ADVENT 2018

Devotionals

Advent Daily Devotionals

We are once again offering the Advent Daily Devotionals written by our staff at Fellowship Bible Church of Northwest Arkansas. They publish daily from December 2-25, 2018. Subscribe below for inbox delivery or text #devo to 479-282-2406 to receive the daily devo via text. Your email address and phone number will only be used for this purpose. If you have subscribed in the past to receive the Advent or Easter devotionals, you will automatically receive the devotionals again this year. It is our hope and prayer this Christmas season that you experience Christ as Emmanuel – God With Us.

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A Quiet Strength

It is tempting to be awed and swept up by the appearance of strength in leaders. In fact, countless social scientific studies reveal that we tend be swayed toward leaders who are simply taller, more physically attractive, eloquent, charismatic, wealthy, etc. To our natural eye, they just seem to exhibit strength. But, are they strong? It seems that time and pressure bear out the true, inner strength of anyone’s character and legacy.

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Focus on the King

My great-aunt Nonie was an amazing woman. She was well into her 80’s when I was a child, but my cousins and I would spend weeks at her house every summer. Nonie built forts with us, took us fishing, and taught us to drive at the local cemetery. (Because, in her words, “You can’t kill nobody there.”) Whenever something stressful would happen, Nonie would immediately gather the kids to pray about it. It could be as small as a scary noise in the night or as serious as a heart attack. Each time we would finish praying, she would say, “Well, we’ve given it over to God. No sense in trying to take it back now.” Nonie had a peace about her that countered fear and anxiety, because she laid everything at the feet of Jesus.

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God With Us

“Immanuel” is the most comforting word and reality I know. My wife, Joy, and I have walked through some hard times over the last 16 years, including both a failed adoption and a failed church plant. I’ve also personally experienced deserts of doubt and seismic faith-shifts. In each of those seasons, the one constant comfort was Immanuel.

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Merciful Justice

Have you ever felt stuck in an impossible situation? I don’t handle conflict well, so nearly every conflict feels like an impossible situation to me! The miracle of Christ’s birth put Joseph in an impossible situation. He was engaged to be married to a young girl from Nazareth. In first century Israel, an engagement was a legally binding agreement. To break off an engagement required a full divorce.

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Family Is Everything

When we read this first chapter of Matthew it can be so easy to quickly brush by it as just a bunch of data that has no meaning or worth in reading. But I have learned that I must not miss what this list means to me in my own life. I look at this list of names and I am struck with amazement in knowing they all connect to Jesus. The stories behind this list of names make the Gospel that much more impactful. Jesus, in His God-breathed and inspired Word of God, makes certain that the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of His family history get recognized. He doesn’t do this as a way to shame those from the past but as a way of saying “I came here for them and you.”

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O Little Town of Bethlehem

Phillip Brooks was a minister who lived in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. He had a knack for bringing joy to children, and in his day, he was a giant of a man, standing 6’6” inches tall. He served Holy Trinity Church during the tumultuous days of the Civil War, from 1859 to 1869. Known as a gifted orator, he was branded as “The Prince of the Pulpit.” Though a bachelor, he was also known for his love of children. He kept toys and dolls in his office so that children would stop in and see him. He could often be found sitting on the floor of his study, laughing and playing with youngsters from his parish.

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The King We’ve Always Longed For

Do you hope for a time when the world will experience peace? Consider the upheaval of governments around the world. Some government transitions are right, just, and fair. Others are full of distrust, bribery, and violent coups. In governments across the globe, we have observed the abuse of power, the practice of immorality, and the dishonesty of promises not kept. If you are like me, there is a deep, unspoken longing for the world to be made right, just, and fair. A hope for peace…the kind of peace that only comes when the one in charge is everything we have ever wanted in a leader. So, in the midst of the world’s unstable political environment, with its instability and vitriol, I wake up this morning longing for something better. Someone better!

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Light in the Darkness

Darkness. Utter and complete, desolate and alone. The despairing remains of darkness are more than a metaphor, they haunt our realities. We know darkness. When sin separated man from God, an un-crossable chasm left us without hope and without answers. In our depravity, we were left with just need. So many of us spend our lives searching frantically to quench that thirst. Yet it’s hopeless. Like dying of thirst with ocean water all around, nothing that tempts satisfaction will actually help. The darkness is real.

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Watching the Signs

When I was nine years old, I talked my parents into letting me travel alone on a bus from my Grandma’s house in Vincennes, IN to Greenville, IL. The trip would travel across a time zone, a state line, 124 miles and take 3 ½ hours. This is an inconceivable thought for today, yet I was excited to be venturing alone. Perched by the window seat with my new goldfish, I started watching every sign and marker pointing to home. As a nine-year-old, I needed assurance that indeed Greenville was getting closer.

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