LOG News- plus First Week of Advent Devos

The first week (days 1-7) of Advent devos (previously posted to the LOG Community Group on FB is below.  But first …A

LOG Teams are filling up
– LOG #77 – March 13-15 – Sunday 4:30pm-6:30pm This team is full and has a waiting list
– LOG #78 – March 20-22 – Sunday 2-4pm This team is open with four more spaces
– LOG #79 – March 27-29 – Thursday 7-9pm This team is open with eight more spaces

Bashor Christmas Party – Saturday, December 13
– leave South Bend about 8am and return about 3pm
please sign up on FB or contact Terry so we can be sure to have enough transportation

Christmas Reunion Gatherings
– getting everyone to agree on a date is like trying to herd cats – so join us for one or for all:

Saturday, December 20 – Vertical Worship
– 7:00pm – 9:30pm
– at Firehouse (at Clay Church) 17646 Cleveland Road, South Bend

Sunday, December 21 – Christmas Concert and Steak & Shake
– 6:00pm – Musical Mission Tour Christmas Concert at Firehouse
– 7:30pm – hanging out at Steak & Shake on Grape Road

Monday, December 22 – Christmas Caroling
– 6:00pm – leave from Firehouse to go carol for some friends and family
(please let Terry know if your parents want you to ride with an adult driver)

Wise Ones Still Seek Him – Advent 1

Commit yourself to find a way to make time everyday to read the day’s entry and spend a few minutes thinking and praying. Doing this can help you more fully prepare yourself for celebrating not just Christmas but also the birth of Christ.

When you remember Christmases past, does anything stick out to you except the presents and family fun? Pray and thank God for those all those things, and ask God to bring special, deeper meaning to this Christmas season.

Wise Ones Still Seek Him – Advent 2

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as people rejoice when dividing the plunder. Isaiah 9:1-3 NIV

Isaiah prophesied many years before Jesus was born. Later, in the gospel of John, Jesus said he was the light of the world. In what way(s) has God brought light into the darkness of your life? Pray and thank God for lighting up your world.

Wise Ones Still Seek Him – Advent 3

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. Isaiah 9: 6-7 NIV

Isaiah uses for names/titles for the coming Messiah: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. Which of these best describes Jesus to you? Pray and ask God to show you a new way of knowing him this Advent season.

Wise Ones Still Seek Him – Advent 4

Isaiah prophesied long before Jesus was born. Many years later, after Jesus’ death, the apostle John wrote about this man he had known and loved; the man that he believed was the Messiah about whom Isaiah had written.

Don’t you wish you could have known Jesus while he was alive on the earth in human form? Try to imagine what it must have been like to have Jesus as a friend. Pray and ask God to help you grow closer to him during this Advent season.

Wise Ones Still Seek Him – Advent 5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. John 1: 1-2 NIV

Try reading this (and the next few passages by inserting the name Jesus every time you see Word. This passage says even though Jesus was born into our world on Christmas day, he was eternally with (in) God from the very beginning. Pray and ask God to help you comprehend this.

Wise Ones Still Seek Him – Advent 6

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1: 3-5 NIV

John says that Jesus is life and that the Jesus-life is light in the midst of darkness. Pray and ask God to allow the light of Christ to shine in your life and remove your sin so that you don’t stumble in the darkness.

Wise Ones Still Seek Him – Advent 7

There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. John 1: 6-9 NIV

We, like John the Baptist, are not the source of God’s light; we merely reflect the light. Pray and ask God to help you reflect the light of Christ so others can see God in you.

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