1. Christianity is not principally about ethics. It was the Cross on the Hill rather than the Sermon on the Mount which produced the impact of Christianity upon the world.
  2. He has given us more than a surprise Gospel in our text. He has given us everything we need for life and salvation in Him.
  3. The further up and further into the season of Epiphany we get, the bigger the grace of God in Christ is, the brighter the Light of Christ shines, and the more blessed we are in Jesus' epiphany for us.
  4. In this episode of Preaching the Text, we discuss the beatitudes – what Luther once described as the devil's favorite text of scripture to distort.
  5. In this episode of Preaching the Text, we talk about Matthew's account of the beginning of Christ's ministry, especially his first sermon.
  6. Though it may feel to us like the darkness is winning, God’s Word reveals the darkness is waning. The Light of the world has come.
  7. The Church becomes anti-church when the new world order Christ inaugurated by eliminating demographic division through the commonality of Baptism is exploded by allegiance to cults of personality.
  8. No matter how dark it gets you have more reason to have “increased joy” and to “rejoice and be glad” (verse 3) because you have the word of promise and its fulfillment in Christ.

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