1. God has the power to take that which is small, that which is overlooked, that which is despised, and use it to create something wonderful.
  2. I hope your people expect and even demand this of you. But how we proclaim the central message, that can (and probably should) vary.
  3. Morons though we all have been, there is nothing we need that Christ hasn’t given us.
  4. 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.
  5. When all the people had been baptized, when all the people had washed the filth of their sins into the water, Jesus went into the water to draw their sins unto Himself.
  6. Because we could never intuitively figure it out, God reveals Christ to us.
  7. For almost three years, I have produced a weekly video in the series “Reading the Gospels through Hebrew Eyes.” Here is an index of all the Gospel readings covered so far, with links to their YouTube videos.
  8. It makes perfect sense that the day honoring Jesus' birth would be observed in a decidedly less than refined manner.
  9. He is given His name so you could call on it. He is called Jesus, so you can call on Jesus and be saved.
  10. The eternal Word of God became a mortal human being, but not in some far-off heavenly realm. No, He took up residence among us.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
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