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Ken Green - December 21, 2014

Belief: A Story of Holding to the Promise

It’s one thing to come face-to-face with an angel of the Lord. It’s another thing to hear such angel speak the words he does to Mary. “Highly favored.” “The Lord is with you.” “Do not be afraid.” And the ultimate word the angel speaks to this young virgin? “You will conceive and give birth to a son…the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.” What is one to do with the knowledge of something so incredible? Believe. Hold to God’s promise. This is what God is doing, according to His plan, and no plan of His will ever fail. So in humility Mary answers: “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.” What is the most difficult promise of God for you to hold onto? How might God use you to be a messenger of His promises to someone else?

Scripture References: Luke 1:26-38

From Series: "The Story of His Coming"

The season of Advent is a time when we anticipate and prepare for Christ’s coming: preparing to celebrate with joy His coming on that first Christmas as well as preparing to receive Him when He comes again. The Scriptures that engage us during this season of Advent tell the story of watching, waiting, preparing, telling the good news, and trusting in God’s promises. In the midst of all the things that fill our lives with the busyness and the trappings of the season, our Lord fills us with something substantive to share: the hopeful expectation of Jesus’ coming, along with new ways to engage others as we tell His story.

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