Category Archives: Advent

Advent: Glory in Unexpected Places (Luke 2:1–20)

Christmas is a time when we see God’s glory in unexpected places. Peace comes from the city of David, not Rome. A Savior is born in a manger, not a palace. Shepherds and angels are messengers of this good news, … Continue reading

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Advent: Came to Reign (Luke 19:28–40)

How do we live out the Christmas songs we sing? “Joy to the world, the Lord is come. Let Earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing…” How should Earth receive her King? … Continue reading

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Power in a Stable

How do you deal with corruptions of power? How do you fix problems? Naturally, our instinct is that corrupt power and big problems must be overcome by greater power. Personally, I don’t like to rest until everything is done, but … Continue reading

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Advent: Came to Reward (Luke 19:11–27)

It is easy to take gifts for granted. Even though the gift of salvation and the blessings of heaven are free, we still have a responsibility to steward those gifts. How do we steward the lavish and abundant gifts of … Continue reading

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Advent: Giving Gifts to Jesus?

Wise men gave gifts to Jesus. Today we give gifts to each other. Can we still give gifts to Jesus? What gift can we give to Jesus for Christmas? Jesus says, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it … Continue reading

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Advent: Came to Save (Luke 19:1–10)

  Wonder strikes when we see power greater than ourselves. When we live by our own power, wonder disappears. No wonder Christmas lacks wonder!  We live by our own power and pursue our own purposes. Yet as we pursue the … Continue reading

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Advent: Came to Heal (Luke 18:31–43)

  How do you preach the same message in different ways every year? Pastors aren’t allowed to change the Christmas story! This Advent, though, we want to remember the wonder of Christmas by meditating on why Jesus came. Jesus came … Continue reading

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