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Advent Anticipation & Preparation:  The Practice of Journaling

Luke begins his gospel: “Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of…

Advent Anticipation & Preparation:  The Practice of Scripture Meditation

When Mary visited her relative Elizabeth and they shared the joy of their miraculous pregnancies, Luke records: “And Mary said: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.’”  (Luke 1:46-47; NKJ) This is the beginning of what we call the Magnificat.  In this single song of praise, scholars have…

Advent Anticipation & Preparation:  The Practice of Giving

We have arrived at the season of gift giving.  We take our cue from the wise men who came from a far country to celebrate the birth of the Great King of Israel: “And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped…

Advent Anticipation & Preparation:  The Practice of Confession

In a very real way, advent is reflected in the ministry of John the Baptist.  John was the forerunner to the Messiah.  He came to prepare the way for the revealing of Jesus as the Lamb of God.  Mark records: “John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission…


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