What is Advent?
The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is:
• the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent.
• the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent.
Advent is much more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. Advent is a season of preparation. Not only is Advent about preparing to celebrate the first coming of Christ as a baby, but it’s also about preparing for Christ’s second coming as judge. In Advent we are reminded that the Christmas story began thousands of years before the birth of Jesus, with the people of Israel. In Advent we are reminded that the Christmas story is not over; Jesus will return. (more…)
Looking at “Loving God and Others” I was reminded that love does not define God, rather God defines love. As believers, the Holy Spirit resides in us; therefore we should be the expression of the love of God. It is not enough to simply tell others “I love you”; we demonstrate it by meeting their needs.
We had a need, salvation, and God met that need by sending His Son. It always amazes me that despite all we did, do, or will do, God still loves us. But even sweeter than that is realizing that God sent His Son and He took our sins on the cross, died for us, and all despite the pain and suffering we caused Him, He wants to be an intimate part of our life. Now that is HUGE! (more…)
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 1 John 4:7–8, 16
God is love. If we are believers and we are “in” God then our lives should be characterized by the same love that characterizes Him. This love we are talking about is not simply a warm fuzzy feeling; rather it is a choice that has the highest good of the object loved in mind. This means in relation to others, encouraging them and doing things they will like. Sometimes it means having to say hard things, or things that are difficult to hear. (more…)