Devotional: Away in a Manager – 4th Saturday in Advent

4th Saturday in Advent Away in a Manger While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7 The final Chrismon on our tree, the manger, reminds us of the humble birth of Jesus. It…Keep Reading

Devotional: The Shepherd’s Crook – 4th Friday in Advent

4th Friday in Advent The Shepherd’s Crook And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 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…Keep Reading

Devotional: Christmas Angels – 4th Thursday in Advent

4th Thursday in Advent Christmas Angels But the angel said to [the shepherds], “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. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”…Keep Reading

Devotional: The Epiphany Star – 4th Wednesday in Advent

4th Wednesday in Advent The Epiphany Star After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” … Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time…Keep Reading

Devotional: The Camel – 4th Tuesday in Advent

4th Tuesday in Advent The Camel After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had…Keep Reading

Devotional: The Donkey – 4th Monday in Advent

4th Monday in Advent The Donkey In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.… And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with…Keep Reading

Devotional: The Name of Jesus – 4th Sunday in Advent

4th Sunday in Advent The Name of Jesus But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because…Keep Reading

Devotional: The Cross and Crown – 3rd Saturday in Advent

3rd Saturday in Advent The Cross and Crown Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10 Another crown on our Chrismon tree features a cross behind it. This cross and crown is a symbol of the reward of the faithful in life after death to those who believe in the crucified Savior. It is a reminder that both the…Keep Reading

Devotional: Crowned as King – 3rd Friday in Advent

3rd Friday in Advent Crowned as King The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever. Revelation 11:15 While the crown of thorns represented the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus, the royal crown represents the ascension of Jesus to kingship. The transfer between these two very different crowns is what Paul is depicting in Philippians…Keep Reading

Devotional: The Butterfly – 3rd Thursday in Advent

3rd Thursday in Advent The Butterfly “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory,…Keep Reading

Devotional: Crown of Thorns – 3rd Wednesday in Advent

3rd Wednesday of Advent Crown of Thorns Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of…Keep Reading

Devotional: The Cup of Suffering – 3rd Tuesday in Advent

3rd Tuesday of Advent The Cup of Suffering He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. Luke 22:41-44…Keep Reading