01 December 2017

This 'n' That

Look! A perfectly posed Christmas devotional picture!
I'm sure this happened completely by accident.
Well, December is finally here! I know some of you are celebrating by busting out your Christmas sweaters. Others of you are moaning because the days are passing by quickly and there's simply too much that still needs to be done. Others of us are too busy with non-season specific duties (i.e., work) to even think about the holidays, even though we'd love nothing more than to (for once) actually enjoy the season.

One thing that I find helpful during the month of December is to find some sort of advent study that will keep me focused on Christ and His incarnation. I know—some people hear "Advent" and assume a legalistic, ritualistic motive, but that is hardly the case. Unless, of course, you consider study of the person and work of Jesus Christ to be empty and merely ceremonial, but I doubt that is true of any of my wonderful readers!

Your Advent study does not have to be anything formal. You might simply determine to read and study through specific, relevant texts from the Old and New Testament. Or perhaps you might study through a book or two on the topic of Christ and Christmas. John MacArthur's small book, God's Gift of Christmas, is a good resource and a great gift idea. I recently downloaded The First Days of Jesus: The Story of the Incarnation, and am looking forward to reading that. James Boice's The Christ of Christmas and The King Has Come are also accessible resources. The ministry of Naomi's Table also offers an Advent project idea that parents may enjoy walking through with their children.

Whatever December has in store for you, I pray that you will, above all, keep your eyes, heart, and mind fixed firmly on the person of our great Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I know I say that often, but we live in a world that seeks to keep us too busy to meditate on the Word our Lord has given us and on our Savior who is revealed therein, and, without daily time in the Word and prayer, we will easily be swept away by those many distractions.

I hope that this post isn't a distraction for you. If it isn't, then I hope you enjoy the few minutes you'll spend enjoying your week in review (kind of):
  • I'm not opposed to small groups at all, but I like some of the reasoning behind this decision to switch from small groups to Sunday school.
  • What a sweet and Christ-focused examination of our longing for heaven.
  • It's really a sobering thought to consider how many professing Christians don't actually understand the gospel.
  • Something to think about next time you bring home a library book.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Another interesting look at the role of women during the Reformation.
  • I'm looking forward to reading this.
  • I can't believe the White House copied my Christmas decorations.
  • Church members watch their leaders for many reasons.

The incarnate God! My eyes swim with tears to think
that He who might have crushed me into hell forever,
becomes a young child for my sake!

Look at Him, all of you, and looking—then worship.

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