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Expectations Fulfilled

Donald R. Elly, M.Div. Luke described John the Baptist as a prophet arousing excitement and created expectations by “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins.”  John’s baptism communicated forgiveness of sin. It offered membership in a community that looked forward to … Continue reading

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Love Let Loose (to Light the World)

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. Megan McKenna, outstanding storyteller and interpreter of scripture, caught my attention when she summarized the meaning of Epiphany in these words. “Advent (light far off), Christmas (light that interrupts and explodes into night’s darkest hour) … Continue reading

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Looking for Jesus

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. “Looking for Jesus” is how  the Message describes the search of Mary and Joseph, the parents who have lost track of their son Jesus. They had traveled to Jerusalem. Now, we could judge Mary and Joseph for this failure, and … Continue reading

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A  Christmas Reflection   “Making Christmas  Meaning-full”

Don Elly, M.Div. I was talking to a woman I met who shared that she was headed home for Christmas with family after the recent death of her husband from cancer.   As the story of his illness and death was shared … Continue reading

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Leaping for Joy

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. “For as soon  as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy.”   …And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,…”    What … Continue reading

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Unimaginable

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. John the Baptist, quoting Isaiah, has announced that God is doing something new that is unimaginable despite the political power of the Roman empire, who with the religious leaders of the Temple oppress the people.  John using the … Continue reading

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Preparing the Way

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. John the Baptist is, according to Luke’s author, a Prophet who is not only God’s spokesperson, but also the one who is  PREPARING THE WAY FOR THE LORD. In speaking up for the Lord John is following in the footsteps … Continue reading

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