Sunday, December 24, 2017

Posted on Dec 22 2017
MARY: FAVORED AND FAITHFUL + LUKE 1 Bible Background: The Narrative Lectionary leads us into the Gospel of Luke now through Easter! Luke’s gospel starts out with the angel Gabriel visiting old Zechariah, and announcing that he will father a son who is to be named John. In Scene 2, Gabriel
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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Posted on Dec 15 2017
ISAIAH 61= COMFORT AND JOY! Bible Background: This is one of the ‘servant poems’ of 2nd Isaiah, commissioning God’s servant to be a bearer of good news. Christians will think of Jesus when we read these words. In fact, Jesus’ applied these words to himself and his
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Posted on Dec 08 2017
Isaiah 40=Comfort! Comfort! Bible Background: Isaiah 40 marks a completely new section of the book, written to offer a word of hope for exiles who are returning to Jerusalem. (Scholars refer to chapters 40-55 as “2nd Isaiah”, because it appears that the book is the work of more than
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Sunday, December 3, 2017 – First Sunday in Advent

Posted on Dec 01 2017
MARK’S “LITTLE APOCALYPSE” Bible Background: It’s a bit awkward that we jump into the Year of Mark near the end of his gospel, rather than starting from the beginning. But this passage fits the Advent themes of “waiting”, “watching”,
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