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    Entries in Devotional Material (2)

    Saturday
    Nov302013

    Preparing for Christmas :: Two Sources for Advent Devotional Readings

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    I think everyone knows that the Christmas season is hijacked by commercialism and consumerism each year, but why should we be surprised? Everyone wants to get in on a good thing. But let's not allow the competing interests to crowd out the true significance of the season. Let's use this as an opportunity to grow.

    Each Advent, Christians have the opportunity to slow down, reflect, act with intention, and deepen their faith. One way to do that is through devotional readings. I recommend choosing one set of readings, and follow along faithfully for the season. If you miss a day, just skip ahead and pick it back up. Focus your energy, go deep, and give your soul room to digest the readings. Then, put the truths you encounter in practice.

    Now, two opportunities.

    First, Bible Gateway has released their list of Advent and Christmas devotions. You can sign up for a variety of newsletters here, topically themed. You can read selections from Scripture that tell the Christmas story, devotional writings based on favorite hymns, or receive links to audio recordings from The Voice Bible.

    As a second option, you might want to follow along with my church community as we move through the Advent season. Members of our congregation will generate short reflections on Scripture, and on Saturdays we will provide ideas for family activities. Follow our blog or subscribe to receive the readings via email.

    You may be aware of another option, and if so I encourage you to share in the comments. Whatever you choose, stay faithful, read carefully, and grow in Christ.

    Wednesday
    Feb272013

    I'm Working on Something New. A Devotional Project.

    Window View: USEK, Lebanon

    Over the past 18 months I've been invited to work on three separate devotional projects, supplementary material for more expansive church curricula. The first project focused on generosity; the second and third focus on knowing the Bible. Each project has been fun.

    I'm glad to announce that I'm working on material for a fourth project. At Church of the Resurrection, leaders have worked for many years to develop and refine curriculum to help people know, love, and serve God. Abingdon Press has been working with leaders at Resurrection to produce video curriculum, leader, and participant guides for the Journey 101 courses, and I've been brought on board to write the devotional materials.

    The first third has been submitted for edits, but I have two more sections to write. I'd ask that you pray for me as I continue to work. I do my best to write with clarity and simplicity, but also truthfully and with some measure of depth. That's a hard balance to strike. Many of the people who will participate in this course will be new Christians, or people who are taking first steps in the faith. That means these short devotionals will  serve as a foundation for what I hope will be a lifetime of discipleship to Jesus. Please ask God to help me write with conviction and in a way that builds up. By praying, my work becomes a community project. Please join in.

    Again, I'm excited to be back at work, creating materials that help people grow toward maturity in Christ. I'm also excited to share this news with readers. I am so thankful for those who take time to read my words, share in my life, and encourage me along the way.

    We're on the tail end of a snowstorm in Kansas City. So today, I'm enjoying the white blanket, drinking coffee, reading, and staying at work. Time to get to back to it. Blessings!