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. Grace is God’s caring disposition toward His human creatures. And it is shown fully and purely in the work of Jesus for us.
  6. Today, Jesus' road to Jerusalem turns into your congregation. He calls you and your hearers to follow Him all the way home.
  7. Honor would be shown to the least. Power would be shown by its opposite. The way of glory was marked with humility.
  8. God’s promise never to separate us from the love of Jesus means that our security, and our confidence, and our forgiveness—even for our part in past divisions—depends entirely on His faithfulness and not ours.
  9. Our enemy is both external AND internal. Outside of us AND inside of us. It is the old evil foe who prowls around us AND the old Adam who wreaks havoc inside each of us.
  10. No longer do we read about Jesus promising to satisfy and raise and abide in His people. Instead, we encounter a Jesus who goes on the attack.
  11. Jesus, the Son of God from all eternity, the agent of creation, the Savior of all people, promises to abide IN His people.

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