Category Archives: Advent

Advent 13: The Journey to Bethlehem

Mary travelled the 70 miles to Bethlehem whilst she was heavily pregnant. I’ve always been aware that the Bible doesn’t mention a donkey and a number of years ago I heard someone talking about the journey to Bethlehem saying that there probably … Continue reading

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Advent 12: A Long Time ago in Bethlehem

The Roman Emperor, Augustus, decreed that a Census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire (Luke 2.1) and as a result Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem. Hundreds of years before this, God said that the Messiah would be born … Continue reading

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Advent 11: Change Takes Time

At first, Zechariah hadn’t believed that he and his wife could have a child, even when God promised that it would happen. Fast forward just over 9 months and at the circumcision ceremony of his son (you know, the one … Continue reading

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Advent 10: Jesus is God With Us

Joseph believed God, the baby inside Mary really was the son of God who was coming to save us all. All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will … Continue reading

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Advent 9: Receiving a new Perspective from God

Joseph was fuming! He was pledged to be married to Mary and it now turned out she was pregnant! Joseph’s head spun as he tried to work out what might of happened but he couldn’t escape the feeling that he had … Continue reading

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Advent 8: Mary served God Gratefully rather than through Gritted Teeth

A few days after she was told that she would give birth to the son of God, Mary went to visit her relative Elizabeth. The angel had said that Elizabeth was also miraculously pregnant and Mary jumped at the opportunity … Continue reading

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Advent 7: Mary says YES

Mary agreed to be the mother of the son of God! It is surprising that she didn’t need to think about it for longer before saying yes because becoming pregnant whilst unmarried was going to cause her some real problems … Continue reading

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Advent 6: A Special Child

The angel had said ‘You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call him Jesus’. In their conversation, Mary seemed to struggle to get past the ‘you will have a son’ bit which isn’t surprising. Mary was a … Continue reading

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Advent 5: God is in the Ordinary

Zechariah met an angel in the temple but Mary encountered an angel in her everyday life! “Greetings, favoured woman! The Lord is with you!” is probably not what you would expect to hear when you are doing the dishes or working on … Continue reading

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Advent 4: The God of Miracles

A miracle had happened and Elizabeth was pregnant! “How kind the Lord is!” she exclaimed. “He has taken away my disgrace of having no children.” God’s promise had come true and both Zechariah and Elizabeth were overjoyed! Tragically, Elizabeth felt … Continue reading

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