Advent – Week 4

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Christmas is rapidly approaching. This Sunday is our last Sunday in Advent. Traditions vary, but in my experience the fourth candle in the advent wreath is typically pink (in contrast to the 3 purple candles). This candle represents love/joy as the celebration of Christ birth draws near.

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I think it?s my Mother?s doing. Anytime we have guests coming to our house, I have to clean. It doesn?t matter who it is, I have to clean. Everything needs to be put in it?s proper place, floors need to be vacuumed, bathrooms cleaned, garbage taken out, beds made, etc. My intention is not necessarily to impress, but rather to make our guests feel comfortable in our home.

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As Christmas draws near, the pink candle reminds us of how we need to prepare ourselves for the birth of Christ. Some of us may have some housecleaning to do. We are expecting the greatest visitor of all, Christ the Lord.

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In Luke 1, we learn of the birth of John the Baptist. Luke 1:16-17 tells us that John will bring many people back to God and that he will prepare the way for the Lord. John does this by preaching a message of repentance. He tells the people of Israel to repent (turn away from your sin and back to God) because the kingdom of God is coming. The people of Israel had some housecleaning to do in their own lives.

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What kind of housecleaning do you need to do to prepare for the coming of Christ? Priorities that need straightening? Sin that needs to be thrown out? Attitudes that need to be adjusted? A Bible that needs to be dusted off? I hope you?ll take seriously the need to prepare for the coming Christ.

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Here?s 3 more suggestions of ways to focus your heart this Advent season.

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  • Read My Heart Christ?s Home by Robert Boyd Munger. It?s a fairly short booklet. You can find an online version here
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  • Seek or grant forgiveness. We?ve been forgiven and are called to forgive.
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  • Make plans to join us for one of our Christmas Eve Services. We?ve got 2 services. A 4pm Family Service, and an 11pm Candlelight Service.
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??Grace,
Chris