Happy New Year! If you’re like me you’ve added “Diving deeper into God’s Word” to your list of commitments for 2017. If so, you’ll need some resources to help you stay invested in your commitments. God always provides and the Women’s Ministries Department at International Headquarters has prepared twelve new Bible studies for 2017 that […]

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Several years ago, there was a shipwreck. Only one of the crew survived, and after several hours floating around in the ocean, he washed up on the shore of a small, uninhabited island. He was exhausted and without food or resources; he feared for his life. He cried out to God to save him. Every […]

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Luke 2 Yes, it seems that Mary and Joseph just can’t catch a break. I imagine that Mary must have been quite upset. I can almost hear her crying out to God, “God, how could you?! I have given everything to you. I said, ‘Here I am, a servant of the Lord.’ I’ve risked my […]

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Almighty God, You are true to your name, Immanuel, God with us.  This name proclaimed at your birth was also hailed at your ascension.  You are with us always—with us, not against us; with us, not absent from us; with us, not oblivious to us. And so we go forth in your authority to raise […]

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Shortly after Joseph told Mary his dream, he would have announced to his family that they were expediting the wedding.  We don’t know if Joseph told his parents about Mary’s unplanned pregnancy, but would they have believed him? Would you believe your son if he explained a mysterious pregnancy announced by an angel? There was […]

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Isaiah 9:6 says: For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. We come to the journey Mary and Joseph made from Nazareth to Bethlehem, when Mary was […]

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Encouragement helps the recipient and the giver For nine days, Mary walks and thinks. For nine days, Mary is terrified and confused. She travels that long distance with her secret; uncertain, afraid, and wondering how any of this could be true. Finally, she arrives at Elizabeth and Zechariah’s home, and the baby (John the Baptist) […]

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Personal illustration by the author of Walking to Road to Bethehem by Adam Hamilton:  When I was a senior in college, I applied for the Master’s Degree program in Instrumental Conducting at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I spent several months preparing, practicing, and rehearsing under the careful guidance of my conducting professor. I even […]

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Luke 1:39-56 We began two weeks ago in Nazareth with Luke’s account of the conception, considering Mary’s willingness to humbly serve the Lord, even under these very difficult and shocking circumstances. Last week, we heard Matthew’s account of Joseph learning of Mary’s pregnancy. And we talked about how Joseph acted with mercy and compassion toward […]

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Luke 1: 39 – 45 After Mary received word she was going to give birth to a child she was likely confused and terrified. Whom could she talk to about what she had heard, and about what was going to happen?  It is likely that before Mary told her own mother, she went to find Elizabeth […]

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