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December 13: Elizabeth’s Joy, Advent Day 18

Read Luke 1:5-7, 1:24-25, 39-45 When Jesus came in to Elizabeth’s life, she cried out for joy. She’d been keeping herself hidden, secretly rejoicing at what she knew to be God’s hand that had allowed her to conceive. “Thus the Lord … Continue reading

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December 12: Zechariah’s Joy, Advent Day 17

Read Luke 1:5-23, 57-79 How long had it been since Zechariah had prayed that prayer, begging the Author of Life for a child of his own? How long since he and Elizabeth had fallen asleep in their tears, crying out … Continue reading

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December 11: Jesus the Shepherd, Advent Day 16

Read John 10:1-21 “I am the good shepherd” (v. 11a). Just hours after His birth, Jesus, Joseph and Mary received visitors in their humble, barnyard accommodations. Shepherds stood there asking if they dare enter. Although they may have seemed out … Continue reading

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December 10: The Shepherds’ Joy, Advent Day 15

Read Luke 2:8-19 They were the first ones on the scene. At least the first ones we know about. The stinky, dirty, third-shift shepherds couldn’t wait to check out what the angel told them. “(G)reat joy . . . for … Continue reading

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December 9: Advent Peace Day 14

Read John 1:19-51 “Behold, the Lamb of God!” (Jn. 1:36). For most Americans, I suppose the term “lamb” conjures up images of a somewhat frail and perhaps playful barnyard animal — the kind of animal a pre-teen girl might look … Continue reading

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December 8: Advent Peace Day 13

Read Matthew 1:18-25 “…they will call Him ‘Immanuel’—which means ‘God with us’” (Matt. 1:23). With whom are you planning to spend Christmas this year? Chances are, they are some of the people you would consider closest to you. Their presence is … Continue reading

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December 7: Advent Peace, Day 12

Read Isaiah 6:1-13 “’Come now, let us reason together,’ says the LORD. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool’” (Isaiah 1:18). Have you ever seen … Continue reading

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