Yesterday Craig did an awesome job kicking off our “Griswold Family Christmas” series. Craig shared from the life of Job and emphasized how life simply doesn’t go our way sometimes.
We all go through tough seasons of life but that is when HOPE matters the most. “If we don’t have HOPE we don’t have anything.” We have hope and this season of the year is the time that we should rest in and embrace HOPE the most! Regardless of what you are going through and how dysfunctional the holiday season can be, we have HOPE in that Christmas reminds us that Jesus came to fulfill HOPE’s promise!
1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. (emphasis mine)
Talk to a member of your family this week. Describe the “hope” that Jesus gives you for eternity, the future, or today.
I have not practiced “ADVENT” during my life as a Christian. It’s not that I am against it, but I simply have not been in an environment where it has been emphasized and taught. I am intrigued by the “ADVENT” Christmas tradition because it does have strong characteristics that help us focus on the truth of Christmas and the coming of Jesus.
The word ADVENT comes from a Latin word meaning “arrival“. The ADVENT season is a season of great anticipation and hope regarding the arrival of the Savior Jesus. The ADVENT season focuses on four aspects of the arrival of Jesus. HOPE, PEACE, JOY & LOVE! Jesus brings each of these to our world in His birth.
I pray that we can all focus on the ARRIVAL of a SAVIOR this Christmas season. As you celebrate, party, shop, wrap, give, receive and spend precious time with family and friends remember what this time of the year is REALLY about! Jesus brings HOPE, PEACE, JOY & LOVE!
I hope you can embrace Jesus and the fruit of His Spirit this Christmas season. Don’t miss each Sunday as we teach and discuss each one of these ADVENT fruits.
I can’ wait for this Saturday as we minister and make a difference in the lives of 70 or so children at SHOP WITH A HERO! Thank you for your generosity in making this year’s Shop with a Hero possible.
Let’s work together to make this the most impacting Christmas season ever in the life of Church at the Grove. Listen to God’s Spirit lead you in making a difference in the lives around you.
Keep praying, Keep investing, Keep inviting!