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According To Luke: Follow Me

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According To Luke: Follow Me
Illustration: Over the Christmas holidays, my family did some traveling. We spent a grand total of 18 hours in the van together. It was a rich and rewarding experience. As we traveled we played a little game where we would count car tags from other states.  We got to 39 states and two different tags from Canada. Not to bad. While counting tags, I also noticed the dizzying array of bumper stickers. 
There is a lot of wisdom in bumper stickers you know. One of the more interesting ones that I saw said this, “Don’t follow me, Im lost too”. 
Now that’s pretty funny. There is a lot of truth in that statement. I don’t know about you but I have been guilty of following the wrong person. Going the wrong direction. I have ended up more lost that when I started. Answer this question for me:
Who Are You Following?
Luke 5:27-32 ESV 27 After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” 28 And leaving eve…

According to Luke: Loving The Lepers

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According to Luke: Loving The Lepers 


Welcome:
Woman took her husband to the doctor’s office. After his checkup the doctor said, ‘Your husband is suffering from a very serious illness’.
The husband was hard of hearing and said, ‘What did he say?’ ‘He says you are sick’.
The doctored continued, ‘But there is hope. You just need to reduce his stress. Each morning, give him a full breakfast. Always be pleasant and nice and kind. For lunch and dinner make him his favorite meals. Never argue with him and always keep yourself looking as perfect as possible. Basically cater to his every whim or he won’t make it’.
The hard of hearing husband again said, ‘What did he say?’ HE SAYS YOU ARE GONNA DIE
Only thing worse than being so sick is not having any hope of a cure.
Opening Illustration: Don’t Be A Fanatic 
A story from the Peanut’s cartoons - you know - with Snoopy and Charlie Brown:

It’s Christmas time and Lucy comes in where Charlie Brown is standing and says, "Merry Christmas, Charlie Bro…

Wise Men Still Seek Him

Wise Men Still Seek Him
Opening Illustration: When I was a sophomore in college, I had a buddy come back to school from summer break with a old Jeep. It was white, it had a great lift on it and it had tires that you just wanted to drive through mud with. 
Well one day, that’s exactly what we did. We took his Jeep off road. As he was driving, we found ourself in a wet valley in Shelby County.  It was wet and it was really muddy. Eventually he got the Jeep stuck.  It didn’t seem to matter what we did, the Jeep wouldn’t budge.  
So, we made our way to a phone and called someone to pull us out of the mud. Sure enough, a wrecker showed up.  He made his way into the pit and he informed my friend that he did not need to be pulled out of the mud.  He told us that we were not really stuck at all. He pointed to a gearshift lever that we had not noticed and explained that the jeep had a pulling gear. He showed my friend how to operate the gear; and, the jeep pulled right out of the sand. He then …