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  • ADVENT DEVOTIONALS

    2017

    FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH 1079 SE JEFFERSON ST

    DALLAS, OR 97338 503-623-2569

    Dallas1stchristianchurch@yahoo.com

    https://dallas1stchristianchurch.wordpress.com

    mailto:Dallas1stchristianchurch@yahoo.com https://dallas1stchristianchurch.wordpress.com/

  • The season of Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day:

    First Sunday of Advent, December 3, 2017 Second Sunday of Advent, December 10, 2017 Third Sunday of Advent, December 17, 2017 Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 24, 2017

    Christmas Eve – December 24 7:00 pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service New Year’s Eve – December 31 7:00 pm – New Year’s Eve Party The candles of Advent serve to remind us to open our hearts and reach out our hands to comfort and help all God’s people so they, too, would be prepared to receive their Lord and Savior.

  • December 1

    Thank You for Everything CCLI song #7059698 Jacob Sooter, Jason Gray, Jonathan Smith

    Thank you for the world that awakes In the dawning light that breaks And for the sunlight kissin' my face Thank You And for the stars out on parade At the ending of each day So even in the dark I'm sayin' Thank you

    When I look at the world around me And breathe in the breathe You gave Every beat of my heart is singing Thank You for everything If You lead me to still waters, If I'm caught in the hurricane Wherever You lead I'm singing Thank You for everything

    Thank You for the gift of friends Who know everywhere I've been And love me back home again Thank You And for the ones who let me down And taught me what I know now Of forgiveness and the freedom I've found, Thank you

    When I look at the world around me And breathe in the breathe You gave Every beat of my heart is singing, Thank You for everything If You lead me to still waters, If I'm caught in the hurricane Wherever you lead I'm singing, Thank You for everything Thank You for everything

    Every second I live Is a moment You give So I welcome them in, I welcome them in The day after day, The joy and the pain I welcome them in, I welcome them in

    Thank You for the hardest parts And the beauty of these scars Even though it broke my heart, Thank You Thank You, Thank You

    Marsha Heeter

  • December 2

    The View of Real Love

    John 13: 1-9

    For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Jn. 3:16,17, RSV

    It's not a Christmas carol, but it's a song I've enjoyed singing. "O how I love Jesus..." I suppose I feel that I am truly valuable to Him. I do believe that our love for Him is of important worth. He desires us to be His. And truly, we are supposed to love Him. "Love the lord your God with all your heart, mind , soul and strength..." 1st John 4 tells us that we love Him 'because' He first loved us. Paul in Romans 8 tells us of the strength of God's love. "Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus."

    It is Advent. The coming 'present ' of 'greatest' worth is the amazing Love of The Father, creator and giver of life. We celebrate not only the promise but the 'Word ' in flesh appearing. "O how He loves you, O how he loves me. O how He loves you and me."

    Thank you, Father, thank you with all my heart, Amen.

    Gary Ivey

  • December 3

    A Journey to Hope

    Mark 13:24-37

    I have always thought that including scriptures that talk about the end of times and being ready for the coming of Jesus seem odd and out of place during Advent. Aren’t we supposed to be focusing on the birth, the angels, the shepherds, Mary and Joseph? These images of the end of times just don’t fit.

    But there is a theme that seems to weave its way through, a theme of expectation, a waiting for something that is different, better, a theme of Hope for the coming of God’s rule and reign in the world today and forever.

    The people before Jesus were waiting for the coming Messiah, we wait for the return of the Messiah. We are all waiting in expectant Hope.

    The signs of Christmas are around us (and have been for a while) and the signs of Jesus’ return are around us too. We know when Christmas is coming and hopefully we can be ready for the day. We don’t know when the return of Jesus will be or even what it will look like, but we are called to be ready and be waiting with Hope.

    As we begin this Advent season, a season of waiting, let us have the hope of Jesus for a better today and a better tomorrow.

    Gracious God, we look forward to celebrating the gift of Jesus, given to us as a baby as well as celebrating the gift of Jesus in His return. Each offer us a new Hope, a new vision of what it can be here on earth as it is in Heaven. Amen.

    Darren Anderson

  • December 4

    The Gift of Riches

    All of us are very rich and each time we help one another we become richer. What we do as Christians to serve each other is never forgotten.

    All these rich treasures are stored up and kept safe. They are neatly packed away, wrapped in Christ's love and sitting in our hearts. But remember, this storage unit has no lock on it, our riches continue to be shared by all, everyone who needs it. Storage with Christ means no moths rust or theft.

    Spiritual wealth is so important in our Christian walk. These treasures, wealth and riches pay big dividends not only in this life, but our final destination, Heaven.

    With Christ living in our hearts daily, no one can take these heavenly treasures from us.

    Lord, always, show me how I can share your treasures with others. In Jesus name, Amen.

    John Dodge

  • December 5

    How do we respond?

    Luke 2: 22- 35: "[and a sword will pierce through your own soul also]" RSV

    When I think about the Advent stories I see the world today responding the same ways. It's great that we were given 'warning ' by the prophets. It's amazing how slow time moves when we are waiting. I'm astonished that Simeon had spent his life eagerly expecting the Messiah. I'm confused that Simeon could see his hope in this small child. Others did not. When Kathy and I went to the temple area in Jerusalem, it was very crowded. I'm pretty sure that it was at least that crowded when Jesus was there as a baby. Still, Simeon and Anna were the only ones we hear about. The only ones who acknowledged Him. Would we have done better? This time is a most significant time for us and all mankind. It is a time of excitement. The season can be grey and harsh. The crowds just going oblivious from store to store is oppressive. The bills can be overwhelming. Still, we've been waiting for this time even counting the days. With all these things happening, will we remember what we are really looking for? Take some time throughout Advent, Christmas and into the new year to follow Simeon and Anna. Have faith in God's faithfulness. Seek the fulfillment of His promise. Then rejoice and be glad for He has come and you get to Hold Him, in your heart, mind, soul and strength. May your lives be full of your expectation and hope.

    God grant us ears to hear and eyes to see. in Christ we pray, Amen.

    Gary Ivey

  • December 6

    ADVENT SEASON

    God is our protection and out strength. He always helps in times of trouble. There is a river of God Brings joy to the city of God The holy place where he lives He stops wars everywhere on earth Ps 96:1, 4, 9 A great gift An ageless gift is given to us All we need is to sing We may not carry perfect tones A melody of grace and love When hearts are filled in love Philippians 2:6 You are teaching what gives life So Christ again, again I can be happy because my work was not wasted I won the race. Love in Christ Maggie Brown

  • December 7

    For God so loved the world, that He gave His only son, that whoever believed in Him might have everlasting life. John 3:16

    Giving is at the heart of Christmas! We remember God’s great gift by giving to others.

    When we celebrate a birthday, we give gifts to the person whose birthday it is. Moreover, we are carful to choose what we think that person needs. Is there any doubt as to what Jesus wants us to give Him? He tells us that in order to give to Him, we must find Him in the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the imprisoned.

    Christ bids us give up selfish ways, to give in to love and give out in services to the needy and lonely.

    We can give in a way that honors the birth of Christ and expresses our love to our family and friends.

    Lord, we want not only to be aware of our own feelings, but in this season to be aware of the needs of others in the world. Make this Christmas a time for commitment to love as You loved. Amen.

    Jean Sarff (Copied from 1992 Advent devotional book)

  • December 8

    What If What Happened Then Changed Everything Now?

    Luke 2: 8- 20: The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Luke 2:20 RSV

    When was your first time? When did you hear the story of Christmas for the first time? Did it excite you? The coming of hope, were you hopeful? Was it the pres