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Advent 2020: Things Are Not as They Seem

To the glory of God.

Faith puts trust in what we hope for as evidence of what is still unseen (Hebrews 11:1). It feels slippery sometimes and requires spiritual work to keep it intact.

The basis of our life in Christ is faith. Self-examination of feelings and actions reveal what we believe, especially as we approach the celebration of Jesus’s birth.

Consider your life in Christ today. Look for places where you need to build anticipation for Christmas and Jesus’s return. Seek words of faith from Scripture to memorize and set in your heart.

We all need Jesus.


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Two white pillar candles wrapped with purple ribbon tagged Hope.
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Reflect.

Was your faith challenged by today’s reading? How?


The way up is down. The way forward is backward.

John Piper, Joy to the World

Things are not always as they seem. Sometimes a feed trough is a crib for a King. A Babe born in a barn the Savior of the world. Sometimes God allows things we don’t understand and make no sense to us. These are the times that challenge our faith. They call us to trust the unseen.

What seems like a setback in your life rather than a step toward success?

How do you handle setbacks? Consider if your response to disappointment is an act of faith or evidence of unbelief.

Ask God to bless you with the faith to trust His promises and hope in what is still unseen.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV

Christmas tree ornament hanging with a red ribbon inscribed: Faith.
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