Jan 26, 2020
Confirmation Sunday – Stepping Forward Gracefully – Part 1
I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.
2 Timothy 1:5-9
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  • Jan 26, 2020Confirmation Sunday – Stepping Forward Gracefully – Part 1
    Jan 26, 2020
    Confirmation Sunday – Stepping Forward Gracefully – Part 1
    I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.
    2 Timothy 1:5-9
  • Jan 26, 2020Confirmation Sunday – Stepping Out Gracefully part 2
    Jan 26, 2020
    Confirmation Sunday – Stepping Out Gracefully part 2
    I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.
    2 Timothy 1:5-9
  • Dec 24, 2019Glorious – Christmas Eve Part 1
    Dec 24, 2019
    Glorious – Christmas Eve Part 1
    Series: Glorious
  • Dec 24, 2019Glorious – Christmas Eve Part 2
    Dec 24, 2019
    Glorious – Christmas Eve Part 2
    Series: Glorious
  • Dec 23, 2019Day 23 – He Can’t Stay Away
    Dec 23, 2019
    Day 23 – He Can’t Stay Away

    Unwrapping the Greatest Gift Advent Devotional by Ann Voskamp

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    Today’s Reading: Matthew 1:20-23
    An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Joseph, a son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”
     
    Thoughts to discuss:
    • Do you remember what Jesus’ name means? Why do you think God decided that His name should mean “the Lord saves”?
    • When is it the hardest for you to remember that God is with you? 
    • Find out what each member of your family's name means. Create a reminder of the meaning for their names. 
  • Dec 22, 2019Day 22 – Wide Awake Dreams
    Dec 22, 2019
    Day 22 – Wide Awake Dreams

    Unwrapping the Greatest Gift Advent Devotional by Ann Voskamp

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    Today's reading
    Luke 1:28
    Gabriel appeared to Mary and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.” … Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.
     
    Thought to discuss: 
    • Is there anything you need to take a break from for a while to make more space for Jesus? 
    • Close your hands in fists and then open them again. As you do, think about giving God whatever is bothering you. Find one way to open your hand and say yes to God. 
     
  • Dec 21, 2019Day 21 – Thunder in the Desert
    Dec 21, 2019
    Day 21 – Thunder in the Desert

    Unwrapping the Greatest Gift Advent Devotional by Ann Voskamp

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    Today's reading: 
    Matthew 3:1-3
    In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, "Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near." The prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said, "He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, prepare the way for the LORD's coming! Clear the road for him!"
     
    Thought to discuss:
    • What's one thing you could do to prepare the way for Jesus's coming now?
    • Spend some time today thinking about what it means to have Jesus here with you. How does He make a difference in your life? 
  • Dec 20, 2019Day 20 – God Remembers
    Dec 20, 2019
    Day 20 – God Remembers

    Unwrapping the Greatest Gift Advent Devotional by Ann Voskamp

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    Today's reading: 
    Luke 1:6-8, 11-17
    Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes careful to obey all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations. They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old. One day Zechariah was serving God in the Temple, for his order was on duty that week … While Zechariah was in the sanctuary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the incense altar. Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw him. But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John. You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. And he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God. He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord.”
     
    Thoughts to discuss: 
    • Have you ever experienced a miracle? Have you heard about someone else who experienced a miracle? 

    • Why do you think the miracles of Christmas is one of the greatest miracles of all? 
    • As a family, sing a Christmas song that reminds you of the miracle of Christmas. 
  • Dec 19, 2019Day 19 – Watch and Wait
    Dec 19, 2019
    Day 19 – Watch and Wait

    Unwrapping the Greatest Gift Advent Devotional by Ann Voskamp

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    Today's reading: 
    Habakkuk 2:1; 3:17-19
    I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint … Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines: even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields; and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.
     
    Thoughts to discuss: 
    • Is there something that has been stealing your joy lately? What has helped you get through sad times in the past?

    • Go around the room and have each person tell about a gift from God he or she noticed today. 
    • Find a jar to use as your "grateful jar." Write down some of the things you are thankful for and put the slips of paper in the jar. Whenever you're having a rough day, you can empty the jar to remember the things you have to be grateful for. 
     
  • Dec 18, 2019Day 18 – A Bridge to the King
    Dec 18, 2019
    Day 18 – A Bridge to the King

    Unwrapping the Greatest Gift Advent Devotional by Ann Voskamp

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    Today's reading: 
    Esther 4:10-16
    Esther said: “All the king’s officials and even the people in the provinces know that anyone who appears before the king in his inner court without being invited is doomed to die unless the king holds out his gold scepter. And the king has not called for me to come to him for thirty days.” … Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for such a time as this?” The Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the laws, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.”
     
    Thoughts to Discuss: 
    • Do you think Esther was brave? Why or why not?
    • Do you think you need to be brave to share the greatest Gift with other people? Why or why not?
    • Think of a creative way you can tell others that God loves them. Be brave, just like Esther!