2019 Advent Podcast
Welcome to the free devotionals!
It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. We spend so much energy preparing for Christmas - shopping, baking, events... Prepare your spirit with the same diligence. Enjoy these short devotionals as part of your practice of Advent and arrive at Christmas ready to welcome the miracle.
What is Advent anyway? Is it found in the Bible? Why do we celebrate it? So many questions. Get a short overview of what Advent is all about and why it can make or break your season.
Week 1, Monday - December 2
It's the first Monday of our Advent season. Today we talk about Isaiah 52:7-10; 62:6-7; and Ezekiel 33:1-6, and the character of the watchman. What's the watchman's job? Are you a watchman? Who were the watchmen before Jesus' birth? Come meditate on the scriptures with me.
Week 1, Tuesday, December 3
Tuesday finds us in the gospel of Matthew. Jesus and the disciples are in the Garden of Gethsemane. Read with me through Matthew 26:36-41 and hear Jesus warn them about being a awake and alert watchman.
Week 1, Wednesday, December 4
Today's scriptures: Colossians 4:2; Hebrews 12:26-29
Week 1, Thursday, December 5
Today's scriptures: Romans 13:11-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:8 - Paul encourages us to put on the armor of light. What? Armor made of light? How can that protect us? Let's explore together.
Week 1, Friday, December 6
Today's scriptures: Philippians 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 -Blameless. The more we understand the love of Jesus, the more we are enabled to live like Jesus. God's work in our life makes living a blameless life possible. Come before Him with thanksgiving for the transformation He's done in your life.
Week 1, Saturday, December 7
Responding to the King. Today, we take time to reflect over the past week. What did you ponder, pray and journal about this week? Take the time today to be still in God's presence and allow yourself to hear the voice of your coming Savior.
Week 2, Monday, December 9
Today's scriptures: Mark 1:15; Revelation 9:20-21. Jesus calls us to the hope-filled gospel. But we see the contrast of refusing to turn away from idols and the consequences of a support heart. Where do we stand?
Week 2, Tuesday, December 10
Today's scripture: Matthew 6:25-34. The Kingdom of God looks different than what we're used to. Things like worry don't have a place. Jesus reminds us that worrying is a choice. How do we give it up?
Week 2, Wednesday, December 11
Today's scripture: Luke 17:20-21. What is the Kingdom of God anyway? Is it here? Are we still waiting for it?
Week 2, Thursday, December 12
Today's scripture: Matthew 18:1-5; 19:14. So how does the Kingdom of God work? What are the citizens of this kingdom like? Not what the kingdoms of this world expect...
Week 2, Friday, December 13
Today's scripture: Isaiah 43:18-19; 2 Corinthians 5:16-17. From Old Testament and New, this is the season of hope. God's promise of rescue is for now and the future. Look up, your redemption is closer now that ever!
Week 3, Monday, December 16
Today's scripture: Isaiah 55:1; Matthew 5:3; Luke 6:20. Are you thirsty? No money? On the outs with your society? No problem. The Kingdom of God is for the poor in spirit. What does that look like?
Week 3, Tuesday, December 17
Today's scripture: Psalm 146. Today's scripture is a walk through the greatness of God. Read this psalm in a quiet space. Then - write your own? The Lord is worthy of all our praise.
Week 3, Wednesday, December 18
Today's scripture: Ephesians 2:8-10, James 2:14-19. We talk a lot about having faith, but what does that look like? Paul and James give us practical advice to walk out our faith. If you need to practice, come to our Christmas morning breakfast for the community. See Calendar below for details.
Week 3, Thursday, December 19
Today's scripture: Matthew 25:34-40, Luke 10:25-37. Continuing our theme of the Kingdom of God, Jesus explains what it looks like to put our faith in action. We don't only serve those who can pay us back. Jesus says we serve Him when we serve the least.
Week 3, Friday, December 20
Today's scripture: Luke 14:12-14, Hebrews 13:1-2; 1 Peter 4:7-11. What's the difference between entertaining and hospitality? What does generous living look like? Bible characters are not the only ones with angelic visits! You may have had one already...
Week 4, Monday, December 23
Today's scripture: Isaiah 9:2-7. What a joy to be living in the days of this prophesy fulfilled! Our Savior, Jesus, has come! See the fullness of God in these names - Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Who will you call on today?
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