Advent II

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During our second week of Advent, we looked at the story of Gabriel and Mary. Looking at this story and indeed looking at the story of the Bible, we see a God who speaks and interacts with ordinary humans. Therein lies our hope - we serve a God who loves to speak with the weak, the lonely and the seemingly unimportant (Luke 1:26-38).

Advent I

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We began Advent by looking at God's faithfulness to keep His promises. God's promise ignites hope. The fulfillment of the promise grants joy.  During advent we are reminded that our hope and joy are based primarily on His faithfulness to fulfill all of His promises (1 Thessalonians 5:24; Luke 4:16-21; Luke 1:5-24). 

Peace

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We continued to look at Romans 14:17 this week specifically talking about peace. The good news of God's kingdom is that the fruit of Jesus' rule is peace with God, peace with one another and peace with the future (Romans 14:17; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:14-17; John 14:19; John 14:27: John 16:33). 

Righteousness

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For the next three weeks we are going to be looking at Romans 14:17 where Paul explains what the kingdom of God is like - righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Today we looked at righteousness which relates to our standing before God and also how we treat one another in the Body of Christ (Romans 14:17; Genesis 18:19; Jeremiah 9:23; Jeremiah 22:3: John 15:9-12).