December 25, 2016
(On Christmas Day, light the first, second, third, fourth, and center candles on your Advent wreath.)
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (NLT)
The birth of Jesus is the most powerful demonstration of love that has ever taken place. God sent His only Son into a broken and desperate world because He loves us. Sin had shattered our relationship with Him, but He redeemed us by offering His Son on our behalf. Christmas is only a celebration in light of the cross. Today, amidst the eggnog and wrapping paper, remember the love of God that made a way for you to have eternal life. Merry Christmas!
December 24, 2016
For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.
2 Corinthians 1:20 (NLT)
When God sent Jesus into the world, He was fulfilling every promise He ever made to us. He has promised to give us joy—in Christ we have it. He has promised to give us peace—in Christ we have it. He has promised to give us hope—in Christ we have it. And the list goes on. No promise is overlooked or left out because God is the ultimate promise keeper. Praise Him for never letting us down!
December 23, 2016
Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.
John 17:18 (NLT)
The Christmas story shows us what it means to be on mission. God sent His Son into a hostile world to preach the truth and bring people to God. Our calling is the same: to live on mission wherever we go. So, consider yourself a missionary—sent into the world to bring the light and love of God!
December 22, 2016
Come, let us worship and bow down.
Let us kneel before the Lord our maker,
for he is our God.
We are the people he watches over,
the flock under his care.
If only you would listen to his voice today!
Psalm 95:6-7 (NLT)
Our role in the Christmas story can be summed up in one word: worship. The birth of Jesus is the most worship-worthy event in all of history. It beckons us to come to Him and bow down in adoration. He created us, He cares for us and He watches over us each day. He is our faithful God!
December 21, 2016
We have been rescued from our enemies
so we can serve God without fear,
in holiness and righteousness
for as long as we live.
Luke 1:74-75 (NLT)
God sent us a Savior to rescue us from our sin, but it doesn’t end there. Jesus sets us free to serve God fearlessly and to live a life that honors Him. Part of the joy of our salvation is giving our whole lives to God, because He gave His whole life for us. This Advent, ask God to show you how you can live your life for His glory. He is worth it!