“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 24
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
1 Peter 3:15
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
This Sunday, light the fourth candle in the Advent wreath, along with the other three. This purple candle represents peace. Talk with your children about what it means to be at peace. A peaceful life is not just a life without stress or conflict, but one in which our trust in God does not allow fear to rule our lives. As you light the candle of peace this evening, talk about ways that your family can cultivate God’s peace in your home.
Am I Ready? | Marianne Toovey
1 Peter 3:15
Peter is encouraging his readers to stay true to their faith, even when faced with hard times. This response can serve as a testimony to God, so be prepared to answer when someone questions your positive attitude in these times.
Am I ready? I know where my hope comes from, but if someone were to actually ask me about it, would I be prepared to explain? Or would I be afraid of their response to my answer and let that govern my actions? Isaiah 8:13 says to fear nothing but the Lord. That should then free me from the fear of any mockery or persecution. So be bold, Marianne! Proudly proclaim where your hope comes from!
God, I don’t want to care what others think, and I don’t want to worry how they’ll react. Instead, give me the courage to stand up for my beliefs and for You. Let my life be a walking testimony to You, and give me the proper response to back it up when questioned. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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