ADVENT @ NH

"Advent" means "arrival."  It signifies the coming of something longed for and anticipated. At Christmas, we celebrate the long-awaited fulfillment of God's promise to send our Savior. Celebrate! Jesus has come!


Advent: The Season of our Savior.  For centuries, Christ-followers have commemorated and remembered the birth of Jesus during the four weeks prior to Christmas Day. We remind ourselves of God's amazing gift, and we once again welcome Jesus as our King.


This Christmas @ NH:  "Advent Candles."  Walk with NH as we practice the age-old tradition of using candles to focus on various themes during the Advent Season.  Below are daily Scripture readings, weekly devotions and discussion starters for you and your family, all of which will correspond with Sunday morning messages.  May Jesus be especially near this during this holy season of Advent.

We invite you and your family to follow this guide during Advent.  Our readings begin Monday, November 30, and proceed through Christmas Eve.


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The First Week of Advent: (11-30 to 12-5)

"HOPE"

The first purple candle.

”You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in Your Word.” 

Psalm 119:114


The dictionary defines hope as a feeling of expectation/desire for a certain thing to happen, or a feeling of trust. For believers, it is both. Hope is a trust-filled waiting. We have an expectation and desire for God’s Word to come true and we trust Him to keep His promises. God is the promise maker and the promise keeper. Advent helps us to live in and in-between the already fulfilled promises of God and the hope for future promises being fulfilled. Our hope is in Christ and Christ alone. Christ has come and will come again. Let us hope in that promise.

  1. How do you define hope?
  2. In what or whom do you place your hope?
  3. What is something you are hoping God will do?
  4. Do you maintain hope and trust while waiting on the Lord?
  5. How can you share hope with those far from Christ?

Lord Jesus, thank you for your word, your promises and your presence. Thank you for being faithful when I have been unfaithful. Please reveal to me things and people I place my trust in instead of you. Help me to have a trust-filled waiting. Amen



Daily Readings for the First Week of Advent


Monday.  Genesis 3:13-15

Tuesday.  Isaiah 7:14

Wednesday.  Isaiah 40:3

Thursday.  Luke 2:12

Friday.  Matthew 1:21

Saturday.  Psalm 33:20-22

The Second Week of Advent:  (12-7 to 12-12)

"FAITH" 

The second purple candle.

“Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

Psalm 27:14


Faith is the assurance that the things revealed and promised in the Word are true, even when we can’t see them. Faith is believing in the promises of God while waiting on them to pass. What’s the longest you’ve had to wait for something? Waiting is difficult. Maybe you have anxiously waited for a child or anxiously await a prodigal’s return. We anxiously wait for Covid-19 to pass. Waiting is the embodiment of faith. Hebrews 11:13 reminds us that faith involves trust in God’s promises, even if the promises of God are fulfilled long after we’re gone. Advent is about faith and waiting. Faith allows us to wait on the Lord without losing heart.

  1. How do you define faith?
  2. In what or whom do you place your faith?
  3. What are you waiting on the Lord for?
  4. Are you remaining faithful in your waiting?
  5. How does your waiting draw you closer to Christ?

Lord Jesus, help me to not forget your promises. Help me to have confidence in you and forgive me when I grow anxious in my waiting. Help me to understand that your timing is not my timing. Help me to draw nearer to you in my waiting. Amen.



Daily Readings for the Second Week of Advent


Monday. Hebrews 11:6

Tuesday. Hebrews 11:1

Wednesday. 2 Corinthians 5:7

Thursday. 1 Corinthians 2:5

Friday. Philippians 4:13

Saturday. Proverbs 3:5-6

The Third Week of Advent: (12-14 to 12-19)

"JOY"  

The pink candle.

“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” 

Luke 2:10-11


Joy is often confused with happiness. Happiness is determined by the things that happen to us or around us; joy is determined by something inside of us, Christ in us, not something we have in and of ourselves. Since joy comes from within, not based on external circumstances, we can find joy in both good and difficult situations. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. This means that God produces joy in us. We, who were once separated from God through sin, can celebrate the joy of Christ’s coming to earth. When our joy comes from the Lord, nothing can shake us.

  1. How do you define joy?
  2. Can you separate your happiness and joy?
  3. In what or whom do you find your joy?
  4. Even in times of want or pain, how can you choose joy?
  5. How can your joy be a visible witness to others for Christ?

Lord Jesus, thank you for being my joy that never waivers. Help me to repent of relying on the world for my joy. May my joy in you, Jesus, be a witness to the world. Amen.



Daily Readings for the Third Week of Advent


Monday. Luke 2:1-3

Tuesday. Luke 2:4-5

Wednesday. Luke 2:6-7

Thursday.  Romans 15:13

Friday. 2 Corinthians 9:15

Saturday. Psalm 16:11

The Fourth Week of Advent:  (12-21 to 12-24)

"PEACE"

The third purple candle.

“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.”

Psalm 29:11


Have you ever noticed that the more you try to control your life the less peace you have? Our need for control leads to a lack of peace. Peace is a feeling of calm, quiet and knowing that God is in control, not us. Peace stems from our trust of Christ. We can have peace knowing that it isn’t our work that restores us to a right relationship with God, it is the work of Christ and Christ alone. Oh, what peace that is! God’s peace is available to us through the coming of Christ. This is worth the waiting and anticipation.

  1. In what or whom do you find your peace?
  2. Do you struggle with a sense of control?
  3. How can you let go and trust God in more areas of life?
  4. If Jesus is the Prince of Peace, why do we think we can find it in other ways or means?
  5. Do you have an inner peace that causes others to want to know more about your source of peace?

Lord Jesus, help me to surrender my thoughts and actions to you. Help me to realize that I am not in control and I can rest in the work You have done. Use my peace not only for myself but for the benefit of others. Amen.




Daily Readings for the Fourth Week of Advent

Monday. Isaiah 9:6

Tuesday. John 14:27

Wednesday. Galatians 3:28


Christmas Eve:  (12-24)

"The Christ Candle"

The white candle.

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

John 1:14


We began our devotional by putting our hope in God’s word (Psalm 119:114). Our hope, our faith, our joy and our peace has come. The promise of God is that His Word is true. Christ has come. Immanuel is with us. Jesus, our Savior. Wasn’t this worth the wait? The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. How amazing is that? We, who were far from God, now have a Savior. Christ has come and will come again. This first coming is our hope and confidence as we await the second coming. Thank you, Lord.

  1. How have the promises of God manifested in your life?
  2. Is Jesus the center of your worship and devotion?
  3. How does God’s faithfulness help you trust Him more?
  4. Does the anticipation of waiting make His coming sweeter?
  5. Christ has come and will come again. How can you have a trust-filled waiting until his return?

Lord Jesus, thank you, though you are equal to God you gave up your divine privileges and were born as a human being for my benefit. May I never grow weary in gratitude. Amen.



Reading for Christmas Eve

John 1:9-14

HAPPY ADVENT!

CHRIST HAS COME!