Advent is the four-week season of anticipation that precedes Christmas Day. It celebrates the coming of God in the flesh — in the person of Jesus Christ.
After years of waiting for the Messiah to come, God fulfilled His promise, and it was “good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” You are part of “all the people.”
Throughout Luke’s gospel, Jesus consistently responds to misunderstood or marginalized people with tenderness and compassion.
Christmas reminds us that Christ the Messiah has come! By turning from sin and receiving Him, you too can experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which Christ gives.
What keeps you from desiring and pursuing Jesus? As you make your way through the Gospel of Luke this December, may your desire for Christ grow.
Entering Jesus’ kingdom means letting go of your preconceived ideas of becoming good enough to become part of God’s family.
What do you feel you deserve from God? Turn your struggles over to God and thank Him that He offers forgiveness that you do not deserve.
Whether you have ignored your responsibility or have actively run away from God, Jesus’ message is clear: “You can come back home!”
When you grow weary in your waiting, you can turn to Scripture for confidence in God’s purposes.
Jesus has not left your side. He is neither surprised by the storms you encounter nor put off by the questions your suffering has brought to the surface.
As you prepare for Christmas, remember that Jesus loves you just the way you are. He’s not asking you to clean up your act.
In Luke 21, Jesus gazes in wonder at a widow who empties her pockets with a faith that reflects who He is: One who emptied Himself for rich and poor alike.
I was so busy being angry about my Christmas tree, I was missing the real joy of Christmas - when Jesus left His glorious heavenly home to be born in a manger.
Jesus called His disciples to live out and enjoy the benefits of His “upside-down” kingdom. And He calls you today to do the same.
Your motivation to repent is bound up in your relationship with Jesus. The sooner you choose to repent, the sooner Jesus will free you from guilt and shame.
In those moments when the world feels like it has stopped spinning, you can look to God, and He will see you and lovingly give you just what you need.
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