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Advent Devotional - December 24, 2016

“Come, Thou long expected Jesus / Born to set Thy people free / From our fears and sins release us / Let us find our rest in Thee” -Come Thou Long Expected Jesus The author of Hebrews encourages all Christians to “lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (12:1). The Ch...

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Advent Devotional - December 23, 2016

“Mild He lays His glory by / Born that man no more may die / Born to raise the sons of earth / Born to give them second birth” -Hark the Herald Angels Sing Everything that is born dies. Encouraging, right? But we know that it’s the case: every flower born from a seedling, every family dog that we brought home as a puppy, every company that’s eve...

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Preparing for Worship on Sunday, December 25, 2016

Preaching Passage: Psalm 113 Sermon Title: Who Is Like the Lord? This Sunday we will conclude our Advent series by celebrating Christmas together. Come worship with us as we see and celebrate the Lord's kindness to us in sending Christ. Here are the songs we will sing together: "Joy to the World" by Handel & Watts (YouTube) "Angels We Have Heard on High/Nothing ...

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Advent Devotional - December 22, 2016

“Wondrous gift of heaven: the Father sends the Son / Planned from time eternal, moved by holy love / He will carry our curse and death He’ll reverse / So we can be daughters and sons” -Who Would Have Dreamed One of the great mysteries of Christmas is that this was not a “plan B” for God. The history of the Old Testament is not just a group...

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Advent Devotional - December 21, 2016

“O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer / Our spirits by Thine advent here / Disperse the gloomy clouds of night / And death’s dark shadows put to flight.” -O Come, O Come, Emmanuel While death has been a part of our world since Genesis 3, it was not so in God’s original plan for the world. The discomfort we feel around death is a constant remi...

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Advent Devotional - December 20, 2016

“Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace! / Hail the Sun of Righteousness! / Light and life to all He brings / Ris’n with healing in His wings” -Hark the Herald Angels Sing There’s this wonderful line near the end of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. After a fierce battle, many injured men and women are suffering under a severe illness t...

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Advent Devotional - December 19, 2016

“Go tell it on the mountain / Over the hills and everywhere / Go tell it on the mountain / Jesus Christ is born” -Go Tell it on the Mountain This song is one that we can tend to sing rather casually, but in looking at the Scripture behind the lyrics, we can see that the shepherds’ reaction to the news of Christ’s birth is anything but casual: &...

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Advent Devotional - December 18, 2016

“Joyful, all ye nations rise / Join the triumph of the skies / With the angelic host proclaim: / ‘Christ is born in Bethlehem’ / Hark! The herald angels sing / “Glory to the newborn King!” -Hark the Herald Angels Sing “But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish....The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; ...

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Advent Devotional

“Long lay the world in sin and error pining / Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth. / A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices / For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!” -O Holy Night Years...too many years. Ever since that first sin in the garden mankind had lain in sin. Generations had lived and died with plenty of joys and celebration, ...

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Advent Devotional - December 16, 2016

“Veiled in flesh the Godhead see / Hail the incarnate Deity / Pleased as man with man to dwell / Jesus, our Emmanuel” -Hark the Herald Angels Sing “Show me your glory,” Moses requests of the LORD in Exodus 33:18. To be sure, this is an absurdly bold petition. And God kindly tells Moses in Exodus 33:20, “You cannot see my face and live.&rdq...

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