Advent Devotion: Give Everything

As we enter the last week of Advent leading up to Christmas Day everyone can be busy and begin to feel overwhelmed. There are last-minute gifts to buy, cookies to bake, trees to decorate, plans to make, and tons of wrapping to be done. We focus so much on what is going on around us, we tend to miss the important things that God is trying to show us.

Advent Devotion: Why are you sleeping?

I am amazed at the patience of Jesus. In the text, he instructs the disciples, “pray that you will not fall into temptation.” Then, off by himself, he prays with an intensity I cannot even understand. Returning he finds his disciples sleeping – exhausted from sorrow. “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

Advent Devotion: Conviction

Most of us who call ourselves devoted Christians would not openly deny Jesus. But as the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words. While we may not openly and deliberately deny him with our mouths, how often do we deny him with our actions? As Christians we are called to not just talk the talk but walk the walk.