Speaker: Lukus Counterman - I know it’s only November, but Christmas is coming. And in many liturgical readings for Christmas Eve, Titus 2:11-15 makes the list. It’s a passage that talks about the two epiphanies or “appearings” of Christ. His first coming was in Bethlehem some 2000 years ago and it was marked by grace. His next coming could be any day now. He’ll appear in the clouds with the sound of a trumpet and it will be characterized by brilliant glory. These two revelations of Jesus provide what Paul sees as motivations for Christian living. We are supposed to embrace proper Christian behavior (Titus 2:1-10) because of Christ’s grace in the past (Titus 2:11) and because of his glory in the future (Titus 2:13). May the Lord empower us and inspire us to live for him in the present.