Matthew 1:18-24 We are taking a special Journey this Advent season; we are walking the road to Bethlehem with Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and others, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Christ-child, and open our hearts to welcome Christ into our lives in a new and special way this Christmas. We’ve talked about Mary’s […]

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20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him […]

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Joseph’s story continues… Scripture:       Matthew 1:18-24 As you all remember, we are taking a special Journey this Advent season; we are walking the road to Bethlehem with Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and others, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Christ-child, and open our hearts to welcome Christ into our lives in a new […]

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Today, we look to the story of Joseph, Mary’s fiancé, a good and decent man who learned that his young bride-to-be was with child and who knew that he was not the father. Often God chooses to use people who live in relative obscurity and whose lives and spirits reflect true humility.  It is this […]

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There is a pastor who tells of the annual children’s Christmas pageant at his church. Each year, as Advent approaches, the children are gathered, and the parts of the Christmas pageant are assigned. The children play all the parts; wise men, shepherds, stable animals, but none is more popular than the part of Mary. Only […]

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Our resident teacher, Courtney Rose is back! This month she’s teaching us about the the scripture our Women’s Ministries national theme, “God’s Masterpiece” is based on: Ephesians 2:10. This is a great lecture on church unity, enjoy and get out your pen and paper to take some notes! Courtney gives what I call ‘real talk’ […]

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At the time of Jesus’ birth, Nazareth was nothing more than a tiny, insignificant village. It would be what we might call “Podunk” today. There was a reason that when Philip shared with his friend Nathaniel that he had found the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, Nathaniel’s response went something like this, “Are you kidding me? […]

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Mary of Nazareth Scripture:  Luke 1:26-38 I imagine that as the Thanksgiving festivities wound down this past weekend, several of us have taken the extra time and opportunity to begin decorating for Christmas. We pull the boxes of decorations from their storage places; we unpack the Christmas tree and assemble it again, paying careful attention […]

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Grace has power! When the angel Gabriel appeared, his greeting to Mary was, “Hail, you who are full of grace!  God is with you!” (Luke 1:28).  Throughout the New Testament the meaning of grace changes depending on the context.  Paul begins most of his letters saying, “Grace and peace to you,” and he ends his […]

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