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March 19, 2018

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Reading along with us in Luke? Here’s today’s reading:

Luke 17 (ESV)

And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you....Continue Reading

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  1. This entire chapter shares a common theme that is counter cultural we are to follow the ways of Christ in matters of temptation matters of faith matters of service matters of gratitude
    One common concept is it is not about self rather it is about a comprehensive relationship with God in all aspects of our brief life

  2. were cleansed. 15Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

  3. Well said Jim! And as we do orient our lives to God, in obedience, in not leading others to sin, forgiving others, serving and being grateful for all God does for us, we recognize that our lives here on earth is culminating in Jesus’ return. don’t be fooled by false Messiahs, but also don’t miss that Jesus will come suddenly. Life will seem to be going along normally and then boom, Jesus will say, surprise!

  4. “Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9 Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”

    These are my “go to” verses when I am feeling unappreciated or feel like I am “doing everything” and others are doing nothing or if I think God is asking me to do something that is difficult. It’s funny, after all God has done for me, how I can still feel entitled to recognition or praise or appreciation or even leisure. This should be our response when praised for good works, “we are unworthy servants, we have only done our duty.”

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