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The Wonder of Advent Devotional: Experiencing the Love and Glory of the Christmas Season

The Wonder of Advent Devotional: Experiencing the Love and Glory of the Christmas Season

by Chris Tiegreen
The Wonder of Advent Devotional: Experiencing the Love and Glory of the Christmas Season

The Wonder of Advent Devotional: Experiencing the Love and Glory of the Christmas Season

by Chris Tiegreen

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Rediscover the heart of the Advent season
As the year comes to a close and the stress and busyness of the consumer Christmas holiday grows, it can be easy to lose sight of what the season really calls us to: worship. In today’s world, is it even possible to slow down, to ponder, to wonder in the coming birth of Christ?

This Advent, recapture the mystery and beauty of the season with The Wonder of Advent Devotional. In this insightful and thought-provoking book, beloved devotional author Chris Tiegreen brings you into a deeper experience of this integral time in the church calendar. After completing a week of short readings to prepare your heart for the Advent season, you’ll journey through December with daily Scripture readings, prompts for reflection, and guided prayer to help you savor this remarkable divine story. With each day, The Wonder of Advent Devotional will reconnect you with what happened in Bethlehem long ago—and experience it anew in your life right now.


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ISBN-13: 9781496419095
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 358,593
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

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The Wonder of Advent Devotional

Experiencing the Love and Glory of the Christmas Season


By CHRIS TIEGREEN

Tyndale House Publishers

Copyright © 2017 Chris Tiegreen
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4964-1909-5


CHAPTER 1

NOVEMBER 24-30

Preparation


NOVEMBER 24

PHILIPPIANS 2:6-11

He gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.

PHILIPPIANS 2:7


Advent celebrates the Incarnation — the divine taking on human flesh. One of the briefest but most profound summaries of this story is a poetic excerpt in Philippians 2, which describes how the Son left the privileges of deity behind when he came from heaven to earth. He entered human flesh to be like us, but also to be something more — humanity as we were designed to be, unfallen and filled with the presence of God. He showed us what a human being can do by faith when fully submitted to the Father. Prepare your heart this week by reflecting on Christ's purpose in coming to this world as an infant.


REFLECTION

How does God becoming flesh redeem the human race? What do you think the Incarnation was like for Jesus?


NOVEMBER 25

JOHN 6:35-40

I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will.

JOHN 6:38


Why did Jesus come to earth? He gives several purpose statements in the Gospels, and we will explore some of them this week in preparation for Advent. In John 6, Jesus said he came to do the will of the Father — and that the will of the Father was to call people to faith and to raise them up at the last day. In other words, this was a divine rescue mission. The ministry of Jesus consistently demonstrated his desire to save. Even his birth stories reflect God's purpose — in reaching shepherds, magi from the East, people longing to see the Messiah — and give us clues as to the nature of his mission.


REFLECTION

What did Jesus come to save you from? What did he come to save you for?


NOVEMBER 26

MARK 1:35-39

Jesus replied, "We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came."

MARK 1:38


Jesus did not remain in one place. It's true that he never ventured far beyond Judea and Galilee, but he had some influence among Gentiles and sent his followers into all nations before he ascended. What began in a village called Bethlehem was intended to reach into every corner of the world — a single seed that would cover the planet with its growth. This is why he came. The Incarnation — the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus — was the central event in a global mission.


REFLECTION

What does it say about God's mission that the Nativity took place in Bethlehem rather than in a more prominent place?


NOVEMBER 27

MATTHEW 10:34-36

Don't imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword.

MATTHEW 10:34


The night of Jesus' birth, the angels declared "peace on earth" to the shepherds in the fields (Luke 2:14). But Jesus said peace was not his mission. Why the discrepancy? Because God does want peace — the shalom of his Kingdom — to invade the hearts and lives of those who seek him. But it's also clear that the message of Jesus would be controversial to many, exposing hearts and dividing loyalties. Humanity will never be fully united in faith before God makes all things visible at the end of the age. Yes, he wants us to be at peace — in him. But many will not accept peace on those terms. The Messiah's mission was — and still is — contested.


REFLECTION

In what ways do you see opposition to Jesus' mission today? How does it play out in your life?


NOVEMBER 28

MATTHEW 5:17-20

Don't misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.

MATTHEW 5:17


A literal translation of Romans 10:4 says Christ is the "end of the law." But does that refer to the abolition of God's law or the fulfillment of it? If the latter, which seems to be the clear meaning in light of Jesus' words, then our salvation implies change. Jesus not only lived up to the law's requirements; he also puts a righteous nature within us. He did not come to tell us to be good; he came to make us new. The law gave us a standard but no power to meet it. Jesus came to transform us from within.


REFLECTION

Why is it necessary for us to be made new? How does the Incarnation — the divine nature in the flesh — foreshadow what God wants to do in us?


NOVEMBER 29

ISAIAH 61:1-3

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.

ISAIAH 61:1


Jesus quoted this messianic prophecy from Isaiah when he taught at his hometown synagogue in Nazareth and declared the prophecy to be fulfilled (Luke 4:16-21). If we want to know what God-in-the-flesh is like and what he intends to accomplish in our lives, this is it: He brings good news, meets the needs of the poor, comforts the brokenhearted, and releases captives, reaching into every area of fallenness — spiritual, physical, emotional, relational ... all of it. The child in Bethlehem came with a comprehensive mission to bring God's Kingdom into our lives.


REFLECTION

What do you need God to accomplish in your life? What aspect of Jesus' ministry applies most to your situation today? How does his promise stir up your faith to receive this renewal?


NOVEMBER 30

ISAIAH 61:1-3

He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD'S favor has come.

ISAIAH 61:2


Isaiah's messianic prophecy — one among many — promises a crown of beauty in the place of ashes, a blessing in the place of mourning, and dancing and praise in the place of despair. As people who have experienced the wounds and brokenness of living in a fallen world, that's really good news for us to hear. We long for beauty, blessing, and dancing. We need this coming Messiah. And we need him to be very real in our lives.


REFLECTION

In what places of ashes and mourning would you like God to provide restoration? What holes in your heart do you want him to fill?


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