God’s Generosity (Luke 15:11-32) One of the most beautiful pictures of God’s generosity can be found in the book of Luke. It is a story about a restless young man who decides to leave his family behind for some fast and wild living. The young man funds his excursion by convincing his father to give
This sermon thinks about Christmas and the way that we are immersed in a Western cultural story which resembles in no way the story of the gospel. This devotional takes the reader into what we know about the birth of Christ and why it’s important to think about that. Daily Bible Reading: Monday, December 17.
Forget red and green: Make it a blue holiday insteadBy Diana Butler Bass November 25, 2016 Advent calendars, the kind with little windows and chocolates inside, showed up in the grocery store a few days after Halloween. I was grateful for the reminder that Advent is coming. I am prone to forgetting that until the
Daily Bible Reading: Monday, December 10. Read Zephaniah 1:2-4. 1) Advent begins in darkness as we wait for the Lord to come in glory. We wait. 2) Zephaniah doesn’t sound like an Advent text, but it is. It starts in darkness. What is God saying to his people in today’s text? 3) What group of people
The Advent Wreath Tradition & Meaningby Gretchen Filz For many Christians, Advent wreaths are a favorite way to celebrate the month of December leading up to Christmas Day. Although, many are not aware of the rich meaning and symbolism embedded in the tradition. If we learn this meaning, we can appreciate it all the more!
It’s not really a calendar. One of those things that hangs on a wall, and you check off the days as they pass. But it’s a calendar in the sense that it helps you to think intentionally through the days of Advent about its significance to disciples of Jesus. Using the calendar will take as
What do the candles in our Advent wreath mean? The Advent wreath, four candles on a wreath of evergreen, is shaped in a perfect circle to symbolize the eternity of God. In some churches, four purple candles, one for each week in Advent, are used with one larger white candle in the middle as the Christ