Advent 2017

Elizabeth’s News

Scripture Reading: Luke 1:39-45 Before Mary and Joseph knew the role they would play in God’s plan, Mary’s cousin Elizabeth learned that she would give birth to a son. Elizabeth and her husband were both older, and Elizabeth was barren. God answered their years of prayers and blessed them with a child. What miraculous news…

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Occupied Minds & Empty Hearts

Scripture Reading: Luke 2:7 Joseph and Mary had completed their long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in order to participate in a census. The difficulty of their journey grew with each mile due to Mary being with child. Joseph, desiring to provide shelter and rest for his new bride, guided them to the nearest inn…

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Gabriel’s Announcement

Scripture Reading: Luke 1:26-38 Have you ever experienced loss? Mary experienced a personal loss when Gabriel appeared with news for Mary that would change her life. She was a virgin, which was honored in the culture of that day. She was a rule-follower and soon to be married. Everything in her life seemed to be…

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The Wise Men

Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:1-12 The Wise Men in the Christmas story had two duties: first, to tell others about the birth of Christ, and second, to go to Bethlehem to worship Him. They did not hesitate – they followed His star when it rose, they went the distance to Bethlehem, and they worshipped the new…

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The O.G. – Original Grinch

Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:13-18 The Original Grinch, King Herod, is a prime example. Herod was king and had been for 33 years. Life was all about HIM, and anyone or anything that threatened his thinking or way of life was to be removed. He even had his own wife and brother killed, as he saw…

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