Posts with the category “advent-devotionals”
Advent Devotionals: Day 29
December 25th, 2022
The joy of this day is that God the Father has done more than send his Son (v.7). He has also installed His King (v. 6). This One who came to earth in a humble manger as the Prince of Peace is now sea...
Advent Devotionals: Day 28
December 24th, 2022
It is no surprise that Jesus quotes this verse when John the Baptist asks if Jesus is the Messiah promised by God (Matt 11:4; Luke 7:22). This chapter in Isaiah speaks of immense joy with the coming o...
Advent Devotionals: Day 27
December 23rd, 2022
The author of this Psalm remembers the redemption and restoration given by God. In the midst of a sincere longing for revival and rescue, he bears witness to the life-giving provision of salvation and...
Advent Devotionals: Day 26
December 22nd, 2022
I love that Mary went to the hill country, a pattern that we later see so much in Jesus' life. She was originally troubled at the saying of the angel when he told her she would give birth to the Son o...
Advent Devotionals: Day 25
December 21st, 2022
Has the Lord ever asked the impossible from you? And if so, how did you respond? Listed below are some of his commands and potentially some of your responses:• "Love your neighbor..." But you responde...
Advent Devotionals: Day 24
December 20th, 2022
The context of these verses is the impending judgment on Jerusalem and the foolish political alliance with Egypt (v. 18). The leaders of Jerusalem are ungodly, trusting in their own wisdom, rather tha...
Advent Devotionals: Day 23
December 19th, 2022
Imagine for a minute the depth and dimension of the expectation illustrated in this prophecy of deliverance. The nation of Israel, after generations of fraill, ineffective human kings, longed for the ...
Advent Devotionals: Day 22
December 18th, 2022
We have heard it. We know it. It's the most well-known Scripture of all time. Just ask the guy in the outfield holding the John 3:16 sign. It's the one Scripture that we can all recite—and we usually ...
Advent Devotionals: Day 21
December 17th, 2022
This is a psalm of instruction and tells of the coming judgment on the great day of the Lord's return. We see that God is not impressed with our sacrifices if our hearts are not turned toward God. It ...
Advent Devotionals: Day 20
December 16th, 2022
The purpose of Peter’s first chapter is to provide full confidence of one’s salvation. In the previous verses, assurance of salvation is found by spiritual growth of the characteristics listed. In tod...
Advent Devotionals: Day 19
December 15th, 2022
In this passage Peter explained that God has given us everything we need for life and godliness (v. 3). He has even made us "partakers of the divine nature" (v. 4), which refers to our new birth. Then...
Advent Devotionals: Day 18
December 14th, 2022
The words, "A person can receive only what is given them from heaven" gives us great insight into John’s character. He recognized that "all our righteousness is a filthy rag" (Isaiah 64:6). He underst...
Advent Devotionals: Day 17
December 13th, 2022
In this Psalm, God had taken Israel out of bondage in Egypt. He had driven out the other nations and planted Israel like a vine in the Promised Land. They grew strong and very prosperous. Blessings we...
Advent Devotionals: Day 16
December 12th, 2022
Many people are familiar with this prophecy as it is referenced in the story of Jesus' birth in Matthew 1:23, but it's also important to see the verse in its original context.Isaiah was speaking durin...
Advent Devotionals: Day 15
December 11th, 2022
David begins this psalm with the statement, "I love You..." This is the only time in the Old Testament that this Hebrew word for "love" is used to express man’s love for the Lord. David is responding ...
Advent Devotionals: Day 14
December 10th, 2022
God gave Isaiah a vision of the spectacular glory, and immediately Isaiah fell down and exclaimed that he was undone. This was the response of a sinful man before our holy God. We cannot endure His pr...
Advent Devotionals: Day 13
December 9th, 2022
Christmas is a time for family and friends to celebrate the peace that Christ brought into the world (Luke 2:14). Sadly, many people find themselves estranged from someone they love during the holiday...
Advent Devotionals: Day 12
December 8th, 2022
“Great” is a term we throw around a lot and apply to many different things. Maybe during this Advent season you'll see some dazzling Christmas lights, partake of a delicious holiday meal, or experienc...
Advent Devotionals: Day 11
December 7th, 2022
"What do you want on your tombstone?" This was a popular commercial for a pizza company a few years ago, but it is still a great question for today. When you have passed away, how would you like to be...
Advent Devotionals: Day 10
December 6th, 2022
How important is your family tree to you? For the Jew, family history and tribal position was everything. Therefore, it is not surprising that Isaiah uses ancestral language to describe the person and...
Advent Devotionals: Day 9
December 5th, 2022
At first glance this story seems to be about sacrificial giving, but as we look closer, there is another dimension here. It seems to be more about the religious leaders than the poor widow! Jesus poin...
Advent Devotionals: Day 8
December 4th, 2022
Religious groups of Jesus' day openly questioned him often. The Sadducees were one of these groups. They accepted only the first five Books of Moses and did not believe in angels, spirits, or the resu...
Advent Devotionals: Day 7
December 3rd, 2022
Here the reader encounters Isaiah, the tough prophet of God, looking forward to a day when the Messiah judges and reigns forever. This prophecy must have seemed a little far-fetched, because the power...
Advent Devotionals: Day 6
December 2nd, 2022
There is much in this Psalm to ponder. First, it’s a call for those whose help and hope is in the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth to continue praising and trusting Him (cf. Psalm 146:1-6). Take a ...
Advent Devotionals: Day 5
December 1st, 2022
I love reading the stories when it's Jesus against the religious leaders. It's just like the TV shows where you know the good guy is going to win. So why watch it then?Because you have got to see how ...
Advent Devotionals: Day 4
November 30th, 2022
The birth of Jesus took place; it happened. It’s not just a story or a fairy tale, it’s a fact. Even history books record that a man named Jesus lived in Israel. Sometimes a story can be heard so many...
Advent Devotionals: Day 3
November 29th, 2022
It seems like every year the stores put out their Christmas trees and decorations earlier and earlier. Why? Because the spending during the Christmas season is what keeps many stores in business. The ...
Advent Devotionals: Day 2
November 28th, 2022
People look forward to Christmas, giving and receiving gifts, getting together with family and friends, and enjoying good food. But sometimes people look forward to things that never come, a perfect s...
Advent Devotionals: Day 1
November 27th, 2022
If you’re like me, there’s probably a whole list of things that need to be done to get ready for Christmas. There’s an entire storage rack in our garage that holds several tubs full of Christmas decor...
Introduction to Advent Devotionals
October 31st, 2022
Dear Worshiper, During this Advent season, the staff of Campus Bible Church has prepared twenty-nine devotionals for you and your family. These devotionals will begin on Sunday, November 27th ...
December 25th, 2021
Christmas Day is not just about family gatherings and exchanging gifts. It isn’t just about the Baby Jesus, meek and mild. It is about the Holy Son of God who existed for eternity in an intimate relat...
December 24th, 2021
This prophecy from Isaiah sees a future with a restored creation. The opening of blind eyes and deaf ears is precisely what Jesus did. The healing of the lame and the mute were miracles Jesus showed...
December 23rd, 2021
The narrative of the birth of John the Baptist greatly affects the Christmas story. Without this narrative, the effect of a small baby who was Immanuel, God with us, would have very little effect. The...
December 22nd, 2021
It is a privilege to serve God’s purposes. Mary was a simple, small town girl who loved God and was willing to be used by Him. Because of her faith and acceptance of God’s calling in her life, we ha...
December 21st, 2021
Mary was very surprised, perplexed, and afraid when she heard the words of the angel Gabriel. Why would an angel greet her? What did it mean that she was “highly favored” of God? How was the Lord w...
December 20th, 2021
In this mixed-up world, we equate material possessions with happiness. But often those who have the most end up being the least happy. According to Jesus, when we keep things for ourselves, we don’t...
December 19th, 2021
It’s painfully ironic that Christmas, which ought to be a time of peace, joy, and celebration, is widely recognized as a time of stress, busyness, and depression. At the core, I suspect our prioritie...
December 18th, 2021
Are you a glass-half-empty or glass-half-full kind of person? I admit that I have my cynical days, especially when I watch too much news. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out something is broken i...
December 17th, 2021
This psalm calls the people of God to worship Him. “Jerusalem” refers to all the people of God which at that time was Israel. He watches over them and provides for them. Nothing is done apart from H...
December 16th, 2021
In the Old Testament, the Law required that a charge or allegation be verified by the testimony of two or three witnesses (Deut. 19:15). Jesus alluded to this in John 5:30-47, when he summoned four w...
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