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4th Advent What Qualifies Us

When we look for someone to do a job or an employer looks to hire someone they vet the person to see if they qualified and have the skill set to do the work. What qualified Mary to be the mother of Jesus -the Son of God. What qualified Elizabeth to the mother John the Baptizers a prophet? What qualifies us? It is a heart of submission to God and willingness to serve Him no matter the cost. Mary found favor with God because of her heart for Him. Zachariah and Elizabeth were righteous before God walking blamelessly in all the commands and statues of the Lord (Luke 1:6)

3rd Advent Rejoice for Jesus calls us

Today we had celebrated by having our Young Pageant at the 10:00 AM service. They were fantastic. This is a short homily that followed. John the Baptizer's call to repentance is about the heart and relationship with have with God. It is not about entitlement or because of an association with God.

2nd Advent Preparing the way for Jesus

John the Baptist came proclaiming the coming of the Lord. He proclamation was to prepare the way... It was not only for Israel to get ready for the Savior but also for us to constantly keep our hearts prepared.

1st Advent Hope we have

Hope, we have hope when we trust in the LORD. While things in our lives may be cataclysmic and apocalyptic and the world may seem that way. The hope we have is in God who is steadfast and faithful. And the promise of the Christ return for us.

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