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Advent: The Hope Candle

This month our Church is celebrating Advent in preparation for Christmas fast approaching.

What is Advent? 

John Piper describes it this way in his free book “Good News Of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent“:

Advent is for adoring Jesus. At least that’s our angle on itat Desiring God.Advent is an annual season of patient waiting, hopeful expectation, soul-searching, and calendar-watching marked by many churches, Christian families, and individual followers of Jesus. There’s no biblical mandate to observe Advent. It’s an optional thing—a tradition that developed over the course of the church’s history as a time of preparation for Christmas Day. Many of us find observing Advent to be personally enjoyable and spiritually profitable.

Advent is represented by the Advent wreath and a series of candles lit in the order of their meaning.

It’s a week late but the first week of advent is the candle of Hope. 

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God

—2Corinthians 1:20

We have hope because God is a god who keeps his promises. Christmas is a time that we remember the beginning of the fulfillment of His promise of restoration and salvation of man: the Creator God sealed away in human flesh, born to bare the sins of all mankind. Thirty-three years later the God in flesh appearing would be bound to a cross for all to see.


Try the link above for your free copy of John Piper’s devotional from or click here. Simply select your preferred format and enjoy! May God use this time to do a mighty work in all of us.

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