Seeing Possibilities (Luke 3:1-14)

Seeing Possibilities (Luke 3:1-14)

The glory of the angels is preceded by the fire proclaimed by John the Baptist for those not stirred to look around and yearn for peace. Not one of us can save the world…and at times, even on Christmas Day, we may have a hard time just maintaining peace with the people we share the world with! Yet we are children of a God who fulfills His promise to restore, renew, and work out the possibilities His Spirit brings to fulfillment in us.

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That Second Tomb Account (Mark 6:14-29; 16:1-8)

 That Second Tomb Account (Mark 6:14-29; 16:1-8)

As a pastor I sometimes meet people who tell heartbreaking stories of how evil and injustice have impacted them in traumatic ways, leaving them numb and robbing them of their joy. I imagine something similar must have been going through the hearts of those who had been followers of John the Baptist, as they buried his earthly remains in a tomb (6:29). … St. Mark tells the story as one chapter of a greater story that would also end with an execution and a tomb. But though this injustice would be much greater--the death of an innocent man for the sins of the world--so would the nature of the comfort that would arise from his tomb: a tomb that did not stay occupied for long.

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Necessary Preparations (Mark 1:1-8; Isaiah 40:1-11)

Necessary Preparations (Mark 1:1-8; Isaiah 40:1-11)

Time out to listen to John the Baptist may seem like one more thing to schedule, along with the shopping, the making of vacation reservations, doing the photo shoot for the family greeting card, you name it. What does the proclamation of John really mean…and how does it impact our waiting—and receiving—Jesus? 

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