Category Archives: Advent

08 Dec
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Advent: Shout for Joy

Isaiah 35: Isaiah looks ahead and sees all of nature cheering at the brilliance of God. Jesus is the one who would bring healing to the diseased and make the 'feeble' strong. Jesus himself is the 'Way of Holiness'. We ...

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07 Dec
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Advent: Hope

Isaiah 11 :1 -5: A Saviour is coming. From the 'stump' (Israel) and from the family line of David (Jesse), Jesus would be born. There was still hope for the 'fallen' tree of Israel. For us too, although we are ...

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06 Dec
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Advent: The Light of the World

Isaiah 9:2-7: God raised Isaiah's vision to the future hope that would one day be fulfilled in Jesus. Even though Isaiah couldn't have known how or when God would do it, he sees clearly the birth of a baby - ...

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05 Dec
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Advent: Immanuel

Isaiah 7:12-14: A baby may seem a small thing as a sign of hope. But when his name means 'God with us', there is hope. When God offers a sign of hope, no matter how small the glimmer, it's worth ...

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04 Dec
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Advent: Joy and Laughter

Psalm 126: God's people had been in exile far from home for many years. Rescued by God, they praise him in Psalm 126 for all he has done for them. Centuries later Jesus probably would also have sung this psalm ...

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03 Dec
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Advent: Forgiveness

Psalm 51: It's all too easy to gloss over sin and explain it away. Psalm 51 won't let us do that but instead brings hope without ignoring the messiness of sin. It describes the rawness of someone taking the worst ...

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02 Dec
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Advent: There is a Redeemer

Job 19:23-27: In the place of deepest despair, confusion and suffering Job pours out his heart to God. Suddenly, his words have a deep sense of conviction and assurance that God is his redeemer. Though God seems to have brought ...

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01 Dec
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Advent: Bethlehem Roots

Ruth 4:11-22: Bethlehem features early in Jesus' story! God often uses the seemingly insignificant and unimportant situations and people, and weaves them into his plan. Here, Ruth, a Gentile widow living in Bethlehem, becomes a key character in the genealogy ...

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