Because of Bethlehem Week Two


We hope you enjoyed the launch week of this great study celebrating Advent and our coming King with Max Lucado. Know that we are praying with you through this study that our hearts would be transformed as we prepare Him room. What did you discover last week as you did your Room Review? Share in the comments below!

We also hope you were able to be with us for the kickoff last Monday night! If not, never fear, you can watch the replay right here.

This week we’re enjoying week two, “Worship Works Wonders.”

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others — the armies of Heaven — praising God; ‘Glory to God in the highest Heaven,’ they sang, ‘and peace on earth for all those pleasing Him.’ When this great army of angels had returned again to Heaven, the shepherds said to each other, ‘Come on! Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ — Luke 2:13-15 TLB

  1. Watch the video for Week 2 – Your video is ready for viewing! You can watch it either on DVD or right here on FaithGateway.
  2. If you’re meeting with a small group or in a church setting with others, go through the group discussion and questions for Session 2 in your Because of Bethlehem Study Guide (pages 35-48).
  3. For your individual activity this week, see pages 50-55 and set aside some time each day for your Advent Practice. Let’s take Max’s suggestion and write a Post-It reminder to ourselves to (1) fix our attention on God, (2) recognize what He wants from us, and then (3) quickly respond to it. Let’s fill our days with worship!

Give Jesus the gift of the angels gave Him, the gift of praise. — Max

And lastly for this week, I encourage you to take a little extra time to worship verbally, openly, and effusively. My daughters and I passed a man on a walk this week who was worshipping Jesus out loud and with thanksgiving and my heart said, “Yes!” How about you? What is your favorite Christmas worship song? We’ll be chatting about worship music this week in our private Facebook group, so be sure to join us over there!

This Week’s Photo Challenge

Are you a member of a church worship choir? Do you burst into song while bell ringing for the Salvation Army? Have Christmas carolers visited your front door? Take a photo of an act of worship and tag it #BecauseofBethlehem on social media this week.We’ll share some of your images on social and in next week’s email!

Prayer for the Week

God, thank You for sending us Your Son! We worship you with all of our hearts not only for the great things that You have done, but for the awesome, unimaginably loving God that You are. Teach us to sing to You with full hearts and to raise our hands and voices in prayer and thanksgiving saying that You are worthy of our praise. You are our King. We love you. Amen.

Let’s Chat

God is on the lookout for those who will worship Him! Come share your worshipful comments on our blog! What is your favorite Christmas worship song? How is worship part of your Christmas traditions? We’d love to hear your praise of Jesus!

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Laurie McClure

Laurie is a Jesus apprentice, a single mama of five (three homegrown, one Kentuckian, and one Ethiopian), a writer, beach lover, and is addicted to radical grace, Perrier, and yoga pants. Here at FaithGateway she is the editor, the leader of Faith.Full, our women's community, and curator of Devotionals Daily.

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