March 2016

Young, Rich, and Rootless

For a rich man, he puts on no airs.  In fact there is a puppy-ish eagerness about him, in the anticipatory way he rides up (on a white horse, no less), tosses his reins to a servant and strides forward with a smile that looks almost shy.  Used to having his way, but well brought […]

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Praying to Ourselves

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt.  “Two men went up into the temple to pray . . . .              Luke 18:9-10 They never look to the right or left, but walk as though they expect people to get out of […]

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Kingdom Coming

Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”    Luke 17:20-21 “All right,” the […]

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On the Border

On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee.  And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers who stood at a distance and called out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us . .  .” Luke 17:11-19 Remember: he’s on his way to a specific destination, though he […]