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Holiday / by Bill Welsh - about 17 hours

The Adventure of Advent: Day 10 – Who Needs a Savior?

“And Mary said: 'My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.'” (Luke 1:46) What mission did Jesus come to accomplish? What was His target group? No guess work needed here. In Luke 19:10 Jesus said, “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Let’s remember that as we move deeper into the Gospel story, beyond the manger....

Holiday / by Bill Welsh - 1 day

The Adventure of Advent: Day 9 – A Friend Who Understands

“Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, 'Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of womb'...

Holiday / by Bill Welsh - about 3 days

The Adventure of Advent: Day 8 – "Making Room" for a Miracle

“The angel said, 'Don’t be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end'” (Luk...

Holiday / by Bill Welsh - about 4 days

The Adventure of Advent: Day 7– A Stellar Cast of Very "Human" Humans

“Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, 'Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women'” (Luke 1:26-28). Now to the central cast of Advent. Two...

Holiday / by Bill Welsh - about 5 days

The Adventure of Advent: Day 6 – Faithful in the Valley of Disappointment

“There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. They were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advance in years” (Luke 1:5-...

Holiday / by Bill Welsh - about 5 days

The Adventure of Advent: Day 5 – The Long Journey of the Wise Ones

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King, behold wise men from the East came to Jerusalem” (Matthew 2:1). These men from the East, veiled in layers of mystery, were perhaps the most intriguing characters in the Advent story. They showed up without warning, then left under the cover of night, disappearing back into the East. So who were they, and where were th...

Holiday / by Bill Welsh - about 7 days

The Adventure of Advent: Day 4 – Get Your Hopes Up

“… It had been revealed to him [Simeon] by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (Luke 2:26). How much time passed from the giving of the promise to its fulfillment? Decades? Years? Months? Or was it far less? There is not one clue as to how long this godly man waited and no statement confirming that he was an old man, only t...

Holiday / by Bill Welsh - about 8 days

The Adventure of Advent: Day 3 – The First Warning

“And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was with him. And it had been revealed to Him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (Luke 2:25-26). His name was Simeon. We don’t know his occupation, but at heart, he was a "...