BEST. FEED. EVER
OK, so this might not be the best feed, but we are definitely in the most wonderful time of the year, and we have the opportunity to choose to make this Christmas, the Best. Christmas. Ever. But that won’t happen by chance. We have to intentionally use this season of advent to prepare our hearts. We have to focus on what it means that God chose to break into our dark world. We have to ponder how Jesus is still breaking into our lives in this challenging year. And we have to prepare for Jesus to return yet again, making all things right and inviting us all into his Father’s house! So make sure your preparation for Christmas this year includes more than decorating, shopping, and baking. Prepare your heart by focusing on the center of it all: Jesus!
If you would like a daily devotional to focus your heart, try following along with this online devotional.
PREPARING THROUGH ADVENT
Contrary to popular culture, the period leading up to Christmas Day is not the Christmas season; it is Advent. Advent is a time of active preparation, not of passive waiting. Advent reminds us that Christian hope is shaped by what has happened and what’s going to happen again.
BIBLE PROJECT: TREE OF LIFE
In the opening pages of the Bible, God gives humanity a gift that they quickly forfeit—eternal life that comes by eating from the tree of life. In this 5 minute video, we explore the meaning of this powerful image and how sacred trees play a key role throughout the story of the Bible.
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THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
Watch this throwback message from our Christmas Album series where we looked at classic Christmas songs. This week, Pastor Brent described why Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Spoiler: it’s not about Santa or the gifts!
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AN UNTRADITIONAL TWIST ON A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS SONG
MESSAGE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
We hope the message from each Sunday sticks with you beyond the Sunday morning worship service. Take a moment to consider the questions below, and even better, talk to somebody (who attends the church or doesn’t) about them.
- What does it look like for you to eat from Jesus as the tree of life?
- We all fall into the temptation to seek eternal life from other, false sources. Where are you tempted to go seeking abundant life?
- Thinking about this message, take a moment to reflect on what your Christmas tree means to you now.
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