Sermons on “Luke”

When Love Leads

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

God’s action in this world can be difficult to see. There are other forces at work in and around us that command our attention and they have a lot of power over us. They create fear, mistrust and they feed that part of our heart and soul that wants to tell us that this world is out of control and we are powerless to do anything about it.

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Christmas Eve – A Yearning

Tonight is a night when Christian churches of all different shapes, sizes and flavors are filled to over flowing with people who want to hear the words of the angel, first spoken to the shepherds as they watched over their flocks by night but also spoken to all of us – “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.

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First Century Fake News

When the women who had gone to the tomb return to the disciples and shared with them what they had seen and heard they received a less than positive response. This is how Luke tells the story – and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

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We hear Pilate’s words, and we know that Jesus “has done nothing to deserve death”, and yet the words that come out of our mouths are “crucify him”.

How did it feel to demand Jesus’ death with your own voice? Did you feel a little removed, because you feel certain that you never would have demanded that? Is it easier for you to remove yourself from this suffering because it wasn’t your fault?

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Good Things

This text does not answer the question of how to get into heaven. You know the answer to that question. I mean, honestly, do you believe that Jesus has saved you?

Seriously, I’m asking you: do you believe that Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection have destroyed sin and death for you?

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Compassion and Repentance

Does your Bible use headings before sections of scripture? Many Bibles will have a little subtitle inserted by an editor before each chunk of text to give you an idea of what it’s going to talk about, like a sort of mini-chapter heading. In one of my Bibles, the description that comes before this passage in Luke 13 is: “Repent or perish”.

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True Forgiveness

So I’m going to be honest with you – this is probably the hardest sermon I’ve ever written. Of course, it’s also maybe my eighth sermon ever, so maybe that’s not saying much. But I’ve been sitting with this text all week, mulling it over, praying about it, reading commentaries… I started to write this sermon three times, only to get halfway through and throw it away.

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