There are no surprises with Christmas. We know exactly when December 25th shall arrive. We can calculate the very minute. That is not the case with Christ's second coming. We have no idea when it will take place. It could be ten-thousand years away. It could be in the next ten minutes. But God kept his promise to send Christ the first time; therefore, we have confident faith he will keep the promise to send Christ again. Because we do not know when that will be, we must always be prepared.
It is the gospel of Jesus Christ that brings true freedom. This promise of forgiveness and resurrection to eternal life come only through a righteousness found in the Savior. This righteousness sets the soul free from slavery, free to serve God. Hold to these teachings, and "you will be free indeed."
The Christian trusts God to provide. The Prayer of the Day summarizes the Sunday: God reveals his mighty power chiefly in showing mercy and kindness.
God feeds hungry mouths and hungry souls with his gifts of grace. When we bring our problems to Jesus, he will richly supply all we need.
As we prepare to welcome the King of Kings, we will be devoting time during Advent to consider the life and times of some of the Old Testament’s most noteworthy kings. In chapters 9-12 of The Story we see how God continues to rule all things for his people and how he remains true to his promises even when his earthly representatives don’t follow his plan. May our hearts be prepared as his kingdom comes to us and all believers.
1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
The Four parts of Worship
Part one - Philippians 3:7-14
Part two - Psalm 146
Part three - Psalm 150
Part four - Hebrews 13:7-9, 20-21