Advent Devotions 2018

Showing items for 'Shari Bazydola'

Posted by Shari Bazydola on

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.  - Isaiah 7:14 Remember the Heinz ketchup commercial that sang the word anticipation? I think of that word when I think about Advent.  Isaiah...

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Good News!
Posted by Ryan Bennett on

December 25 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth...

1st Sunday of Advent: A Bennett Birth Announcement
Posted by Ryan Bennett on

On August 24, 2009 I was at church as usual, and Heather was at her desk in Nashville. When my phone rang, our adoption counselor greeted me by saying Heather was on the line, too, and she needed to talk with us. “Last night, there was a baby born in Nashville. This morning, the mother...

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Life and Death, Sorrow and Joy
Posted by Cori Brantley on

In Spring of 1998, Chris and I learned we were expecting our first child together.  We were beyond excited, especially me!  I had wanted to be a mom ever since I could remember.  The next several months were filled with joy, and I loved seeing and feeling our baby grow. Unlike...

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Sears and Roebuck Wish Book
Posted by Rochelle Dail on

As a child, I remember the Sears and Roebuck Wish Book. Each Christmas season, I looked at all of the toys carefully. I read different descriptions and then made my Christmas list.  One year, I wanted an Easy Bake Oven. Another, I asked for a Barbie Dream House, and another year, I...

The Word Became Flesh
Posted by Rochelle Dail on

The Word Became Flesh And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.  –John 1:14 As a young child, I learned so very much about the Holy Bible. Since then, I have come to understand...

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This Baby Came to Live with You
Posted by Rebecca Dixon on

Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means, “God is with us.”  -Matthew 1:23 As Dave and I excitedly prepared for the arrival of Hugh thirteen years ago, we had no idea how parenting would change our lives.  While...

Showing items for 'Sonya Fagan'

A Very Special Gift
Posted by Sonya Fagan on

As a child, my parents often told me that most things are better appreciated when we have a period of anticipation before receiving them. I suspected at the time that this may have been a fabrication to protect them in the event they were unable to produce  whatever it was that I...

Showing items for 'Katie Fleming'

It’s You
Posted by Katie Fleming on

The holidays are happy times, the TV ads do say Promising all the best and brightest things that we will    need to play Then trees let go their crimson leaves which flutter to    the ground In the yards of hungry families, they never make a    sound Small faces...

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A Different Christmas Poem
Posted by Jeff Giles on

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim lightI gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep, her head on my chestMy daughter beside me, angelic in rest. Outside the snow fell, a blanket of whiteTransforming the yard to a winter delight.   The...