By J.Harold Ellens
This quantity is tightly jam-packed with mind-blowing insights one easily doesn't more often than not listen from the pulpit yet but are so evidently implied within the biblical narratives of Christmas and Easter. Dr. Ellens has a special approach of cracking open accepted biblical sentences and tales and spilling out a completely clean cornucopia of life-changing insights in regards to the radical nature of the good news approximately God's grace. principles and metaphors from the Bible that we've got heard or learn so frequently that they have got develop into regimen and cliche by surprise flower with fresh new meanings and intimations. Dr. Ellens' rigorously and cogently expressed biblical interpretation and sermon oratory incarnate God's fact and convey to full of life new energy a shiny event of the God because the driver of Divine Spirit in our own lives and in heritage. Preaching has seldom been this attractive, strong, and spiritually empowering in many years. This hot hearted booklet is a transparent and clarion demand one valuable subject matter: God's radical, uncalculating, unconditional, and common forgiving grace. Claims for God's redemptive presence and reason for our international that pulpiteers have frequently feared, kept away from, or did not see within the middle of the gospel are the following set forth with unapologetic boldness. Dr. Ellens' trumpet isn't really muted at any aspect. evidently this hearty soul has a fondness for souls, a stimulating brain, and an educated pastoral charm for life-changing encounters with the biblical tale of the insinuation of God's self into human and historical past existence at Christmas, Easter, and all of the remainder of the time
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Otherwise he would have left this strange story out, as did the other gospel writers. Apparently it is an earthly story with what Matthew intended to be a heavenly meaning. I think the story of the wise men must be simply a literary construction. The purpose of the story is beyond the narrative of the story itself and must be read between the lines. We must discern the ulterior motive for this story to convey the meaning of the symbols that are signs of the meaning of Christmas. The symbols are the gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
That was brand new to me. That is what stunned me into realization of what God had really been up to all this time. There were a lot of us surprised, of course. In fact there was quite a ruckus among the Heavenly Host as some of us began to suspect what was up. Gabriel quieted us down by saying that he had been on a mission the year before to this kid's mother, and that God kept referring to this baby as God's unique son. You might say that the sun rose for me at that moment and I felt a whole new light dawn on everything.
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A dangerous report : challenging sermons for advent and easter by J.Harold Ellens