The first Sunday of Advent is next week. We are entering that wonderful time in the church calendar for preparing for the celebration of Christ’s birth.
Galatians 4:4 says, “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son…” NIV. God orchestrated events over hundreds of years so that when Christ entered the world, the good news could be carried everywhere.
In the same way that God prepared the world, let us intentionally prepare our hearts, and help those we work with, to celebrate.
This time of year can be so busy with ending a semester of ministry, preparing for Winter Conference, and thinking about the spring and summer ministry opportunities. Students are preparing for finals. And we have our own checklist of Christmas preparations, parties, gift buying, decorating, etc.
Setting aside time for Advent readings and reflections helps to prepare our hearts for celebrating His coming, even in the midst of checking off our to do’s. A Google search for “Advent Devotion” reveal many options. Here are a few.
- BibleGateway.com offers several devotionals and newsletters with a variety of start dates. You must sign up.
- On November 27, D365 Daily Online Devotions becomes the popular “Following the Star”. No sign up required. Be sure to click through each section of the devotion.
- You can see all of John Piper’s advent topics here.
- Cru.org has some advent devotions written by various staff over the years. This one by Eric Segalini looks at the life of Jesus found in familiar Christmas songs.
This is also a wonderful time of the year for sharing our faith. Here are some ideas for Christmas outreaches.
May we all find our hearts and minds stirred by the mystery of our Creator becoming a baby.
Fall Coaching Tips
- Andy Stanley’s Looking for the Uniquely Better.
- Beginning the Year Checklist.
- A tension: Only the interested or every person?
- Next Steps with the Each and the Every.
- Can Incoming Freshmen Launch?
- Caring for our People.
- The Network Map.
- The First Coaching Call.
- Collaborative Discipleship.
- Developing Leaders with Different Personalities.
- Two Simple Leadership Development Constructs.
- How to Finish When You Can’t See the Finish Line.
- Uh oh! Now what?
- Key Volunteer Challenge.
- Launch Week Side Benefits.
- A Launch Trip Offers Team Benefits.