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According to Luke: The Storm Before The Calm

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According to Luke: The Storm Before The Calm
Opening Illustration: It was just a week or so ago that we experienced the reality of Hurricane Michael. Michael took the normal quiet tranquility of the panhandle of Florida and turned it into a nasty mess of a war zone. Winds clocking in at 150 mph took well built homes and turned them into heaps of firewood. Trees were striped of their leaves and branches. Businesses that had been in operation for more than 5 decades were blown off the map as if they had never been built or even existed. It is estimated that more than 50 people might have lost their lives. 
Storms, especially hurricanes, are scary. Hurricanes were not something that I ever thought much about until I moved here. It is good reminder thought that hurricanes don’t always have names do they. Sometimes the hurricanes take different forms. We call these the storms of life. Some of us are going through the storms right now. A storm could be a serious illness, the death of a love…

According To Luke: Let Your Light Shine

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According To Luke: Let Your Light Shine
Opening Illustration: Saved By The Light In February 1954, a navy pilot set out on a night-training mission from a carrier off the coast of Japan. While he was taking off in stormy weather, his directional finder malfunctioned, and he mistakenly headed in the wrong direction. To make matters worse, his instrument panel suddenly short-circuited, burning out all the lights in the cockpit.
The pilot "looked around … and could see absolutely nothing; the blackness outside the plane had suddenly come inside." Nearing despair, he looked down and thought he saw a faint blue-green glow trailing along in the ocean's ebony depths. His training had prepared him for this moment, and he knew in an instant what he was seeing: a cloud of phosphorescent algae glowing in the sea that had been stirred up by the engines of his ship. It was the "least reliable and most desperate method" of piloting a plane back onto a ship safely, but the pilo…

According To Luke: Cultivating A Teachable Heart

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According To Luke: Cultivating A Teachable Heart
Opening Illustration: The other day my youngest son Jett had it in his mind that he wanted to plant apple trees. He was determined. He informed me on the best way to grow an apple orchard. I thought that I might share with you the wisdom of a 6 year old. First, find a fully ripened apple. Check. Did that and ready to go. Next, you eat that apple. Well, not the entire apple, just a portion of the apple. You eat enough of the apple to get to the seeds that are in the middle. Check! Got it. So I found Jett and apple and that’s exactly what he did. He ate that apple right down to the seeds. Then he told me that we needed to plant the seeds. Made sense to me. So Jett and I went outside and found a pot. The pot was a little stale. The dirt had not been moved around for a while so Jett and I got a spade and chopped up the dirt so the seed would have some room to grow. Then Jett noticed that there were some weeds in the pot so we pulled those o…