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Advent Day 12

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“When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him….” Matthew 1:24 Joseph. He’s often overlooked in the Christmas story, isn’t he?  Just a guy in a bathrobe during the annual church play who seldom has speaking parts.  Mary is...

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Advent Day 13

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“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Micah 5:2 Read Luke 2:1-7.  Can you imagine being Mary?  Can’t you just...

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Advent Day 14

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“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 When you find out a friend is expecting a baby, one of the first questions you’re likely to ask is, “What are you going to name...

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Advent Day 15

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“He tends his flock like a shepherd:  He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart…” Isaiah 40:11 Stop and read Luke 2:8-18.  Take a moment and really think about it.  Jesus had just been born, but the only people who knew were His...

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Advent Day 16

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“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”  Luke 2:19 Now’s a good time for us to review the road Mary had been walking. It had been marked by obedience but was also full of obstacles.  From the moment the angel appeared to her, nothing...

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Advent Day 17

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“We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”  Matthew 2:2 Read Matthew 2:1-12.  The Magi, who are often called “Wise Men,” certainly did have some things together.  They studied the heavens, searching for signs, and when they saw a sign...

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Advent Day 18

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“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:21 Look again at Matthew 2:9-12.  You know, when we see manger scenes with wise men, we often see three of them, each carrying a single gift.  This passage, however, paints a slightly different...

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Advent Day 19

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“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?”  Matthew 2:2 I attended a sweet baby shower for a first-time mom that turned into one of the funniest events ever because it quickly became clear that this new mom had not a clue what to do with most of the gifts. ...

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Advent Day 20

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“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign:  the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call Him Immanuel.”  Isaiah 7:14 Read Matthew 1:18-25.  Joseph takes the stage again today, and through his encounter with an angel, we learn a lot...

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Advent Day 21

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“He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”  Luke 1:54-55 Read Matthew 1:17 and think about it.  Here...I’ll do the math for you:  42. Forty-two generations from...

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