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Advent: waiting and watching

Completion is only found in Christ, through His death for our sin and resurrection from the grave, but it's not a complete reality until we stand in our resurrected bodies in the presence of our Savior. This won't happen until Jesus' words in Matthew 24 come to pass: "They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." The return of Jes...

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Advent: Incarnation and Implications

At one point in history, God made a promise that became a reality in the coming of Christ. His coming is known as the Incarnation in which He took on human flesh to rescue humanity through His life, death and resurrection. The Incarnation and its impact on us are the focus of our time this week, and we are looking at them through the lens of John 1. There is a common tempt...

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Passages to Contemplate in Considering hrist

Advent is about Christ and His two comings – the first in humiliation, the second in glory; the first in condescension, the second in exaltation; the first for forgiveness; the second for judgment. Advent is about Jesus Christ, and thus we must seek to consider Him (Hebrews 3:1), look to Him (Hebrews 12:2), sets our minds’ attention and hearts’ affections upon Him (C...

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Advent: The Wait

Scripture, in its most intriguing portions, often introduces an obscure character, gives him or her something profound to say or do, only to let that person mysteriously vanish from the text verses later. Simeon (Luke 2: 25-35) was one such shadowy figure, known only by his righteousness, devotion and apparent long-suffering for Israel’s consolation. Imagine him as a gra...

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ADVENT: looking ahead as we celebrate the past

The Christmas season is in full swing; the songs and sweets, parties and presents and the celebration of the greatest Gift ever given. But if we are not careful we will easily be caught up in the cultural tide of activity and materialism. This current promises to sweep away the joyful celebration and the hopeful anticipation of the coming of our Savior. The substance and s...

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