SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2016 Study Passage: Luke 1:5-10, 57-80 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and … Continue reading Weekend Bible Study
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2016 Key Bible Verse: The Lord has sent this message to every land: “Tell the people of Israel, ‘Look, your Saviour is coming. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.’” (Isaiah 62:11) Dig Deeper: Isaiah 62 For Simeon’s entire life, pagans dominated and oppressed his people, while he waited, and waited, … Continue reading Hope on the Horizon
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2016 Key Bible Verse: “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed.” (Luke 1:46-48) Dig Deeper: Luke 1:26-56 Mary [the mother of Jesus] was able to wait on … Continue reading Full Obedience
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016 Key Bible Verse: “Your father Abraham rejoiced as he looked forward to my coming. He saw it and was glad.” (John 8:56) Dig Deeper: Hebrews 11:8-19 Abraham [was willing] to wait for things even beyond his own lifetime. In addition to the birth of a son, God also promised Abraham innumerable descendants, possession … Continue reading Beyond a Lifetime
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016 Key Bible Verse: “Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79) Dig Deeper: Luke 1:5-25, 57-80 Zechariah and Elizabeth … Continue reading Silence
Jesus’ team isn’t made up of all-stars. Instead, He chose me, and you too. By Mark Buchanan I’ve never been good at team sports, especially if they involve a ball—catching one, kicking one, throwing one, hitting one, dribbling one. Big or small, dimpled or stitched, cored or inflated, if it’s a ball, I’m useless. I … Continue reading Chosen
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2016 Key Bible Verse: Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. … The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. (Isaiah 9:1-2) Dig Deeper: Isaiah 9:1-7 Advent prepares us for Christmas [by … Continue reading How Long?
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016 We will be better prepared for the Christmas season if we have the discipline to wait until it arrives. – Daniel Ethan Harris (works with the Spiritual Formation Center of First United Methodist Church in Midland, Texas) Key Bible Verse: Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, “Clear the way through the wilderness for the … Continue reading The Empty Manger
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2016 Study Passage: Matthew 6:19-24 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, … Continue reading Weekend Bible Study
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2016 Key Bible Verse: For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. (Colossians 1:19-20) Dig Deeper: Colossians 1:11-20 Life with God is so far beyond our imagination that it must be revealed to us. A light beyond ourselves must be turned on … Continue reading Seeing God Clearly
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016 Key Bible Verse: “You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24) Dig Deeper: Matthew 6:19-24 Jesus taught, “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” This incredible statement strikes right at our inclination … Continue reading Gifts or God?
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2016 Key Bible Verse: [As you] watch your standard of living going up and up-make sure you don’t become so full of yourself and your things that you forget GOD, your God. (Deuteronomy 8:14, The Message) Dig Deeper: Deuteronomy 8:1-18 Although no one enjoys feeling pain or fear, they play a vital role in … Continue reading Spiritual Lepers
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2016 Key Bible Verse: That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10) Dig Deeper: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Rather than removing our fears and pains, consumerism tries to distract us … Continue reading Divine Distraction
Athletics can teach us a lot about living out our faith By Paul H. Boge We can learn a lot from watching sports. Consider the FIFA World Cup. One of the world’s most watched sporting events, FIFA’s 32 team soccer (football) tournament features the greatest players of the game. From the wealthy to the poor, … Continue reading Sports and the Single Life
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016 Key Bible Verse: Do you know where your fights and arguments come from? They come from the selfish desires that war within you. (James 4:1, NCV) Dig Deeper: James 4:1-6 What most [Americans and Canadians] hold in common is a consumer worldview. Consumerism is a supremely narcissistic worldview in which everything’s value is … Continue reading A “Me” Mindset