There is no judgment.
Do not fear!
I will bring you home.
God is your strength.
God is in your midst.
Do not flee!
Dig deep into your roots and bear fruit.
Let the Holy Fire burn away chaff from your life & spirit.
The LORD is near.
Do not worry!
There is peace beyond understanding.
The good news in the Revised Common Lectionary texts for this coming Sunday (Advent 3) is abundant with joyful exhortation. Abundant may be an understatement: the good news for this Sunday is ecstatic and unequivocal! It is worthy of exclamation points! The texts clamor at us like noisy church bells, saying “Rejoice and respond!”
So how will you preach this exclamatory gospel? How will you give witness & word to the holy Resounding Joy in a world that is hurting and longing for renewal?
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