Advent Devotional: Wednesday: December 26

Linda Wright

The First Day of Christmas: Love
Wednesday: December 26. 2012


1 Corinthians 13:13 "And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love."
 
There is a story about a 4 year old sister who had a brand new baby brother.  One day while he was in the nursery, she asked her Mom and Dad if it would be all right if she went into the baby's room by herself.  Her parents gave her permission, knowing there was a baby monitor there.  The sister began talking to her brother, "Tell me what God looks like… I'm starting to forget."  
   
Jesus came to us as a brand new baby boy, fresh from God.  It was no accident that God sent His love in this package.  Babies are helpless and in great need of love.  Even if all their physical needs are met, if love is withheld, they cannot survive for very long.  But innocent babies inspire us to love. There is nothing like the newness and freshness of a baby.  Babies fill us with new hope and new love. 

Christmas Devotional: Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Jaime Costello

Christmas Day, December 25

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16
 
Growing up in church, John 3:16 was a verse that I frequently heard.  I memorized it in Sunday school, recited it in Bible school, and heard it spoken many times in our pastor’s sermons.  However, I don’t think I understood the depth of the love that this verse speaks of until I became a mother.  As a parent, you try to keep your children safe, care for them physically, and love them unconditionally.  My heart is so full of love for my children that I would willingly lay down my own life to protect them.

Advent Devotional: Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)

Tommy Valentine

Fourth Week of Advent: Love
Monday, December 24, 2012


Christmas Eve is a magical time.  All that we have dreamed about and hoped for during these last few weeks finally comes together.  We may not get that present we wished for but somehow that doesn’t matter now.  There is something more for us this night.  There is something greater, more enduring, more meaningful, if we can just open our lives to receive it.  It is the gift of Christ for each and every one of us.
   
For some of us that gift brings hope to our lives.  For some of us the gift surrounds us with God’s peace.  For others, there is a profound joy present this day.  And for some we find ourselves embraced in God’s love.

Advent Devotional: Sunday, December 23

Florann Strevels

Fourth Week of Advent: Love
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Light the Candle of Love


What is the love candle?  It is the candle that represents God’s love for the world.

Song writers say, “What the world needs now is Love Sweet Love, It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of”.

An anonymous writer say’s “Love doesn’t make the world go around, it just makes the ride worthwhile.”

Many intelligent, insightful people have stated the importance of love.  However, in my life the right or true viewpoint on every subject is God.  God is the creator of everything and everyone in the universe.  God is supreme, the very top.  The source of all truth, knowledge and wisdom.  So let’s listen to his words of Love.

Advent Devotional: Saturday, December 22

Hazel Brant

Third Week of Advent: Joy
Saturday, December 22, 2012


Scripture:  I John 3:18-24

JOY AND LOVE

The joy that comes from the love I give
And the love that comes from you
Will always fill my life with glee
And help me see it through.
You show the way when I’m in doubt;
You give me hope each day.
With love I give my thanks to you,
Each time I kneel to pray.
When I fall short of who I am
You put me back on track,
I feel your arms and gentle hands
That pat me on the back.

Advent Devotional: Friday, December 21

Montee Fowler

Third Week of Advent: Joy
Friday, December 21, 2012


"Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that ye may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost."   Romans 15:13

Christ alone is our source of Love, Peace, and Joy.

Therefore I live for today
Certain of finding at sunrise
Guidance and strength for the way,
Power for each moment of weakness,
Hope for each moment of pain,
Comfort for every sorrow,
Sunshine and joy after rain!

Anonymous

Advent Devotional: Thursday, December 20

Maureen Moynahan Elwyn

Third Week of Advent: Joy
Thursday, December 20, 2012


Miracle in Bethlehem

"This is how the birth of Jesus came about…." Matthew 1:18

I love to go to the movies. Some of my earliest memories evoke mental images of Mother and Daddy dressing my brothers and me in our pajamas and taking us to the local drive-in theatre. I guess I never made it to the end of the movie, because the next morning, to my surprise, I would wake up snug in my own warm bed.
   
I think I inherited a movie-loving gene from my father’s side of the family. According to my mother, my great-grandfather, George Newman, went to the movies in his hometown of Scottsville, Kentucky, every night. It didn’t matter how many times he had seen the feature or even if company were visiting, Granddad went to the movies.

Advent Devotional: Wednesday, December 19

Malcolm Miller

Third Week of Advent: Joy
Wednesday, December 19, 2012


“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.  Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.”  Psalm 96:1-2

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people; the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100

Advent Devotional: Tuesday, December 18

Martha Robertson

Third Week of Advent:  Joy
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Previous Devotionals

Nehemiah 8:10b… "The joy of the Lord is your strength.”

In the book of Nehemiah, God’s people had returned from exile to a Jerusalem in ruins.  But God put it in Nehemiah’s heart to rebuild the wall of the city.  And he did.  With everyone’s help - perfumers, masons, priests, goldsmiths, nobles, peasants, singers, fathers and sons, fathers and daughters - the wall was rebuilt, and so was their community.  After only 52 days of hard work, the wall was finished.  Their first act?  To hear the word of the Lord!  

Advent Devotional: Monday, December 17

Phil Quinn

Third Week of Advent: Joy
Monday, December  17, 2012

            
Follow That Star!

"When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.  And when they had come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshipped him."
(Matthew 2:10-11)

The Star of Bethlehem has been the source of many songs and hymns, as well as poems and other writings.  Sarah Young wrote this short devotional about the Star:

Come and sit with Me for a while.  I want you to think about who I REALLY AM. 

Advent Devotional: Sunday, December 16

Marie Crain

Third Week of Advent: Joy
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Light the Candle of Joy


"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances."  Philippians 4:11b

In the Spring of 1053, Kyle and I were in the midst of having our first home built.  It was an exciting time for us and almost every afternoon as the sun was going down, we would venture out to Paula Heights to see what progress had been made that day.  As we wandered through and around the building site, finding each new and added feature taking shape.  Looking at the  tobacco patch that was going to be our back yard, we contemplated the fact that not even telephone lines were available as yet and the gas lines had not been laid, but we had electricity and water and things would be fine.

Advent Devotional: Saturday, December 15

Grace Sheene

Second Week of Advent: Peace
Saturday, December 15, 2012


"Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you."
Job 22:21

It makes sense: do what God tells you, and good things will happen.  But truly, it’s not that simple.  A Christian who submits to God must realize that their life and future is in God’s hands, and the choices and decisions they make must be made after consultation of the Father.  Being at peace with God is also being at peace with what God plans to do in your life.  You have to fully rely on God before you can actually have peace with the unknown.  Once you can trust that God will guide you to each place you must go and each person you must meet, God’s plan will fold out.

Advent Devotional: Friday, December 14

Keith Stillwell

Second Week of Advent: Peace
Friday, December 14, 2012

           
Babies at Temple and Church (Luke 2:21-38)

When baby Jesus was eight days old, Mary and Joseph, took him to the Temple to offer sacrifices on his behalf as was “customary under the law” (Luke 2:27). There he received the blessings of the devout Simeon, perhaps a priest or prophet, and the prophet Anna. Baby Jesus could not have remembered this visit and certainly would not have understood the prophetic words spoken of him if he was even awake. Perhaps the smoke from the sacrificial fires, the bleating of sheep, and the bustle of the crowd at the Temple, made him cry. So why bother to bring a baby to the Temple?

Advent Devotional: Thursday, December 13

Tara Farmer

Second Week  in Advent: Peace
Thursday, December 13, 2012


"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." (John 14:27)

I came across this devotion about PEACE and wanted to share it with you.
   
There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and he had to choose between them. One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror, for peaceful towering mountains were all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.

Advent Devotional: Wednesday, December 12

Shawna Stomberger

Second Week of Advent: Peace
Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Scripture:  “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”  Romans 8:6

Shout out “YAHOO” if you are worry free.  Uh oh, I can hear only crickets chirping.  Is it ironic to you that we Christians celebrate the Prince of Peace at Christmas while our minds and bodies are burdened with worries and stress?  God’s Word repeatedly promises peace to his followers, so why is the following often our norm:
•    How am I going to pay these bills?
•    My grief is more than I can bear!

Advent Devotional: Tuesday, December 11

Henry Wilson

Second Week of Advent: Peace
Tuesday, December 11, 2012


"Therefore, now that we have been justified through faith, we are at peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."  Romans 5:1 (REB)

On the night that Christ was born the angels sang of God’s peace to all men who would accept it (Luke 2:14).  Although God could have justly destroyed man because of his sin, He mercifully chose the good news of peace through Christ (Acts 10:36).  On the other hand, Christ said that he did not come to bring peace on earth, knowing that his coming would cause dissension among religious leaders and political leaders, as well as divisions within families and between individuals (Luke 12:51-53).  Those who do right and seek Christ will find peace in Him (John 16:33; Romans 2:10). 

Advent Devotional: Monday, December 10

Eloise Roberts

Second Week of Advent: Peace
Monday, December 10, 2012
    

“The Lord bless you; and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you;
And be gracious to  you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you PEACE.”
-Numbers 6:24-26
 
The above words may be familiar because this blessing is still pronounced in our church today. But do we grasp its full meaning?  The Lord, the Creator Himself is speaking. His very name and character guarantee that He can give the promised PEACE. He graciously wants to bestow it on every one of us.

Advent Devotional: Sunday, December 9

Andrea East

Second Week of Advent: Peace
Sunday, December  9, 2012
Light the Candle of Peace


Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be completely at peace? Peace of mind, peace with your family and friends, peace at work, peace through trials and tribulations…the list goes on and on. There are many aspects of our lives where we desire peace, beg for it, even, but are too busy fretting to notice that it’s right before us. God places peace in our lives daily. He knows that we require it to live out our lives on Earth, because, without it, we are quickly thrown into turmoil. The tricky part is actually seeing the tranquility amongst the disorder.

As a junior in high school I had a lot on my mind, like; grades, where I would be going to college and being a good secretary for my FFA chapter, but, something extra was burdening my mind this particular morning.

Advent Devotional: Saturday, December 8

Dianne Stillwell

First Week of Advent: Hope
Saturday, December 8, 2012

           
God’s Time

"Every word I’ve spoken to you will come true on time- God’s time." Luke 1: 20b (The Message)

Zachariah, an older priest; Elizabeth, his barren wife; together they lived honorably before God, careful in keeping to the ways of the commandments. As Zachariah was carrying out his priestly duties in the sanctuary of God, an angel of God appeared near the altar. Zachariah was afraid!
   
Gabriel: “Don’t be afraid. Your prayer has been heard. Your wife will bear a son! You are to name him John. Many will delight in his birth. He will achieve greatness with God. He will get the people ready for God.”

Advent Devotional: Friday, December 7

Justin Johnson

First Week of Advent: Hope
Friday, December 7, 2012

           
Hope for what He will bring us.

Over a year ago, as I began my senior year, a realization hit me that I had been ignoring throughout college; I was about to graduate. However, throughout that fall semester I continued to ignore this inevitable occurrence for fear of what that might bring. Beginning my final spring semester, it had become apparent that I could no longer deny this fact and knew I had serious decision making to do. I talked with individuals in fields that interested me and even shadowed some professionals but was still unsure exactly what I wanted to do. There was one Man who I had failed to ask for advice…