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According to Luke: Seasons

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According to Luke: Seasons



Opening Illustration: I have long said that we live in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. There is beautiful nature all around. This may be a beautiful place to live, but we are experiencing one of the greatest times to live here as well. What is the time I am talking about? Spring of course. Spring on the Eastern Shore is a magical time for me and my family. I love how the Eastern Shore transforms from deep winter to beautiful spring. 
Now I do not so much enjoy the pollen, but I do enjoy the transition. 
It reminds me of Solomon’s words in Ecclesiastes. 
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 KJV 1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and…

According To Luke: Hungry?

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According To Luke: Hungry?
Opening Illustration: Have you ever been hungry? I mean really hungry? Do we even know what hungry looks like? I dare say that most of us have never felt real hunger. Perhaps we have felt hunger pains, but never real long lasting hunger. It is easy for us to feel hungry and immediately meet that need. Even the homeless in America can generally find 2-3 squares a day to eat. I cannot tell you how many times in the 7 and a half years I have served here as pastor that our staff members or myself have gone to Publix or Wal-Mart to purchase food for hungry people. Food is pretty easy to come by here. 
However, when you leave America, hunger is easily found. I have been to Haiti and China. I have seen what real hunger looks like in those places. I have have seen starving children up close and it is a heart breaking thing to witness. When people realize that we adopted a son from China, the question that follows that realization is why. Why did you adopt from there…