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Devotional

Our congregation, pastors, and staff write devotionals to help us experience the seasons of Lent (before Easter) and Advent (before Christmas) more fully. They are posted below with the most recent on top and do not post until the season begins.

December 25 | Merry Christmas!

Hebrews 1:3
“Jesus is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word.”

DEVOTION by Drew Sams

What a remarkable truth. The full weightiness, significance, and gravity of God can be found in Jesus. This was true about Jesus not as a result of living a perfect life. This was true about Jesus not as a result of sacrificing his life for humanity. This was true about Jesus not as a result of performing miracles or gathering followers.

Rather, as A.W. Tozer describes it, Jesus is “very God of very God.”

This means that even at Jesus’ birth, the fullness of the glory, deity, and love of God was found in that baby born amongst the most humble of settings.

Just as remarkable is Jesus’ prayer in John 17 where He reveals that the glory given to Jesus by God was then going to be given to all believers.

A priceless gift to unwrap this Christmas morning: through faith in Jesus the real weightiness, the real significance, and the real importance of God’s glory is hidden in you…just weight-ing to be opened and shared with others.

FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MEMORY/TRADITION:
One of my favorite Christmas memories growing up was something that I actually got to experience every night of the year. My mom would sing the beautiful song Silent Night to me as I slowly drifted towards the peace of sleep. What was a warm, loving, family moment was also experienced in the warm, loving, and church family experience of Christmas Eve services as we sang Silent Night while candlelight spread throughout the room.

Not only was the experience of family infused into Christmas, the truth of Christmas was infused into my life throughout the year. The peace of sleep that followed my mom singing reminded me of the peace of the Savior that has followed Jesus’ birth.

FAVORITE CHRISTMAS CAROL:
Silent Night

ONE LINE FROM THE CAROL YOU LOVE:
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.

My prayer for you is that you would be reminded of the truth of this season now and throughout the year. That the peace of Christ would be louder and more quieting than any other noise surrounding you!

Merry Christmas!

December 24 | Morning

Matthew 1:21-23
While Joseph thought about this, an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, “Joseph, descendant of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife. The baby in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a Son. You will name the Son Jesus. Give Him that name because He will save people from their sins.” All this happened to make clear the full meaning of what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be pregnant. She will have a Son, and they will call Him Immanuel.” This name means “God is with us.”

DEVOTION by Jackson Howard (age 7)

I think that Joseph was feeling very confused and uncertain about what was happening with Mary and her baby. God knew how Joseph was feeling because God knows everything, even things that haven’t happened yet. God sent an angel to Joseph in a dream because He wanted Joseph to know ahead of time that Mary was going to have a very special child, and that Joseph should not be afraid to marry her because the baby was from the Holy Spirit. Everything is possible with God!

It is amazing that God can speak to us through angels and dreams! God sent an angel to Zechariah to tell him not to be afraid, and that his wife Elizabeth’s baby was also very special. God sent an angel to Mary, to tell her not to be afraid, and that she was going to be the mother of Jesus. God also sent angels to the shepherds to tell them not to be afraid, but to rejoice and go see baby Jesus. I think that God doesn’t want us to be afraid; He wants us to rejoice and feel confident that Jesus was born to be our Savior and that God loves us.

This is why God asked Joseph to name his baby “Jesus” and why we call him “Immanuel.” God wanted all of His people to know that He is always with us, that He loves us and that we don’t have to worry because He has saved a place in heaven for us, if we believe in Jesus.

FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TRADITION
On Christmas morning, we start our day with a family breakfast. My favorite part is the waffles. We listen to Christmas carols while we eat. Sometimes I sing along. We light candles or a fire in the fireplace, and it is very cozy. I love to be cozy. But most of all, I love worshipping God and celebrating Jesus’ birthday with my family.

FAVORITE CHRISTMAS CAROL
Joy to the World

ONE LINE FROM THE CAROL YOU LOVE:
“Joy to the World, the Lord has come! Let Earth receive her King!”

 

 

 

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