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Glory, Peace, and Good Will - by Michael Phillips
Advent 2009 - Part 4 of 4
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Luke 2:7-20
Dec 20, 2009 am - Today is the fourth Sunday in Advent, and time for another mediation of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Critics of Christmas have been quick to point out, the Bible does not tell us when Jesus was born or command us to remember His birthday. They're right, of course, it doesn't. But surely something as great as the Incarnation of God should be remembered by His people, and what better way to do that than to set aside four weeks a year to read the Nativity Story together, to meditate on its glory, and to give God thanks for it? Today's story takes place in the hill country of Judea, near the small town of Bethlehem. The date us lost to us, but it was well known to Luke's first readers. It was the year of the Imperial Tax, levied by Augustus Caesar, and collected by his governor, Quirenius. Who was there? A few shepherds keeping an eye on their flocks. In Christmas cards, the shepherd's life is a romantic one, but-in fact-it was the sorriest job in the world, combining dullness with danger, long hours and low pay. But that night, the tedium was broken and the scant wages were no longer important. An angel appears to the men and around him, the glory of God shines. This glory ... More >>>

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