Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — Daily Meditations

Recognizing Christ

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Recognizing Christ

Luke 19:41-44 I don't often imagine Jesus weeping, but here He is, weeping as He looks upon Jerusalem. He weeps because He not only knows the fate that will befall the city, but also the reason behind its destruction. Jerusalem and its inhabitants do not recognize Him. All of the readings this week are in some way concerned with idea of recognizing Christ. On Monday, the blind man recognizes Jesus even though blind. On Tuesday, Zacchaueus recognized Jesus and did whatever he could to get a better look at Him! On Wednesday, those who recognized the king by "trading" were...

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Talent on Loan from God

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Talent on Loan from God

Luke 19:11-28 Last night, I once again stood for a while at my back door and watched the sun go down over the hill. The display was absolutely brilliant, as usual. Waves of white clouds seemed to surge over the house and as they drew closer to the hill they were transformed into incredible hues of crimson. As I stood in awe of the design before my eyes I couldn't help but take notice that every sunset I have ever seen has been different. Every one is new, fresh, and spectacular. If I were to see a picture of some...

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Taken or Left Behind? Which is better?

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Taken or Left Behind?  Which is better?

Luke 17:26-37 In recent years there has been a deluge of Apocalyptic literature produced in the Christian world. The Left Behind series comes to mind. In these books we are shown what happens to those who are "left behind" after the "rapture" (a recent theory that reared its head in the 19th century) which proposes that Jesus will return, take the good and leave the bad to be ruled by the anti-Christ for a period of time before the end of the world. Often, those who believe in the Rapture will point to today's Gospel as a proof-text to support...

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The Invisible Battlefield

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The Invisible Battlefield

Luke 17:20-25 Our God is a God of war indeed as scripture tells us (Psalm 24, 144).  However, His secret weapons are stealth and silence.  In today's Gospel Jesus warns us that we can't see the slow steady overthrow of Satan and that God's winning of the war will not be visible like an army of tanks rolling over the horizon.  He tells us that we won't be able to even observe the signs of the coming of the Kingdom.  The question then is, why not?  Why won't we be able to see the coming of the Kingdom?  Why won't...

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Living like a Healed Leper

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Living like a Healed Leper

Luke 17: 11-19 What if you spent your entire life believing a lie about yourself?  What if, at every turn, there was someone there whispering to you things like, "you aren't good enough", "you stink", "you'll always be this way", "you are a loser you know", "shut up, no one wants to hear your stupid ideas", "you can't change, it's just who you are?"  What would that, over time, do to anyone?  It's brainwashing but far worse because it is we who utter, or at least repeat, those words day after day. We all have that voice, to some extent...

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