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The lost are found

Luke is noted for all the parables he lists that concern the kingdom of God. The parables in today’s reading look at the kingdom of God as a whole as well as what it means personally as described by the lost sheep, coin and son. Praise the Lord for His salvation!   Luke 14: Healing of a Man on the Sabbath 1     One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully....
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Repent or perish

louie giglioLuke 12: Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees 2     Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops. "I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. 6     Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more v...
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Jesus and the kingdom

May our wonderful Saviour bless this year with His grace and truth. In our reading today Jesus continues to show the greater purpose for our existence and our need for Him.   Luke 11: The Lord's Prayer 1     Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." 2     And he said to them, "When you pr...
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Jesus breaks social norms

Hillary ClintonHappy New Year! I hope those of you who are still on holidays find great rest at this time. In today’s readings we see how Christ continues to confirm His titles as ‘Healer’ and ‘Saviour’. I trust He also confirms the same for you in 2016! Be blessed.   Luke 9: Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles 1     And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, 2 &nbs...
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Jesus the mighty healer

Jesus explains the purpose of His ministry through parables and miracles. May our great God continue to reveal His salvation to our generation. Be blessed in your reading and praying as you seek after Him.   Luke 8: Women Accompanying Jesus 1     Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, 2     a...
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The power of Christ's words and works

Canberra TimesChrist reveals more of His ministry and message as He proclaims the need for salvation being the greatest need for humanity. Be blessed.   Luke 6: Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath 1     On a Sabbath, while he was going through the grain fields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands. 2     But some of the Pharisees said, "Why are you doing what is not lawful to d...
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Jesus begins His public ministry

Christ is of course still the reason for the season and this morning we read of His commissioning into public service. Be blessed everyone!   Luke 4: The Temptation of Jesus 1     And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness 2     for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he...
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Jesus and John the Baptist enter the world

The New York TimesAs we continue through Luke today we read this season’s news – Christ is born and the Elijah to come (John the Baptist) prepares the way.   Luke 2: The Birth of Jesus Christ 1     In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2     This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3     And all went to be regis...
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Saul dies - but a Saviour is coming. Merry Christmas

Saul’s life comes to an end – but there is news of the arrival of a Saviour as we begin in Luke. 1 Samuel 31: The Death of Saul 1     Now the Philistines fought against Israel, and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. 2     And the Philistines overtook Saul and his sons, and the Philistines struck down Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul. 3&nb...
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David loses all...but wait.

David has his lowest point ever – fortunately his trust in the Lord is blessed. 1 Samuel 29: The Philistines Reject David 1     Now the Philistines had gathered all their forces at Aphek. And the Israelites were encamped by the spring that is in Jezreel. 2     As the lords of the Philistines were passing on by hundreds and by thousands, and David and his men were passing on in the rear with Achish, 3&nb...
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Saul sees a witch

David finds shelter with the Philistines, as Saul seeks out wisdom from a witch.   1 Samuel 27: David Flees to the Philistines 1     Then David said in his heart, "Now I shall perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will despair of seeking me any longer within the borders of Israel, and I shall escape out of his hand." 2&nbs...
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David trust's God in trials

Today we see that the prophet Samuel dies which puts an even greater focus on either David or Saul to lead as the spiritual leader passes.   1 Samuel 25: The Death of Samuel 1     Now Samuel died. And all Israel assembled and mourned for him, and they buried him in his house at Ramah. Then David rose and went down to the wilderness of Paran. David and Abigail   2     And there was a man in Ma...
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Don't kill the king!

Question - How do you know the Lord is making you stronger in the faith? Answer - He puts you under trial so that your faith is tested and refined. This is the reality for David as we continue to follow his journey.   1 Samuel 23: David Saves the City of Keilah 1     Now they told David, "Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are robbing the threshing floors." 2     Therefore Davi...
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David on the run

Today we take a turn and start following David and his travels as he is prepared by the Lord to be king. He goes through his own ‘wilderness wandering’ experience as a result. Be blessed as you read. 1 Samuel 21: David and the Holy Bread 1     Then David came to Nob to Ahimelech the priest. And Ahimelech came to meet David trembling and said to him, "Why are you alone, and no one with you?" 2     And Dav...
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The spirit is thicker than blood

There is a difference between relationships that that are defined by blood as opposed to those that are defined by the Spirit. Saul and Jonathan show this difference in their relationship with David. 1 Samuel 19: Saul Tries to Kill David 1     And Saul spoke to Jonathan his son and to all his servants, that they should kill David. But Jonathan, Saul's son, delighted much in David. 2     And Jonathan told...
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How to slay a giant!

Well, what would the rise of David be like without the story of David and Goliath?  Today we read of this turning point in Israel’s history and the events that led to David rising and Saul falling in the eyes of God and man.   1 Samuel 17: David and Goliath 1     Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle. And they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in ...
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The rise of David

Today we see the beginning of the decline of Saul, but the rise of David. The Lord blesses faithfulness and humility. Trust you have experienced the same.   1 Samuel 15: The LORD Rejects Saul 1     And Samuel said to Saul, "The LORD sent me to anoint you king over his people Israel; now therefore listen to the words of the LORD. 2     Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'I have noted what Amalek did to Is...
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The difference between Saul and Jonathan

Saul continues to show Israel that he is in fact a Saviour king. But some cracks start to appear. 1 Samuel 13: Saul Fights the Philistines 1    Saul was ...  years old when he began to reign, and he reigned ... and two years over Israel. 2    Saul chose three thousand men of Israel. Two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and the hill country of Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin. T...
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Saul starts well...

Saul starts off well and does in fact look like he will be a good king and protect the people. Take a look. 1 Samuel 11: Saul Defeats the Ammonites 1     Then Nahash the Ammonite went up and besieged Jabesh-gilead, and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, "Make a treaty with us, and we will serve you." 2     But Nahash the Ammonite said to them, "On this condition I will make a treaty with you, that I g...
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Saul anointed king

This time of year we celebrate the heavenly king that came as our Saviour. Saul was installed as an earthly king. He actually didn’t start out too bad. Have a read and be blessed. 1 Samuel 9: Saul Chosen to Be King 1 There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite, a man of wealth. 2 And he had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man am...
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