Teach Us to Pray (Luke 11:1-13)

Here in Luke’s narrative, once again, we find Jesus in prayer. But this time, something prompts a disciple to ask: “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). Prayer is one of the most vital spiritual disciplines, but it is also one of the most neglected. By failing to be devoted to prayer, we show that […]

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Twelve Apostles Chosen (Luke 6:12-19)

In the Old Testament we read of how God graciously called Israel to his be his chosen people. They were to teach all the surrounding nations about their holy and loving God by their covenant faithfulness to his word (Ex. 19:4-6). However in the New Testament, Jesus appears as  the true and better Israel who came to redeem a […]

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The Promise of the Messenger (Luke 1:5-25)

We would imagine Luke’s gospel – an account of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus – to begin with the story of Christ’s birth. However, Luke does not start with the announcement of the coming Messiah,  but with the announcement of the coming messenger, John the Baptist: “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare […]

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Stand Firm in the Lord (Eph. 6:10-20)

As Paul begins to bring his epistle to a close, he exhorts the church to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might” (Eph. 6:10). He masterfully weaves together the many themes present throughout the letter in order to encourage the saints to put on the gospel armor of God in its entirety, […]

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David continues in Psalm 139 to describe the truly awesome nature and wonderful works of our Creator God. Here we discover such beautiful truths as His omnipotence, His Providence, and His infinitude: “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the […]

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