1. But miraculous as was Mary's faith and as extraordinary as was the manner of His conception, it is the identity and work of the boy which makes Him so significant, especially for your hearers.
  2. This Sunday offers you the opportunity to speak a word which exposes, enlightens, and ultimately enlivens your hearers as they prepare to celebrate Christmas.
  3. Mark reminds us in this text that John was a redirection specialist. Come to think of it, so are you.
  4. As we do our part in the mission of our Master, we join with all believers to keep a constant and uninterrupted vigil until the great day of His return.
  5. Matthew makes it abundantly clear that Joseph lacked one thing: Control. He may have been the titular head of his emerging household, but he was clearly not in charge. God was, as God always is.
  6. John the Baptist’s question in our text offers you an opportunity to help your congregation take seriously the doubts experienced by those who live by faith.
  7. The Lord is coming, that much is certain. He is coming to reign, not only over the heavens, but also over the members of your congregation.
  8. The creation of this word reminds us that the Magnificat, like Christmas itself, is charged from the start with joy and praise.
  9. Sometimes it is the unnamed characters in the Bible who can most help present-day readers find their own place in the biblical story.
  10. Like Isaiah and John, we look forward to that great and glorious day, trusting the resurrected One will return as He promised.
  11. At the center of this gospel reading is a conversation. It was of the memorable variety. It involved a peasant girl from a small town and a mighty messenger from God.
  12. Whatever else may come, however worse it may get, the light has come and will come again.

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