My Latest Daily Devotions : Luke

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Luke

Introduction  The physician, the scholar, the servant!  We are going to spend some time on the life of Jesus. I’ve been reading, studying, and reflecting on Jesus for about 50 years. I still haven’t come even close to plumbing the depth of his Life; His words and the depth, breadth, and length of His person.   The study of the wonder of Jesus is before us.  Jesus is everywhere in the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. But God was kind to give us four distinct pictures of the earthly life of Jesus to begin the New Testament; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. They certainly have similarities, but they are distinct as well. 

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Do Something, Part 1

Luke 1.1-4  1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us,   2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word,   3 it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus;   4 so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.  These opening verses form one long sentence, written by Luke, in polished and literary classical Greek. The rest of the book is written in the basic Greek language of the common people. This is the opening line of a two-volume set, Luke and Acts, that chronicles the sweeping history of the founding of Christianity.  

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Do Something, Part 2

Luke 1.1-4  1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us,   2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word,   3 it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus;   4 so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.   The beloved physician Luke is the human author of the Bible book before us. Luke opens with a formal prologue addressed to a Roman dignitary. I tend to think that Luke intended the books of Luke and Acts for wide circulation but addressed it to a Roman dignitary as credibility. Regardless, he stated that it seemed fitting for him to write it. He decided to use his experiences, his relationship, and his God-given skills and gifts to provide a sweeping account of the early days of Christianity. God blessed his faithfulness to take action and serve us by writing this wonderful account of Jesus. 

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God Sent an Angel!

Luke 1.13  But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard." Another Victorious Testimony  Do you ever felt discouraged when God doesn’t answer your prayer? I believe every Christian has experienced this discouragement at some level. For some of us, the discouragement has been excruciating. We feel that our heartfelt petition (for a good thing) is being ignored.  We feel especially discouraged because we see God answering prayers for others and not us. Others testimonies should be encouraging to us, but we secretly may whisper, ‘ why doesn’t this happen to me?’ Often, others give testimony at church and tell of amazing answers to prayer. It is supposed to encourage us and give us hope. But it often causes an opposite emotion within us.

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