25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #17

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas: Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia Promise #17 – the Messiah will be the Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52: 13-53:12 and Luke 22:20; Matthew 8:16-17). With “no beauty to attract us” and “nothing in

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25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #16

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas: Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia Promise #16 – the Messiah will be a light for the nations of the world (Isaiah 42: 1-6 and Luke 2: 27-32; Matthew 12: 15-18). “In faithfulness

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25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #15

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas: Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia Promise #15 – the Messiah will be preceded by a forerunner (Isaiah 40: 3-5 and Matthew 3:1-3; Luke 3:1-6).  A voice in the wilderness calling forth, “Prepare

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25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #14

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas: Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia Promise #14 – the Messiah will be called a Nazarene (Isaiah 11:1 and Matthew 2:23). There is no disputing the reality of Jesus’ humble beginnings. Prophetically, Isaiah

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25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #13

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas: Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia Promise #13 – the Messiah will be the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9: 6,7 and Luke 1:32,33). By far the

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25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #12

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas: Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia Promise #12 – the Messiah will be a great light (Isaiah 9:1,2 and Luke 1: 76-79; Matt. 4: 13-16). The Light of the World has come in

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25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #11

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas: Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia Promise #11 – the Messiah will be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1: 22-23; Luke 1:31-35). Why would it be so important that the

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25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #10

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas: Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia Promise #10 – the Messiah will be the rejected cornerstone (Psalm 118: 22-24 and Matthew 21:42; Luke 20: 17,18) and ultimately acclaimed (Psalm 118: 25-29 and Matthew

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25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #9

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas: Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia Promise #9 – the Messiah will be called God’s Son (Psalms 2: 1-12 and Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22). “You are my son, whom I love; with you

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25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas – #8

25 Fulfilled Promises of Christmas: Advent Reflections for those who Wait, Watch, and Wonder Once More Compiled and composed by Stephen A. Macchia Promise #8 – the Messiah will be a descendant of David (2 Samuel 7: 12-16 and Mathew 1:1; Luke 1:32,33) and greater than David (Psalm 110:1-4 and

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Steve Macchia

Founder & President

Steve is a graduate of Northwestern College (IA) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min.). His prior ministry includes serving on the pastoral staff at Grace Chapel (Lexington, MA) and as president of Vision New England. Since July 1, 2003 Steve has served as founder and president of Leadership Transformations, director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building, and adjunct faculty in the Doctor of Ministry department at Gordon-Conwell. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Discerning Life (Zondervan Reflective),  Baker bestseller Becoming a Healthy Church, and Crafting a Rule of Life (IVP). He lives in the Boston area with his wife Ruth and is the proud father of two grown children, Rebekah and Nathan, daughter in-love Ashley, and papa to his beloved granddaughter, Brenna Lynn. “My soul comes alive singing the great hymns of the church and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. I’m in awe of God for fulfilling the dream for LTI that he birthed in my heart, for the team he has assembled, and the transformational impact experienced in the leaders and teams we serve.

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