The Cross-Shaped Gospel

When Jesus Christ died on the cross, something happened as a result of which the world was a different place. That act of love not only impacted and influenced all who were living in the 1st Century, but its impact and influence have carried on to today! Crucifixion was the most horrible fate that humans […]

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God’s Perfect Timing

God’s perfect timing… But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, Galatians 4:4. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly, Romans 5:6. Background to the Triumphal Entry John informs us that this event occurred on […]

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A Miracle In The Making Luke 5:12-16

A miracle is the Kingdom of God breaking through into the kingdom of man and meeting a need, causing a change, demonstrating God’s power to transform. Jesus came to do the miraculous, Luke 4:18-19. Today’s message is about a miraculous event… The need…a man with leprosy, v. 12. Leprosy affects the whole person: Physically – […]

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Jesus knows more about our life than we can possibly know…and He knows how to make it work. Add to that, He is willing and able to make our life the best it can be. Jesus sees in us our potential for greatness. Jesus prepares His future disciples with His purpose, vs. 1-3. Setting: A […]

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A Day In The Life Luke 4:31-41

So far, in our studies in the Gospel of Luke, we have seen that John the Baptist, God the Father, the devil, and the Holy Scriptures spoke as witnesses to the identity of Jesus. Today, we’ll see that demons also spoke as witnesses to His identity, Luke 4:34, 41. The setting: Capernaum, on the Sabbath, […]

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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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