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No Room for Jesus

Luke 2:7

Of all the words that Luke wrote none have captured the hearts and minds of people quite like verse 7, chapter 2, when he said, “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.”

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The ABCs of Salvation

Luke 2:41-52

There are few things in all this world more important than the religious training of children. We are given some insight as to the importance of that in the life and the ministry of our Lord. In the New Testament we are given great detail concerning the birth of Jesus. Then, for the remainder of his life until he enters his p...

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The Geneology of Jesus

Luke 3:23, 38

There is a story about a painter by the name of Stenberg who was struck with the beauty of a Romani girl. He took her to his studio and frequently had her sit for him. At the time he was also working on his masterpiece, “Christ on the Cross,” and the girl used to watch him paint. One day she said to him, “He...

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Baptized with Fire and the Holy Ghost

Luke 3:16

For many years when you wanted to say that a preacher had gone to be alone with God, to pray, to study, and to renew himself, you would use the biblical phrase, “He has gone to the desert.” Since the scandals of recent days have revealed the opulence and the luxury of many television evangelists, if today you say...

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The Baptism of Jesus

Luke 3:21-22

There were three ministers—a Roman Catholic priest, a Presbyterian, and a Baptist—arguing about which church Jesus would join if he were to come back to earth again. The Roman Catholic priest said, “Jesus would join the Roman Catholic Church and he would serve his holiness, the pope.”

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The All-Encompassing Gospel

Luke 4:24-30

Somebody asked Mother Teresa if she thought she would ever go to the moon. She said, “If there were people there, I’m sure that I and my sisters would go.” That is the spirit that ought to characterize the people of God, for that is the Spirit of God himself. 

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We Don't Have to Yield to Temptation

Luke 4:1-13

In Luke chapter four we find the account of the temptation of Jesus, and today we are going to think about Jesus’ temptation and our own. In considering the experience of Jesus’ temptation we come to understand some things about our own temptation that will help us as we deal with life and as we seek to live victo...

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The New Idea

Luke 5:36-39

I once read an article in Reader’s Digest that I wasn’t able to forget. It emphasized in a new and fresh way something I had known for a long, long time, and that is that every new idea has to fight for its existence and for its acceptance. The article’s title was “They Created the Jet Ag...

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Nevertheless

Luke 5:5

I have been thinking about a little story I read sometime ago about this man who went to the doctor for a checkup. “I have bad news for you,” the doctor said. “You are going to have to change the way you are living or you will be dead in three months. You need more rest. You need more nutritious meals. Your...

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Today's Devotional

Togetherness in Marriage

Celebrated English poet John Milton said, “Loneliness is the first thing which God’s eye named not good.” There is a loneliness in us that only God can satisfy. But there is also a type of loneliness—a longing for togetherness—that only another can satisfy. We all need the togetherness that only another human can provide. Ruth expresses the kind of togetherness I am talking about when she said, “Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me” (Ruth 1:16-17).

This was Ruth speaking to her mother-in-law, of course. But it is equally a statement of the complete togetherness that is to characterize marriage. In marriage we need to be together in the following ways:

1. Physically. “Whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge.” God’s plan for marriage is that we leave our father and our mother and be with our mate. This leaving is to be total so that the new relationship can be shared totally. You should leave your parents geographically (get out of their house), leave them economically (get out of their pocketbook), and leave them emotionally (get out of their hair).

2. Emotionally. “Thy people shall be my people.” Marriage is more than the blending of two lives, it is the blending of two families. You do marry a person’s family. If life is shared in the deepest sense, it must include a person’s family also.

3. Spiritually. “Thy God shall be my God.” There can be no complete togetherness without a sharing of your faith. Spiritual unity (i.e., being committed to Christ) is more important than denominational unity (i.e., being in the same church), but it is best when both are shared. Marriage is best when you can say, “Our Father, our house, our children, our church.”

4. Permanently. “Where thou diest, I will die.” Every day the distance time-wise between the marriage altar and the divorce court gets shorter and shorter. This ought not to be. It is God’s plan that two people be committed together for life. It is only when this is true that we find our highest fulfillment in marriage.

We should all work to strengthen togetherness in marriage. It is one of life’s greatest blessings.

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