Advent 2017

Christmas Means Grace

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:9 Several years ago Queen Elizabeth visited the United States, and reporters delighted in giving out the details involved with her travel. She brought with her 4,000 pounds of luggage that included two outfits for every occasion. There was a mourning outfit in case someone died; 40 pints of plasma in…

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Open the Door

Scripture Reading: John 1:1-5, 10-12, 14, 17 In Exodus, God gave Moses instructions to build a tabernacle, or tent, so God could dwell with his people. There are other examples throughout the Bible of God’s desire to be in a relationship with mankind, but God’s desire to dwell with His people reached its culmination in…

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Sought to Save

Scripture Reading: Luke 19:10 In Luke 19, we meet a tax collector named Zacchaeus. Tax collectors were not exactly admired by the regular people – in fact, most people thought they were criminals. One of the first things we learn about Zacchaeus is that he was small in stature. He heard the chatter about someone…

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Separation Anxiety

Scripture Reading: Luke 22:44 Jesus was in deep anguish. It was not because He feared death. The intense anguish was because He knew separation from God was imminent. The reality of it was insufferable, yet He was willing to die, to be separated from the One who was He. His love for us could not…

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The Hope Giver

Scripture Reading: Acts 4:12 That very first Christmas, all of heaven was holding its breath with anticipation, watching and waiting for the moment to break out in praise and worship at the birth of Jesus. As much as we celebrate Jesus’ birth at Christmas, we cannot forget to celebrate why Jesus was born. The tiny…

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