Tag Archives: Messiah

The manger bed …

“While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.” … Continue reading

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Silent night …

“It’s exactly what he promised, beginning with Abraham and right up to now.” Luke 1:55 “It” is the Christ Child—planned and promised from the time of creation. The many references to the Messiah found in scripture have come to fruition. … Continue reading

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The longer we wait …

“The longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.” Romans 8:25 Each year, I experience Advent as if I’m pregnant for the first time. There was great joy when the doctor affirmed my suspicion of … Continue reading

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Shepherds lead us to the manger …

“Like a shepherd, he will care for his flock, gathering the lambs in his arms, hugging them as he carries them, leading the nursing ewes to good pasture.” Isaiah 40:11 In many verses in Isaiah, we read forecasts of the … Continue reading

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Truth is stranger than fiction …

You’ve just heard scripture make history. It came true just now in this place. Luke 4:21 While Jesus was in Nazareth, he went to the synagogue. He read from the scroll where he prophesied about the Messiah—and was reading about … Continue reading

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Who is wandering around in a desert?

As “I’m thunder in the desert: ‘Make the road straight for God!” John 1:23 John the Baptist baptized those seeking repentance for their sins. Curiosity got the best of some Pharisees (who saw themselves as being “above the law”), and … Continue reading

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It just Grand …

“Make the road straight and smooth, a highway fit for our God.” Isaiah 40:3 Grand Avenue is a diagonal four-lane road that runs from the town of Wickenburg to the center of Phoenix. There are miles without stoplights, making it … Continue reading

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Watching …

[Jesus said] “Stay at your post, watching. You have no idea when the homeowner is returning, whether evening, midnight, cockcrow, or morning.” Mark 13:37 I spent hundreds of hours babysitting during junior high and high school. Often the parents would … Continue reading

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Standing guard…

“They went out and secured the tomb, sealing the stone and posting guards.” Matthew 28:66 The chief priests and Pharisees were the first doubters in the passion story and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus had announced “after three days I will … Continue reading

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Expecting Cousins — Daily Meditation Moment

“Mary didn’t waste a minute.” Luke 1:39 (The Message Bible) After Angel Gabriel visited Mary (and announced that she had won the lottery and would be carrying the Messiah), Mary got up (perhaps she had fainted) and went to visit … Continue reading

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