Mt. McKinley in Alaska, originally known as Denali, "the Great One." .... "Lead me to the rock that is higher than I; for you are my refuge..." (Ps. 61:2-3)

       "Who do you say that I am?" Jesus asked.  Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."  And Jesus answered, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! ... You are Peter (petros), and on this rock (petra) I will build my church..."  Jesus then began to speak of the rough road ahead. And Peter took him aside and rebuked him... "Get behind me, Satan!" Jesus replied. "You are a stumbling block..."
                                                (Matthew 16:13-23)

May these words of this Peter be like a rock,
not a stumbling block!

"In the hands of a teenager"

Message preached December 22, 2002
Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Glen Arm, Maryland USA

based upon Luke 1:26-38, 46-55

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online resources for these texts Luke 1:26-38  and 1:39-56

For commentaries consulted, see Luke.


2002 Peter L. Haynes

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