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Advent 2012

Yes, it’s true that nowhere in the scriptures do we find a command to celebrate Christmas, much less Advent. And yes, it’s true that Christ was not born on December 25th (he was probably born in the Spring time).

Christmas and Advent are admittedly traditions established by the church long after the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. While they are certainly not essential to the Christian faith, I do believe they are good traditions. They can help us slow down and to ponder the wonder of the Christ and the salvation that has been provided through him.

Here at Emmaus we desire to make the most out of these traditions by using them to help center our hearts on Jesus. My prayer for you, church, is that as you decorate your home and give gifts this holiday season, Christ would be at the center of it all.

Teach your children about Jesus and share the gospel with those who don’t know him. Use the lights, the tree, the nativity, and the giving of gifts as illustrations to prompt discussion concerning the coming of the Christ and the precious gift of salvation that he has given to all who trust in Him.

Here is a link to a free digital booklet from John Piper and Desiring God Ministries. It is a daily devotional containing short readings for each day of Advent (December 2nd – 25th in 2012). If you would like Emmaus to provide you with a print copy please email [email protected] – we would be happy to bring you one on Sunday.

Blessings,

Joe

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