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Advent Begins - O Come, Immanuel

By November 30, 2012

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Preparation for celebrating the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ begins this Sunday (Dec. 2, 2012) with the start of the Advent season. Advent highlights the Old Testament prophecies of the promised Messiah:

Nativity Scene

Isaiah 7:14
All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means 'God is with us'). (NLT)

And is there any better way to prepare our hearts to worship Immanuel than to read the story of our Savior's birth? As you remember how Jesus Christ came to live among us, may the light of his presence revive that same sense of wonder you felt when he first came to live in your heart.

This Christmas story gives a biblical account of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus, from the time of the angel's visitation telling Mary she would soon conceive the Savior until the wise men followed the star and bowed down to worship the new born King.

Also, to celebrate the start of Advent, enjoy this powerful and haunting presentation of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" performed by Selah.

Image: Bernhard Lang / Getty Images

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November 30, 2008 at 8:26 am
(1) Andrew says:

Thanks Mary,

Sometimes in the business of Christmas, it is so easy to forget what really matters – the lord’s wonderful gift of salvation through the birth, death and resurrection of his son on the cross.

It’s all well and good to make physical preparations for Christmas celebrations, but the most important preparations which we can make are those of preparing our hearts for worship and thankfullness to the lord for his wonderful gift of brining his son into the world.

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