December 15: Donkey, Luke 2.16

December 15: Donkey, Luke 2.16 In Biblical times, people’s homes included a front room that sheltered the animals at night. Mary and Joseph were given shelter in a such a room and would have been surrounded by animals, yet this is where Jesus, who is called King, Savior, Christ, Messiah,...

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December 14: Inn, Luke 2.1 – 7

December 14: Inn, Luke 2.1 – 7 When Mary and Joseph came to Bethlehem there was nowhere for them to stay, so an innkeeper’s family made a space. Who has welcomed you when you were but a stranger? “Joy to the world! The Lord is come; Let earth receive her...

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December 13: Bethlehem, Luke 2.1 – 7

December 13: Bethlehem, Luke 2.1 – 7 Joseph must return to Bethlehem, his homeland, to be counted by a census; it is there Jesus will be born. From where does your family herald, and what significance does it play in your life today? (post your comments below or on our...

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December 11: Camels, Matthew 2.1 – 12

December 11: Camels, Matthew 2.1 – 12 Traditionally, the Magi are depicted on camels who helped them traverse the land and carry their supplies and gifts. With what do you travel, and who or what helps you bear the load? (post your comments below or on our facebook page @bandonpresbyterian)...

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December 9: Star, Matthew 2.1 – 12

December 9: Star, Matthew 2.1 – 12 A brilliant star hung over Bethlehem, marking the place where Jesus was to be born. It led the wise men and the shepherd girls to Jesus. What signs lead you to the divine? “This star drew nigh to the north-west; O’er Bethlehem it...

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December 8: Holly, Psalm 148

December 8: Holly, Psalm 148 Holly, with its green foliage and bright red berries, provides a stark contrast to the barrenness of winter. What in your life feels abloom? “The holly and the ivy, now both are full well grown. Of all the trees that are in the wood, the...

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December 7: Bells, Psalm 98.4-6

December 7: Bells, Psalm 98.4-6 Bells often ring from churches as a reminder of Sunday worship, or special holidays like Christmas. What refocuses you on the sacred? “Hark how the bells, sweet silver bells, all seem to say, throw cares away. Christmas is here, bringing good cheer, to young and...

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December 6: Joseph, Mathew 1 1-20

December 6: Joseph, Mathew 1 1-20 Upon finding out about Mary’s pregnancy, Joseph must decide whether or not to continue their engagement. What decisions bear heavily upon you? “Saint Joseph, too, was by, to tend the Child; to guard him, and protect his mother mild; The angels hovered round, and...

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