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          THE OFTEN OVERLOOKED GENEALOGIES OF THE BIBLE GIVE US A QUICK GLANCE INTO SOMETHING THAT DEEP DOWN WE TRULY VALUE... STORIES. THE NAMES ON THESE LISTS ARE NOT JUST NAMES, THEY ARE PEOPLE, PEOPLE WITH STORIES, STORIES FILLED WITH HOPE, FEAR, SIN, FORGIVENESS AND GOD. WITHIN EVERY STORY WE FIND DEFINING MOMENTS AND UNFORGETTABLE EPISODES THAT SHAPE THE COURSE OF REDEMPTIVE HISTORY.

THE GENEALOGY RECORDED IN MATTHEW’S GOSPEL TRACES THE FAMILY LINE OF JESUS CHRIST BACK TO ABRAHAM. WITHIN THIS LINEAGE WE FIND KINGS AND QUEENS, WISE MEN AND WARRIORS, PRINCES AND PROPHETS. BUT ACCOLADES DON’T DRIVE THIS GENEALOGY BECAUSE GOD’S MEANS OF SAVING THE WORLD LOOKS DIFFERENT THAN WE’D EXPECT. AMONG ALL OF THESE NAMES AND ALL OF THESE STORIES WE ARE SURPRISED TO FIND FOUR UNCUSTOMARY WOMEN: TAMAR, RAHAB, RUTH, AND BATHSHEBA. THE STORIES OF THESE WOMEN JUMP OFF THE PAGES OF SCRIPTURE FOR MANY REASONS. ADVENT 2016 WILL TAKE US UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THEIR STORIES OF HARDSHIP, SIN, TRAGEDY, AND REDEMPTION. TOGETHER WE’LL DISCOVER THE HOPE OF THE CHRIST CHILD IN THE LIVES OF THESE WOMEN AS WE REALIZE THAT IN GOD’S TELLING OF HISTORY THE POWERLESS GET A STORY, THE BROKEN MATTER, THE FALLEN ARE RESCUED AND THE KING OF THE WORLD, BORN OF A LINEAGE OF GRACE, COMES TO BRING LIGHT TO THE DARKEST OF PLACES.