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The Peril of Familiarity

The Peril of Familiarity

Luke 4:22-30 Suggested further reading: Isaiah 46:8-13 “Familiarity breeds contempt.” Those who heard our Lord’s self-revelation in Nazareth rejected Him because they were familiar with the little boy who had grown to manhood in the thirty years He had lived among...

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Jesus Is Dismissed in His Hometown

Jesus Is Dismissed in His Hometown

Luke 4:14-22 Suggested further reading: Isaiah 61:1-7. Our Lord’s first sermon, preached in His hometown, should have stunned the congregation when He revealed to them who He really was! He read aloud a prophecy from Isaiah and told them that He fulfilled that same...

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After the Praise Comes the Temptation

After the Praise Comes the Temptation

Matthew 4:1-11 Suggested further reading: Hebrews 4:14-5:5 Here is a major crisis point in our Savior’s life. Immediately after receiving God’s praise, He is tempted by the devil. The praise of the Father draws a sneering “if” from the devil. It is the same with...

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The Blessed Trinity

The Blessed Trinity

Matthew 3:13-17 Suggested further reading: Mt 28:18-20; 2 Cor 13:14; Rev 1:4-5 The presence of the three Persons of the Trinity is seen: God the Son who is baptized, God the Spirit who descends as a dove upon Him, and God the Father who speaks from heaven. Here we...

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Our Lord Was Baptized!

Our Lord Was Baptized!

Matthew 3:13-17 Suggested further reading: Acts 6:30-34 Our Lord highly esteemed water baptism! When a Jewish priest began his office at the age of thirty, he was washed with water. When our great High Priest began His greater work, He was publicly baptized. Jesus...

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Judgment Day: Rewards and Retribution

Judgment Day: Rewards and Retribution

Luke 3:15-20 Suggested further reading: 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 There will be a solemn separation on Judgment Day. The unerring justice of the King of kings will divide the wheat from the chaff - an eternal separation. This is no trivial doctrine! It makes our...

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Repents Means Change of Behavior

Repents Means Change of Behavior

Luke 3:8-14 Suggested further reading: James 2:14-26 John uses some strong words to correct the common assumption that having a relationship with godly people can save us. This strongly held assumption grows easily in the fertile ground of the fallen and sinful nature...

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A Honest Speaking Preacher

A Honest Speaking Preacher

Luke 3:7-9 Suggested further reading: Luke 13:1-5 John made a great impact on his generation as even Jesus noted in Matthew 11:11. Let us note the character of John’s ministry. John spoke with a holy boldness. He spoke openly and forcefully of the hidden and highly...

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