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Luke 18:1-8 Sunday

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The woman comes off poorly.  She always has.  Some said she was “irrational,” maybe even hysterical. Let’s break down some negative stereotypes and forever rid ourselves of them. Where is the SYMPATHY that she is a “starving widow,” “begging” or “crying out” for her very existence? Where is there outrage at injustice? Doubly veiled, wearing […]

Luke 18:1-8

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  “The Fixer” The “MASTER STORYTELLER” was at it again!  He had this WAY of pulling you into the heart of his message. We do not “get” the whole WIDOW thing in the time of Jesus.  We are too far removed. But I can tell you this: Women’s behavior was extremely limited.  Married women were […]

Luke 17:11-19

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Was Jesus an “OUTLAW?”  Did he act as a “RENEGADE?”  Did “others” view him to be “UNCONVENTIONAL,” “REBELLIOUS” and dare we say, “RADICAL?” Some maybe even viewed him as being a “FUGITIVE.”  I tell ya it is complicated…very complicated! It depends greatly on WHO you TALK TO. Some said he could do no wrong.  Others, […]

Luke 17:11-19

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“Hold your horses, don’t get too big for your britches,” was an “old time saying…” This weekend we are talking about “MARGINALIZED POPULATIONS.” People that seemingly just “DO NOT FIT IN” or are somehow “seemingly DIFFERENT”…and so they are “ostracized…” I tell you…LEPERS are “a plenty.” Dependent upon WHO YOU ARE and WHERE YOU LIVE, […]

Luke 17:1-9

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I learned a great deal about “SIZES” working at Breslauer’s Department Store 1236 East 53rd Street in Hyde Park (Chicago.) The OWNERS were the “neatest couple ever” Stevie and Gus BRESLAUER…they owned the department store since BEFORE the depression began. As a matter of fact, Stevie worked there until the age of 91, 68 years […]

Luke 17:5-10

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What a great text! We’ve all heard it many times during our life time. It is almost proverbial. Yeah, it’s that GOOD! “They” want “MORE faith.” And of course, you KNOW who “they” are! “THEY” would be the 12 disciples. “They” want theirs SUPERSIZED. “They” want theirs INCREASED. Apparently, “they” are not satisfied with “what […]

Luke 16:19-31

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Just some “curious random thoughts” here: Jesus is still addressing the Pharisees who were identified as being “lovers of money.” This story appears to be a WARNING..but to whom? With references to “Father Abraham,” “Moses” and to the “Prophets,” the “Jewish-ness” of this story is being underscored…and highlighted The RICH MAN is NOT named. Why? […]

Luke 10. 17-20 “Michael and All Angels”

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Angel’s stories originally flowed from ANCIENT TRADITIONS. Angel and “angel stories” PRE DATE the OLDEST Hebrew texts in the BIBLE. The whole SUMERIAN culture who PRE DATE even the EGYPTIAN society, are the OLDEST ANCIENT CIVILIZATION who used winged humans in their carvings and in their statues. The SUMERIANS tell the “oldest known angel stories” […]

Luke 16. 1-13

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Some athletes, entertainers and CEOs receive “astronomical salaries,” as you well know… They take “all they can get” and use it for “their own personal interests and life styles”…and why wouldn’t they? They actually seem to set “an example” for our culture which spends so much “to entertain themselves” when countless millions in the world […]

Luke 16. 1-13 “Count on the Grace of your Master!”

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A “Weird thing” started happening sometime around the 4th century. Chapters and Verses…were being added to the Scriptures – so that people could “find things” more readily. It was the MONKS who established these various “ARTIFICIAL Divisions.” The story of the “Prodigal Son” in chapter 15 was “FOREVER DISTANCED” from the Parable of the Unjust […]