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Law and Prophets

Jesus came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets. Then we move into a long list of commandments with a twist.

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Salt and Light

The Sermon on the Mount exemplifies the teaching and preaching ministry of Jesus. He speaks to several different topics but we also learn some things about the nature of his ministry. We start with the Beatitudes and his commands to believers to be the salt of the earth and light of the world.

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The Temptation of Jesus

After his baptism, Jesus went into the wilderness and fasted for forty days. He was tempted by Satan and we can learn a few things from the encounter.

Note: I mentioned a warning given to Cain in Genesis that “sin is crouching at the door.” Then I second guessed myself and backtracked, suggesting perhaps that statement was elsewhere in scripture. No, God said that to Cain before he murdered his brother Abel. In this case I should have trusted my gut. That was not in my notes and I am subject to make mistakes like that on the fly.

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The Wedding at Cana

During a wedding feast Jesus performed his first miracle recorded in the Gospels. Jesus did not perform signs and wonders on command and he never did miracles in an attempt to prove who he was.

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Jesus Calls Disciples

The twelve Apostles were more than students, Jesus was looking for partners in the work of ministry. That is always the biblical model of leadership. Leaders lead by example as we work together.

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The Baptism of Jesus

The baptism of Jesus marks the beginning of his public ministry. Jesus did not preach a sermon that day, but there are some things we can learn about him from this event.

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Little Boy Jesus

During the incarnation, the Son of God gave up some characteristics of divinity. God’s Spirit was on him but he was born and grew up in the manner that all children do. He was acquainted with grief and sorrow, subject to temptation as we are. All so that he could sympathize with our weakness. He became one of us to save us.

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We celebrate Epiphany in January to mark the fact that it took the wise men some time – a considerable amount of time – to reach Jesus and finally worship him. The shepherds looked for Jesus, found him, and immediately went out and told others. The wise men traveled a great distance and ran into some obstacles along the way but their persistence paid off.

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Simeon and Anna

A week after Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary brought him to the temple as prescribed by the Law. Simeon was directed to the temple that day by the Holy Spirit, Anna was a prophetess who was always at the temple worshiping God with prayer and fasting day and night.

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Christmas Card Theology

The images on our cards and our Christmas displays/decorations are useful but they do not tell the whole story.

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