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Holiday / by Bill Welsh - about 1 month

The Adventure of Advent: Day 29 – The End From the Beginning

"Jesus' parents were amazed at what was being said about Him. Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, 'This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, and many others to rise. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose Him. As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul'” (Luke 2:33-3...

Holiday / by Bill Welsh - about 1 month

The Adventure of Advent: Day 28 – Simeon Sees a Face in the Crowd

“That day the Spirit led [Simeon] to the temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, 'Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as You have promised. I have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nation...

Holiday / by Bill Welsh - about 1 month

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...

Holiday / by Bill Welsh - about 1 month

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...

Holiday / by Bill Welsh - 2 months

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...

Holiday / by Bill Welsh - 2 months

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.” ...

Holiday / by Bill Welsh - 2 months

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...

Holiday / by Bill Welsh - 2 months

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...