advent-devotional-2018

Rejoice

Rejoice Luke 1:46-49 Mary sings praise to God And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for…

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Blessed

Blessed Luke 1:39-45 – Mary Visits Elizabeth In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed…

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Serve

Serve Luke 1:38 Mary pledges to serve God Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. Mary speaks with such simplicity and grace in this passage. Her words and her serenity are an unassuming and peaceful acceptance…

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Impossible

Impossible Luke 1:36-37 The angel Gabriel tells Mary about Elizabeth And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Nothing will be impossible with God. Nothing. The immensity of…

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Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit Luke 1:34-35 The angel Gabriel speaks of the Holy Spirit Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will…

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Favour

Favour Luke 1:29-33 The angel Gabriel foretells the birth of Jesus But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear…

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Greetings

Greetings Luke 1:26-28 – The angel Gabriel appears to Mary In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said,…

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Vision

Vision Luke 1:21-25 Zechariah returns to Elizabeth Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah, and wondered at his delay in the sanctuary. When he did come out, he could not speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He kept motioning to them and remained unable to speak.…

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Presence

Sun shining through the clouds

Presence Luke 1:18-20 – Zechariah doubts Gabriel Zechariah said to the angel, “How will I know that this is so? For I am an old man, and my wife is getting on in years.” The angel replied, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you…

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Prayer

Prayer Luke 1:13-17 – The angel Gabriel foretells the birth of John  But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth,…

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