Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you . . .  (Luke 6:37-42) The most-quoted passage of scripture is not John 3:16 or Genesis 1:1.  It’s this right here: Judge not.  Smug unbelievers […]

But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.  To  one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either.  Give […]

Luke 6:17-18, 20: And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon who came to hear him . . .   And he lifted up his eyes on […]

On a Sabbath, while he was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands.  But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?”  Luke 5:38-6:2 Holiness is all about prayer and fasting, right?  And scrupulous […]

After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth.  And he said to him, “Follow me.”  And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.  Luke 5:27-28 Any rabbi who builds a reputation for godliness or learned discourse naturally acquires followers.  When word reaches these bright, ambitious young […]

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On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem.  And the power of the Lord was with him to heal.  And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was […]

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While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy.  And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Luke 5:12 Some diseases don’t show.  Cancer can eat away at a person’s insides for months or […]

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And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”  And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing!  But at your word I will let down the nets.”  Luke 5:4-5 They say a fish is the least able to […]

And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galillee.  And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching . . .   Luke 4:31 Word is, there’s a new teacher down in the synagogue in Capernaum.  He doesn’t seem to be a rabbi, at least not on the classic […]

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And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up.  As was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day and he stood up to read.  And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him.  He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written . . […]

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