Christmas Character Study 7: He is Come

Day 7 of The Characters of Christmas Luke 2:1-20 “Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11, ESV). Christmas is easily my favorite season of the year—I know Christmas isn’t technically a “season,” but we certainly treat it like one where I’m from! It’s such a joyful time, especially when it’s filled with traditions that make it even more special and memorable. Decorating the…

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Christmas Character Study 6: Willing Messengers

Day 6 of The Characters of Christmas Luke 1:30-33; Matthew 1:20-23; Luke 2:9-14 “And 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’’ Luke 2:13, ESV).  Do you know that feeling when you have the absolute best news and you can’t wait to tell someone? One of those where you have to tell them face to face so you…

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Christmas Character Study 5: A Joyful Occasion

Day 5 of The Characters of Christmas Luke 2:8-21 “Behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” Luke 2:10. ESV). Have you ever witnessed something that could only be described as a miracle? Maybe you haven’t specifically witnessed something like this but have heard stories from friends or family members; I have a few stories of my own. The shepherds in our passage in Luke…

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Christmas Character Study 4: A Sovereign Plan

Day 4 of The Characters of Christmas Matthew 2:1-8, 13-18 “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt…for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him” (Matthew 2:13, ESV). Have you ever received news that left you a bit unsettled? Maybe even nervous to the point where you felt sick to your stomach? It’s honestly a terrible feeling, and that’s exactly how King Herod felt in…

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Christmas Character Study 3: Wisdom in Worship

Day 3 of The Characters of Christmas Matthew 2:1-12 “They saw the child…and they fell down and worshiped him (Matthew 2:11, ESV). The story of Jesus’ birth doesn’t seem complete without talking about the wise men that travelled to see the Savior after He was born. We aren’t told exactly where they came from or who they were, but they were called wise men, kings, and in some translations, magi.  The story…

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Christmas Character Study 2: A Spirit of Faithfulness

Day 2 of The Characters of Christmas Matthew 1:18-25 “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife (Matthew 1:20, ESV). After reading the story of Mary, our eyes turn now on Joseph to see his reaction to the news. Would he take Mary at her word and believe she had been visited by an angel, or would he believe the gossip and the lies of the people…

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Christmas Character Study 1: A Heart of Obedience

Day 1 of The Characters of Christmas Luke 1:26-38 “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38, ESV). When I think of Mary of Nazareth, my mind immediately goes to the passage in Luke 2, the story of Jesus’ birth and how He was laid in a manger. This is my favorite passage to read at Christmastime, reminding me why we…

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