God Will Provide the Lamb

At Christmastime, we love to sing traditional carols and hymns, proclaiming that “all is calm, all is bright ’round yon virgin mother and child—holy infant so tender and mild.” With such a peaceful description of Jesus’ birth, it’s easy to forget the bitter cup of God’s wrath which he came to drink in full. In […]

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Standing Outside the Door (Luke 13:22-30)

The religious elite in Jesus’ day were guilty of many sins—hypocrisy, self-righteousness, pride, and so on—but one of the most deadly was the sin of presumption (Rom. 2:4). Claiming to be the physical descendants of Abraham, they presumed that they belonged to the people, the kingdom, of God; this is why the call to repentance […]

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Kingdom Growth (Luke 13:10-21)

Throughout Luke’s gospel, the advancement of the kingdom of God has evoked one of two responses: acceptance or rejection. In the healing of the crippled woman in Luke 13, we see both (v.17). Immediately following this miracle, Jesus gives two parables to explain how, despite opposition, the kingdom of God would spread and make an […]

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God’s Grace to You (Luke 13:1-9)

The gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of both love and wrath, of holiness and mercy, of righteousness and grace. Though all have sinned and are rightfully deserving of God’s judgment, God sent his Son into the world not to bring condemnation but salvation.  Now, because of the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put […]

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While the second coming of Jesus Christ is clearly taught in Scripture (Luke 12:40;  1 Thess. 5:2-4; 2 Pet. 3:10; Rev. 16:15), many in the church today are either consumed with making fanciful predictions about his return or simply neglect this doctrine out of frustration and confusion. For a disciple of Jesus, however, neither of […]

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