“Fear or Faith” 2 Timothy 1:1–14; St. Luke 17:5–10

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)   Timothy was a protégé of Paul the Apostle. He was from Asia Minor, modern Turkey. His mother was a Jewish Christian and his father was Greek. When the Apostle met […]

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Covetousness or Generosity 1 Timothy 6:11–19; St. Luke 16:19–31

“We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” The Minister speaks these words at the beginning of a funeral, as the body is brought into the church, and the bell tolls. They follow after other sentences that proclaim the hope of the Resurrection. They are nonetheless an honest recognition […]

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“The Cost of Discipleship” St. Luke 14:25–33

The Apostle Paul seems to have a lot to say about bowels. Yes, you heard that right, bowels. As in: viscera, innards, guts. “The bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother,” he tells Philemon. And again, he urges, “Refresh my bowels in the Lord.” What in the world is the Apostle talking about? […]

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“The Strait Gate”St. Luke 13:22–30

“Strive to enter in at the strait gate.” (Luke 13:24)   “Are there few that be saved?” This is the question someone asks Jesus as he journeys to Jerusalem. It’s a question that falls beside the point, spoken by a man who fails to see what is before him. The Savior of the world, journeying […]

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“The One About the Samaritan” St. Luke 10:25–37

  “But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him.” (Luke 10:33)     You know this story. The one about the man beaten and left for dead along the side of the road. About the priest and the Levite—how they don’t do […]

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