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Advent: The Christ 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.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

—John 3:16

 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

—2 Corinthians 9:15

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory,the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

—John 1:14

At Christmas everything we’ve looked forward too all month comes to culmination on Christmas Eve; the night we celebrate Christ’s birth. Found in a manger, in a trough for animals to feed was the child born to carry all our debts up to the cross thirty-three years later. He would suffer bitter torture and mockery before nails would bind his hands to the wooden beams bearing the filth of humanity.

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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