Advent is a time to prepare for the Lord’s coming. Isaiah reminds us to put God first. Romans shows us how putting God first affects the way we treat things and people. We start with the first moment of our day, using a prayer called the Morning Offering.
When we are expecting a little brother or sister, we need to get a place ready for them. Jesus is coming into our hearts, so we need to make our hearts ready for Him. This means making our hearts places of peace and love, and getting rid of hatred, sadness, and complaining thoughts. We should also remember to make a little Christmas list for Jesus. We should list a few gifts that we would like to receive from Him this Christmas.
The good news is that we’re expecting; we’re expecting the birth of the Savior. Just as new parents prepare their home to receive a new child, we should prepare our hearts to receive the Lord Jesus Christ. A very good way to prepare our hearts for Jesus is to make them a place of peace and joy. By avoiding complaints and focusing on the positive things, we can overcome our negativity to help our hearts be a place of peace and joy.
Advent, 4th Sunday – Joy and Peace are infallible signs of the presence of God. Have you noticed moments of peace and joy this Advent? We have been watching for the coming of the Lord and we have discovered that He is already here. (23 Dec 2012)
Advent, 3rd Sunday – No one gets away with evil — not me, not you, not Adam Lanza. We have seen our darkness and sin, and our powerlessness to stop it. We need a Savior, and He is near, in our midst. Come Lord Jesus! Come and save us. (16 Dec 2012)
Advent, 2nd Sunday – Why does the Church tell us what not to do? Because she loves us and wants us to avoid making a shipwreck of our lives. Shoot for true excellence and you will shine with God’s glory like a lighthouse. (9 Dec 2012)
1st Sunday of Advent – My brother thought he had plenty of time to pack but then he wasn’t ready in time. We need to be ready for Jesus’ coming. Do you need to forgive someone, or make a good Confession? Christ is coming soon; start packing. (2 Dec 2012)
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Advent2 – Mountains and Valleys (7:43) Advent, 2nd Sunday. [not recorded live] Isaiah has good news for his people – God himself is coming to visit them. The mountains and hills will be made low …