Advent 2018: Manger

Jesus could have come to us as an emperor with riches and fame. He could have come as conquering warrior. Yet He chose the path of a peasant, helpless and humble. It seems we often we find ourselves seeking for prestige and drowning in comparison. Ask the Father to show you how you can be Christ-like in humility this Christmas.

“And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12

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Advent 2018: Refuge

Jesus was born in a Bethlehem barn because the occupying nation forced his parents to make the journey to be counted for a census. Later, the little family fled to Egypt as refugees. Today there are poor and marginalized people in our community and around the world who need your prayers. Ask God how He would have you serve them in their oppression.

An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy Him.”
Matthew 2:13

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Advent 2018: Gather

The church is not so much a building as it is
a group of people gathering for worship. Perhaps the Magi bowing down before a baby could be described as the first gathering of Christians? It was probably just like churches today: messy, but celebrating Jesus. Christmas is coming! How will gathering with
God’s people help you celebrate?

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20

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Advent 2018: Activity with Kids – Follow the Stars

This is a great activity for Christmas morning. It will require some preparation in advance.

Glow-in-the-dark stars; Bible; Nativity set that includes Mary, Joseph, a donkey, other animals, an angel, a shepherd, wise men, and baby Jesus; a cake with a candle


  1. When the kids are in bed, make a trail of stars from their rooms to the Christmas tree.
  2. Place different pieces of the nativity set along the path, ending with baby Jesus.


  1. When the kids wake up, help them follow the stars like the wise men did.
  2. At the first stop, find Mary, Joseph and a donkey & read Luke 2:1-5. Collect the figurines as you go to the next stop.
  3. Continue following the trail of stars to the animals and read Luke 2:6-7.
  4. Find the angels and shepherds at the next stop and read Luke 2:8-20.
  5. Follow the trail to where the wise men wait and read Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11.
  6. Approach the tree and have the kids focus on baby Jesus. As you turn on the tree lights, remind the kids that Jesus is the light of the world and that His birth is the reason we celebrate.
  7. Finish the search with worship by singing hymns.

Advent 2018: Fear

The shepherds were frightened by the appearance of an angel. Before proclaiming good tidings of great joy, the angel said, “Don’t be afraid.” In John’s first letter, we are told that God’s perfect love casts out fear. What fears do you need to set aside? Write a prayer asking God to help you release them.

They were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Luke 2:9-10

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