Beginning on December 1, this Once-A-Day Christmastime devotional booklet takes you through the entire Advent season with thoughts on the person of Jesus: his involvement at the creation of the world, his life in the Gospel accounts, and who he is today. Along the way you will meet and examine the lives of various individuals involved in the incarnation, and during the week of Christmas examine the response to this miraculous and gracious event, both in heaven and on earth.
Written by Dr. Kenneth Boa, president of Reflections Ministries, these 25 devotions offer select Scripture passages that allow readers to gain a fuller perspective on Jesus' presence throughout the Bible. In addition, each devotion provides thoughts and questions for meditation, along with a prayer for each day, making them perfect for your own personal, family, or small-group use.
The 25 days of reading are broken out as follows:
• The Old Testament presence of Jesus: who He was at creation, where He shows up in other parts of the Old Testament, and more
• The people associated with the Nativity: Zechariah and Elisabeth, Mary and Joseph, John the Baptist, Herod, and the Magi
• The specifics and the people directly involved in the nativity: the shepherds, the angels, and the baby Jesus himself
• A Christmas reading that points ahead to his ministry, his passion and his rule as King
O Come, Let God Adore Us! brings you back to Christmas—to Bethlehem, the stable and the manger—and the Messiah—a different way. “O come, let us adore Him,” certainly. But here is your chance, as you come closer to God, to discover that God has come to adore you. The coming of Christ has brought great joy to the world—but even greater joy to God. As you discover His remarkable adoration of you, perhaps your adoration of Him will be born anew.
From the sermons inside:
“I wonder what God has planned for Christmas this year. We all have plans for Christmas. We all have things we intend to do. I wonder what God has in mind.
“While we’re putting up our decorations and attending our parties—while we’re going to see family or waiting for them to come here, what will God be doing, up there in heaven?
“Have you given it any thought—what God will be doing? Do you care what God will be doing, up there in heaven? Not that we would ignore God—not at Christmastime. We’ll sing His praises and tell the story of His Nativity. But that’s all about what He did. What do you think He’s going to do now?” (“Come Down, Lord!” page 11).
By pairing the words and deeds of St. Francis with the Scripture readings for Advent, Advent with St. Francis: Daily Reflections helps readers explore how they, too, can live the Gospel in the circumstances of their daily lives. It is written in a simple and engaging style that will draw readers in to the life of Francis as they grow in their faith and spiritual practice through the inspiration of this beloved saint.
You have such a friend. He is your Father in heaven, and He wants to spend time with you and hear the desires of your heart. He wants to comfort and guide you. Good Morning, God! is a wonderful way to begin your day. By spending just a few minutes each morning, you’ll embark on your day filled with the Word of God and prayer. You will feel a closeness to the Lord that will linger throughout the day. As trials and temptation appear, you will have the strength of the Lord to overcome whatever the world throws at you.
Instead of letting the daily grind and craziness get you down, your day will be overflowing with the Holy Spirit and the joy of the Lord. Your heart will be lifted, and you will experience a feeling of exuberance like never before.
The Lord wants a close, personal relationship with you. He wants to shower you with His blessings. He wants to be there for you in every circumstance.
Spend time alone with Him today, and see what blessings He has in store for you.
God bless you on your journey in His Word and prayer.
During times of the year when two different tracks of Old Testament texts are offered by the RCL, this resource offers an entire set of materials for each track. Also, a CD-ROM is included with each volume that enables planners to easily cut and paste relevant readings, prayers, and questions into worship bulletins.
Liturgy writers include the following:
* Kimberly L. Clayton, Director of Contextual Education, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia; Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
* David Gambrell, Associate for Worship in the Office of Theology and Worship, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, Kentucky; Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
* Daniel M. Geslin, Pastor, Sixth Avenue United Church of Christ, Denver, Colorado; United Church of Christ
* Kimberly Bracken Long, Associate Professor of Worship, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia; Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
* L. Edward Phillips, Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Georgia; United Methodist Church
* Melinda Quivik, Liturgical Scholar, Houghton, Michigan; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
* Carol L. Wade, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington, Kentucky; Episcopal Church
A manger, as someone succinctly put it, is a wooden structure large enough to hold the Bread of Life. See how this common stable fixture is lifted up to a place of sacred significance. A manger is not enough, though, not even one that holds the Bread of Life. It is only a beginning. The fulfillment lies in another wooden fixture. Looming in the midnight shadows of the manger, there is the figure of the Cross. Like the manger, it is a wooden structure large enough to hold the Bread of Life. The manger is a symbol of joy, but a very peculiar joy, for even as we celebrate Christmas, we know that the day of Crucifixion is also at hand.
In these meditations for Advent and Christmas, come and consider the King who was born in a stable, crowned with thorns and now reigns forever. Trace the path of prophets who foresaw Him, angels who announced Him, shepherds who witnessed Him and wise men who pursued Him. Ponder with Zechariah and Elizabeth, Joseph and Mary, Simeon and Anna what it means to watch, wait, listen and believe. Learn why Jesus came and how His birth, life, death and resurrection are the reason for every season.