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God With Us

During this Advent season, we would like to invite you into this time of anticipation through the Bible Church’s blog. Leading up to Christmas Day, we want to celebrate the witness of God’s presence to His people throughout Scripture.
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Revelation: The God Who Shows Up

A few years ago, Elder Rick Hove gave a sermon called “The God Who Shows Up.” In that sermon, he did what we have done this Advent, going through the whole of the Bible looking at God’s desire to be with his people. He culminated in the book of Revelation, as I am doing here. What he said those years ago has stuck with me and provided a wonderful picture of how deeply God wants to be with us.

Jude: A Slow Grind to Holiness

Imagine growing up in the same house as Jesus: From dividing up chores and sharing a bunk bed, to playing Monopoly and arguing with him when you land on Boardwalk, picture your childhood life with the perfect Savior of the World!

James: Living with Anticipation of His Second Advent

As a child, you might recall the emotions you felt the day AFTER Christmas. It was almost as if a post-Christmas depression sets in and you go into mourning that the presents are all opened, the decorations need to be put away, the Christmas treats are all gone, and the Christmas music playlists have now gone stale. It’s a rough season for a little kid to think that the next time it rolls around is 364 more days away. But, for a believer, the joy doesn’t need to end!

Hebrews: God’s Interceding Presence

In the book of Hebrews, Jesus is no longer an itinerant Galilean preacher in the Judean countryside. Instead, He is the risen Messiah, reigning in heaven and “uphold[ing] the universe by the word of his power” (Heb 1:3). The shadow of former things has disappeared, and now the fullest reality and substance of those forward-looking shadows is present. It is Christ: sacrificed, risen, interceding, reigning.

Paul’s Epistles: God With Us Through His Indwelling Power

I don’t know about you, but I love Christmas lights. I love how they twinkle and shine. I love how they bring a sense of peace and awe to a dark room. But the only way for them to illuminate is if they have a power source. If they are not plugged into the power, they are just kind of plain and dull. Likewise, Jesus is the light of the world; He came to bring light into a very dark place.

Acts: How the Spirit of Christmas Lasts Through the Year

In his legendary song, “The Spirit of Christmas,” Ray Charles asks a question about Christmas spirit: “Why can’t it remain all through the year?” Perhaps you’ve wondered the same thing while celebrating with family and friends, or just enjoying a quiet evening by your living room fireplace, your Christmas tree sparkling over there in the corner. But what if it could last the whole year? If it did, what would that be like?

John: God’s Presence from the Beginning

As a child who loved to read about the birth of “baby Jesus” during Advent, I often skipped this book, as it never mentioned the infant babe. As an adult, however, I love this book, especially during the Advent season.

Luke: The Significance of God Incarnate as a Baby

Mary had a baby, a sweet little Jesus boy, the angels sang “Glory to God in the Highest,” the shepherds ran to tell the news … the Savior has been born as a little baby boy. Just like mine.

Mark: Jesus, God’s Son

Mark starts out differently than Matthew. There is no account of the birth of Jesus, no mention of the angels foretelling his coming and the shepherds keeping watch in the field. We start immediately with John the Baptist baptizing Jesus.

Matthew: God with Mary and Joseph

Matthew is the first account we have of Jesus in the Bible. I find myself thinking about Mary giving birth to Jesus and how insane her parenting style must have been. I constantly wonder how she went about her day while taking care of legitimately the most important person to ever live… and they didn’t even have a minivan!!!

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Jude: A Slow Grind to Holiness

Imagine growing up in the same house as Jesus: From dividing up chores and sharing a bunk bed, to playing Monopoly and arguing with him when you land on Boardwalk, picture your childhood life with the perfect Savior of the World!

read more

James: Living with Anticipation of His Second Advent

As a child, you might recall the emotions you felt the day AFTER Christmas. It was almost as if a post-Christmas depression sets in and you go into mourning that the presents are all opened, the decorations need to be put away, the Christmas treats are all gone, and the Christmas music playlists have now gone stale. It’s a rough season for a little kid to think that the next time it rolls around is 364 more days away. But, for a believer, the joy doesn’t need to end!

read more

Hebrews: God’s Interceding Presence

In the book of Hebrews, Jesus is no longer an itinerant Galilean preacher in the Judean countryside. Instead, He is the risen Messiah, reigning in heaven and “uphold[ing] the universe by the word of his power” (Heb 1:3). The shadow of former things has disappeared, and now the fullest reality and substance of those forward-looking shadows is present. It is Christ: sacrificed, risen, interceding, reigning.

read more

Paul’s Epistles: God With Us Through His Indwelling Power

I don’t know about you, but I love Christmas lights. I love how they twinkle and shine. I love how they bring a sense of peace and awe to a dark room. But the only way for them to illuminate is if they have a power source. If they are not plugged into the power, they are just kind of plain and dull. Likewise, Jesus is the light of the world; He came to bring light into a very dark place.

read more

Acts: How the Spirit of Christmas Lasts Through the Year

In his legendary song, “The Spirit of Christmas,” Ray Charles asks a question about Christmas spirit: “Why can’t it remain all through the year?” Perhaps you’ve wondered the same thing while celebrating with family and friends, or just enjoying a quiet evening by your living room fireplace, your Christmas tree sparkling over there in the corner. But what if it could last the whole year? If it did, what would that be like?

read more

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