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A Passage To Ponder: Luke 15

Last night at the Florida College Lectures, Phillip Shumake, presented a lesson from Luke 15, on probably the most famous of Jesus’ parables. Like Phillip and the Dutch artist Rembrandt, whose masterpiece depicted the return of the Prodigal, we also share fascination with this parable.

These parables were precipitated, as Phillip pointed out, by the Pharisees who criticized Jesus and murmured, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” The insinuation and implication is that Jesus associates with sinners because he is one of them. In other words, “birds of a feather flock together.”

In response to their accusations, Jesus told three parables. The lost sheep. The lost coin. And the lost son. Indeed these parable are like “a three act play” that present a unifying theme. All three were lost. And all three were diligently sought. And when they were found rejoicing ensued. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Acts 15:1-29

Have you heard the old joke about the fellow who studied the Bible by letting it fall open and putting his finger on a verse for instruction and inspiration?

The first verse he turned to was Matthew 27:5. It said, “Judas went out and hanged himself.”

“Wait a minute!” he cried out. “This could not be right. I’ll try again.” Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Acts 10:1-2

“The Sinner’s Prayer,” is popular in Evangelical circles and often seen as a moment defining one’s salvation.

Also known as “The Salvation Prayer” we’ve seen versions of it printed in tracts, heard it preached in radio sermons and seen it offered on TV commercials by Evangelicals as a way to accept Jesus into your heart and be saved. One version goes like this. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: 1Samuel 2:12-17

In recent days and weeks, two well-known religious leaders have been in the news. But for all the wrong reasons.

It has been learned since his death in May 2020, that Ravi Zacharias, described as one of “the Evangelical world’s most respected apologists,” was a sexual predator. A detailed story by David French in “The Dispatch” describes the shocking account of how this founder of an international ministry “leveraged his reputation” to seduce women all over the world. Multiple sources confirm the sordid double life Zacharias was leading. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Luke 24:13-35

Sad. Sorrowful. Somber.

Disappointed. Despondent. Dejected.

Heavyhearted. Heartbroken. Hopeless.

These words all describe Cleopas and his friend who walked seven miles to the village of Emmaus from Jerusalem.

You can almost see their slumped shoulders as they wearily plod along the road talking about the unprecedented events of the past three days. Continue reading

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A Passage to Ponder: Psalm 116:15

Some words or phrases don’t seem to go together. For example.

Icy hot.

Jumbo shrimp.

New antiques.

Sorta married.

Kinda pregnant.

Open secret. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Joshua 4:6-7

Guidelines devotional blogger, Darlene Sala, tells a story about a family who was involved in a serious automobile accident.

The severity of the wreck completely totaled the car. It was amazing there were no fatalities. In fact, not one family member suffered any long terms injuries or effects from the accident. What they did next was unusual, but ingenious. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Luke 9:57-62

Martin Luther is reputed to have once said, “A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing and suffers nothing, is worth nothing.”

Or as Tennessee preacher, Greg Nance expressed it, “We need to ask ourselves, am I just tagging along or truly following Jesus?

The essence of discipleship is following Jesus. It calls for commitment. Requires dedication. Demands loyalty. And is a daily endeavor. Discipleship is not an event. It’s a process Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Luke 4:13

There’s an old joke about a young newly-wed sitting at his desk paying bills when he came to the credit card statement. As he scanned through the charges he noticed a charge of $250 on his wife’s card from a department store. He hollered for his wife to join him.

“How could you spend $250 at a department store?” he asked.

“Well,” she said, “I was standing in the store looking for a dress. Then, I found myself trying it on. It was like the devil whispering to me, ‘You look really good in this dress. You should buy it.’” Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Colossians 3:12-14

“Dress For Success” was a 1975 bestseller by John T. Molloy about the importance and impact of clothing in a person’s personal and business life. It was followed in 1977 by “The Women’s Dress for Success Book.” These two books popularized the concept of “power dressing.”

Based on scientific data, Molloy not only discussed wearing the right clothes for the right occasion but how one’s attire has a subconscious impact on others who judge you by the clothes you’re wearing. His works were so widely received that Time magazine called Molloy “America’s first wardrobe engineer.’ Continue reading

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