The Bondslave Mother

Have you ever been falsely accused? Slandered? Exposed to public humiliation? We’ve all experienced the embarrassment that comes from being misunderstood. Most of us can relate to the pain of verbal insult. But imagine being totally innocent of serious accusation, but suspected of a crime punishable by stoning (Deuteronomy 22:23–24), all because you’ve obeyed God. That was Mary’s situation.

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Bringing Life to the Barren Womb

She lived with the pain of longings unfulfilled, desires unmet, children held in her heart but never in her arms. Hope for motherhood now long past, the dreams of youth swallowed up by a barren womb. Scripture notes that Elizabeth was “righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord” (Luke 1:5–7). And yet, Elizabeth struggled under a shadow of shame. In her culture, childlessness was viewed as a sign of God’s disfavor. But things are not always as they appear.

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Divinity in Close Quarters

The thought of God “dwelling with” people was a pretty amazing concept, not only for the Israelites, but for all mankind. “God living with people” . . . think about it . . . Divinity in close quarters with humanity.  God with man—Immanuel. What an amazing thought!

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The Nativity Brings a Death Blow

This year, when you open your mail to find a Christmas card with a lovely manger scene, remember that although the setting appears peaceful, this night brought a warrior Child, the One who would conquer death, hell, and the grave. Make no mistake, this birth brought with it a fatal death blow to the enemy of our souls.

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The First Whispers of Advent

The greatest love story lies at the heart of Advent. The first whispers of Advent come in the first days that man walked with God. Days filled with: beauty, youth, freshness, unspoiled terrain, courage, strength, perfection, fearless adventures, experiencing pure enjoyment with no regrets. The first couple had no context for comprehending pain and death. The earth was full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

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