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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things Matthew 10:24-39

Let us proclaim and offer thanks for our "favorite things": "the beauty of the earth," the "bounty of creation" and the blessings of this life.

When the time comes and all is revealed, Jesus announces in this week's text that we disciples are to shout from the rooftops that which Jesus has revealed to us in secret.

What had Jesus made known to his first disciples? He was the Son of God. What had Jesus shared with his first disciples? The Good News of the gospel. What had Jesus revealed to his disciples? The miracle of his resurrection. No wonder Jesus called for this kind of news to be hollered out for all to hear.

Too many Christians look as if they have been born in crab-apple season. Christians are not supposed to have "poker faces." If anything, we should all go around looking like "the cat that swallowed the canary." We should be as wiggly and excited about the Good News -- the "secret message" that we have been given -- as a 4-year-old with a new toy to show off. In fact, Jesus intimates that if we sit dour and quiet about God's miraculous working in our lives, there may come a day when God will be equally quiet...

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