Year B Advent (December 22)

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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

4th Sunday of Advent

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Prayer of the Day
Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With you r abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that would obstruct your mercy, that willingly we may bear your redeeming love to all the world, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

In this last Sunday of Advent we see how David had wished to build a place for God to dwell within.  This isn’t the important part.  For later in the reading we see how God, through Nathan told David that his house would rule over His kingdom to the end.  Looking back over three thousand years we see that his words mean more than what they did when Nathan first spoke them.  For we see it as the coming of the Messiah, the Christ as you will.
Luke 1:46b-55 (KJ21)

Luke 1:46-55 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

46 And Mary said, “My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

48 For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden; for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For He that is mighty hath done to me great things, and holy is His name.

50 And His mercy is on them that fear Him, from generation to generation.

51 He hath shown strength with His arm; He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He hath sent empty away.

54 He hath helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy,

55 as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever.”

In Paul’s gospel, for that’s what Romans is, he shows that He does not need any physical place to dwell in, like what David and Nathan thought over a thousand years prior.  Mary, in what we call “The Magnificat” got it right in that even if we are scattered to the ends of the earth, God is there with us always and that we have no need to fear.
The gospel reading for the week is in the same chapter as the Magnificat, yet earlier.  The Magnificat was Mary’s final reaction to what Gabriel told her.  I’m in awe that she had the wherewithal at her young age to accept her impending change.  Maybe it was because in earlier generations children were expected to grow up faster, while today they try to remain a child for as long as possible, and sometimes still act childish late into their adult years.  Yet at the same time we shouldn’t be surprised.  For if a child understands what’s truly happening, they will “step up to the plate” so to speak and take on responsibilities and act with a level of maturity that is far beyond their years.

Year B Advent (December 20)

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Romans 16:25-27 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

25 Now to Him who has the power to establish you according to my Gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the world began

26 but now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith,

27 to God alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.

Year B Advent (December 19)

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Luke 1:46-55 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

46 And Mary said, “My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

48 For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden; for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For He that is mighty hath done to me great things, and holy is His name.

50 And His mercy is on them that fear Him, from generation to generation.

51 He hath shown strength with His arm; He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He hath sent empty away.

54 He hath helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy,

55 as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever.”

Year B Advent (December 18)

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2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house and the Lord had given him rest round about from all his enemies,

that the king said unto Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.”

And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in thine heart, for the Lord is with thee.”

And it came to pass that night that the word of the Lord came unto Nathan, saying,

“Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus saith the Lord: Shalt thou build Me a house for Me to dwell in?

For I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.

In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel, spoke I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed My people Israel, saying, “Why build ye not Me a house of cedar?”’

Now therefore, so shalt thou say unto My servant David, ‘Thus saith the Lord of hosts: I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel.

And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men who are on the earth.

10 Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as before,

11 and as since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. “‘Also the Lord telleth thee that He will make thee a house.

16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established forever before thee; thy throne shall be established for ever.’”

Year B Advent (December 17)

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2 Samuel 6:1-11 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.

And David arose, and went with all the people who were with him from Baale of Judah to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the Lord of hosts who dwelleth between the cherubims.

And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, that was at Gibeah; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart.

And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which wasat Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God; and Ahio went before the ark.

And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps and on psalteries, and on timbrels and on cornets, and on cymbals.

And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen shook it.

And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.

And David was displeased because the Lord had broken out upon Uzzah; and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah [that is, The breach of Uzzah] to this day.

And David was afraid of the Lord that day and said, “How shall the ark of the Lord come to me?”

10 So David would not remove the ark of the Lord unto him into the City of David, but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.

11 And the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months; and the Lord blessed Obededom and all his household.

Year B Advent (December 16)

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Hebrews 1:5-14 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

For unto which of the angels said God at any time, “Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten Thee”? And again, “I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son”?

And again, when He bringeth in the First-Begotten into the world, He saith, “And let all the angels of God worship Him.”

And of the angels He saith, “Who maketh His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire.”

But unto the Son He saith, “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Thy Kingdom.

Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity; therefore God, even Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.”

10 And, “Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of Thine hands.

11 They shall perish, but Thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment.

12 And as a vesture shalt Thou fold them up, and they shall be changed. But Thou art the same, and Thy years shall not fail.”

13 But to which of the angels said He at any time, “Sit on My right hand until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool”?

14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for those who shall be heirs of salvation?

Year B Advent (December 15)

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Hebrews 1:1-4 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in times past unto the fathers by the prophets,

hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed Heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds,

who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

3rd Sunday of Advent

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Prayer of the Day
Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to the words of your prophets, that, anointed by your Spirit, we may testify to your light; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen
When I read this particular passage I can’t help but think of Jesus when he was in the synagog in Nazareth and read the first phrases, then proclaimed that the prophesy was fulfilled right there in front of them.  It must have been a heady experience for most around him, then it changed.  For they saw him as a child and then as a young adult.  Not him.  I saw him when he….  You get my drift.  It is interesting though that he didn’t read the second part of what we call now as verse two.  But I digress.  Isaiah is showing the people that not all is lost, and that it will all work out in the end.  Today when we look back we can see the verses have a dual meaning — the first, or even second, coming of the Messiah.
Psalm 126 (KJ21)

Psalm 126 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

126 When the Lord returned the captives to Zion, we were like them that dream.

Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then said they among the heathen, “The Lord hath done great things for them.”

The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.

Turn back our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the South.

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

In Paul’s first letter, at least the first one that was saved that we know of, he exhorts us to live in prayer and thanksgiving while we wait for Christ’s return.  That’s easier said than done.  Yet during this time of waiting we should look forward to it eagerly rather than with dread for we’ve already been judged.  Because of that we should have no worry.
With this still being Advent we see how John the Baptist spoke to the people around him.  Looking back one can’t help but see how the people thought he was the Messiah.  It has been at least four hundred years since a prophet walked the hill sides.  Yet here comes John like a blast out of the past.  He’s the one that bridges the Old Testament to the New Testament, for he was a prophet yet pointed to the one who would come.

Year B Advent (December 13)

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

16 Rejoice evermore.

17 Pray without ceasing.

18 In every thing give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

19 Quench not the Spirit.

20 Despise not prophesyings.

21 Test all things; hold fast to that which is good.

22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Faithful is He that calleth you; He also will do it.

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