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December 21 – Advent Study Day 22

“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 22

Isaiah 9:6-7

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.

John 14:27

27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Discussion/Activity Ideas

Jesus had a lot of names. They all meant something wonderful for mankind. Which name do you find brings you the most comfort? Have a discussion with your family about each member’s name and its meaning. Jesus lived up to his name, what can we do to live up to ours? Continue lighting two purple candles and the pink candle this third week of Advent.

SOAP Note

Lamb of God | DOT Group @ A2

Scripture

John 14:27

Observation

The Prince of Peace lives within us. The peace He gives is not an outward peace, but an inner peace. This peace isn’t of this world, but it instead allows us to have peace even in seasons of unrest.

Application

We have to find this peace daily. It’s not a “one and done” gift. So be in God’s Word, allow Him to direct our steps, and receive His peace. Going from there, we are able to turn around and give that peace to others. So take time to just stop. Rest in God’s presence in the midst of all the craziness. Rely on our community of believers to remind us that we’re not alone in this mess and we have support. And suddenly it won’t seem so hard.

Prayer

Lord, remind us to stop and seek You and to receive Your peace. Provide opportunities for us to then share Your peace with others. Help us all to feel Your peace as the holiday season quickly wraps up. Don’t let us get lost in the business! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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