harold S. Kushner attempts to offer consolation for people who question why certain evils have entered their lives.  While his answers have provided practical and compassionate insight for some … Continue reading

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Is Adultery Always Either the Cause or the Effect of Divorce?

Luke 16:18 says, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”  After careful study, I wonder if we can restate this truth as follows:  Adultery is always … Continue reading

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What Does the Parable of the Shrewd Manager Really Mean?

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager in Luke 16:1-15 is not easy to understand.  A rich man discovered that his money manager was being wasteful with his resources.  He told the money manager that his job was in jeopardy, and … Continue reading

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Must We Bear Fruit?

In Jesus’ parable of the fig tree in Luke 13:6-7, the owner of a vineyard had an employee who took care of the vineyard.  The owner had been checking a particular fig tree for three years, and it never did … Continue reading

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Why Worry?

Jesus used some great analogies in Luke 12:22-34 in order to explains that we don’t need to worry about daily necessities like food or clothing.  Concerning food, He said that we should consider the ravens, because they don’t plant crops … Continue reading

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Are You Greedy? Are You Sure?

What determines whether or not someone is greedy?  We read about a man in Luke 12:13-21 who wanted part of an inheritance, but Jesus told him to watch out for greed, because a man’s life doesn’t consist of the abundance … Continue reading

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Why Be Afraid?

Jesus confirmed in Luke 12:6-7 that God will take care of all of our needs.  Christ illustrated this by showing that God is all-knowing and all-powerful.  He said that even though five sparrows are sold for a couple of pennies, … Continue reading

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Are You a Pharisee?

Luke 11:42-53 includes six specific warnings that Jesus gave the Pharisees, and they still apply today:  1) They were tithing, but neglecting justice and the love of God.  We can’t somehow earn points with God by giving a tenth of … Continue reading

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