Tag: Preparation

Places of the Heart- Monday, December 9th

THE SEA OF GALILEE The Sea of Galilee is actually a freshwater lake near Capernaum. The Jordan River connects the Sea of Galilee (northern end) to the Dead Sea (southern end). Jesus performed many miracles here, but for today this is our Place of… Continue Reading “Places of the Heart- Monday, December 9th”

Places of the Heart- Sunday, December 8th

LOVE: THE BETHLEHEM CANDLE Light the first candle, the Prophecy Candle.  Luke 2:1-7 (NRSV) In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All… Continue Reading “Places of the Heart- Sunday, December 8th”

Promises of Hope- Reflection; Saturday, December 7th

WEEK ONE- HOPE: PERSONAL REFLECTION Light the Prophecy Candle. This week we considered a few of the prophets who foretold of the coming of a Messiah in their Promises of Hope. These prophets were called to first name the disobedience and brokenness of the… Continue Reading “Promises of Hope- Reflection; Saturday, December 7th”

Promises of Hope- Friday, December 6th

YOU AND I: PROPHETS All of the prophets were courageous, dramatic and vocal, delivering bold messages of criticism, correction, and concern. Several of the prophets were also quite theatrical. John the Baptist wore camel’s hair. Jeremiah wore a wooden yoke for a while. Hosea… Continue Reading “Promises of Hope- Friday, December 6th”

Promises of Hope- Thursday, December 5th

JOHN THE BAPTIST I have always found John the Baptist so intriguing- with his camel hair clothing and his diet of locusts and wild honey! He seems like quite the character. John lived at the same time as Jesus, and his driving purpose was… Continue Reading “Promises of Hope- Thursday, December 5th”

Promises of Hope- Wednesday, December 4th

JEREMIAH Jeremiah began prophesying at a young age and continued for over forty years. Several resources call Jeremiah the “weeping prophet” because of his dramatic and emotional pleas, along with his deep compassion for his people. Jeremiah’s prophecy of the coming of Jesus as… Continue Reading “Promises of Hope- Wednesday, December 4th”

Promises of Hope- Tuesday, December 3rd

MICAH Although Micah came from a small country town (Moresheth), he bravely criticized leaders in the larger capital cities of Samaria and Jerusalem. Micah was critical of the way the people were not only disobeying God’s law, but also terribly mistreating- cheating and robbing-… Continue Reading “Promises of Hope- Tuesday, December 3rd”

Promises of Hope- Monday, December 2nd

ISAIAH There are so many wonderful verses in the book of Isaiah, and several are quoted in the New Testament as a way to confirm that Jesus is indeed the promised Messiah. The book of Isaiah is rich with prophecy and poetry. The writers… Continue Reading “Promises of Hope- Monday, December 2nd”

Promises of Hope- Sunday, December 1st

HOPE: THE PROPHECY CANDLE Hebrews 4:1-3a (NRSV) Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom… Continue Reading “Promises of Hope- Sunday, December 1st”

Advent- A Time of Preparation

INTRODUCTION “Let every heart prepare Him room!”¹ The word “Advent” means to come, and beginning on Sunday we will be preparing our hearts and souls for the coming of Jesus once again. But how might we prepare? Let’s imagine we are preparing for Jesus… Continue Reading “Advent- A Time of Preparation”