Luke 16

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“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.

– Luke 16:10

God is seeking faithfulness, and He will reward faithfulness with more responsibility over which we may exercise faithfulness. Seek for faithful justice, and God will be liberal in His accounting His goods into your care.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Luke 15

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‘It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’ ”

– Luke 15:32

You’re probably familiar with this story of the prodigal son. It’s a mainstay in Sunday school and a powerful picture of our Father God’s gracious forgiveness. But the end of the story has always been striking to me.

It breaks my heart, probably because I can (ashamedly) see myself in the (wrong) reaction of the prodigal’s brother. Upon hearing that his father had graciously and rejoicingly welcomed his wayward younger brother home, the older brother stomps away angry.

I’m convicted! Too often my heart gets angry when I see God’s gracious blessings poured out upon some of my brothers. “Lord help me!”

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Luke 14

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“For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

– Luke 14:11

I’ve never met a person who enjoys being humbled. We all have “that story.” You know, the one where you basically fell flat on your face and were totally embarrassed? Yeah, you were humbled. No one likes that, but there is not a person alive that doesn’t like to be honored.

Jesus gives us the simple algorithm for exaltation. But it requires the very thing we have an aversion to. If you humble yourself, you will be one day exalted.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Luke 13

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“I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
“I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

– Luke 13:3 & 5

We have a tendency to look around at the people we share the world with and the events they are going through and think, “Man, those people need to get their act together. They need to turn their lives around and repent, or else they’re going to be in trouble.” Yep, you’ve thought it before, and so have I. Jesus has a simple response; “Do you think that they are worse sinners? I tell you, No! And unless you repent, you will one day be in trouble.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Luke 12

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“Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.

– Luke 12:23

Twelve simple words from Luke 12 that I need to be reminded of often. My tendency (and your’s too) is to be absorbed in the things of this life. Throughout the New Testament I am reminded to set my mind on things above and not on the things of this earthly life.

A simple and helpful reminder as we finish out another week.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Luke 11

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But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

– Luke 11:28

In Luke 1 it is recorded that the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary, “blessed are you among women!” In Luke 11:27 it is recorded that an unnamed woman in the multitude of Jesus’ followers raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!” Luke 11:28 is Christ’s response.

Yes, Mary was and is most certainly blessed among women, but you and I have the opportunity to be blessed also, and even to a greater extent. How? By hearing and doing the word of God.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Luke 10

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“He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”

– Luke 10:16

Rejection is hard. I’ve yet to meet the person who takes it well. Myself included. But when, in sharing the grace and goodness of Jesus, we are rejected, we need to keep in mind that it is ultimately a refusal of Christ, and His great grace.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Luke 9

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Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

– Luke 9:23

Each of the 4 gospel accounts record some form of this powerful word of Christ, but only Luke records that truth of continual, daily self denial. The Apostle Paul (Luke’s close friend, and no doubt his key source) also wrote of the need to “die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31).

With every passing day of walking with Jesus the more I realize the necessity for continual self denial. I look forward, with great expectation, to the day when this fallen nature is gone for good. But until then, I do need to die daily.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Luke 8

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“Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

– Luke 8:39

The commission given to the demoniac delivered from a legion of demons is the same given to you and me. “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.”

Who can argue with a changed life? That’s why your testimony is so important and powerful. Don’t ever underestimate the potency of proclaiming the great things that Jesus has done for you.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim

Luke 7

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“And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

– Luke 7:23

It is easy to become upset or offended with the Lord when He doesn’t meet your expectations. I think that’s where John the Baptist was in his heart and mind when he sent his closest friends to Jesus, while he sat in prison, awaiting execution.

John’s predicament was “for righteousness sake.” He’d done nothing worthy of imprisonment and death, but that’s what awaited him. I’m sure he was discouraged. I’m sure this wasn’t what he expected. Certainly he thought things would be better for him at this point in the game. Jesus’ word to John is challenging to me. Things don’t always go the way I think they should for me (as a follower and servant of God), but “Blessed is he who is not offended” when He doesn’t work the way I think He should or would.

For more thought on this, I highly recommend the book “The Prisoner in the Third Cell” by Gene Edwards.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim