'Luke' Tagged Posts

'Luke' Tagged Posts

THE BACKSTORY REVISITED

An old man named John wrote it down in a little letter years later:  “We have heard…we have seen…we have observed….our hands have touched.”   Those days long ago scroll across the old man’s memory.  He was a young man then, maybe all of nineteen.  He was hanging on the words of a rugged preacher named John the Baptist on that day when Jesus came in sight of the Jordan River.   “Look!”  said the preacher, pointing at Jesus, “The Lamb of…

A NEW SERMON SERIES – THE GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN

Today we begin a new sermon series – The Gospel According To St. John. During the week of Christmas & New Years, we will break from our series to consider the Christmas accounts from The Gospel According To St. Luke, and then we will return to John’s Gospel. God the Holy Spirit has chosen to record the life of our Savior in four Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  Each of these accounts pursues a different angle.  Even the…

A FRESH START

One day Jesus entered Nazareth, the town where He grew up. The Gospel of Luke says:  “The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. Unrolling it, He found the place where it is written: ‘ The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom to the captivesand recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, and to…

NEVER GIVE UP

The psalmist called out in some dark night of his soul:  “How long, O Lord? Will You hide yourself forever?” (Psalm 89:46  EHV). It may seem at times, amid personal perils and challenges, that our prayers come back stamped with “return to sender.”   Jesus once told a little parable says Luke, “about the need to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1-8  EHV).  The story is about a persistent widow who keeps coming for justice to an unjust judge.…

DIVINE SERENDIPITY

Matthew, Mark and Luke all tell the story.  On the road to Jericho sit two blind men.  Mark and Luke focus on one of the men in particular.  Mark tells us his name is Bartimaeus.   The day for these two men began as all of their days must have begun.  They were led by some kind soul to their usual spot on the roadside to beg – the only form of social assistance in those days.   They expected…

“DO NOT HINDER THEM”

The Gospels tell us that little children were brought to Jesus that He might bless them.  The Gospel According To St. Luke uses the term “babies.” One of the chief ways we bring our children to Jesus is in Holy Baptism.  There are some denominations which do not offer this means of grace to little children.  A review of what the Scriptures say is always helpful. In The Gospel According To St. Mark, we are introduced to John’s “baptism for…

THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD

Each year, as is our custom, we gather to meditate on what has been called “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” It is not a mere story of course.  It certainly is not fiction.  It is fact.  It is history.  It truly happened.   Nor is this true and greatest story ever told only an academic exercise, a dusty old document detached from your life and mine.  It is, instead, the story of God’s bleeding love for every soul ever born.…

“AS HE WAS PRAYING…”

Transfiguration Sunday is an annual reminder of that moment on the mountain before our Savior set His face toward Jerusalem and the cross.  It is a fitting reminder, on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, of the glorious and heavenly goal toward which the Savior’s suffering and death led – to the glory of Easter morning.  At the end of the hard path lies heaven itself. Matthew, Mark and Luke all record this event.  “He was transfigured,” is the way Mathew…

“THOSE WHO HAVE PERSEVERED”

Satan himself was permitted to afflict the ancient sufferer Job in his very body. So it is with the “daughter of Abraham” we meet in the 13th chapter of Luke.  We are not told what God’s purpose was in allowing the poor woman to suffer.  A loving God does not always tell us. What we are told is how long she had suffered.  Jesus refers to her as one “whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years.” Some problems…

IS THAT ALL THERE IS?

At age 45 Howard Hughes dated actresses, test-piloted exotic aircraft, and worked on top-secret CIA contacts.  He owned a chain of hotels around the world, and even an airline – TWA. 20 years later, at the age of 65, Hughes still had plenty of money – $2.3 billion – the richest man of his day.  But he was also one of the most pathetic. He now lived in small, dark rooms atop his hotels, the curtains pulled.  His scraggly beard…

POTEMKIN CHRISTIANS?

Ever hear of a “Potemkin Village?” In the late 18th century, Catherine the Great, Empress of all Russia, was out touring the provinces of her country. But Russia was a mess.  Poverty and squalor were all over the place. Conditions were disgraceful. The second most powerful person in the empire was her boyfriend, Prince Grigori Aleksandrovich Potemkin. Potemkin wanted to put on a good show for the empress as she toured the country.     So at the first village she came…

THE EYES OF OUR HEARTS

“When your eyes are good,” says Jesus in this morning’s verses from Luke’s Gospel, “your whole body is also full of light.” One of our Lord’s Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount was:  “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”  We see things not so much with our eyes – but through our eyes and with our heart.  This explains why most little boys think their mothers are prettier than Miss America.  They see their…
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