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This year has been dark. So dark. Christ left us His light within us and He is the Light returning to us. Let’s remind ourselves of the hope within us and the Home ahead of us by lighting candles this Advent!

The Wait in the Darkness for the Light

The Wait in the Darkness for the Light

  My children love the chocolate-filled Advent calendars found this time of year at any drugstore.  They wait with joyful anticipation to open the little doors to reveal tiny, Christmas themed chocolates. In the mornings, they giggle (or fight, because this is real life, after all) as they eat a present or stocking shaped treat.

Because of Bethlehem: God Has a Face

The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. — John 1:14 MSG The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Christmas Sermons Video: God

What are you grateful for during this Advent season? Family? A place to live? Church friends? All that sparkles and brings joy during a tough year? Let’s remember to worship Jesus and thank Him for His generous gifts to us. He is worthy to be praised!

He Is Worthy of Your Praise

  Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children within you. He makes peace in your borders, and fills you with the finest wheat. — Psalm 147:12-14 Several years ago, as I traveled through New York, I came upon

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Christmas in the Shadowlands

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. For those who lived in a land of deep shadows — light! sunbursts of light! — Isaiah 9:2 MSG This verse is where our story begins. Almost eight centuries before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah told of His coming. The biggest Christmas

Advent: Everlasting Father

  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. — John 1:1-3 For to us a Child is born, to us a son is

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Heaven and Earth Rejoice

Imagine the scene in Bethlehem. It was the night of nights, and yet it had begun as every other night had before it. In Bethlehem’s houses mothers lay their children down to sleep. In the courtyards of the inn some camels lay down to rest. In the fields the sheep lay down while the shepherds sat near their fires. In the heavens

Believing in Hope

Editor’s Note: It’s Sit & Listen Saturday at Devotionals Daily. Enjoy reading as well as listening to this devotion from Streams in the Desert by L. B. E. Cowman. Listen on the blog below or on your Alexa device by enabling the skill and then prompting, “Alexa, ask devotionals to read today’s devotion.” Whatever you

The Advent Conspiracy: Worship Fully

OPENING QUESTIONS Most of us have very specific memories about the Christmas season, both positive and negative. What are some of those positive memories? How would you describe the best Christmas you ever had as a child? What made it special for you? Do you still look forward to the Christmas season? If so, what

5 Bible Studies for Christmas

Is your small group or Sunday school class looking for Christmas Bible Studies? The Advent season is a time to get ready and prepare our hearts for the celebration of the birth of Christ. Doing a Christmas Bible Study is a chance to build up in anticipation of the grand event, and to dive deeper

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