Welcome to the first week in a five-part Advent series. The four weeks prior to Christmas are called Advent. Advent means “the coming” and refers to Jesus coming in the flesh 2000 years ago, and his promise to come again in the future. This Advent we invite each of you to give a gift to the Lord. It is also a gift to yourself!
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Join us for an abbreviated read of our popular Military Bible Challenge. We selected five Scripture readings each week that point us toward our Savior Jesus Christ whose birth we are preparing to celebrate. Check out the readings below or follow us on social media as we post the readings each day!
Second Challenge Week:
Old Testament & History: Trace biblical history, leading to the arrival of the Commander.
Week two focuses on PEACE. Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, God gave this prophecy to Isaiah. It said in part: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)”
The term “Prince of Peace” not only means there is no higher source of peace, but that he can bestow that peace upon whomever he chooses.
What kind of peace is Isaiah referring to? How does God’s peace differ from the world’s peace? In what ways are you turning to Jesus to fill you with his peace?
Over the next five days you are invited to learn about how God established his will on earth by reading some of How It All Started. This gives us a clearer picture of our unique place in creation, as well as reminds us of God’s personal care for his people. You will grow deeper in your understanding of who God is and why we can trust him to be our only source of true peace.
Lord of Creation, I confess that I all too often trust in my own resources instead of trusting in your word. Restore unto me your peace and teach me to always trust the Prince of Peace. Amen.
Selected Readings for this week:
Monday (Day 2): Mutiny (Disobedience carries a price)
Tuesday (Day 5): No Sniveling (God chooses a volunteer for a special mission)
Wednesday (Day 9): Fear is No Excuse (God promotes a coward to General)
Thursday (Day 11): Unconventional Warfare (a civilian boy takes on a military giant)
Friday (Day 12): Battle for the High Ground (a prophet’s frontal assault on the enemy)
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