Daily Archives: December 9, 2018
“Advent is one of the hardest seasons of the church year to celebrate in today’s culture. As soon as Thanksgiving arrives, we are bombarded by Christmas carols, Christmas decorations, Christmas everything. We are so saturated by Christmas that we often skip over one of the most important parts: the preparation. You wouldn’t throw a party without preparing the food and drinks; you wouldn’t visit a friend without getting dressed and ready. We are about to remember the most awe-inspiring thing that happened in the whole of history: God becoming man in the glory and mystery of the incarnation. We need to set aside time to prepare ourselves for this – internally and externally” (excerpt from Rachel Telander’s “Let Us Keep the Feast”)
Join us as we prepare for Christmas with an Advent Study based on Selah Woody’s “A Traditional Advent Calendar: 28 Days of Devotions and Activities”. Each day of the study, we will post the scripture to focus on, ideas for discussion and activities with your family, and an example SOAP from our team based on the day’s scripture. If you’d like to see the full daily devotion from Selah Woody’s study, you can get the free download through Focus on the Family HERE.
Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Then, read and discuss the verse with your family around the dinner table, in the car, before bed, or another time when you can be in intentional devotion to Jesus. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts on the verse, discussion with your family, or your favorite Christmas traditions. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Advent Study Day 10
7 Remember the days of old;
consider the generations long past.
Ask your father and he will tell you,
your elders, and they will explain to you.
19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
Today marks the second week of Advent. This week, you’ll be lighting two of the purple candles in the Advent wreath. Traditions help us remember things in the past as we celebrate those things today. Talk about your family’s Christmas traditions and share memories. Pick one of your family’s traditions, or start a new tradition, to do today. Some ideas: make Christmas cookies, sing Christmas carols or go caroling, get your PJs on and drive around looking at Christmas lights while sipping hot cocoa, make Christmas cards for a senior care home.
Bigger Than Christmas | Marianne Toovey
Christmas is meaningless without Easter. The whole reason we celebrate the miraculous birth is because of the miraculous resurrection. We spend so much time at Christmas glorifying the love, joy, and peace of the season, but it’s just the beginning of the story. God loved us so much that He sent His Son to die for our sins so that we can find joy in the peace we will one day share with God in heaven. This “spirit of Christmas” is actually much bigger than just ‘Christmas’ and should be celebrated all year long.
Christmas isn’t just a day in December. It’s the opening line to the greatest love story ever written. I love looking at my nativity over the mantle and my “O Holy Night” painting in the living room. It really was spectacular how it all came together on that one night. But as I seek out the love, joy, and peace of this holiday season, I need to remember why it’s important. By itself, the story of Christmas is amazing, but when you add in the fact that God came to earth as a baby, to live as humans do, feel as humans feel, and die a death worse than anything I can imagine simply so that I don’t have to – that’s what truly counts. What a beautiful story that I want to celebrate and cherish all the year through.
Lord, thank You for the very best gift of all and don’t let me take it for granted. Forgive my sins, renew my spirit. Help me to adopt an attitude of love, joy, and peace all year long. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.