Advent Devotional: Sunday, December 8

Alberta Moynahan

Sunday, Second Week of Advent: Peace
December 8, 2013
Light the Candle of Peace


Christmas Morning

If  Bethlehem were here today,
Or this were very long ago,
There wouldn’t be a winter time
Nor any cold or snow.

I’d run out through the garden gate,
And down along the pasture walk,
And off beside the cattle barns
I’d hear a kind of gentle talk.

Advent Devotional: Saturday, December 7

Cari Rice

Saturday, First Week of Advent: Hope
December 7, 2013


This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  Romans 3:22-24

I am a Christian
    When I say “I am a Christian,” I am not shouting that “I am clean living.” I’m whispering “I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.”
    When I say “I am a Christian,” I don’t speak of this with pride. I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

Advent Devotional: Friday, December 6

Linda Kurtz

Friday, First Week of Advent: Hope
December 6, 2013


“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” 
Romans 15:13.  

The spirit of hope is a wonderful thing.  It sustains us in our darkest hours and gives us a sense of peace as we anticipate the future.  But sometimes, even as Christians, we may face circumstances in our lives that deprive us of hope.  Illness, loss, grief, depression, a sudden family crisis, all of these can diminish our hope until our lives seem meaningless and our futures uncertain.

Advent Devotional: Thursday, December 5

Eloise Roberts

Thursday, First Week of Advent: Hope
December 5, 2013


Hold firmly to the HOPE placed before us.  We have this HOPE as an anchor for our lives.  It is safe and sure.   Hebrews 6:18,19

Sarah Young in her devotional book, “Jesus Calling” visualizes hope as part of a strong golden chain made when three gold chains – trusting, waiting and hoping – are intertwined.  Trusting is the central strand because believing in Him is the response God wants most in His children.  Our waiting for God to work in us is evidence that we do trust Him.  Hope is future – directed, and requires us to hold on with patient expectation that what we hope for now will happen someday.  Examples:  We hope for a job or a better job, and we get the one we wanted most . . . We hope for a loved one to recover from an illness or surgery, and he/she enjoys good health again . . . We hope for a relationship with a friend will improve, and fellowship is restored.  All these are examples of hope.

Advent Devotional: Wednesday, December 4

Zack Marinelli

Wednesday, First Week of Advent: Hope
December 4, 2013


Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 
Isaiah 40:30-31

It is Hope that tells us that this New Year will be better than the last and that it will be filled with new opportunities and a fresh start. This year will be the one that I lose the weight, get that dream job, or find that special someone. But if we listen to what Isaiah is telling us here, we don’t need to turn the calendar over to find strength and Hope. We only need to look to the LORD, who will renew our strength and give us all the Hope we need.

Advent Devotional: Tuesday, December 3

Rosalind Campbell

Tuesday, First Week of Advent: Hope
December 3, 2013


“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and strong.” Hebrews 6:19a (NCV)

Recently, our music minister, Phil Quinn, sang a song entitled “The Anchor Holds.”  This song reminds us that as we journey through the storms of life, God is always with us, giving us hope and holding us steady, just as the anchor holds the storm-tossed ship.  The anchor was an ancient Christian symbol found on the walls of the catacombs where Christians were said to have hidden during the Roman persecution. The anchor symbolized hope in Christ for these early believers.  

Advent Devotional: Monday, December 2

Hazel Brant

Monday, First Week of Advent: Hope
December 2, 2013

The Best Christmas Gift

And if thy draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday.   Isaiah 58:10

Advent is a time when the congregation can become too wrapped up in decorating the church with  beautiful ornaments to represent the joys of Christmas.  We spend a lot of money and energy in this yearly ritual.

Advent Devotional: Sunday, December 1

Adam Nash

Sunday, First Week of Advent: Hope
December 1, 2013
Light the Candle of Hope


No one has ascended into Heaven except he who descended from Heaven, the Son of Man.  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3: 13-17

I have often prayed “God thank you for all the things we don’t even know we should be thankful for”. How many blessings do we not know about because we can’t think as God does? John 3:16 is one of the most quoted verses in all the Bible. Often the person quote it as if to say, “For God so loved the world that he ‘gave’ his son to die on the cross for us”, all too often the cross is all we see of Jesus. But do we see all of what God “gave” on the cross? I do not think so.

Introduction

Advent has long been a significant part of our church.  From the Hanging of the Green service to the lighting of the Christ Candle on Christmas Eve, the season is filled with significant memories and moments.  Over the years we have added another tradition here at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church—our Advent Devotional book.  Through these daily devotions we reflect upon the significance of hope, peace, joy, and love not only for this season but for everyday of our lives.

These devotions are written by people just like you and me—people on a journey following Christ.  In everyday moments we see Christ and experience him and he transforms our lives.  It is my prayer that these devotions will add meaning to your Advent season.

Let me thank all who took the time to write these reflections and those who helped to put this guide together.  May Advent 2013 be for you a blessed season!

Blessings,
Tommy

Dedication: Linda Lonigro

The 2013 Advent Devotional Book is dedicated to Linda Lonigro in appreciation of 13 years of service as custodian.  Linda is friendly, thoughtful, and efficient.  She goes far beyond the call of duty to keep the facilities clean and is helpful to staff and church members alike.

Thank you, Linda, we appreciate you!