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Advent: Day Fifteen

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and li...

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Advent: Day Fourteen

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel' (which means, God with us).Matthew 1:22-23 The story behind Jesus' genealogy is telling us something. These womenTamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Maryare shouting to us through their stories. They're pointing t...

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Advent: Day Thirteen

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in...

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Advent: Day Twelve

And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, "Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?"2 Samuel 11:2 David deliberated his actions after laying eyes on Uriah's wife, Bathsheba. Knowingly, he pursued her in a manner that seems more like rape than seduction. Despite her husband's fierce loyalty and excellence as friend and w...

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Advent: Day Eleven

Then Boaz said to Ruth, "Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. Let your eyes be on the field that they are reaping, and go after them. Have I not charged the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn." Then she fell on her face,...

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Advent: Day Ten

Then the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, "Bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land." But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. And she said, "True, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. And when the gate was about to be closed at dark, the men went out. I do not kn...

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Advent: Day Nine

As she was being brought out, [Tamar] sent word to her father-in-law, "By the man to whom these belong, I am pregnant." And she said, "Please identify whose these are, the signet and the cord and the staff." Then Judah identified them and said, "She is more righteous than I, since I did not give her to my son Shelah." And he did not know her again.Genesis 38:25-26 The Boo...

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Advent: Day Eight

So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.Matthew 1:17 As we light the second candle of Advent and set our hearts toward the celebration of Christ's birth, everything in the media, stores, and even many chu...

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Advent: Day Seven

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. Revelation 21:3 On this side of history, we do not await Jesus' birth, but His return. Just as God promised long ago He would send a Savior and King, so now He has promised He...

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Advent: Day Six

She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel" Matthew 1:21-23 All of history was building up to the birth of Jesus. God had told His people over and over aga...

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