Adam’s Devotional – December 24-30, 2020

From Adam (the author of the Advent Devotional):

December 24th – JOY

John 1: 1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

The light of Christ pierces any darkness we can throw at it. What darkness do you believe is too much for you right now? Today is Christmas Eve. Like it or not, ready or not, believe it or not, Christ is coming. On the first Christmas, there was no room for Jesus and his family. They had to be in a barn. Where is the place in your life where you would most like for Jesus to be born?

Pray: I need your light to shine in this part of my life, oh God. I’m not sure how well I’ve done preparing a place for you, but please be born there anyway. In the name of the light that shines in the darkness. Amen

God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

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Adam’s Devotional – December 10-16, 2020

From Adam (the author of the Advent Devotional)…

December 10th – HOPE

Isaiah 11:1-2
“A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.”

If you know your Bible, then you know Isaiah comes way before Jesus. The shoot out of the stump of Jesse is Jesus. This was God’s plan from the beginning. And it’s still God’s plan today. Like it or not, believe it or not, ready or not, God plans on loving us in Jesus Christ. Can you think of a time when Jesus was present without you even knowing it? Take a few moments of prayerful silence and become aware of God’s presence with and for you in Jesus.

Continue to grow more in my life, even from the places that I think are just dead stumps. In the Name of the resurrection and the life. Amen.

God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

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Adam’s Devotional – December 3-9, 2020

From Adam…

Are you tired of waiting? Tired of masks? Tired of quarantines? Tired of waiting for this pandemic to be over only to watch it get worse? Our culture hates to wait in general. Throw a pandemic at it, and we’re in real trouble. And it’s in this season, this time of waiting fatigue that the season of Advent begins. Advent is all about waiting. We wait for the coming of Christ. We are invited to celebrate the very thing we are exhausted by. In Spanish the word esperar means to hope. It also means to wait. In Spanish you cannot hope without waiting. Advent is the season when our waiting is transformed in hoping as we anticipate the coming of Christ. Honestly, we need Christ to come more than we need covid to leave. What if this Advent, every time you wear a mask, every time you are annoyed or terrified by the pandemic getting worse, and every time you experience pandemic fatigue, you pray this prayer: Be born in my life, Lord Jesus.  Teach me to place all my hope in you. As we begin this season of Advent, celebrate and practice hope and wait for the coming of Christ in your life and in our world. God’s up to something . . . wait for it.

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Adam’s Devotional- November 26- December 2, 2020

From Adam

Thanksgiving is the most Christian holiday. No, it’s not the Pilgrims and Native Americans sharing a meal together part. It’s the gratitude part. Cue the quote from theologian Karl Barth (according to Pope Pius the XII, Barth was the greatest theologian since Aquinas):

Grace evokes gratitude like the voice and echo.

Gratitude follows grace like thunder follows lightning.

Only gratitude can correspond to grace.

Gratitude is our most basic response to God’s love. Thanksgiving. As followers of Christ, we are called by the Holy Spirit to gratitude for Who Christ is and for what Christ has done. We come to worship; we enter into prayer; we go out and join in God’s work in the world– all from gratitude. That’s why Thanksgiving is the most Christian holiday. Christian gratitude is generative. The more we come to know God’s love for us, the more cause we have for gratitude. As our capacity to receive God’s love increases, so does our capacity for thanksgiving. 2020 may have been a year when gratitude hasn’t come as easily as in years past. But no pandemic, no national division, nothing in the past, present, or future can separate us from God’s love for us in Jesus Christ (thanks, Romans 8:37-39). That’s the source of our gratitude. It’s not everything going our way. It’s not our side winning. It’s not even life going back to normal. The source of our gratitude is the immeasurable power of God’s love.

God’s up to something . . . practice thanksgiving.

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