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by Bill Welsh - 6 months ago

Advent Epilogue Into the New Year

"The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God." (John 1:9-12). Through this "Advent Adventure," we’ve looked at the lo...

by Bill Welsh - 6 months ago

New Year Celebration – Defending Your Defender

"After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. 'Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and His mother,' the angel said. 'Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill Him.' That night, Joseph left for Egypt with the child and Mary, His mother, and they stayed there until Herod’s death. This fulfilled ...

by Bill Welsh - 6 months ago

New Year Celebration – Myrrh: The Most Precious Worship

"Then they opened their treasure chests and gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense and Myrrh" (Matthew 2:11). Perhaps each of these gifts from the Magi were simply their way of honoring this new “King of the Jews” by giving Him what was precious to them. After all, gifts were commonly exchanged when visiting from distant lands. So perhaps gold was just gold, and the sweet resins ...

by Bill Welsh - 6 months ago

New Year Celebration – Frankincense: The Worship of Praise

"Then they opened their treasure chests and gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense..." (Matthew 2:11). With gold, the magi recognized the “young child” as king. But their worship had only begun. The remaining precious substances presented to Jesus were gathered in resin from short, desert trees, native to the Arabian peninsula. Frankincense makes a profound stat...

by Bill Welsh - 6 months ago

New Year Celebration – Gold: The Worship of Surrender

"Then they opened their treasure chests and gave Him gifts of gold..." (Matthew 2:11). As the mysterious Eastern visitors arose from the floor, they dusted themselves off, straightened their robes and began presenting tokens or “treasures” of their adoration. First came the gold, known as “the metal of kings.” Nearly every culture sees gold as the most precious...

by Bill Welsh - 6 months ago

New Year Celebration – What Will You Give Him?

"And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother and fell down and worshiped Him" (Matthew 2:11). The Magi did what they told Herod they’d come to do. They had not come to worship him, the old king. They had come to worship the “New King.” So when they saw Jesus, they fell down before Him in adoration. They worshiped Him as God and King. ...

by Bill Welsh - 6 months ago

The Adventure of Advent: Day 31 – A Dangerous Assumption

"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.' When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him" (Matthew 2:1-3). This part of Advent is R-rated. Read o...

by Bill Welsh - 6 months ago

The Adventure of Advent: Day 30 – Preach on Sister, Preach on

"Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple...and she was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years. Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer. She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about ...