Christmas Devotional: Sunday, December 25

Kathleen Brewsaugh

Christmas Day, December 25

The Greatest Gift

As a young teenager I watched my Dad paint a life-size picture of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Dad completed the painting in three days; it was an awesome experience for us both.  He had explained to me that several years before he had started another picture of Christ but didn’t have the courage to paint the face of Jesus.  Now, Dad told me he had a lot more confidence and felt qualified to do this painting.  Dad had a tremendous gift of talent and explained to me that Jesus was God’s greatest gift to the world.

Advent Devotional: Saturday, December 24

Tommy Valentine

Fourth Week of Advent: Love
Saturday, December 24, 2011

. . . and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.  Luke 2:7 NIV

The  waiting is over.  Children can hardly be still enough to go to bed, anxious to see the gifts that will be left under the tree.  Last minute gift buying, mailing of Christmas cards, wrapping of presents, the preparing of meals, all this and more fill this day with activities.  But tonight it all comes to a close.  Even in reading the Christmas story, you sense that this night brings a close to the waiting.

Advent Devotional: Friday, December 23

Alberta Moynahan (with some help from Robert Louis Stevenson)

Fourth Week of Advent: Love    
Friday, December 23, 2011

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son . . .  John 3:16a

This Christmas time in the busy bustling of our preparations let us remember first the birth of Jesus.  Let us take time to share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the wisdom of the wise men.  Put love in our hearts and teach us to be merry.  May these things be more important to us than the gifts we buy or hope to receive.

Advent Devotional: Wednesday, December 21

Edward Clark

Fourth Week of Advent: Love
Wednesday, December 21, 2011


A noted physician, specializing in cardiology, addressed a seminar on the topic of the heart as an organ of the body.  In antiseptic language, designed to focus attention on the heart as a pump, he endeavored to put to rest any notion that hearts contained emotions or sentiments.  He labored over this introductory presentation by using an in-depth explanation of engineering requisites needed to keep the heart functioning as the drive train of existence.  This went on for several minutes and when finished he asked his listeners if they had any comment to make in reference to his presentation.

Advent Devotional: Tuesday, December 20

Maureen Elwyn

Fourth Week of Advent: Love
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.  Psalms 19:14

Have you made your Christmas gift list yet?  If you’re like me, you really enjoy buying or making gifts that are just exactly right for friends and loved ones.

Advent Devotional: Monday, December 19

Sierra Smith with prayer by Sue Smith

Fourth Week of Advent: Love
Monday, December 19, 2011

Love never ends.  These three things continue forever:  faith, hope, and love.  And the greatest of these is love.  1 Corinthians 13:13

What is Love?  Love is something that every one at one time or another, has to experience.  Whether love be with friends,  family, or other people;  We all experience it.  Love is given to us by the Lord, to share with others around us.

Advent Devotional: Saturday, December 17

David Valentine

Third Week in Advent:  Joy
Saturday, December 17, 2011

Scripture: Luke 2:1-7

The Birth of Jesus

Opening presents is fun, exciting, and in some ways important because giving presents is one way we help people be happy.  Giving presents is also a way to show people we love them.  I always look forward to opening my Christmas gifts.  But presents are not as important as the birth of Jesus.

Advent Devotional: Friday, December 16

Kelsey Stillwell

Third Week of Advent: Joy
Friday, December 16, 2011

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  In a loud voice she exclaimed:  “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!  But why am I so favored that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.  Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!"  Luke 1: 41-45

What makes you smile?
-    A compliment from a friend
-    A good joke

Advent Devotional: Thursday, December 15

Henry Wilson

Third Week in Advent:  Joy
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Arise, shine, Jerusalem, for your light has come; and over you the glory of the Lord has dawned.  Though darkness covers the earth and dark night the nations, on you the Lord shines and over you his glory will appear.” ---  You will see it and be radiant with joy, and your heart will thrill with gladness.  Isaiah 60:1-2, 5a  (REB)

In him  was life, and that life was the light of mankind.  John 1:4

Isaiah prophesied that the “Light” of the Lord would come to Israel, and for those whose eyes were open to see, believe, and accept it, there would be great  joy and gladness.  Unfortunately, many of the Israelites did not see or accept this Light.

Advent Devotional: Wednesday, December 14

Paul Elwyn (Alberta’s favorite son-in-law)

Third Week of Advent: Joy
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I pray that the God who gives hope will fill you with much joy and peace while you trust in Him.  Romans 15:13

Joy, in the context of church community, exists on many levels, and can be realized when least expected.  Maureen and I were not formally searching for a new church community.  We simply wanted to be with my favorite mother-in-law, Alberta, on the Mother’s Day Sunday, the 30th anniversary of Jim Moynahan’s death.

Advent Devotional: Tuesday, December 13

Keith Stillwell

Third Week of Advent: Joy
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Good News?

When the angel announced to Zachariah that he and Elizabeth would have their first son in their old age, he said, “You will have much joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the  Lord...He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God” (Luke 1:14-16, NRSV).  The angel presented the news of John’s coming birth as good news and Zachariah and Elizabeth received the news with joy.

Advent Devotional: Monday, December 12

Phil Leasure

Third Week of Advent: Joy
Monday, December 12, 2011

Luke 1:26-56

Christians call this period just before Christmas the Season of Advent.  It is a special time each year for reflection on and preparation for the birth of our Lord Jesus some two thousand years ago.  We dream, pray, write (as here), feast, fast, and reflect on that long ago event.  We try to imagine what that day of his birth might have been like in that arid Middle Eastern land and what it means for us today here in the rolling hills of Central Kentucky.

Advent Devotional: Sunday, December 11

Linda Kurtz

Third Week of Advent:  Joy
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Light the Candle of  Joy

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Psalm 100:21
Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of His works with songs of joy.  Psalm 107:22

Many years ago, a popular singer wrote a song that referred repeatedly to the “elusive butterfly of love”.  In much the same way, the beautiful  emotion of joy can elude us as we go about our daily lives. Yet sometimes, when we least expect it, a feeling of joy can overwhelm us and fill us with a positive and renewed sensitivity to our world and the people around us.

Advent Devotional: Saturday, December 10

Gail Singleton

Second Week of Advent: Peace
Saturday, December 10, 2011

And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from the Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts – deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds – (in that peaceful state) to which (as members of Christ’s) one body you were also called (to live).  And be thankful, appreciative, giving praise to God always. Colossians 3:15 (The Amplified Version)

My computer desktop screen at home is a beautiful scene of aqua ocean water, a mini island with three palm trees, a sailboat in the distance and a blue sky with white fluffy clouds.  It looks so peaceful.  I could stare at it forever.  It does feel good to be in a state of peace, doesn’t it?  Wish I could just stay there.  Of course, life doesn’t always present itself that way.

Advent Devotional: Friday, December 9

Justin Johnson

Second Week of Advent:  Peace 
Friday, December 9, 2011

Peace is something we may struggle to find as we enter the Advent season.  With gifts to buy, parties to plan, and meals to cook, it becomes difficult to slow down and find peace.  However, one scripture that allows me to reflect on the meaning of peace during this time comes from Isaiah 9:6 which reads, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  We find such powerful names for our Savior in this verse, although it’s the last name that stands out to me during this season.

Advent Devotional: Thursday, December 8

Kyle Bottoms

Second Week of Advent: Peace 
Thursday, December 8, 2011

As we move closer to the highly anticipated day of Christmas, everyone begins to get a little bit of the Christmas spirit.  Between decorating the house, buying presents for everyone and all of the other holiday festivities, it is not often that we are able to sit down and truly appreciate the real meaning of Christmas.

Advent Devotional: Wednesday, December 7

Phil Quinn

Second Week of Advent: Peace
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

“Peace Be With You”

Christmas is a very busy time, perhaps even the busiest time of year.  In addition to our regular busy lives, we try to add in Christmas shopping, decorating, church services, parties with family and friends, sending cards, and so on.  I confess that most years I get so involved with the “busy-ness” of Christmas that I tend to ignore the true “business” of Christmas.

Advent Devotional: Tuesday, December 6

Cari Rice

Second Week of Advent: Peace
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

John 14:27   
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering