Deck the halls. Christmas is coming. This guide is a 25-day countdown to Jesus’ birthday. The days ahead are what Christians call “Advent.” Advent is a word that simply means “coming.” Advent is all about both remembering the impact of Jesus’ coming to Earth on Christmas and waiting in hope for what the Bible calls “the second coming of Jesus” when He will return again.
This year (2020), Advent begins December 1 and goes until Christmas Eve on the 25th. Check out this 25 day devotional for the Advent Season... this journal is meant for you to spend time with God once a day; but don’t get stressed and give up if you miss days. The goal here is to get you thinking about Jesus this holiday season rather than just gingerbread lattes and pine trees. It’s not meant to be a burden.
Here at FindlayStudents - IMPACT, we want to remember together that we have hope this Christmas season, no matter what difficulties we may be facing. We have hope because Jesus has come and is coming again.
This guide is set up to take you through the Bible, mostly looking at the lives of Old Testament people who were waiting in hope for the Messiah (Savior) to come. They lived in a time before Jesus’ death and resurrection. They needed hope for the brokenness in their lives and so do we.
For 25 days, together as a Student Ministry, we will countdown to Christmas by reading God’s Words to us, thinking about what God is telling us, remembering the hope of the gospel, praying honestly, and applying what we’ve read. Think of the challenges to “apply” like one of those Christmas calendars you can get at Walmart with the candy inside. It’s one of the best parts. Don’t feel like you have to do each one; instead, use the ideas to think of others this Christmas season. Remember, Jesus didn’t come so that we could all get presents for ourselves. Instead, He gave us the gift of Himself so that we could give Him away.
So, choose a quiet place each day, turn off your phone, and grab your Bible, because hope is coming!
You are Loved!
Are you ready for a 90 Day Challenge?
Do you have 20 minutes a day that you can set aside to focus on building your relationship with God over the next 3 monhts? If so then download this resource from Doug Fields & Jim Burns as they walk through the New Testament in 90 days. Each day includes Sciprute reading, reflection questions and prayer guide.
Who is ready to get consistent with your Hang Time with God?
In the church, we talk a lot about how we can pursue Jesus. But what about how Jesus pursues us? This six-week devotional is all about the pursuit of Jesus toward His people. Each week has three days worth of Bible reading, devotion time, study questions, and application questions.
Week 1 – Pursuit of Love
Day 1 – Unashamed Love (Matthew 1:18–25)
Day 2 – Brave Love (Esther 4:12–17)
Day 3 – Secured Love (Ruth 4:1–12)
Week 2 – Pursuit of Restoration
Day 1 – Restoration of Our Ministry (1 Kings 19:1–18)
Day 2 – Restoration or Our Innocence (John 8:1–11)
Day 3 – Restoration of Our Lives (Luke 7:11–15)
Week 3 – Pursuit of Justice
Day 1 – Justice Described (1 Peter 1:17; Romans 2:3; Hebrews 4:13)
Day 2 – Justice Required (Genesis 3:13–24)
Day 3 – Justice Satisfied (Romans 3:21–31)
Week 4 – Pursuit of Mercy
Day 1 – Mercy Triumphs (Jonah 3:6–10)
Day 2 – Mercy Mends (Acts 9:1–19)
Day 3 – Mercy Offered (Deuteronomy 30:1–5)
Week 5 – Pursuit of Grace
Day 1 – Grace Given to Sinners (John 21:12–17)
Day 2 – Grace Given Unwarranted (1 Samuel 16:1–13)
Day 3 – Grace Given to Us (Ephesians 2:1–10)
Week 6 – Pursuit of Salvation
Day 1 – Salvation from Ourselves (Romans 7:15–22)
Day 2 – Salvation from Slavery (Romans 6:1–11)
Day 3 – Salvation from Death (Romans 5:12–21)
It's been said that 21-days makes a habit. Most people say they want prayer to more of a habit in their lives.
This booklet is 21 days of guided prayers in hopes that at the end of reading this, you will:
1) have made prayer a significant part of their day
2) have an idea on how to direct their prayers on certain topics per day and
3) get to know God closer than they have ever before. Each day has a different topic to pray about, a 3-minute devotional, some Scripture to reflect on, and a guided prayer list to help them make prayer a real, authentic, directed, part of their everyday life.
The list of topics cover: your heart, faith, hope, love seeing God's glory, obedience, trust, family and friends, sharing your faith, living sacrifice, change, over coming fear, compassion, empathy, worship, kindness, evangelism, surrender, serving, self-control, and the power of prayer.