A New Day

If I was church-calendar correct, this would be a message of epiphany, a message of magi finding the child who was born king.  But I’m not, and the message is not.  Hey, I’m only one day past the twelfth day of Christmas finishing talking about Christmas.  But who wants to stop that anyways?? So an […]

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Don’t Be Afraid

So, the correct picture to get is that, yes, Jesus was born in a cave.  For a humanity, as Plato had observed, that was imprisoned in a dark cave watching shadows on the wall, God with us, Emmanuel, comes into the cave.  He’s born in a cave!!  And this child born in a cave is the one who […]

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Shadows on the Wall

“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the […]

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The Great Hope of the World

The kingdom of the world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and His King, Christ.  God has acted within history to set His king on the throne forever, amen. This is the gospel they preached.  This is what they went about announcing…. But in Thessalonica, the Christians are called  For those making the […]

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The Gospel they Preached

Continuing this week to look at what we mean when we call Jesus Christ “king”.  It’s the great theme of our Christmas carols, we hear about it, we sing about it, but what exactly does it mean?  It means we are looking at the world reimagined.   “And when they could not find them, they […]

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Follow the Lamb

God is patient.  750 years go by after Isaiah was singing his song about a Prince of Peace,  about Zebulun and Naphtali, about the land of Gentiles in Galilee seeing a Great Light.  Seven and a half centuries roll by, and we come to Matthew chapter 4. “Now when he heard that John had been […]

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A Coronation

  The only war on Christmas was when Herod tried to kill Jesus, and that failed, so we can just relax.  We don’t have to worry about a war on Christmas. Jesus survives the War on Christmas, he’s taken to Egypt by Mary and Joseph, comes back to Nazareth and is raised, and when he […]

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A War on Christmas

The left says, “Social justice, Jesus on our side!!”   The right says “Personal morality, Jesus on our side!”   But they’re both wrong, because Jesus has his own politics called the Kingdom of God outlined in the Sermon on the Mount!!   We never dreamed that Jesus was that serious about things.  But things […]

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Glory to the Newborn King

I’m a few days late.  It’s advent season, the season where we await the coming of our King.   In other words, it’s Christmas season, that most wonderful time of year, Amen!   As such, I am going to break from looking at the seven signs in John.  We only have one left, but I […]

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