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Advent Reading December 15

Saturday, December 15 FRONT ROW SAINTS Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. — Matthew 5:5 I was once senior pastor of a church that had a longstanding Bible study for special-needs adults. Its faithful teacher, Helen, was nicknamed “Sunshine” by its members, a recognition of her radiant compassion. During worship, the class sat together in the front pews.…

Advent Reading December 14

Friday, December 14 PASSION PLAY … the mystery … hidden throughout the ages and generations … has now been revealed to his saints. — Colossians 1:26 … from generation to generation. — Luke 1:50 Mary had a prophetic premonition that her role in God’s passion play would reverberate for generations. As we celebrate seasons like Advent, we also have a chance to…

Advent Reading December 13

Thursday, December 13 REVERENCE, NOT FEAR … let all the ends of the earth revere him. — Psalm 67:7 His mercy is for those who fear him … — Luke 1:50 The Hebrew word yare’ and the Greek word phobeo are consistently translated as “to fear.” A more nuanced rendering would be “to revere.” As we celebrate the Advent of Christ’s amazing…

Merry Christmas

Tis the Christmas season. We call the weeks before Christmas Advent though. Christmas runs for twelve days after Christmas. By the time Christmas gets here we are exhausted. Ready for it all to be over. This year, slow down and look for ways to really celebrate Advent. Advent is the season to anticipate the”coming” of our savior, Jesus. Join us for the…

Advent Reading December 12

Wednesday, December 12 HOLINESS SURROUNDS US Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth. — Psalm 108:5 … and holy is his name. — Luke 1:49 Mary’s song has so many powerful levels of meaning, but it is ultimately an act of worship, ascribing glory to the Holy One of Israel. We live in…

Advent Reading December 11

Tuesday, December 11 GOD’S MIGHTY PRESENCE I will meditate on all your work, and muse on your mighty deeds. — Psalm 77:12 … for the Mighty One has done great things for me … — Luke 1:49 Mary recognizes that her new status as the mother of God is not based on her own righteousness. It is the result of God’s power.…

Advent Reading December 10

Monday, December 10 THE LAVISH LOVE OF GOD … who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing … — Ephesians 1:3 Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed … — Luke 1:48 In her Song of Praise, Mary recognized — and treasured — her blessedness. Do you also treasure the blessings God has lavished upon you through…

Advent Reading December 9

→ Second Week of Advent ← Sunday, December 9 Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. — Luke 1:48–50 GUARDIAN OF PEACE The angel sent a message of joy from God of…

Advent Reading December 8

Saturday, December 8 A LESSON IN HUMILITY … clothe yourselves with humility … —1 Peter 5:5 On a trip to Mexico, I joined a local pastor, his wife and their four children for lunch. Their home was little more than a shanty; no water or electricity, situated along the Colorado River canal, its water highly polluted from northern industrial waste. The man’s…

Advent Reading December 7

Friday, December 7 HUMBLE ORIGINS, GLORIOUS DESTINIES Let the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up … — James 1:9 … for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. — Luke 1:48 Consider the humble life of Jesus. Laid as a newborn in a feeding trough, this carpenter received his schooling at home, not with established…