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Advent Day 26

Advent Day 26

December 24, 2020

Prophecy:

5“See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. (Malachi 4:5, NIV)

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Advent Day 25

Advent Day 25

December 23, 2020

Prophecy:

6“I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. (Malachi 3:6, NIV)

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Advent Day 24

Advent Day 24

December 22, 2020

Prophecy:

12Tell him this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the Lord. 13It is he who will build the temple of the Lord, and he will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne. And he will be a priest on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two.’ (Zechariah 6:12-13, NIV)

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Advent Day 23

Advent Day 23

December 21, 2020

Prophecy:

6“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. 8‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. 9‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” (Haggai 2:6-9, NIV)

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Advent Day 22

Advent Day 22

December 20, 2020

Prophecy:

32And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
    there will be deliverance,
    as the Lord has said,
even among the survivors
    whom the Lord calls.
(Joel 2:32, NIV)

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Advent Day 21

Advent Day 21

December 19, 2020

Prophecy:

14“I will deliver this people from the power of the grave;
    I will redeem them from death.
Where, O death, are your plagues?
    Where, O grave, is your destruction?
“I will have no compassion,
(Hosea 13:14, NIV)

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Advent Day 20

Advent Day 20

December 18, 2020

Prophecy:

13“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. (Daniel 7:13-14, NIV)

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Advent Day 19

Advent Day 19

December 17, 2020

Prophecy:

31“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
    “when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
    and with the people of Judah.
(Jeremiah 31:31, NIV)

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Advent Day 18

Advent Day 18

December 16, 2020

Prophecy:

12Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
    and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.
(Isaiah 53:12, NIV)

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Advent Day 17

Advent Day 17

December 15, 2020

Prophecy:

5But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
(Isaiah 53:5, NIV)

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Advent Day 16

Advent Day 16

December 14, 2020

Prophecy:

2He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
(Isaiah 53:2, NIV)

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Advent Day 15

Advent Day 15

December 13, 2020

Prophecy:

6“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;
    I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
    to be a covenant for the people
    and a light for the Gentiles,
(Isaiah 42:6, NIV)

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Advent Day 14

Advent Day 14

December 12, 2020

Prophecy:

3and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
    
or decide by what he hears with his ears;>
(Isaiah 11:3, NIV)

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Advent Day 13

Advent Day 13

December 11, 2020

Prophecy:

6For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9:6, NIV)

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Advent Day 12

Advent Day 12

December 10, 2020

Prophecy:

9He said, “Go and tell this people:
“‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;

    be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
10Make the heart of this people calloused;

    make their ears dull

    and close their eyes.

Otherwise they might see with their eyes,

    hear with their ears,

    understand with their hearts,

and turn and be healed.”
(Isaiah 6:9-10, NIV)

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Advent Day 11

Advent Day 11

December 9, 2020

Prophecy:

6He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.” (Malachi 4:6, NIV)

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Advent Day 10

Advent Day 10

December 8, 2020

Prophecy:

8“‘Listen, High Priest Joshua, you and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. (Zechariah 3:8, NIV)

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Advent Day 09

Advent Day 09

December 7, 2020

Prophecy:

14He will be a holy place;
    for both Israel and Judah he will be
a stone that causes people to stumble
    and a rock that makes them fall.
And for the people of Jerusalem he will be
    a trap and a snare.
(Isaiah 8:14, NIV)

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Advent Day 08

Advent Day 08

December 6, 2020

Prophecy:

22I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. (Isaiah 22:22, NIV)

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Advent Day 07

Advent day 07

December 5, 2020

Prophecy:

4He will judge between the nations
    and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
    nor will they train for war anymore.
(Isaiah 2:4, NIV)

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Advent Day 06

Advent Day 06

December 4, 2020

Prophecy:

7The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him. (Genesis 12:7, NIV)

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Advent Day 05

Advent Day 05

December 3, 2020

Prophecy:

12He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. 13I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will never take my love away from him, as I took it away from your predecessor. (I Chronicles 17:12-13, NIV)

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Advent Day 04

Advent Day 04

December 2, 2020

Prophecy:

15The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. 16For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.” (Deuteronomy 18:15-16, NIV)

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Advent Day 03

Advent Day 03

December 1, 2020

Prophecy:

13He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. (II Samuel 7:13, NIV)

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Advent Day 02

Advent Day 02

November 30, 2020

Prophecy:

35I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his priestly house, and they will minister before my anointed one always. (I Samuel 2:35, NIV)

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Advent Day 01

Advent Day 01

November 29, 2020

Prophecy:

3I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”
(Genesis 12:3, NIV)

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Advent 2020 - Journey of Fulfillment

Advent 2020

Journey of Fulfillment

On November 29, 2020, the new church year begins with the Season of Advent. Advent beings on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. (Christmas Day is not counted as part of Advent) The following, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, beautifully explains Advent:

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Advent of Love

Advent of Love
Week 4

Every Christmas season, there is a plethora of cheesy romance movies that come out on television - and Netflix! They are all quite predictable and the ending is clear from the first five minutes of the film. Yet new movies are made year after year, with re-runs being played in-between, so people must be watching them! Perhaps it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise. Christmas - at its heart - is about love!

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Advent of Joy

Advent of Joy
Week 3

But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness. (Isaiah 65:18, ESV)

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Advent of Peace

Advent of Peace
Week 2

In the 2000 movie, Miss Congeniality, contestants of a beauty contest were asked what they thought was “the one most important thing our society needs?” Without fail, every contestant, except one, answered “World Peace.” As that one contestant learned, the only way to receive approval was to say, “World Peace.” Throughout time, many people have wished for world peace. Some have great ideas of how to achieve it! And as we approach Christmas in this second week of Advent, our focus turns towards peace.

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Advent of Hope

Advent of Hope
Week 1

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.”  (Isaiah 9:2, ESV)

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Advent 2019 - Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love!

Advent 2019 - Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love!

Advent is a time of waiting. Our whole life, however, is
Advent--that is, a time of waiting for the ultimate,
for the time when there will be a new heaven and a new earth,
when all people are brothers and sisters and one rejoices in the words of the angels:
"On earth peace to those on whom God's favor rests."
Learn to wait, because he has promised to come.
"I stand at the door..."
We however call to him: "Yes, come soon,
Lord Jesus!"

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, A Testament to Freedom: the essential writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Advent

Advent is a time of waiting. Our whole life, however, is
Advent--that is, a time of waiting for the ultimate,
for the time when there will be a new heaven and a new earth,
when all people are brothers and sisters and one rejoices in the words of the angels:
"On earth peace to those on whom God's favor rests."
Learn to wait, because he has promised to come.
"I stand at the door..."
We however call to him: "Yes, come soon,
Lord Jesus!"

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, A Testament to Freedom: the essential writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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