Advent – Week 2

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This Sunday begins the second week of Advent. How are you doing in regard to focusing your heart and mind on the Savior? My hope with these Advent posts is to provide some encouragement and direction for you to do just that.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  – John 1:14

??This is the beauty and mystery of Christmas. It?s the story of Emmanuel – God with us. A few things that stick out to me??

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  • Not only did God dwell among us, he took on flesh. The creator left the comfort of heaven and entered his broken creation for the purpose of redemption. We need a savior. No suitable option could be found, so God took on the responsibility.
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  • He could have come as wealthy king and lived in comfort…he certainly deserved that at the very least. Instead he came as a baby, a helpless little baby, born in a filthy barn. We can hardly begin to understand what it means that Christ humbled himself for us.
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  • It?s the embodiment of love. God?s love for us was the motivation for his action. A love that would lead him to the cross.
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??This is too significant a story to get lost in the busyness of the Christmas season. I gave you 3 suggestions last week to focus your heart this Advent season. Here are 3 more??

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  • Listen to Christmas music. I?m not thinkin “Jingle Bells” here. I?m thinking more along the lines of  “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”, “O Holy Night”, “What Child is this?” songs like that. So many Christmas songs are full of scripture.
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  • Help someone in need. Follow Jesus example and humble yourself to serve someone. Maybe make it a goal to do an act of service each day.
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  • Go without. Jesus limited himself for us. Denying ourselves often has a way of refining us.
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??Grace,
Chris