The Man And His Message Luke 4:21-30

Pastor Mark Pitcher The response of the congregation was both amazement and anger. They loved the message as long as it referred to them. As Jesus continued, they questioned His identity, asking, “Who is He?” Jesus was both the Anointed One and the Rejected One. What can we learn from this story? As we look […]

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Man on a Mission

Pastor Mark Pitcher Luke 4:14-21, our Scripture today, tells us what Jesus came to do. Verses 14-15 are a summary of the first few months of His ministry in Judea, Samaria and Galilee, also recorded in John 1-4. The remaining passage tells us what Jesus was about, His priorities and goals. He mentions five ministry […]

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A Real Test For The Real Messiah Part Two

Jesus’ vetting process: The divine endorsement at His baptism, Luke 3:21-22; Jesus, the Son of God,The right pedigree to be the Savior of the world; Jesus, the Son of man, the second Adam, Endured temptations. 1 John 2:15-17, The MESSAGE Temptation #1, vs. Luke 4:3-4, DOUBT Jesus was tempted to use His divine power to […]

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A Real Test For The Real Messiah

We need to be like a good journalist and ask who, what, where, when, and why. Who was involved in this encounter? Jesus and the devil. What was the encounter? A time of fasting for forty days. When did the encounter take place? Following Jesus’ baptism. Where did the encounter take place? Moving from lush […]

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God…Man…JESUS

The Baptism of Jesus, 3:21-22 Jesus’ endorsement of John: Luke is the only Gospel writer to share that Jesus was praying. This is the first of three times that there is a voice from heaven; second, at the Transfiguration, Luke 9:28-38; and third, at the Temple during Passion Week, John 12:28. This is the first […]

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Preparing The Way Luke 3:1-18

The setting, Luke 3:1-2 Luke, the historian, provides his readers with the key political and religious figures of the day, providing us a fairly close date in history John the Baptist, the Man: His description, Matthew 3:4; his location, the desert and the Jordan, the wilderness; John knew who he was and who he was […]

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New Year’s Sunday

THE GREATEST STORY A New Journey Luke 2:39-52 A reminder of who this Child is and His purpose in coming…. Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found […]

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Luke 2:1-20

Luke’s account focuses on just a few hours in a single night. His view is both political and global. Historical setting, 2:1-7 Caesar Augustus Quirinius Bethlehem, vs. 4-5 This location is the key to Jesus’ identity as the Son of David. He could not be born anywhere else, Micah 5:2. Humble beginning, vs. 6-7 This […]

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A Revolutionary Christmas Carol

An encounter between Mary and Elizabeth, vs. 39-45: The baby leaps in her womb, v. 41; Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit, v. 41. In response to this encounter, Mary breaks forth with the Gospel message before the Gospel message was proclaimed through Jesus. It is her song of triumph; 30 weeks before Bethlehem […]

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