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.
The Second week of advent is the candle of Love.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.
—1 John 3:1
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.
—1 John 4:9
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
We often hear “Jesus is the reason for the season“. This is so true and fitting, but it’s also because of love. Out of love God fashioned a way to “ransom Israel”. Not just the country. But the people He created. Out of love he stepped down from heaven, into our shoes, and walked the life we live. He lived and breathed among us.
And because of this love, He asks us to love others. That’s 1) how you would be recognized but also 2) how you should behave. Man had been taken from dark to light, and being thus so, man should act it. Put away the “dark” things and start acting and doing the “light” things.
Try the link above for your free copy of John Piper’s devotional from www.desiringgod.org or click here. Simply select your preferred format and enjoy! May God use this time to do a mighty work in all of us.
The Faithbook 2013
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