1. This is the prelude of Easter. Is a dead Jesus still resting in the tomb? No!
  2. This is the message of Lent. We are not called to sacrifice for Jesus in order to earn our salvation. Rather, we are called to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us.
  3. Rightly distinguishing between law and gospel, as Paul helps us see in 2 Corinthians 3, is, quite literally, a matter of life and death.
  4. Christ our Word, as with a two-edged sword, burst the devil's belly.
  5. Jesus not only healed her daughter, but he also gave himself to her. Wherever she went from then on, he was with her.
  6. The law had to have its way with the expert to bring him around (and back) to Abraham's response.
  7. Maybe, just maybe, our goal for 2023 should not be to live more but to die more.
  8. We will not become hopeless because the Lord is with us.
  9. While the world is full of horizons and endpoints, for Christians, there is always tomorrow, and there are people in that tomorrow waiting for us as we wait for them.
  10. We ache in eager anticipation as we see Christ in action and as we take in the snapshots of his life, death, and resurrection.
  11. Help comes for those who cannot help themselves. When we bottom-out and come to the end of ourselves, that is where hope springs.
  12. Our God is a living God and he listens to our cries for help.