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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

Applied Christianity

I once talked with a man who was convinced that Christianity was a failure. His conclusion was based on the fact that while our cities are full of churches and preachers, our world is getting worse and worse.

If you think about this criticism, you must agree that there is much religion in America that has little effect on the daily lives of people. While the number of church members may grow each year, so does lawlessness and immorality. But does this mean that Christianity is a failure? No. At the close of World War I a soap manufacturer, walking down the street with his pastor, was bemoaning the “failure” of Christianity. He said to his pastor, “After 19 centuries of preaching and teaching Christ, there is still so much evil in the world. I don’t see how you can go on preaching the Gospel.” 

“I don’t see how you can go on manufacturing soap,” retorted the pastor. “Look at the little urchin playing in the gutter. Neck and ears filthy. There’s still so much dirt in the world. Soap is such a failure.”

“But,” countered the soap manufacturer, “If people will just apply the soap, they’ll be clean.”

“Yes,” concluded the pastor, “and if men will but apply Christ to their daily living, they will also be clean.” 

The evil of today’s world is not due to Christianity’s failure, but to our failure to apply our Christianity. As writer G.K. Chesterton said, "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and not tried."

Attend church Sunday, listen to God’s word, then apply it to your daily life and you and the world will both be better because of it.

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