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by Bill Welsh - 1 year ago

The Adventure of Advent: Day 27 – Captured By Christmas

“Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often” (Luke 2:19). All mothers keep “baby books.” But Mary’s journal of Jesus’ early (and adult) life was different than that of any other mom. There were many angelic visits to different people. Joseph alone had four. Angels had gave explicit instructions for the naming of this promised child. Her relative, Eliza...

by Bill Welsh - 1 year ago

The Adventure of Advent: Boxing Day – Share What You Know; Give What You Have

“When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, 'Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.' They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. A...

by Bill Welsh - 1 year ago

Christmas Day – Scary Christmas or Merry Christmas?

“There were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. 'Don’t be afraid!' he said. 'I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been b...

by Bill Welsh - 1 year ago

The Adventure of Advent: Christmas Eve – Emmanuel at Street Level

"And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for then in the inn” (Luke 2:7). I wrote a Christmas song years ago, imagining Joseph’s perspective. I was at the start of a late night drive, listening to Christmas music in mid-December. Here’s a couple verses of that song, “O Joseph.” ...

by Bill Welsh - 1 year ago

The Adventure of Advent: Day 23 – Can I Get a Hallelujah?

“Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 'Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men'” (Luke 2:13-14). Few people knew He was coming. The world was taken by surprise, though all Israel had waited and hoped for Messiah. But they never guessed the big event would be staged in the heart of Bethlehem farm...

by Bill Welsh - 1 year ago

The Adventure of Advent: Day 22 – Just to Be Perfectly Clear

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made ... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory” (John 1:1-3,14). Mark’s gospel says absolutely nothing about Jesus' birth. Matthew provides us no det...

by Bill Welsh - 1 year ago

The Adventure of Advent: Day 21 – When One Name Won't Do

“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and shall bring forth a son, and shall call His name Jesus” (Luke 1:31). “She shall bring forth a Son and you shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Perhaps one of the toughest tasks in early parenthood is choosing the name our children will carry w...

by Bill Welsh - 1 year ago

The Adventure of Advent: Day 20 – The Endless Act of Worship

"Joseph went up from Nazareth to Bethlehem with Mary his fiancée who was clearly pregnant” [paraphrase] (Luke 2:4-5). Note Joseph and Mary's experience. Whether they took the winding central route through Israel, up and down, over and around hills, mountains, valleys, streams and other obstacles; or the easier road along the Jordan river valley, then up the dangerous, treachero...

by Bill Welsh - 1 year ago

The Adventure of Advent: Day 19 – The Threshold of Great Hope

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. And His name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. And of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end” (Isaiah 9:6-7). This Child would change everything. His purpose was set from eternity. He was the O...

by Bill Welsh - 1 year ago

The Adventure of Advent: Day 18 – Final Countdown

“'I am sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to his Temple. The Messenger of the covenant, whom you look for so eagerly, is surely coming,' says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies" (Malachi 3:1, NLT). Only seven more nights to sleep. In our family, it always came down to how many nights to sleep until big ...