Advent Devotional Day 25 – A Christmas Blessing

BIBLE READINGS:
Luke 2:11, 1, 3-10, 12-21

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thank you for taking the time to journey along with us on this Spend Christmas Together reading plan. Hopefully, it has been helpful to you as you have been preparing for the celebration of Christ’s coming into the world. Christmas has finally arrived today, and we celebrate the reality that He

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Advent Devotional Day 24 – Christmas In The Neighbourhood

BIBLE READINGS:
Genesis 1:2 
Exodus 19:9 
Exodus 40:34 
John 1:14 
1 Corinthians 3:16 

Moving is one of the most frustrating things that people ever have to do. Physically, it takes a lot to pack up your boxes, load them on the moving truck, and unpack it all at your new destination. The emotional toll that moving takes is great, as … Read More...

Advent Devotional Day 23 – Jesus Is NOT The Reason For The Season

BIBLE READINGS:
John 13:9, 1, 3-8, 2, 10-17

“Jesus is the reason for the season.” I couldn’t be more tired of hearing that phrase this time of year. People plaster it all over social media, put it on buttons, even put it on signs in their yards.

The problem with the statement, other than Christians annoying their non-Christian neighbors, is … Read More...

Advent Devotional Day 22 – Are We There Yet?

BIBLE READINGS:
Matthew 16:13-20

This Christmas, my family is going to take the long drive from Chicago to my grandparents’ house in Nebraska. My daughter is young enough that the sounds coming from her mouth in the car are (most of the time) sweet baby babbles. However, I’m not looking forward to the day when those sweet baby babbles are

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Advent Devotional Day 21 – Hope Beyond Our Power

BIBLE READINGS:
Romans 8:24-26
2 Corinthians 12:9
John 16:33

Summer of 2016 wrapped up a very painful and difficult season of my life. Twelve months of continual disappointment, feeling isolated and disconnected, broken relationships, and betrayal. It was as though I had been led down a dark tunnel by the promise that there would be a light at the other … Read More...

Advent Devotional Day 20 – Hope Through Mystery

BIBLE READINGS:
Ephesians 1:7-10
Matthew 1:18-24

One of the most underrated characters in the Christmas story, in my opinion, is Joseph. The poor guy doesn’t even have a speaking part in any of the renditions of the story.

However, what Joseph lacks in speaking, he makes up for insignificance.

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Advent Devotional Day 19 – We Hope In The Word

BIBLE READING:
Psalm 119

Lights are one of my favourite things about Christmas. I’m not much of a fan of the gaudy, overdone displays, but I love candles, twinkle lights, the contrast of light and dark, and if we’re lucky, the reflection of the lights in the snow.

But have you ever noticed that on those Clark Griswold-type houses where … Read More...

Advent Devotional Day 18 – Hope For Transformation

BIBLE READINGS:
Philippians 1:6

You might not realize this, but the story of the birth of Jesus is actually the middle part of the entire Christmas story. His entrance into the world, the announcement by the angels, and the visit of the wise men is smack dab in the middle of an even bigger story that begins in Genesis with … Read More...

Advent Devotional Day 17 – Participating In An Eternal Hope

BIBLE READINGS:
Hebrews 11:13-16
Romans 4:18-25

The hope we have in Christ is one that often feels far off. Impossible, even. But that’s because it’s hope for something outside of this world, and outside of our own small experiences. It’s an eternal hope: that all brokenness will be healed, that the ruined cities will be restored, and that all people … Read More...

Advent Devotional Day 16 – Joy In Adversity

BIBLE READINGS:
James 1:2-4
Romans 12:12
Acts 16:16,40,18-27,17,29-39,28

One day, a baker approached a Jewish Rabbi and asked, “Rabbi, people often compliment me on my work. They tell me I’m such a wonderful baker, that they love my bread, that no one bakes bread like me. And I appreciate their praise. But if they came to me all the time … Read More...