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Prophets, Promises and Purple Candles - Part 4

  
  
  
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In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them,
 
“Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
 
And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.- Luke 2:8–14
  
The fourth candle is often called the angel candle. It represents the messengers who announced the birth of the Messiah.
 

What do you think of when you think of angels?


Lightning Studies! Hot, Fast, and Powerful!

  
  
  
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Lightning studies? What’s that?

Lightning studies are short, quick, and powerful Bible studies designed to make the most impact in the shortest amount of time. Time is the most valuable commodity in our world. People are busy and before they will invest a significant amount of time in anything they need to see the benefits. Bible study sounds scary, daunting, complicated, and boring to many people. So when we tell people “Read your Bible!” many people think “Yes, I should. I can’t. I won’t”

Prophets, Promises and Purple Candles - Part 3

  
  
  
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God came to the ungood!

The third candle of Advent is the Shepherd’s Candle.

Prophets, Promises and Purple Candles - Part 2

  
  
  
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The remaining three candles of Advent may deal with the various parts of the Advent story. They may vary from church to church or even from year to year. The sequence for the remaining three Sundays might be Bethlehem, Shepherds, Angels. Or Love, Joy, Peace. No matter what sequence is used, the Scripture reading, prayers, lighting of the candles, the participation of worshippers in the service, all focus on unfolding the story of redemption through God’s grace in the birth of Jesus. 

After the prophecy or hope candle starts the Advent season the remaining 3 candles vary from tradition to tradition or even year to year. Usually the shepherds, the angels, and Bethlehem or the themes of love, joy, and peace are covered. In this post we have chosen to cover Bethlehem or the Peace candle as the second candle of Advent.


The second candle, the Bethlehem candle represents peace. It symbolizes the preparations being made to receive and cradle the Christ child. Bethlehem is a story about a humble couple on an unwanted journey, at an inconvenient time, to visit a tiny insignificant town. 

An Unwanted Journey

Augustus Caesar, under the impression he was ruling the Roman Empire, called for a census to be taken. This was the first census while Quirinius was governor of Syria. However, God who is actually the ruler of the entire universe, was using Caesar’s edict for His own purposes. The Romans could be cruel  and overbearing tax masters. People in the ancient world did not like paying taxes any more than we do in the modern world. From a human perspective the goal of the trip was to register with the government for the purpose of taxation. It was an unwanted journey.






Prophets, Promises, and Purple Candles.

  
  
  
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Advent is much more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. Advent is a season of preparation. It is the time to prepare your heart to celebrate the first coming, and to remind yourself to be ready for the second coming. To help us all focus on preparing to celebrate His coming we are doing a series of posts on Advent.
 
The word advent comes to us from Latin and simply means the “approach” or “coming”. In context usually it would indicate something new, such as “the advent of the holiday season”. In Christian traditions it is the 4 weeks leading up to the celebration of the birth of Christ. Each week is marked with the lighting of a candle which represents different aspects of the Christmas story.

The Prophets Candle. 

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