Thought For The Day 10/06/13

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This Is The Word Of The Lord

 Sunday October 6th, 2013

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Luke the Evangelist, author of one of the four Gospels of Jesus Christ, was a Greco-Syrian physician who lived in the Greek city of Antioch, Syria. He is believed to have authored the “Gospel according to Luke” and the book of “Acts of the Apostles”.  

Luke’s writings exclude himself from being an eyewitness to Jesus ministry, but he does allude as to his presence at the Pauline missions described in Acts. 

There is a possibility that Luke was a Gentile rather than a Jew, and it appears he was with the Apostle Paul in Rome during Paul’s final days. His passing was at age 84, reportedly in Boeotia. Luke’s Tomb was located in Thebes (Greece) and following the discovery, his relics were moved to Constantinople.

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Today’s Gospel Reading

Luke 17:5-10 NLT  

 

 

The apostles said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith.”

The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea,’ and it would obey you!

“When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, does his master say, ‘Come in and eat with me’?  No, he says, ‘Prepare my meal, put on your apron, and serve me while I eat. Then you can eat later.’  And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not. In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.’”

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What Does Luke Mean?

These verses are some additional “pearls” of Christ as He instructs the Disciples in the aspects of faith in verses 5 and 6 and then in what His expectations for them are in verses 7 through 10. And the verses, although seeming to be disparate, are really the lessons they need to learn to prepare them for the duties they will be performing. 

The lessons are never an easy explanation for them to grasp as they seek to learn from Him. And at times, Christ may even have become irritated by them. Look at his lesson of the mustard seed (and even Mark’s lesson about God moving a mountain into the sea)! But, the bottom line is that He had a relatively short time to impart all that they would need to understand to carry on His Father’s teachings when He could not! 

Mandy

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Habakkuk 1:2-3 NIV

Habakkuk’s Complaint

How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds.

Habakkuk 2:2-4 NIV

The Lord’s Answer

Then the Lord replied:

“Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.

“See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright— but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness—

Amen.

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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