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We light an Advent candle each Sunday leading up to Christmas to prepare our hearts by renewing our hope, growing our love, rejoicing in Christ, and finding rest and peace.

Week Two of Advent is a Candle of Love

If you missed week one, read and watch Advent Candle 1 – HOPE: Prophecy Gives Hope.

The frenzy of holiday plans, preparations, and parties increases as we enter into the second week of Advent.  It’s important to pause and remember the great gift of Love that God gave to the world when Jesus was born.

Remember the Promises that Reveal God’s Love

Don’t allow the busyness of the season to control your thoughts, direct your time, and steal your heart.  Take a minute to pause and think on the truly important things.  Philippians 4 tells us what those things are: “the things that are true, honest, just, pure and lovely.”  Summed up in one word…think on Jesus.  Jesus reveals God’s love.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Ponder this list of Christmas promises and stand in awe of our amazing God. Consider all the promises God made in his Word–including those that we are yet to receive.  Think on these things as we approach Christmas and remember the great love of our God who abundantly gives grace to His children.

God’s  Promises Reveal His Love

God promised: A Seed from a woman — Genesis 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
God fulfilled His promise: — Luke 3:23, 38  And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli [Mary’s father. For more information read, Why are There Two Different Genealogies for Jesus?]

God promised: A Seed from Abraham — Genesis 22:18  And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
God fulfilled His promise: — Matthew 1:1  The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

God promised: A Seed through Isaac — Genesis 21:12  And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.
God fulfilled His promise: — Luke 3:34 Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham

God promised: Born in Bethlehem, from the tribe of Judah — Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
God fulfilled His promise: — Matthew 2:1  Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, — Luke 3:33-34  Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda[h], Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham…

God promised: From the Family of Jesse and the house of David — Isaiah 11:1  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots
God fulfilled His promise: — Luke 3:32  Which was the son of Jesse, — Matthew 1:1  The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

God promised: Born of a virgin — Isaiah 7:14  Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
God fulfilled His promise: —Mat 1:18  Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. —Mat 1:23  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. — Luke 3:22  And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. — 1 Timothy 3:16  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

The Greatest Love Verses 

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.     The promise of the Lord Jesus Christ coming to rescue us brought light into the world and ignited HOPE.  Let your HOPE be fueled by His Light.  
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The Season of Advent (the 4 weeks before Christmas)

Will You Find Rest This Advent Season?
HOPE Advent Candle 1 –  Prophecy Gives Hope (video)
LOVE Advent Candle 2 – Promise Reveals Love (video)
JOY Advent Candle 3 – Jesus Is Our Joy (video)

PEACE Advent Candle 4 – Pause to Find Peace (video)
Christmas Day: When Love Was Born — Light the CHRIST Candle
What is the Prophetic Symbolism of Advent Candles?

Christmas-themed GOT QUESTIONS?

Christmas-themed Articles

Christmas-themed Videos

Have You Heard About This Baby Boy?  A most beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, with a Christmas message to touch your heart and give joy to your soul.

Cohen Hallelujah Christmas Version

 

 

 

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The Top Ten Got Questions? in 2020

  1.  The Meaning of NUMBERS in the Bible?
  2. The Meaning of COLORS in the Bible?
  3. Did The Wise Men Arrive 12 DAYS AFTER JESUS’ BIRTH? Or Was It Much Later?
  4. What is the Significance of the Wise Men's THREE GIFTS? And were they kings? 
  5. How are the Shepherd’s Rod and Staff Different?
  6. What Does It Mean to TASTE & SEE That God Is Good? (Psalm 34)
  7. What do the 12 stones UNDER the JORDAN River mean? (Joshua 4)
  8. Is Leonard Cohen’s “HALLELUJAH” a Christian Song?
  9. How was Jesus Like a Worm? What’s the CRIMSON (OR SCARLET) WORM? Psalm 22
  10. Is my TATTOO a sin?

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