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.