Week 1: The Prophets

December 3, 2023 • Bruce Miller

This season is often called “Advent.” Have you ever wondered what “advent” means? It comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming.” It refers to the arrival of a notable person, thing or event. A more specialized meaning of Advent is the first season of the Christian year, including the first four Sundays preceding Christmas. Traditionally, this is a time of waiting expectantly and joyfully for the coming of the Messiah, the Son of God, celebrating his first advent and anticipating his second advent.

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Week 4: The Wise Men

December 24, 2023 • Bruce Miller

The Magi, the wise men, were ancient astronomers, well known for their intellect. They were not Jewish. Maybe you are like the Magi. You have your own views of life. You may not consider yourself Christian or Jewish. Perhaps you too have investigated various religions. You can identify with the Magi. Both the Magi and Herod want to find the child, but with different motives.

Week 3: The Shepherds

December 17, 2023 • Bruce Miller

The King of glory comes to earth in a manger. He comes not to the capital city, Jerusalem or Rome, but to a rural village, Bethlehem. His coming is announced not to royalty or to priests, but to common shepherds.

Week 2: The Angels

December 10, 2023 • Bruce Miller

Three people heard God’s call for each of them in three biblical Christmas stories. They had different homes. One was an older couple who could not have kids. One was an engaged young woman living with her family and the other was a young man likely living alone or with roommates. To each one God’s angel said, “do not be afraid.” What were they afraid of? They were scared of the angel and the message God had for each of them. We can easily be scared of the message God has for us.