Pastor’s Blog

Repent!

Luke 3:1-6 Suggested further reading: Luke 13:1-5 Note the connection between repentance and forgiveness. John demands that those who have repented and received the forgiveness of their sins express their repentance in the ritual of water baptism. Baptism does not...

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A Man of God Against His Times

A Man of God Against His Times

Luke 3:1-6 Suggest further reading: 1 Corinthians 9:16-18 The world is always controlled by Satan and evil (often called human good). But it was extremely wicked when Christ came into this world! Our passage lists a few of the political rulers when the ministry of...

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A Pre-teen Teaches Us an Example

A Pre-teen Teaches Us an Example

Luke 2:41-52 Suggest further reading: Matthew 10:34-42 Even at the age of 12, Jesus teaches us a godly example. For four days after leaving Jerusalem, He was separated from His parents. For three days they anxiously searched for Him. They finally found Him in the...

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Teamwork

Teamwork

Luke 2:41-52 Suggest Further Reading: Ephesians 5:22-33 We can learn from the conduct of Joseph and Mary. They regularly honored God’s appointed ordinances and they honored them together. The distance from Nazareth to Jerusalem was about eighty miles—a long distance...

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Our Lord Knows Sorrow and Is Humble

Our Lord Knows Sorrow and Is Humble

Matthew 2:13-23 Suggested further reading: Philippians 2:1-8 Jesus was “a man of sorrows”, even in infancy because trouble begins for Him as soon as He is born. Herod seeks to kill him, and His father is obliged to take Him away by night and flee to safety. This was a...

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Christ Overcomes Human Greatness

Christ Overcomes Human Greatness

Luke 2:13-25 Suggested further reading: Psalm 146 Sadly, the rich and powerful of this world often perceives Christ as irrelevant to be safely ignored, or as an annoyance to be tolerated, and, for some, even a threat to removed. Here we see that no sooner than Christ...

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What a Difference Faith Makes

What a Difference Faith Makes

Matthew 2:1-12 Suggested further reading: Hebrews 11:32-38 What large-hearted faith and commitment did these “wise men” show! The work required to prepare themselves to leave the comforts of home did not stop them. The weariness (traveling by camel) and dangers (from...

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Knowledge Misused

Luke 2:1-12 Suggested further reading: Matthew 11:20-30. Here we see that true servants of God may be in unexpected places — like these wise men. They are as little known to us as Melchizedek, Jethro or Job. But they are in the book of life and will be with Jesus at...

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The Example of a Godly Woman

The Example of a Godly Woman

Luke 2:36-39 Suggested further reading 1 Corinthians 9:24-10:6 We know little about Anna but what we do know is worthy of imitation. She was a godly woman. After being married for only seven years, she became and remained a widow for eighty-four years. You can imagine...

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