Some Advent Options

Posted On November 25, 2019

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Yes, it is that time of year . . .this week is Thanksgiving, and then there are just 27 days until Christmas.
It’s good to plan to focus your attention at this season. What a blessing that there are so many options! I would like to show you a few for your consideration:
https://radical.net/book/advent-2019/ This year’s Advent devotional from David Platt. There is a free download for a .pdf, and optional sermon series or audio devotional to accompany. This particular devotional has games and coloring pages and activities for children, so it is easy to do this as a family.
https://store.reviveourhearts.com/products/consider-jesus-advent-devotional Revive Our Hearts and Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth have published an Advent devotional entitled “Consider Jesus.” Rather than concentrating only on the gospels and the story of the announcement and birth of Jesus, this concentrates on the effects of Jesus’ coming to earth. Currently if you make a donation to the ministry you can choose to receive either the book, or the digital download (.pdf) You can also purchase the book for $15 or the download for $7.50
https://shop.precept.org/collections/christmas-receiving-and-giving-love/products/christmas-receiving-and-giving-love-pfl-study-companion?utm_source=PFL-Page&utm_medium=Link&utm_campaign=PRODUCT_PFL-Christmas-Study-Companion Precept Ministries has a Precepts for Life series that is also family-friendly. There is a DVD with weekly lessons, and a study guide that includes puzzles and games. The link offers several options for utilizing this study.
The gospel of Luke sets forth an orderly account of the life of Jesus so that Theophilus (and we, by extension) would “know the certainty” of the things he has learned (1:4). If you read a chapter a day, beginning December 1, you will finish on Christmas Eve.
I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving!

Preparing our Hearts for the Holidays — Day 29

Posted On November 21, 2019

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This is the final day of our journey. I pray that when you think of the holidays, that you will not just see the rush and the mess and the expense and the stress, but that your mind will also turn to the wonderful salvation that our amazing God provided for us, because of His steadfast love and faithfulness. There is truly none like Him . . .

 

ADONAI and ELOHIM

Adonai -“Master” or “Lord.” All God’s people ought to acknowledge themselves as His servants, with His right to reign as Lord of our lives.

Elohim -“Strength” or “Power”: He is transcendent, mighty and strong. This name displays His supreme power, sovereignty, and faithfulness in His covenant relationship with us.

Psalm 86:1-17 ESV – 1  Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. 2 Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you–you are my God. 3 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. 4 Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. 5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. 6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. 7 In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me. 8 There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. 9 All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. 10 For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God. 11 Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. 12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. 13 For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. 14 O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seeks my life, and they do not set you before them. 15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. 16 Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your maidservant. 17 Show me a sign of your favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

Precious God and Father,

You are Lord of all; You are the Sovereign; You are self-existent, self-sufficient. All creation belongs to You and there is none like You.

Yet You are merciful and gracious. You planned and provided salvation for sinful men, according to Your steadfast love and mercy. You are good, You are comforter, You are my helper. You hear me when I pray; You intercede for me because I do not know how to pray as I ought to. You are a wonderful, mighty, incredible God, and You are my Father and I am Your child.

amen

 

THIS TOOL IS MEANT TO BE SHARED. To download a copy visit navlink.org/names-of-God Sources: The Knowledge of the Holy, by A.W. Tozer; Names of God, by Nathan Stone; and God of Glory, by Kenneth Landon.

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