Today we are going to learn how to celebrate this Advent from Zechariah’s song of praise. In our passage for today we see that after an extended season of silence, Zechariah could finally speak. For him, there was no better way to break the long months of silence than by praising God. So Zechariah filled his lungs with air and ended the silence: Blessed be the Lord God…for he has visited and redeemed his people! … More Zechariah’s Song of Praise
Part of the annual celebration of Advent is an invitation to magnify God for what he has done by thanking him for his presence and provision in your life this past year. So today as an act of intentional celebration, think of the great things God has done for you and thank him for his goodness and grace. … More Mary’s Song of Thanksgiving
Right now, all over the world people are stringing lights, playing special music, baking cookies, making memories, buying gifts and preparing lavish feasts. They are interrupting their long waiting with a little celebrating. Make sure you join them. It will be good for you, and it is what God invites you to.
In Revelation 19:1 – 9 we see that when Jesus returns there is a great celebration. All of the saints from all generations gather together to worship Jesus for who he is and what he has done. This grand celebration includes moments of joy-filled worship from a triumphant church that culminates with the marriage supper of the Lamb, where there is eating and drinking and perhaps even a little dancing. … More A Time of Celebration
Today we are going to learn how to wait for the second coming of Jesus from the wise men. What I find interesting about the wise men is that their waiting was pretty active. They took steps forward in a journey of faith until they saw Jesus face to face. … More Waiting With the Wise Men
Today we are going to journey with Zechariah as he waits in silence for his son to be born. Typically, we read Zechariah’s season of silence as God’s discipline for his doubt, and to be sure, some of the silence was discipline. But what if something more was going on? … More Waiting In Silence
Today and tomorrow we are going to journey with Zechariah as he waits for God to answer his prayers. I think the greatest fear we carry when it comes to prayer is not being heard. After all, not being heard can communicate that our concerns don’t matter and, subsequently, that we don’t matter.
This is where Zechariah finds himself as he goes to the temple to work his job. He had asked God to give him a child, and for years it seemed that God was not listening. I wonder if Zechariah ever felt forgotten by God. If he did, this must have been troubling for a man whose name literally means “My God Remembers.” … More Waiting While Doing
Today we are going to journey with Mary as she waits for Jesus to be born. I find it interesting that shortly after Mary learns that she will be the mother of the promised Messiah, she heads out for a three-month visit with her cousin Elizabeth. … More Waiting With Friends
Advent is a time when we remember Jesus’ first coming. It is a familiar story to many of us. It is a true story for all of us. But it isn’t the end of the story for any of us because Jesus hasn’t come back. So, we live longing for a breakthrough from heaven. For Jesus to finish what he started. For our king to give us the kingdom he has promised. Simply put, we are people in waiting. … More A Time to Wait
We are fast approaching the season of Advent. Historically, Advent is a time for looking back to the first coming of Jesus and straining forward to consider the time when Jesus will come again to judge the living and the dead. … More Advent Is Coming