1. The Magnificat invites us to enter into, consider, and embrace the worldview of a teenaged Jewish girl and her geriatric aunt: The one bearing the prophet Elijah which was to come and the other carrying within her womb the God whom she and her nation worshipped and feared.
  2. John’s excitement invites his readers to lay hold of this above all else: The lavish love of God.
  3. Other non-Jews received healings, and these miracle-events illustratively preached the Gospel each time. Certainly, Jesus will jump on this opportunity, right? Wrong…at least for the moment.
  4. If Easter is about Jesus as the prototype of the new creation, then the Ascension is about His enthronement as the One who rules forevermore on Earth as it is in Heaven.
  5. For Christians, Advent is the time when the Church patiently prepares for the coming of the Great King, Jesus the Christ.
  6. The epistle text from Colossians 1 declares how the great drama of redemption and human history ends.
  7. Whatever else may be said about the Last Day it consists of these two inseparable things: Christ’s coming and His kingdom people being gathered to Him.
  8. The phrase “works of the law” has an antithesis when it comes to righteousness—faith. What keeping the Law could not do, the gift of faith does.
  9. Jesus speaks His Word, and a new world order emerges, with the possibility of uniting disparate parties in the true faith.
  10. The Word and the Spirit go together. The Spirit, the breath of God, illumines and makes alive through the Word of God; both written and external, that is, preached and sacramented.
  11. Paul is talking about military-level allegiance here, the strongest kind of allegiance sworn to a king.
  12. By making a big deal of every baptism, of every confirmation, of every rite of matrimony, the Church takes a stand against the intrusion of consumerism, secularism, identity politics, subversive subcultures, gender dysphoria, and the like.
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