Advent starts on Sunday, November 30.
If you haven’t found a devotional to use this season, here are a few you can have emailed directly to your inbox.
The Today devotional (which is year round).
Advent Devotions written by missionaries around the world.
Or, a devotion called “Reconciliation Breaking Through” which reflects on the work of reconciliation Jesus gives to his followers.
Going to church isn’t always a top priority. Some reasons seem to make more sense than others…. Some of us have been hurt deeply by other members of the church; some of us have a really hard time interacting socially with others; some of us have hectic schedules, kids who don’t want to go, and Sunday mornings that are anything but peaceful.
But does God want us to settle for excuses? Might there be something the Spirit has in mind by gathering us together? Here’s some advice on how to deal with some of the attitudes and situations that keep us from church.
“Ten Tips for Going to Church with Your Family”
“When the Church has let you down”
“Help for those who feel ‘disconnected’ at church”
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Can you really talk about love enough? God is love, after all. As Christians, we are distinctly called to love.
To love our enemies….
To build community through love…
To remember the love is above anything else we might do…
Love your neighbour because God’s given to the love you need to love others. Read Sarah’s experience.
Love your neighbour by sharing with your coworkers. What should you share? Your compassion, your experience…
Love your neighbour as a family because God made it one of the great commandments.
We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
-1 John 4.19-21