10/26/2018
Luke 24:36-53 – 40 Days Of Jesus
Jesus suddenly popped-in while the disciples were gathered together. A week later He would appear like this again, suddenly through closed doors, and present Himself to these same men along with Thomas, who initially doubted that the Lord was alive. The emotional effect of these appearances is captu
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10/26/2018
Luke 24:13-35 – Road’s Scholars
Lovers sometimes take walks. They don’t do it to get somewhere. They do it to be with someone. The progress that they make is not measured in distance, but in devotion. They spend time getting to know one another, deepening in their love. Often they arrive at the same geographical location from whic
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10/26/2018
Luke 24:1-12 – Spice Girls
It should have been standing-room only outside of the tomb. Jesus told His followers more than once that He would be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. The place to be was outside of that tomb, waiting for the Lord to appear. Instead, some discipl
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10/26/2018
Luke 23:44-56 – Funeral For A Friend
Seven-hundred years before Jesus died as a criminal but was buried in a rich man’s tomb, the prophet Isaiah let us know that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit had preplanned the events of that day. (Pastor Gene Pensiero)
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10/26/2018
Luke 23:26-43 – Cross Words Muzzled
Taking-up and bearing the Cross were vivid images in the first century. The Romans executed by crucifixion. Often a condemned person could be seen taking-up their cross and bearing it to the place of crucifixion. When Jesus used this imagery, His listeners and followers understood that the way they
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10/26/2018
Luke 22:63-23:25 – Religion Assisted Deicide
There are Jews and Romans in our verses; but they are not the main character. They are the background. Your eyes should be fixed upon Jesus. (Pastor Gene Pensiero)
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10/26/2018
Luke 22:54-62 – I’ve Fallen And I Can Get Up
The Christian life is sometimes compared to a walk with Jesus; sometimes to a long-distance race. It’s not going too far to compare it to a climb to the summit of a mountain. In any case, you don’t want to fall behind and lose sight of Jesus and become lost in some wilderness of sin. (Pastor Gene P
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10/26/2018
Luke 22:47-53 – S.W.A.T. Training
When you become a Christian, you find yourself in a fight. We commonly refer to it as spiritual warfare. We have spiritual enemies who employ sinister techniques to defeat us. (Pastor Gene Pensiero)
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10/26/2018
Luke 22:39-46 – Blood, Sweat And Prayers
If you are a Christian, there are many temptations in the world. Some are in Sin Cities; but some are right here in your own city. Some are in your home, office, or school. It would be nice if they were clearly marked with signs that said, Now Entering Temptation – so you could recognize and resist
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10/26/2018
Luke 22:24-38 – Tips From Your Waiter
In our normal, everyday way of thinking and relating to one another, it only seems obvious that the person seated is greater than the person serving. But Jesus went on to point out, yet I am among you as the One who serves. (Pastor Gene Pensiero)
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10/26/2018
Luke 21:37-22:23 – The Lasting Supper
Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, The Last Supper, is for many Christians the clearest image they have of Jesus Christ’s last meal with his disciples. Though it is considered great art, da Vinci’s painting is bad history. All the details in da Vinci’s painting are inaccurate. (Pastor Gene Pensiero)
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10/26/2018
Luke 21:20-36 – Go Fig-ure
Jesus didn’t tell us to make predictions. He told us what was definitely going to happen in the future so that we might know how we should live in the present. Our study of prophecy ought to have a profound practical effect on our daily living. (Pastor Gene Pensiero)
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10/26/2018
Luke 21:5-19 – Apocalypse Now And Then
The Jews were quite proud of the first century Temple in Jerusalem. It was a beautiful and magnificent structure. Herod had given it an extreme makeover. Jesus took a look at it and told them it was about to be destroyed – stone-by-stone. It started an incredible conversation about the future. (Pas
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10/26/2018
Luke 20:45-21:4 – Of Mites And Men
Jesus warned His first disciples, beware of the scribes… who devour widow’s houses. Jesus’ words would have seemed radical to those listening. The scribes were considered pillars of the community. The Lord was exposing them as parasites. They were like termites devouring the house of a poor widow.
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10/26/2018
Luke 20:27-44 – The Corpse Grooms
To support their lifestyles of the rich and famous, the Sadducees only accepted the first five books of the Old Testament, claiming that nowhere in those books was there any talk of life after death. This life was all that they were living for. (Pastor Gene Pensiero)
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10/26/2018
Luke 20:20-26 – Image Is Everything
It’s not always easy to know where your loyalty to God draws a line you cannot cross. To help you in those times of deciding whether to obey the government or not, Jesus provided this principle: Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. (Pastor G
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10/26/2018
Luke 20:9-19 – Vintage Jesus
Of all the possible environments God could have created, He chose a garden. He didn’t choose a temple, for example, with rites and rituals. He chose a garden; and not just any garden. A perfect garden, that watered itself, where nothing ever died, where there were no weeds or pests or parasites. He
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10/26/2018
Luke 19:45-20:8 – God Hates Preying
The Court of the Gentiles was, in fact, a den of thieves. It was as if a defenseless sheep had walked into a den of wolves, to be destroyed and devoured. Instead of praying for God’s people, they were preying on them. God hates that kind of preying! (Pastor Gene Pensiero)
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10/26/2018
Luke 19:28-44 – Find The Missing Peace
We call it Palm Sunday and describe it as The Triumphal Entry. It’s the Sunday Jesus entered Jerusalem to the shouts of Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! It might be more accurate to call it Donkey Sunday, and describe it as The Tearful Entry. (Pastor Gene Pensiero)
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10/26/2018
Luke 19:11-27 – Mina Your Own Business
Is God a giver or a taker? I’ll give you a clue. This is what Job said about God: Job 1:21 …“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” It sounds as though God is both a giver and a taker. (Pastor
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10/26/2018
Luke 19:1-10 – Savin’ Safari
I can’t help but think of Zacchaeus as being treed! Even though he climbed the sycamore tree voluntarily, by the end of the story you get the idea that Jesus was hunting for him, hounding after him. After all, Jesus said of the episode, the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost
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10/26/2018
Luke 18:35-43 – Show Me The Mercy
If Jesus asked you, What do you want Me to do for you?, what would it be? Peace in the Middle East? The cure for cancer? An end to all ethnic prejudice? An end to poverty? Or would it be something more personal – a healing for yourself, or a loved one? It’s a pretty intense question, packed with a l
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10/26/2018
Luke 18:15-34 – Two ‘Precious Moments’ Moment
Jesus was remarkable in capturing moments and making them ‘precious moments’ within which He could teach the simplest, yet most profound, spiritual truths (Pastor Gene Pensiero)
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10/20/2018
Luke 18:1-14 – You Haven’t Got A Prayer
Sin and selfishness must be dealt with before you can enjoy a conversation with your heavenly Father. Jesus mentioned two other factors that can determine whether or not your prayers have a prayer (Pastor Gene Pensiero)
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