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FAITH (Advent – Day 19)

SCRIPTURE Matthew 6:25-34 That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, …

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INTIMACY (Advent – Day 18)

SCRIPTURE John 3:16-21 For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. “There …

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IDENTITY (Advent – Day 17)

SCRIPTURE Genesis 1:26-29 Then God said, “Let us make humans in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So …

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CELEBRATION (Advent – Day 16)

SCRIPTURE Luke 1:46-55 Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed. For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great …

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RIGHT ACTION (Advent – Day 15)

SCRIPTURE James 4:14-26 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good …

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REPENT (Advent – Day 14)

SCRIPTURE Matthew 3:1-2 In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” THOUGHTS About two years, I made the pilgrimage to Rochester, MN, home of the Mayo …

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PRIVILEGE (Advent – Day 13)

SCRIPTURE Isaiah 7:14 All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’). THOUGHTS “No one can celebrate a genuine Christmas without being truly poor. Only …

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REMEMBER (Advent – Day 12)

SCRIPTURE Luke 2:19-20 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. THOUGHTS Imagine the shock as the shepherds arrive at the manger. Mary …

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FEAR NOT (Advent – Day 11)

SCRIPTURE Luke 1:26-38 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The …

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GRACE (Advent – Day 10)

SCRIPTURE Matthew 1:1-17 This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of Abraham: Abraham was the father of Isaac. Isaac was the father of Jacob. Jacob was the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah …