BLOGGING THRU THE BIBLE: Advent Study {Resources Week 1 – Hope}

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As we prepare for Christmas and the wonderful season as it is because of our Saviour, let’s start this blessed Advent study today “Keeping Our Hearts Focused on Jesus”.

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  • Read the daily morning passage listed on each page. You can do this alone or with your children.
  • Light a candle- one candle for the first week, two candles for the second week etc.
  • Play Christmas music in your house.


{Week 1}– Hope Devotional

We live in a day where people are searching for hope in their lives.  Some turn to money, thinking possessions like having the right house, right car, right clothes or large bank account will give them the hope, peace and stability they are seeking. Some turn to politicians with their promises of hope and a better life only to be later disappointed in the outcome. While others seek relationships or drugs to fulfill the void that God’s hope offers. What they don’t realize is hope is here.

Our hope came wrapped in swaddling clothes and was placed in a manger that very first Christmas. The Christmas story is more than just a story about the birth of a child into our world, but about the birth of the world’s Savior, the birth of hope entering our world that long  awaited night so many thousand of years ago. What was God’s gift to us that very first Christmas? The gift of His precious Son……our Redeemer…..our Savior……..our hope for a better tomorrow. God gave the hopeless world the gift of hope that first Christmas…..and He continues to every year after.

Looking at the story of Christ’s birth we see hope came even when our world wasn’t perfect, and it still does. Even when things don’t seem to be going our way……the gift of hope that only Christ can offer is still here.Take a peak with me at the night our sweet Lord was born. What do you see? A husband and his young wife, nine months pregnant and about to have a baby, both of them tired from traveling late into the night. Poor Mary and Joseph….nothing seemed to be going their way. Traveling nine months pregnant I’m sure wasn’t on Mary’s list of things to do before she delivered Jesus…..especially riding on a donkey. Giving birth in a stable with “no where to lay His head”….not exactly what she had envisioned either when the angel appeared to her that special nights nine months earlier.Mary’s life was messy.

But God loves to do His greatest miracles in the middle of our messes, and that’s exactly what He did that special night thousands of years ago. 7
Hope came into our world!

Hope…..that God can still use this broken life and make something beautiful out of it.
Hope…..that we don’t have to be perfect to be loved by Him.
Hope…..that the best is yet to come.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” ~ Romans 15:13  

Join me this Christmas season and focus on the beautiful gift of hope we have through the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

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Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed[a] to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born[d] will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And,behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

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First Advent Sunday:  John 1:1-4

Monday: John 1:9-12

Tuesday:  Jeremiah 33:14-15

Wednesday: Isaiah 60:19-20

Thursday:  Romans 15:12-13

 

First Advent Sunday – Light the first candle representing Jesus is the “Light” of men. Explain to your children that when we follow Jesus, the true Light, we can avoid walking blindly and falling into sin. Jesus lights the path ahead of us so we can see how to live. What ways can we allow Jesus’s light to shine through us.

Monday – Light one candle- Talk about how as Christians, we are to reflect Jesus’s light to the world. What are some ways we can do that?
Use a mirror to show your children how we are to reflect Jesus’s light to those around us.

Tuesday – Light one candle- Not only is Jesus the Light of the world, but His arrival was planned by God thousands of years before. What does that tell us about God?

Wednesday – Light one candle- Sing the song Jesus, Light of the Word (http://www.lyricstime.com/third-day-jesus-light-of-the-worldlyrics.html) or Here I am to Worship. (http://www.lyricstime.com/ir-here-i-am-to-worship-lyrics.html)

Thursday– Light one candle- How does Jesus’s light in our world give us hope?
• Read the book: The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg and James Bernardin
Or
• Read the story about  the Candy Cane (http://www.noelnoelnoel.com/trad/candycane.html)

Be blessed.

Happy Advent Sunday!

For Those Who Are New Here

You can join in our FB study group too here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/724894230988215/

We use SOAK Method for our study:

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I’m so excited you are here!

Be blessed,

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