In Full Context

... a name which means 'God is with us

Matthew 1:23
Matthew 1:18-24

Sermon Week/Year

Fourth Sunday of Advent,

Sermon Topic

Good News,

Nothing under the sun exists entirely unto itself. “No man is an island,” the poet John Donne wrote. Only by seeing ourselves in the full context of that which preceded us, that which surrounds us, and that which is to follow, can we come to grips with our own meaning and purpose as human beings.

The largest dictionary in the English language 1 devotes 10,000 words toward defining the word “think” in its various contexts. The word “strike” means one thing on the sports’ page and another thing on the business page. “Dribble” means one thing to a basketball player and another thing to the mother of an infant. “Battery” means one thing to an automobile repair person, and another thing to an artillery officer. Everything derives its meaning from that which precedes, follows and surrounds it — that is to say, from its context.

The eminent biologist, Julian Huxley, said that man is the most adaptable of all living creatures. Man has…

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