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Advent Week 2, Christmas Story Revisited

The Village Church in Dallas, TX is well known and Matt Chandler, the head pastor, has a real gift for sharing the message that has made him a well known figure for American Christians, especially young Christians.

I recently wanted to hear Matt Chandler in person instead of via MP3 download or youtube video (perhaps the availability of these mediums is one of the reasons he’s so popular with a young audience). So, on the Sunday after I was spending Thanksgiving in Austin, I drove to Dallas (which clearly was not on the way back to College Station).

The Village Church gave out these awesome Advent books with devotionals that I’ve done for the last 2 weeks on Saturday morning with my boyfriend via Facetime (technology!). I wish there was an unlimited supply of these books so that everyone in the world could have one. In particular, here’s one paragraph that really struck us this morning that I feel was too good not to share:

nativity

“And then, on a night unassuming and normal, God came- just as He said He would. A young woman named Mary, who was with child, journeyed alongside Joseph, her betrothed, from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be counted for the census according to Caesar’s decree. The couple entered the sleepy Judea town, filled to the brim with the descendants of David, and took refuge in the only place available: a stable. And when the fullness of time had come, Mary gave birth to her firstborn son. He was wrapped in cloths, laid in a manger and given the name Jesus because He would save His people from their sins. And just like that, a whisper in the Bethlehem night, a Child was born, a Son was given.”

How many times have you heard the Christmas story? I’d estimate I’ve heard it at least 250 times (10-20 times per year for 25 years, some of which I was too young to understand the words). And yet, somehow, we can hear it again and still be moved. If there’s one thing I never want to be jaded to it’s the Christmas story and the hope of salvation that came with the birth of a baby.

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