Monthly Archives: December 2015

A Dialogue Begins

Don Elly, M.Div. “And the Word became flesh and lived among us,  and we have seen his glory, the glory of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth”.  The writer of John’s Gospel in dramatic fashion makes clear … Continue reading

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What Do You Treasure in Your Heart?

Don Elly, M.Div. Mary, like any parent, has a maternal bond with Jesus that comes with birth and never dies.  In our text Jesus is twelve and we  glimpse  the reality that Mary may be the mother, but she and … Continue reading

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God’s Magnifying Glass

Don Elly, M.Div. Mary is for me God’s Magnifying Glass.  First, as Luke describes her, she is very young, but despite that, or maybe because of that she is open, yet honest in her encounter with God. Authentic could be … Continue reading

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Fruits Worthy of Repentance

Don Elly, M.Div. The context of John the Baptist’s announcement of preparation is described in vivid historical detail. Seven of the political personalities operating in the lifetime of John and Jesus are listed: Hear the names and you immediately become … Continue reading

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Just in Time

Don Elly, M.Div. “Just in Time” is a phrase describing the arrival of a person or an event that makes a difficult circumstance better.  In some circumstances it describes the arrival of someone who’s very presence or words sets in … Continue reading

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