1. Don’t get in the habit (or, if you already do it, get out of the habit) of saying, “I could never talk about these things the way my pastor does.”
  2. Are you on the receiving end of freedom? Or are you trying to make yourself free?
  3. He shows up when we are at our worst to usher us back to his side, lead us to repentance, rescue us, and reclaim us as his own.
  4. The number forty calls to remembrance narratives of God’s great acts of redemption, but also our conformity to and participation in those narratives.
  5. We are the fruit that grows from the branch, which extends from the trunk of the tree, which is rooted in the soil that it grows out of, which is all Christ.
  6. Regularly reading and hearing God’s Word helps us to keep a song in our hearts.
  7. At the Transfiguration, we say farewell to alleluia and hello to the horrific reality of our lost condition.
  8. In the Word, you find peace. It proclaims peace first between you and God because of Jesus. That empowers you to deal peacefully with others and brings you peace of mind.
  9. The following poem was written by Tanner Olson to accompany 1517’s 2023 Advent Resources, The Clothing of the King. Advent begins this Sunday.
  10. This is an excerpt from Chad Bird’s book, Your God is Too Glorious, 2nd Edition
  11. Every Christian should understand what it means to have a Great High Priest