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Advent Devotional 12/21/16

December 21, 2016, Dr. Michael Faggella-Luby Scripture: Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice Greatly! I recently received a Christmas gift from someone and found myself totally unprepared. I was embarrassed at the overwhelming generosity, thoughtfulness, and kindness of this sweet soul. With exams piled high on my desk, a paper to write for deadline, and my own children’s gifts barely… Read more »

Advent Devotional 12/19/16

December 19, 2016, Zach Gutierrez Scripture: Luke 1:45-55 – Mary’s Song Rejoice and Glorify the Lord. My girlfriend just texted me “A speeding car just ran through a red light and almost killed me but I’m okay.” I gently collapsed onto my carpet and gave glorifying praise to the Lord through tears—thanking Him for protecting… Read more »

Advent Devotional 12/16/16

December 16, 2016, Michael McCluskey Scripture: Ephesians 4:2 Imperfection. This is the season when most people take a resolution to do something better in their life. Whether it is to spend more time with family, to exercise more, or to work harder for a promotion, most people resolve to do something better in this season…. Read more »

Advent Devotional 12/14/16

December 14, 2016, Dr. Keith Whitworth Scripture: Romans 13: 11-12 About face. “Advent” simply means “coming” in Latin and beckons us to make ourselves worthy to celebrate the Lord’s coming into the world as the incarnate God of love. For Western churches, the season of advent has become a celebration of the expectations and anticipation of… Read more »

Advent Devotional 12/12/16

December 12, 2016, Sidney Dennis Scripture: Matthew 4:17 An inner change. By now we are deep in December. The stores are all vying for our attention, the Instagram’s are full of Starbucks cups, and we are done hanging our Christmas ornaments. I will be the first to admit that I love the Christmas Season; I… Read more »

Advent Devotional 12/9/16

December 9, 2016, Mason Wagner Scripture: 1 Kings 19: 12-13 Listening for silence in the busy season. Advent is the anticipation of the arrival of the Christ child; it should be the most reverent and joyous time of year. However, the dizzying school schedule, the overdone decorations, and the loud music blasting out of every… Read more »

Advent Devotional 12/7/16

December 7, 2016, Cedric James Scripture: James 1: 12 When Preparation Meets Opportunity. 17 consecutive years of my life were largely dedicated to preparing for the challenges of competitive sports. As an aspiring athlete, I was often told, the birthplace for success is when preparation meets opportunity.    As I look over my career from pee-wee… Read more »

Advent Devotional 12/5/16

December 5, 2016, Barbara Alvarez Week 2: Preparation Advent is the time traditionally celebrated the weeks leading up to Christmas as a way to prepare our hearts for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel… Read more »

Advent Devotional 12/2/16

December 2, 2016, Dr. Claire Sanders Isaiah 30: 15, 18 Expectation – the act of expecting; to expect – to wait, stay, or to look forward In January 2014 my mother, who lives in North Carolina, downsized from a 3000 square foot house to much smaller living quarters. That sounds great, and it was a… Read more »

Advent Devotional 11/30/16

November 30, 2016, Lea McCracken Scripture: Matthew 19:21-22 I have two young daughters who enjoy wearing their hair long. Of course, if you know me, I fail to empathize since my hair has been short most of my adult years. So anytime I suggest that they get their hair cut—even trimmed—I am met with extreme… Read more »