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Scott Hoezee

Fear and Wondering

Read: Luke 1:57-66 And fear came on all their neighbors. (v. 65) We often miss the Bible’s humor. God himself invented humor, and anyone who has ever watched a one-year-old

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Magnifying

Read: Luke 1:46-56 My soul magnifies the Lord. (v. 46) We have been thinking about God’s reversal of normal expectations the last couple of days. Now in Mary’s song we

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Filled

Read: Luke 1:39-45 And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. (v. 41) Pentecost gets all the attention in terms of the outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit. Certainly that was

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Scott Hoezee

Let It Be

Read: Luke 1:26-38 Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you! (v. 28) The writer Frederick Buechner once imagined that as Gabriel waited to hear Mary’s response to the

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Questioning an Angel

Read: Luke 1:8-25 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar. (v. 11) Zechariah asked a logical question. A bit

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The Miracle Child

Read: Luke 1:5-7 But they had no child. (v. 7) I once heard a biblical scholar compare the Bible to a piano keyboard. But in the case of the Bible,

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Certainty

Read: Luke 1:1-4 . . . that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught. (v. 4) If Luke’s Gospel never existed, most of what we associate

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Tragic

Read: Matthew 2:13-18 Then Herod . . . sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem . . . who were two years old or under. (v. 16) In

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Shocking Guests

Read: Matthew 2:1-12 Behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem. (v. 1) Matthew 1:23 says that Mary’s child—though named Jesus—would be called “Immanuel,” meaning “God with us.” For