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What Say You? – Luke 22:63-71 [Daily Devotional]

Luke 22:63-71 Although the phraseology seems awkward by modern standards, when a jury has returned a verdict in a trial the judge will ask, “So say you all?” The judge is asking the jury whether or not this is truly … Continue reading

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Standing in the Shadows – Luke 22:52-62 [Daily Devotional]

Luke 22:52-62 One of the most universal of all religious symbols and images is the struggle between the forces of light and the forces of darkness. The dualistic struggle between these two symbols, representing good and evil, is present in … Continue reading

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Dirty, Stinking Sheep – John 10:1-18 [Daily Devotional]

John 10:1-18 When I was about eight years old our church called a new pastor, who was fresh out of seminary, the Rev. Billy Rutrough.  Now if you have ever had a pastor straight out of seminary, you know how they … Continue reading

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The Hard Work of Preparation – Luke 3:1-9 [Daily Devotional]

Luke 3:1-9 One of the hardest parts of any job is the preparation. The hardest work involved in painting a room is getting everything ready to receive the paint. If it is a new house and the walls have never … Continue reading

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Sunday of Joy? – Philippians 4:4-6 [Daily Devotional]

Philippians 4:4-6 Today is the Third Sunday of Advent and on most Advent Wreaths the candle that will be lighted is uniquely rose colored. While purple (violet) or blue is the color ordinarily associated with Advent, the candle and this … Continue reading

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What Will be a Sign? – Luke 21:5-19 [Daily Devotional]

Luke 21:5-19 One of the great themes of the Advent Season is that of hope. The word “Advent” comes from the Latin word adventus, with means coming. This season is therefore a time of preparation for the coming of our … Continue reading

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Preying for the Poor – Isaiah 3:8-15 [Daily Devotional]

Isaiah 3:8-15 In our sheltered existence, many of us do not notice the plight of the poor. We know that they are there, and we see them from time to time, but we know little of their existence. While we … Continue reading

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The Resurrection Debate – Luke 20:27-40 [Daily Devotional]

Luke 20:27-40 The twentieth chapter of Luke contains three different stories of Jesus engaging in debate with religious leaders in Jerusalem. If the chapter were scored like a debate, it is obvious that Jesus wins these contests “running away.” First, … Continue reading

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The Things That Are God’s – Luke 20:19-26 [Daily Devotional]

Luke 20:19-26 (This was originally posted on June 14, 2011, as “Render Unto God.” The introduction has been modified due to recent events.) As the United States approaches the mythical “Fiscal Cliff” there is much talk about taxation. One political party … Continue reading

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What’s In a Name (Title) – Luke 20:9-18 [Daily Devotional]

Luke 20:9-18 Titles can often be misleading. Newspapers are notorious for being intentionally ambiguous with their headlines, because they want us to read the article. An article might read, “Experts Say Dates are Good for Teens.” Then, once you begin … Continue reading

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