Advent Devotional: Saturday, December 22

Hazel Brant

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

Scripture:  I John 3:18-24


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!


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.