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Advent 2019 – Day 19

From Frederick Buechner’s Secrets in the Dark: “For what we need to know, of course, is not just that God exists, not just that beyond the steely brightness of the stars there is a cosmic intelligence of some kind that keeps the whole show going, but that there is a God right here in the thick of our day-by-day lives who may not be writing messages about himself in the stars but who in one way or another is trying to get messages through our blindness as we move around down here knee-deep in the fragrant muck and misery and...

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Advent 2019 – Day 18

From Eugene Peterson’s Subversive Spirituality: “We do not progress in the Christian life by becoming more competent, more knowledgeable, more virtuous, or more energetic. We do not advance in the Christian life by acquiring expertise. Each day, and many times each day, we return to Square One: God Said. We are constantly being ‘thrown back on the start and always opening up afresh.’. . .I want to simplify your lives. When others are telling you to read more, I want to tell you to read less; when others are telling you to do more, I want to tell you to...

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Advent 2019 – Day 17

From Tish Harrison Warren and Andy Crouch’s Liturgy of the Ordinary: “The kind of spiritual life and disciplines needed to sustain the Christian life are quiet, repetitive, and ordinary. I often want to skip the boring, daily stuff to get to the thrill of an edgy faith. But it’s in the dailiness of the Christian faith—the making the bed, the doing the dishes, the praying for our enemies, the reading the Bible, the quiet, the small—that God’s transformation takes root and grows.”

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Advent 2019 – Day 16

From Nancy Guthrie’s (editor) Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus: “For the Son of God to empty himself and become poor meant a laying aside of glory; a voluntary restraint of power; an acceptance of hardship, isolation, ill-treatment, malice, and misunderstanding; finally, a death that involved such agony – spiritual, even more than physical – that his mind nearly broke under the prospect of it. It meant love to the uttermost for unlovely men, who ‘through his poverty, might become rich.’ This Christmas message is that there is hope for ruined humanity – hope of pardon, hope of peace with God,...

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Advent 2019 – Day 15

From Fleming Rutledge’s Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus: “Where is God when it is dark? The church proclaims that he never hides himself to no purpose. Somewhere, somehow, in spite of all appearances, his vindication awaits the proper moment. At the heart of the Advent season is the proclamation that God did not remain where he was, high above the misery of his creation, but came down, incognito, into the midst of it. Nor did he come down merely to sympathize. Even incognito, Jesus of Nazareth had power to heal every disease and drive out every demon....

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Advent 2019 – Day 14

From Paul David Tripp’s Awe: “Every awesome thing in creation is designed to point you to the One who alone is worthy of capturing and controlling the awe of your searching and hungry heart.”

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Advent 2019 – Day 13

From Fleming Rutledge’s Advent: “I wonder what you are confronting in your life. Very rarely are we called upon to perform deeds so astonishing that they become legendary. But all of us, every single Christian and every Christian community, are engaged in the struggle with the enemies of God. Each one of you is placed on the battleground somewhere. Are you under pressure from forces outside your control? Are you being called upon for patience that you do not think you have? Are you perhaps wondering if there is anything you can do to be more useful to God in...

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Advent 2019 – Day 12

From John Piper’s The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: “John 3:16  – ‘God so loved . . .’ The ‘so’ here doesn’t mean an amount of love, but a way of loving. He doesn’t mean, God loved so much, but God loved this way. ‘God so loved’ means ‘God thus loved.’ ”How? What is the way God loved? He loved such ‘that he gave his only Son.’ And we know that this giving was a giving up to rejection and death. ‘He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him’ (John 1: 11). Instead they killed him....

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Advent 2019 – Day 11

From Paul Tripp’s Come, Let Us Adore Him: “The baby in the manger came to be King, and he would not settle for anything else. That infant was the King of kings and Lord of lords. He would grow to be a man, a perfect man, who would talk again and again about the kingdom he came to establish; but he would do much, much more than just talk. The King would die as a criminal, so that criminals against his rule would be welcome into his throne room and live with all the rights and privileges of being members...

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Advent 2019 – Day 10

From Jon Bloom’s Not By Sight: “And in that is a Christmas word to us. There are times, while seeking to follow God faithfully, we find ourselves in a desperate moment, forced to a place we would not choose to go. It’s then we must remember: our lives and circumstances are not ultimately about us (1 Cor. 6:19–20). They are about Jesus Christ. . .You see, real freedom is not liberty to do what we want or the absence of distress. Real freedom is the deep-seated confidence that God really will provide everything we need. The person who believes this...

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