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Metaphors for the Church

What is the church supposed to be in our world today? Many rightly feel a tragic disconnect between what the church is and what it should be.We read the words and actions of Jesus, and rarely see those reflected in those who should represent him. But often, our ideas of how thechurch should function and what it should do differ from person to person. True transformation se...

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Advent: Day Twenty-Five

And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory o...

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Advent: Day Twenty-Four

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And...

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Advent: Day Twenty-Three

And Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, since I am a virgin?" And the angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born[e] will be called holythe Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who w...

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Advent: Day Twenty-Two

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may ...

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Advent: Day Twenty-One

And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory o...

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Advent: Day Twenty

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel. And he shall s...

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Advent: Day Nineteen

"She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."Matthew 1:21 Today, we await the arrival of our savior. We look toward December 25th as a day of celebration and remembrance for what has already happened, but we also stand in anticipation of what will happen. God fulfilled His promise to His people through the birth of ...

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Advent: Day Eighteen

"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" (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he too...

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Advent: Day Seventeen

But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit." Matthew 1:18-25 Joseph is hardly the most central character in the story of Christmas. His participation, his type of masculinity, is not the kind that...

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