In the first two chapters of his autobiography about Jesus, Luke records four “songs” about God. They have been cherished by believers from the very earliest times of Christianity; the well known Latin names for these songs reflect their antiquity and the importance of their place in the Roman church: the Magnificat (by Mary), the … Continue reading How great is our God!
For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me. He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him. His mighty arm has done tremendous things! He has scattered the proud and haughty ones. He has brought down princes from their thrones and exalted the humble. He has … Continue reading Keys to God’s favour
Luke 1:46-49 NLT Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed. For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me." Why did … Continue reading Blessed
Luke 1:41 NIV When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. This is an extraordinary meeting. Menopausal Elizabeth and virginal Mary. Two pregnant women, one old and one young, but both pregnant for the first time under unlikely circumstances, both pregnant with babies that … Continue reading Life with God
Luke 1:17 NIV And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. According to Luke, John was a man who, like Elijah, … Continue reading Parents and children
Luke 1:16-17 NIV He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a … Continue reading What is our focus?
I have just read Luke chapter 1 and I have to say that it is a strange story by modern standards. The whole thing revolves an angel called Gabriel, and the story is familiar enough to be able to read it without really reflecting at all on how odd it all sounds. But when I … Continue reading The angel Gabriel
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. Therefore since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also for me … Continue reading An orderly account