The Gospel of Christmas Text: Luke 2:1-20 Luke’s picture of the birth of Jesus is a study in opposites. On the one hand it is a glorious announcement about the birth of the Son of God on earth. Yet it happens in a largely private setting, in an unknown little barn in tiny Bethlehem. The…

The Meaning of the Magnificat Text: Luke 1:46-55 And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me,…

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Advent As some of you have learned, my wife is a real stickler about not playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving. As it happens, however, she lives in Central Florida, where folks begin celebrating Christmas the day after Halloween. Lights are up and trees and wreaths are hung all…

The Mountain of God and the Vision of Glory Text: Ex. 24:9-18 Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity. But…

Text: Ex. 17:8-16 Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek….

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