The Gift of "Now" (Luke 13:1-9)

The Gift of "Now" (Luke 13:1-9)

“Now” is a gift given to the tree (and to us) to take note of what the divine Vine-Dresser has done on our behalf. “Now” is an opportunity to draw on the gift of Life only Jesus can give. The grace period is short. The call is imminent. But the Jubilee Year Jesus came to proclaim would be one of forgiveness, restoration and second chances (4:19).

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Seeing Possibilities (Luke 3:1-14)

Seeing Possibilities (Luke 3:1-14)

The glory of the angels is preceded by the fire proclaimed by John the Baptist for those not stirred to look around and yearn for peace. Not one of us can save the world…and at times, even on Christmas Day, we may have a hard time just maintaining peace with the people we share the world with! Yet we are children of a God who fulfills His promise to restore, renew, and work out the possibilities His Spirit brings to fulfillment in us.

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Necessary Preparations (Mark 1:1-8; Isaiah 40:1-11)

Necessary Preparations (Mark 1:1-8; Isaiah 40:1-11)

Time out to listen to John the Baptist may seem like one more thing to schedule, along with the shopping, the making of vacation reservations, doing the photo shoot for the family greeting card, you name it. What does the proclamation of John really mean…and how does it impact our waiting—and receiving—Jesus? 

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What the Fly on the Wall Might Have Heard (Luke 24:44-53)

What the Fly on the Wall Might Have Heard (Luke 24:44-53)

Everyone wonders: What happens to people of other nations who never hear the message of Jesus Christ and die in unbelief? Jesus, in our text today, doesn’t answer the question. Instead, in directing his disciples out, into the world, he makes it clear what we find in the New Testament: that God “wants all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).

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My Story/God's Story (John 4:39-42)

My Story/God's Story (John 4:39-42)

Telling God’s story through one’s own story will never look the same for two different people. It will not even look the same for the SAME PERSON as he or she gets older and life changes. But the life of repentance goes on! We can’t help but tell our story by our words and actions when we come to grips with how God’s story has included us, helpless and ornery people that we are!

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