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As Mary and Joseph held their newborn Son during those late hours of the night, God began spreading the wonderful news of Jesus’ birth. And He began with an unusual group of people.


Imagine the scene: shepherds on the midnight watch, ears and eyes open for signs of danger, sheep bleating in the background. And then, out of nowhere, an angel of the Lord bursts onto the scene with the news of the Savior’s birth.


After thousands of years of waiting, on an ordinary night, Jesus came. God gave His people hints and clues about how Jesus would come. He told them that Jesus would come from Bethlehem, be a Ruler, and bring peace. Many expected a soldier; some expected a politician...no one expected a baby. But that’s how Jesus came.


Throughout the Old Testament, the prophets spoke of the promised Savior, telling the people how to recognize His coming and reminding them that God had not forgotten. The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, the Son of a virgin, a King to rule according to the lineage of David, ushering in an era of unprecedented peace. Israel watched and waited, filled with longing and expectation for this promised Deliverer.


This devotional guide is an opportunity for families with elementary aged children to set aside the busyness of the season, and gather together to spend a few minutes reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas. This discipleship experience is organized around advent candles and the theme of spreading the light. It builds towards our special candlelight service that will be held on Sunday, December 24 at 10:00am & 6:00pm.


This devotional guide is an opportunity for teens & adults to set aside the busyness of the season, and spend a few minutes reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas. This discipleship experience is organized around advent candles and the theme of spreading the light. It builds towards our special candlelight service that will be held on Sunday, December 24 at 10:00am & 6:00pm.


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