Advent Devotionals: Saturday, December 27

Carolyn Montgomery

Saturday, Fourth Week of Advent: Love
December 27, 2014


No one has seen God at any time.  If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.  1 John  4:12

“Jesus loves me.  This I know, for the Bible tells me so”  Do you remember the very first time you heard those words?  Nor do I, but I think I realized the validity of this phrase before I realized that I must breathe in and out to sustain my life.

Advent Devotionals: Friday, December 26

Montee Fowler

Friday, Fourth Week of Advent: Love
December 26, 2014


Beloved if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  1 John  4:11

Just to be tender,  just to be true,
Just to be glad the whole day through;
Just to be merciful, just to be mild,
Just to be trustful as a child.
Just to be gentle and kind and sweet,
Just to be helpful and willing feet.
Just to let love be our daily key,
That is God’s will for you and me.

Prayer:   God, thank you for everything you give us – your Love, Hope, Peace, and Joy.  Amen.

Advent Devotionals: Thursday, December 25

Hazel Brant

Thursday, Fourth Week of Advent: Love
December 25, 2014


God so loved the world that he gave his son so that everyone who believeth on him may not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

The theme of Jesus’ coming was to show God’s love for us.  As we move through this Advent season let us keep before us this truth that God loves us.  What would our world be like if all were at peace and love with family and friends!

Prayer:  God of Love, God of Hope, God of Promise, open our hearts to your will and may it be done in all the world.  Amen.

Advent Devotionals: Wednesday, December 24

Tommy Valentine

Wednesday, Fourth Week of Advent: Love
December 24, 2014


Christmas Eve

. . . 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.

Advent Devotionals: Tuesday, December 23

Evelyn Newsom

Tuesday, Fourth Week of Advent: Love
December 23, 2014


God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only son so that whosoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.  John 3:16

Love is a powerful word and I might add, a beautiful word.  We love our family, our friends, our relatives and even our pets.  Sometimes it’s very hard to love someone who has been unkind to us or said unkind things about us.  We are all brothers and sisters in Christ.

Advent Devotionals: Monday, December 22

Kate Valentine

Monday, Fourth Week of Advent: Love
December 22, 2014


Love is an odd concept. It is not tangible, but you can feel it emotionally towards another person or from another person. It is not a miracle medicine that cures diseases, but it helps one to go through such an awful experience, knowing that you have someone by your side cheering you on.

Advent Devotionals: Sunday, December 21

Kathleen Brewsaugh

Sunday, Fourth Week of Advent: Love               
December 21, 2014
Light the Candle of Love


To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty,  power and authority, through Jesus  Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and  forevermore! Amen. (Jude 24, 25)

When I was five years old, I was told by my aunt whom I was visiting that night about Jesus coming back to earth.  He would be on a big white beautiful cloud and an angel would be blowing a trumpet.  I started crying and told her I was afraid He would come that night and I would not be home with my Mom and Dad.  That is a vivid memory.

Advent Devotionals: Saturday, December 20

Marian Gibson

Saturday, Third Week of Advent: Joy
December 20, 2014


…and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart . . .Jeremiah 15:16

In June, Women on Mission went to the Galilean Home in Liberty, Kentucky.  It was a wonderful and inspiring trip.  The residents met us with smiles and gifts.  They gave us a tour of the home and grounds and seemed to be so proud of the facilities.

Advent Devotionals: Friday, December 19

Martha Jett

Friday, Third Week of Advent: Joy
December 19, 2014


And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord.  Psalm 35:9

Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere, Go, tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born.
 
“Go, Tell it on the Mountain” was printed in a 1907 publication by Thomas Fenner.  It was entitled “Christmas Plantation Song” and was among folk songs that were sung on the plantation. 

Advent Devotionals: Thursday, December 18

Phil Quinn

Thursday, Third Week of Advent: Joy
December 18, 2014

    
Here are excerpts from a story written by Brooke Keith, about her experience as a child of being in her church outdoor Christmas Drama.  Apparently it included not only the birth of Christ, but also his death.  I hope it speaks to you:

As a child, I remember sitting for hours amongst the winter’s chill, beneath the starry skies, adorned in a long blue sheet, held up by an old rope belt, reciting the lines of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Advent Devotionals: Wednesday, December 17

Alberta  Moynahan

Wednesday, Third Week of Advent: Joy
December 17, 2014


But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.”   Luke 2:10

Our endless tasks to celebrate Christmas often takes away our joy.

When I was growing up in Springfield Baptist Church the Christmas program, last Sunday night before Christmas, was very important.  Then Sunday afternoon rehearsals.

Advent Devotionals: Tuesday, December 16

Linda Lonigro

Tuesday, Third Week of Advent: Joy
December 16, 2014


Make a joyful noise unto the Lord . . . serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing.  Psalm 100:1

The joy of Christmas is when family and friends and grandkids come over and we will decorate the tree and hang ornaments and sing Christmas songs and sit by the fireplace  and eat cookies.  We just talk about things and just have fun watching the kids open their presents and play with them and have fun with their toys.

Advent Devotionals: Monday, December 15

Ernest L. Martin

Monday, Third Week of Advent: Joy
December 15, 2014


An angel of the Lord appeared to them (shepherds) and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be to all people.”   Luke 2:9-10

The joy that was ushered into the world at the arrival of Jesus was not intended to be for one day or one season of the year.  It was to be for our entire life’s journey and then for eternity!
  
Paul explains it best in his letter to the Philippians.  Joy is the theme of this letter.  He was writing from prison.  So, what was the secret of his joy?

Advent Devotionals: Sunday, December 14

Brenda Farmer

Sunday, Third Week of Advent: Joy
December 14, 2014
Light the Candle of Joy


JOY AT THE FARMER’S HOUSE

The Christmas traditions for the Farmers begin with “The Hanging of the Green”. This ceremony is for all the young at heart at LABC. Advent is always a magical time for me. The Christmas music with choir and orchestra, the children’s Christmas play, the hearing of the Christmas story, as if for the first time, at the Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve.

Advent Devotionals: Saturday, December 13

Dianne Stillwell

Second Week of Advent: Peace
December 13, 2014


Because You’re Worth It

Recently, Keith and I decided it was time to brave the lines and long wait in order to enjoy dinner at the newly opened Cheesecake Factory with Brittany, and Kyle. After all, they would be leaving soon and moving to Memphis. We would not have many opportunities like this again for a while.

Advent Devotionals: Friday, December 12

Evelyn Crooke

Friday, Second Week of Advent: Peace
December 12, 2014


Therefore since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.   Romans 5:1

It was Wednesday night, April 3, 1974.  I was at prayer meeting, which was my usual custom, when a tornado swept through Danville.  To be honest, I am afraid of any spring storm; but a tornado!  I was terrified.

Advent Devotionals: Thursday, December 11

Eloise Roberts

Thursday, Second Week of Advent: Peace
December 11,2014


Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  John 14:27

How to Pray for World Peace – by Leonard  E. LeSourd

Believe that world peace is possible.

It is rather frightening, the extent of our negative thinking in this regard.  Too many people do not believe world peace is possible. 

Advent Devotionals: Wednesday, December 10

Paul Elwyn

Wednesday, Second Week of Advent: Peace
December 10, 2014


“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”   Matthew 1:23

God with us
   
In each meeting with Deacons, Tommy will ask a question to encourage reflection. For example, one month he asked, “When did you last experience God’s presence?”

Advent Devotionals: Tuesday, December 9

Polly Hanks

Tuesday, Second Week of Advent: Peace
December 9, 2014


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

Meet God in the Morning (poem by an unknown World  War II soldier)

I met God in the morning when my day was at its best;
His presence came like sunshine, like glory in my breast.
All day long His presence lingered;  all day long He stayed with me

Advent Devotionals: Monday, December 8

Rosalind Campbell

Monday, Second Week of Advent: Peace
December 8, 2014


“ 'Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed.' Says the Lord who has compassion on you." Isaiah 54:10

Recently, I was dusting a cabinet, picking up small items and dusting each one, when one particular item caught my attention.  It was a small wooden tray with three candles surrounded by smooth stones.  Two of the stones had been painted with the words “Peace” and Love.”  I had bought the set for the candles, not especially