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2019 Update on Christian Persecution Worldwide

by Linda Sasso

 “2019 Update on Christian Persecution Worldwide” (Excerpts from Open Doors Ministry 2019 Report In China the figures indicate persecution is the worst it’s been in more than a decade … Worldwide, our data reveals that 13.9 percent more Christians are experiencing high levels of persecution than last year. That’s 30 million more people.’ INDIA, the […]

The Limitless Ministry of Jesus Christ

by Linda Sasso

The more we learn about Jesus, the more we realize that He is unlike any other. He is God made flesh Who dwelt among us (John 1:14). He is the Messiah and Savior of the world (John 4:42; 1John 4;14). He is the great healer (Luke 4:40). There is nothing He can’t do. Previously, Jesus […]

The Power of Christ

by Linda Sasso

In his account of the life of Christ, Luke has clearly given us evidence of the divinity and identity of Christ. We have heard from the prophets of old (Isaiah 7:14 & 60:1-3; Micah 5:2;  Hosea 11:1; Jeremiah 31:15), angels (Luke 1:26-33; 2:8-14), wise men (Matthew 2:1-11) and others (Luke 2:25-38) that Christ is indeed […]

Jesus, Our Jubilee

by Linda Sasso

Today’s text contains news of great joy to God’s people. In our story today, Jesus reveals Himself as our Jubilee. According to Jewish law, every fifty years they were to celebrate a “year of Jubilee” (Leviticus 25). This amazing event began on the Day of Atonement and accomplished wonderful things for the people of Israel. […]

Triumph Over Temptation

by Linda Sasso

God became a man and dwelt among us (John 1:14). Jesus, as the God/man modeled for us the way to victory over sin and temptation. He was tempted in every way yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). When Jesus faced temptation, he conquered it with the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17). […]

The Baptism of Jesus

by Linda Sasso

When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” […]

The Ministry of John the Baptist

by Linda Sasso

And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins… and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now […]

The Childhood of Jesus

by Linda Sasso

In today’s text, we get our only glimpse of Jesus’ childhood found in all of scripture. Little is known of Jesus childhood. The Lord in His wisdom only gave us what we need to know. And if this is the only story from Jesus childhood that God has given us, it must be of great […]

The First Witnesses to the Messiah’s Arrival

by Linda Sasso

As we study the birth of our Savior, we’ve already seen many witnesses to His glory and divine identity. We’ve heard from the angel Gabriel (Luke 1:14-17) who told of the coming of the Messiah to both Zachariah and Mary (Luke 1:31-33). John the Baptist, while still unborn, leaped for joy in the presence of the unborn Savior in Mary’s […]

Christmas in August?

by Linda Sasso

Though we are in the month of August, we come in our study of Luke to the Christmas story. The truth is, we don’t know if December 25th was the actual date of Jesus’ birth. As a matter of fact, it most likely wasn’t, as there were shepherds sleeping out in the fields at that […]