Posts with the category “advent”
Advent - Day 30
by Tim Canosa on December 26th, 2023
“See, I will create new heavens and a new earth.The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create,for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy.I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people;the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more.Isaiah 65:17-19Full Rea...
Advent - Day 29
by Tim Canosa on December 25th, 2023
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge.I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”I say of the holy people who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips.Lord, you alone are my...
Advent - Day 28
by Tim Canosa on December 24th, 2023
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning an...
Advent - Day 27
by Tim Canosa on December 23rd, 2023
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.Philippians 2:6-7Full Readings: Isaiah 6:1–10, Philippians 2:6–11The humility of Christ is one of the st...
Advent - Day 26
by Tim Canosa on December 22nd, 2023
No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”John 3:14-15Full Readings: Numbers 21:4–9, John 3:1–15Heaven. Paradise. Eternal life. For so many of us in the Northern Suburbs of Wollongong or in Australia, what happ...
Advent - Day 25
by Tim Canosa on December 21st, 2023
Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied;by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.Therefore...
Advent - Day 24
by Tim Canosa on December 20th, 2023
Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!”Matthew 27:38-40Full Readings: Isaiah 53:7–9, Matthew 27:32–44We’ve spoken a bunch about Jesus’ humility and I don...
Advent - Day 23
by Tim Canosa on December 19th, 2023
Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.Like one from whom people hide their faces ...
Advent - Day 22
by Tim Canosa on December 18th, 2023
See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.Just as there were many who were appalled at him— his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness—so he will sprinkle many nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of him.For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have ...
Advent - Day 21
by Tim Canosa on December 17th, 2023
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one;he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.Posterity wi...
Advent - Day 20
by Tim Canosa on December 16th, 2023
When your days are over and you go to be with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will never take my love away from him, as I took it away from your predecessor. I will set him over my...
Advent - Day 19
by Tim Canosa on December 15th, 2023
Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant?Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light,trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God. But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches,go, walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze.This is what you shall receive from my hand: You will lie down...
Advent - Day 18
by Tim Canosa on December 14th, 2023
But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. He warned them not to tell others about him. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:“Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight;I will put my Spirit on him, and he will...
Advent - Day 17
by Tim Canosa on December 13th, 2023
Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”Genesis 22:2Full Readings: Genesis 22:1–14, Matthew 3:13–17As a Dad, I find it unthinkable that I would ever do something so horrendous as sacrifice my child. It sends shivers down my spine. Can you imagine Abraham’s predicament? T...
Advent - Day 16
by Tim Canosa on December 12th, 2023
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.”Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.”Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.”The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.The Lord has done it this very day; let...
Advent - Day 15
by Tim Canosa on December 11th, 2023
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:6-8Full Readings: Psalm 62, Romans 5:6–8I want you to imagine something with me. Picture...
Advent - Day 14
by Tim Canosa on December 10th, 2023
The Lord says to my lord:“Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of your enemies!”Your troops will be willing on your day of battle.Arrayed in holy splendor, your young men will come to you like dew from the morning’s womb.The Lord has sworn and will not change his...
Advent - Day 13
by Tim Canosa on December 9th, 2023
And now the Lord says— he who formed me in the womb to be his servantto bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself,for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord and my God has been my strength—he says:“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept.I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that ...
Advent - Day 12
by Tim Canosa on December 8th, 2023
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’John 1:29-30Full Readings: Exod 12:21–23, John 1:29–34One of my favourite events is the FIFA World Cup. And inevitably, every four years, a discussion pops up; who is the GOAT? ...
Advent - Day 11
by Tim Canosa on December 7th, 2023
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sin...
Advent - Day 10
by Tim Canosa on December 6th, 2023
Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”Now the Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”“I baptize...
Advent - Day 9
by Tim Canosa on December 5th, 2023
A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all peo...
Advent - Day 8
by Tim Canosa on December 4th, 2023
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.Joh...
Advent - Day 7
by Tim Canosa on December 3rd, 2023
Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fears and celebrate his rule with trembling. Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. Psalm 2:10–12.Full Readings: Psalm 2It’s the sev...
Advent - Day 6
by Tim Canosa on December 2nd, 2023
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:30–33.Full Readings: 2 Samuel 7:1...
Advent - Day 5
by Tim Canosa on December 1st, 2023
“But you, Bethlehemi Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”Micah 5:2Full Readings: Micah 5:1-4, Mathew 2:3-12It’s the fifth day of the first week of Advent. A week of hope. A week to reflect on the anticipation of the birt...
Advent - Day 4
by Tim Canosa on November 30th, 2023
“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch,a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety.This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteous Saviour.Jeremiah 23:5-6Full Readings: Jeremiah 23:5-6 & 33:14-16, Matthew 2:1-2It’s the fourt...
Advent - Day 3
by Tim Canosa on November 29th, 2023
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.Isaiah 7:14Full Readings: Isaiah 7:10-16, Matthew 1:18-25 It’s the third day of the first week of Advent. A week of hope. A week to reflect on the anticipation of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.Advent is all about liminality (you can look that one up - great word). ...
Advent - Day 2
by Tim Canosa on November 28th, 2023
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a branch will bear fruit. The spirit of the Lord will rest on him.Isaiah 11:1Full Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10 & Matthew 1:1-17It’s the second day of the first week of Advent. A week of hope. A week to reflect on the anticipation of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.And so, we draw from the period of the exile of Israel. I want you to t...
Advent - Day 1
by Tim Canosa on November 27th, 2023
The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bru...
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