Advent 2013 Devotionals
Advent is here once again.
When we celebrate Advent, we relive all of the longing and yearnings for the coming of the Messiah that our fathers in the faith experienced before us. We look back and remember the people of the Old Testament as they waited for the Savior that God had promised through the prophets.
Advent reminds us that God became an infant by sending His Son, Jesus, to the world to live the perfect life that we could not live. Ultimately, Jesus came to redeem His people by dying on a cross, as our substitute for our sin, so that the wrath of God the Father would be completely satisfied and us fully accepted in return.
Advent also reminds us that one day Jesus will return to the earth, not to suffer for sins again, but to bring us home to the Father and destroy His enemies. It’s during this season that we look forward to and anticipate Jesus’ second Advent where He will put an end to all pain, suffering, and death.
Don’t allow the holidays to steal your joy, but instead allow the grace of God to transform and renew you. Abide deep in Christ and let the goodness of God wash over you.
In the links below, you’ll find some great resources to help aid you in your walk with Jesus during this Advent Season!
[Source: Redemption City Church, Boston]
Q:Why do you think Apple still sends stickers with every new product?
It’s a good question — I have no idea. If I had to guess, I’d imagine it’s largely about tradition. If Apple stopped shipping them with new products, I could envision a revolt similar to if Google took away the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button (in that, while not that many people may use these things, they’re expected to be there).
I can’t even begin to imagine how many of these stickers I’ve pilled up over the years. Dozens? Hundreds? And I think the last time I actually put one of them anywhere was the very first one I got (with an iPod way back when).
In a way, they’re viral real-world marketing. I still see them on the bumpers of cars quite frequently.
Christ in All of Scripture – Psalm 46:1-3
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
As Immanuel (“God with us”), Jesus is the personification of this psalm. For Jesus himself is our present refuge and future victory. God’s past record of strong protection for his people is a present comfort to the psalmist; it is “well proved” (v. 1). Even if the unthinkable should occur—even the implosion of the earth—God’s faithfulness to his promises drives away fear (vv. 2–3).
The Christian’s confidence is even more certain because Christ personally promised to be with us to the “end of the age” (Matt. 28:20). Like a secret aqueduct to a besieged city, God’s grace convinces the psalmist that the church will not only survive any onslaught but also will thrive in joy (Ps. 46:4-7). Jesus specifically revealed that the Holy Spirit is that means of grace who causes “rivers of living water” to flow from the heart of the believer (John 7:37–39).
Amid “wars and rumors of wars” (Matt. 24:6), both Old and New Testament believers are buttressed with the confidence that all the kingdoms of this world will one day become the “kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever” (Rev. 11:15), thus fulfilling God’s covenant promise to Abraham (Gen. 12:1–3). Keeping our eyes on King Jesus, we must courageously witness for Christ to the ends of the earth (cf. Ps. 46:9) until the nations are given to Christ as his inheritance (Acts 1:8; 2:34–35).
Thought via Path
With #Everpix shutting down, I just tried out #Loom. Not bad. Good new #SF startup. But no de-duplication or video streaming.
Just went back to #Picturelife. Very full featured with de-duplication and video. Just started trying out their 2month free #trial of their Premium 100GB plan, since I easily maxed out the 5GB freebie plan.
I think Picturelife could be it.
Now to get my photos out of Everpix… – Read on Path.