Dave Pipitone

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The Epiphany of the Lord According to Matthew

The Epiphany of the Lord is an infancy narrative, an account of magi from the East, observing a star and following it to meet a newborn king. The Gospel Account The newborn king is Jesus, with Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. The Magi arrive in Jerusalem to consult with King Herod and learn of the […]

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Jesus Calms the Storm

Introduction This Gospel story contains the account of Jesus calming the storm at sea, according to the Gospel of Matthew. The Gospel Account In this account, Jesus is traveling by sea to the other side of the territory. The sea in biblical times represents the unknown, chaotic, part of reality where humans have little control. […]

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The Fig Tree Gardener according to Luke

Introduction Jesus came to reunite the lost children of Israel and humanity with God and to restore the Reign of God on earth.   Human sin separates us from God. The way back to God is to repent (change from evil behavior) and believe in Jesus.   Lent is a special season that allows God […]

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The Transfiguration of Jesus According to the Gospel of Luke

Introduction The great Shema Prayer of the Jewish religion taught to all children, starts with the words “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.”   The very first word of the prayer starts with the command: “Hear.” Listen.  This Gospel passage tells about Jesus and His disciples going  to pray, to […]

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The Temptation of Jesus According to the Gospel of Luke

The Gospel Account The Temptation of Jesus is an account of Jesus entering the wilderness to fast and pray before He begins His public ministry. The devil appears and tempts Jesus three times to get Jesus to abandon His work of preaching, teaching, and healing. Jesus refutes the devil each time, using God’s own Word […]

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The Transfiguration of Jesus According to Mark

The Transfiguration of Jesus is an account of Jesus taking His top three disciples up the mountain to pray. While praying, Jesus’ clothing and appearance shine with a dazzling light. Moses and Elijah, two of the great leaders of the Jewish faith, appear and talk with Jesus. The disciples witness this magnificent change and offer […]

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The Parable of the Prodigal Son

The Gospel of Luke contains the parable of the prodigal son. The religious authorities of Jesus’ day, the scribes and pharisees, are complaining that Jesus welcomes sinners and eats with them. Jesus tells a parable (or story) of a man with two sons. One of the sons, the younger one, asks his father for his […]

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Mission of the 72: Luke’s Gospel

Background The inspiration for this Decade a Day comes from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 10, verses 1-12. In the story, Jesus instructs a number of His followers to preach the Gospel and heal the sick in the neighboring towns. (Click here to read this Gospel account – Mission of the 72.) How to Pray […]

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