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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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Advent: Day Sixteen

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. Matthew 1:18-19 Overall, the Bible is pretty quiet about Joseph. There are no boo...

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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 abuse of authority than seduction. Despite her husband's fierce loyalty and excellence a...

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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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