WHAT IS ADVENT?

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HALLOWED BE THY NAME

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Exodus 20:7 The chief concern of the third of the Ten...

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Romans 5:1-5 Charles Dickens wrote the book, A Tale of Two...

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

Robert D. Pace Isaiah's Prophecy Fulfilled! In Isaiah 41, the Bible discloses an odd prophecy...

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks (Illustration) Billy attended the Los...

SUCCESS WITH GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace PulpitToday.org Luke 5:1-7 Today’s society places much...

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace The following study is an outline that provides Biblical...

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

Robert D. Pace From man’s perspective “time” is uncontrollable. Even with all the advances of...

Jesus Fulfills Prophecy, Christ is the Messiah

This is an excerpt from Robert D Pace's feature-length DVD, "The Scriptures, The Savior and...

PREVIEW A DISCERN THE DAYS PROPHECY CONFERENCE

This is the trailer for Robert D. Pace's Discern the Days Conference which teaches deep prophetic...

PREPARE THE WAY

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist was no psychologist but he...

WHAT IS ADVENT?

By Dennis Bratcher Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western...

CHRISTIANITY IN THE MARKETPLACE – DOES IT BELONG THERE?

Robert D. Pace Matthew 5:14-16 Awhile back I heard an alarming report on James Dobson’s, “Focus on...

CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks When Scripture says Man is “created in God’s...

THE GOD OF OUR PROBLEMS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 2:1--11 (Illustration) For many years the cinema and...

GOD DEFENDS ISRAEL!

by Robert D. Pace In recent weeks, Hamas has launched thousands of rockets into Israel, yet...

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks In Christ’s Day, the word...

UNLOCK YOUR DESTINY

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Everybody has a destiny. So much so, that God himself has taken a personal...

CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT MERCY?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Titus 3:3-7 One of Christ’s great commands is for Christians...

From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS ROBERT D PACE   From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything...

LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD SAY SO

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace The Bible is clear: There’s a pronounced command for an...

Guarding Your Soul and the Souls of Others

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, or everything...

YOUR KEY TO SUCCESS AND OTHER BIBLE FORMULAS THAT DON’T WORK

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 16:7-11 Our generation has a formula for whatever need...

I Want To Be Happy, But I Don’t Know How

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 12:13-21 (Illustration) A young executive pulled his new...

BLESSINGS OF REPENTANCE

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Acts 17:30-31 John the Baptist is Scripture’s premier Prophet of...

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Acts 2:34-36 The lordship of Jesus Christ is one of...

BOUNDARIES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 16:15-16 I want to talk about “boundaries.” Maybe you’re...

HOW THE BIBLE SHOWS THE WORLD ITS DAYS ARE NUMBERED

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Introduction I want to talk to you on the subject of How the...

TRUSTING GOD WHEN IT’S DIFFICULT

Trusting God When It's Difficult Isaiah 12:2 Robert D. Pace Introduction (Definition) The word...

WHO OWNS WHAT?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 19:28-35 At times, Jesus borrowed things to emphasize...

Son of David, Son of God

This is a profound look at the lineage of Jesus from Robert D Pace's feature-length DVD "The...

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH

Robert D. Pace Isaiah 7:14 I want to begin by defining the Virgin Birth. In the simplest terms, it...

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

Imagine the perfect Endtime strategy designed to dispirit Christians and turn them from their...

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:13-20 The Bible discloses two groups of people that...

LOOSED!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks Burdens. Constraints. Traps. When you...

SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

Securing the Favor of God Robert D. Pace Introduction (Definition) In its simplest terms, divine...

LAW OF REVELATION (Part 2) “The Principle of Connection”

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D Pace (This is part 2 of The Law...

Don’t Overlook Jesus

Clarence R. Bolton John 6:1-14 I remember reading a story some time ago about a little boy having...

The Beauty of the Righteous

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace God’s love for trees is evident in Creation. Botanists assert...

REEMERGENCE OF DRAMATIC SIGNS & WONDERS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace In the near future, the...

HOPE FOR A VEXED GENERATION

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Scientists call the Second...

HE WHO SITS ABOVE THE CIRCLE OF THE EARTH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I want to preach to you on the subject: He Who Sits Above the...

CHRIST YOUR DELIVERER

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Daniel 3:8-12 What a story! It’s a page from Scripture...

THE ACTS OF ANANIAS

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Acts 9:10-19 Which great Christian do you admire? Which Bible...

GOD RAISES DEAD DREAMS

Scripture uses death to identify man’s greatest enemy and there’s nothing man fears more. When a person expires, losing all vital signs, doctors, medicine, and science stand powerless in its presence. Only God can resurrect. But this sermon doesn’t deal with the physical cessation of life, it deals with death of a different nature. The death of God’s divinely inspired promises and visions. I’m persuaded that many Christians are in the gestation stage of a specific promise God has given them. Perhaps years ago He planted a dream and you’re still awaiting its fruition. Maybe even hope has begged you to admit that promise is dead. But the God that resurrected Christ from the dead can resurrect your promise.

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Genesis 22:1-14 Life is full of temptations and tests. Everyone...

“A NEW THING”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Isaiah 43:18-21 Through the years, I have heard people make...

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK Palm Sunday: Day of Adoration Jesus makes his Triumphal Entry into...

THE GLORY OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Revelation 21:22—24 (This is Part 1 of two messages on The...

THE TRIUMPH OF GRACE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Pharisees...

THE LOST AXE HEAD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Kings 6:1-7 Introduction Whatever else can be said about...

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Television commercials are aimed at convincing the public...

HOW THE ANTICHRIST WILL RISE TO POWER

Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace It begins with...

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

Robert D. Pace Teaching I want to begin our lesson with a question. Which command of Scripture,...

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

Arise and Claim the Blessings! ROBERT D PACE Matthew 7:7–11 Throughout the Bible Christians are...

ALWAYS GIVE THANKS

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks The name of today's message is “Always...

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

Your TImes are in God's Hands Robert D. Pace Psalm 31:14--15 From the beginning, God ordained time...

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The book of...

The Ultimate Sacrifice

Robert D. Pace Years ago, a pastor related the story of a father, son, and friend sailing off the...

“I DON’T WANT TO CHANGE, I’M HAPPY LIKE I AM!”

“I DON'T WANT TO CHANGE, I’M HAPPY LIKE I AM!” Robert D. Pace 2 Corinthians 5:17 Alvin Tofflier...

Speak Lord, But is it Really You?

Of all experiences that exhilarate people, chief among them is when God speaks directly to the human soul. One inspired word to a thirsty, hungry traveler can refresh and sustain more than a thousand meals. It was Elijah who heard God’s instruction to “rise and eat” that received nourishment to navigate 285 miles for the following forty days

Driving Out The Canaanites

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace As we discuss Driving out the Canaanites I want you to...

YOUR APPOINTED TIME

PROPHETIC INSIGHTS Robert D. Pace Your Appointed Time Released from Babylonian captivity, the...

Hosanna!

  Robert D Pace Hosanna! Passover. It was the week Christ was born to confront. Everything...

THE INHERENT POWER OF BELIEVERS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace My message today is entitled: The Inherent Power of the...

COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

Robert D. Pace For centuries, ministers have preached the message of Christ’s Return to earth, but...

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace This is Part 1 of 2, in a...

An Excellent Example of Leadership

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 7:1-10 INTRODUCTION I lived in Maine for several years while I was...

THE DECISION OF MOSES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace A newly married couple decided how they would make their...

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Years ago,...

CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNWORTHY

Robert D. Pace During the Vietnam War, a West Point graduate marshaled a group of new recruits...

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Grace of...

GOD REALLY IS GOOD!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Genesis 1:1 (While this is a standalone message, it can also...

They Forgot the Works of the Lord!

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 78:11 From whichever version of the Bible you read, Psalm...

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS 1 Peter 2:9 Introduction There’s never been a group of people comparable to...

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Timothy 4:11-16 At some point everyone decides what shapes...

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED! Robert D. Pace Hebrews 4:12 Hebrews 4:12 uses powerful phraseology to...

World Cup and Christ’s Cup

People are excited about their team claiming the World Cup. While that’s great, ultimately, only...

THE PEACE OF GOD

Reverend Bud Leonard John 14:27 Introduction Peace means, “Quietness or rest,” and it’s a word...

Six Steps For Finding God’s Will

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS   George Meuller   A Teaching Outline by George Mueller (1805-1898)...

JESUS FULFILLS MESSIANIC PROPHECIES (V)

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A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

POINT OF INSPIRATION: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Many people...

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH FAITH?

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Hebrews 11:1-6 Faith is a premier aspect of the Kingdom of...

THE MINISTRY OF A PROPHET

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Hosea 1:1...

THE VOICE OF GOD TODAY

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Hebrews 2:1-4 Does God speak to modern man? If so, how? For...

WHAT’S SO FRIGHTENING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:8-14 When the general populace describes Christmas they...

GOD’S APPOINTED TIME

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Galatians 4:4--7 I want to speak to you on the subject, “God’s...

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Acts 26:18-19 (Illustration) Andrew Carnegie was once asked...

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING AT THE MANGER?

POINT OF INSPIRATION DEVOTIONAL   Robert D. Pace In 800 BC Isaiah prophesied: “Unto us a...

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 10:17-21 (Illustration) I remember “the good old days”...

DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jesus knew the...

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Judges 3:31 Introduction The Book of Judges is intriguing...

AFFIRMING THE BIBLE AS GOD’S INSPIRED WORD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Timothy 3:15-17 (NOTE: This Teaching provides an overview of...

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Private and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In Luke 5, the...

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

Shortly after Donald J. Trump was sworn-in to office, the Lord impressed me that much prayer would...

HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks The Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle,...

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Born with the...

THE WONDER OF KNOWING GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Philippians 3:7 11 It is said that St. Augustine, of the Fifth...

GOD IS WITH YOU!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Judges 6:1-10 A while back a man heard an alarming rush hour...

Are You Ready for Jesus

Mark E. Hardgrove John 11:45-53 INTRODUCTION Are you ready for Jesus to move in your life? Before...

THE RIGHT CHOICE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Proverbs 2:1-8 (Illustration) William was sixteen when he left...

Your Call to Rulership in Life

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Revelation 3:21 Jesus said in Revelation 3:21, “he that...

Developing a Prayer Ministry in the Local Church

Robert D. Pace The following article was taken from "The Evangel" magazine where Robert D. Pace...

Supernatural Provision For Difficult Times

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 78:11 As the Endtime draws nearer the needs of mankind...

God Said It; Now, You Settle It!

Dr. Mark Hardgrove Joshua 21:42-45 INTRODUCTION Reading these lists, whether it is a genealogical...

FINDING THE TREASURES OF DARKNESS AND WEALTH OF SECRET PLACES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Harbinger) Several years ago, the Lord spoke...

PARDON ME!

In Psalm 32, David proclaims the blessedness of the one whose sins are forgiven. And he does this in a unique way. He uses three expressions for sin and then employs three expressions of God’s pardon for sin. Here’s what I mean: David called one category of sins transgressions, which indicates “rebellion against God”; another he simply called sin, which describes “knowingly missing the mark”; and the third category he called iniquity, which speaks of a “vile perversion.” Those terms cover the entire gamut of our sinfulness—major and minor. But then after showing us three categories of sin he uses three expressions to show how God pardons our sins:

THE CHRISTIANS’ CROWN TODAY

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace How would you like to wear a crown today? You can! And we will...

TREASURES OF DARKNESS

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace There is a...

JESUS, PRINCE OF PEACE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In Isaiah 9,...

ONE-WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal or Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace One-Word...

THE LAND OF ISRAEL: WHOSE PROPERTY IS IT?

Robert D. Pace Should Christians Support Israel’s Rights to the "Holy Land"? In recent years, the...

The Woman at the Well

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace John 4:4 10 One of our most difficult duties as Christians...

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

Robert D. Pace Colossians 2:13--15 If you’re familiar with the world’s major religions you know...

MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Exodus 20:1-6 It seems almost foreign to Americans that...

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Alone in my house, I...

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 John 5:13--15 There’s a huge difference between the God of...

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks Throughout Scripture, we see people that...

THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 1:1‑4, 14 Awhile back, I asked several Christians what...

Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Leaning...

THE BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 18:21-35 Forgiveness is a word we both love and hate....

THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

Prophetic Insight Robert D. Pace The safety of mankind is at stake! Isis, Al-Qaeda, Hamas,...

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks Open your Bibles to 1 Timothy 4 and let’s...

LEARNING TO WORSHIP FROM WICKED MEN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 3:1-5 Here in Mark 3, we find a lesson on how to worship...

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace John 18:1-11 Most people don’t recall Malchus, but he was one...

YOUR FOUNDATION: FIRM OR FLAWED?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 7:24-27 The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of Seven...

USAFORISRAEL

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THE PROPHET’S SECLUSION

"Disclosing Prophecies, Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace The Prophets of Scripture...

THE IMMUTABLE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Galatians 6:7-10 (Illustration) Years ago, a mother and...

HOW TO PRAY BIG!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 Nothing more is known of Jabez other than...

THE MESSAGE OF CLOUDS

Robert D. Pace 1 Corinthians 10:1-5 The study of clouds in Scripture is fascinating. Most...

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace When reading this account of the man with the withered hand...

HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

How to Maintain Spiritual Fervor Robert D Pace Spiritual fervor is necessary to advance the...

YOUR SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED!

Dear Faithful Viewer, Greetings, in the Name of Christ Jesus! Since 2003, God has privileged me to...

GOD AT WORK

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks Many people, whether they are...

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

by Carl Worline The following article provides an insightful description of the Bible’s depiction...

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

Robert D Pace Assurance of Salvation People often face inner conflict concerning their salvation,...

Strangers and Pilgrims

"Professor" William C. Linn Guest Contributor Napoleon was exiled twice in his life. His first...

DOES GOD KILL?

KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace The sixth of the Ten Commandments forbids murder. Does God violate...

YOU CAN BE A CHAMPION FOR GOD!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS (Note to reader: This message is presented as an outline, with only portions...

Communion Symbolizes Our Union With Christ

Robert D. Pace The ushers have distributed the sacraments, no let us prepare our hearts to engage...

A Man of God

Mark Hardgrove Ezekiel 22:30 INTRODUCTION A little boy was lost in a large crowd and was...

“I AM THE WAY” — JESUS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 14:6 Introduction For years, Smith Barney has said: “We...

WHAT NEVER HAPPENED ON THE DAY OF ATONEMENT

Let’s journey back several thousand years to Jerusalem during Passover week. This was the holiest of the seven Hebrew festivals that attracted thousands of worshipers. Some traveled hundreds of miles to attend this celebration in the religious capital of the world—Jerusalem. What a sight it must have been! For seven days the Priests appeared in their royal apparel, led the people in worship, offered sacrifices, and blew shofars (2 Chronicles 30:21). Everything was leading to the Day of Atonement when the High Priest would present the blood of a Passover lamb for the people’s sins. Not only was Jerusalem sightly its aroma was pungent.

BIBLE PROPHECIES OCCURRING NOW

By Robert D. Pace For centuries, ministers have preached the message of Christ’s Return to earth....

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Peter 1:2-4 Introduction (Illustration) Years ago, in...

THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Ephesians 2:8-9 Years ago a convicted murderer was given a life...

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN AGAIN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 3:1‑3 Today, four out of ten Americans claim to be Born...

THE GARDENER

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace God’s work on...

THE CALL OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace PulpitToday.org Opening Remarks Today we will examine the life...

DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Years ago, I...

THE PROPHETIC VOICE

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Hosea 1:1 opens with these...

THE LION’S ROAR!

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Lion’s...

YOU CAN KNOW!

How to Know the Bible is true; Jesus is the Messiah;And Salvation is Yours!1 Peter 3:15 Imagine...

POWER OVER SIN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Humor) Everyone wants mastery over various...

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

Robert D Pace conducts "Discern the Days Prophecy Conferences" throughout America. The...

THE HOLY SPIRIT: WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 14:15-18 Do you love God? I mean do you passionately and...

YOU ARE THE LIGHT

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jesus...

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks (Quote) A USA Today poll found that only...

THE SONG OF MOSES

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Exodus 15:1-2 The Song of Moses is the first anthem recorded in...

THINGS TO REMEMBER

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Ephesians 2:11-13 A sermon dealing with what should be...

MEN AS ANGELS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 22:30 It’s almost inconceivable that the Bible would...

Born Again But No “Charismatic-type” Christian

Robert D. Pace It was not unusual for me to tune-in to the Rush Limbaugh Show, but this day was...

WHO JESUS SAYS YOU ARE

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Matthew 5:13-14 What others say about us is important. The...

POWER TO SHARE CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D Pace Each year more...

Gaza and the Palestinians in Bible Prophecy

By Dr. Bob Thiel, COGwriter The Palestian-dominated Gaza has been in the news a lot. Where exactly...

AN ALTAR INVITATION

Robert D. Pace "THE BOOKS" An Altar Invitation The Bible speaks of two books being opened at the...

VANQUISHING FEAR

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Revelation 1:17-18 Today’s subject is universal in...

Building on the Rock

Mark E. Hardgrove Matthew 7:24-27 INTRODUCTION This particular parable is included in a series of...

HOW TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE

Robert D. Pace John 13:2-10 It’s estimated that people spend more time communicating than with any...

A Voice in the Wilderness

Dr Mark Hardgrove Matthew 3:1-6 INTRODUCTION In Luke chapter 1, verses 1-15 we read of the miracle...

JUDAH MUST PLOW

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Isaiah 28:23-26 God addressed Israel clearly and pointedly in...

THIRTY FEET FROM TRIUMPH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Joshua 6:1-5 This is a tremendous story of triumph that Joshua...

THE PHILADELPHIA PROCLAMATION

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" The Philadelphia ProclamationRobert D....

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 11:11-13 Before His ascension into Heaven Jesus carefully...

FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

Five Provisions of Christ’s Blood Revelation 12:11 Robert D. Pace Introduction My text is from the...

MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 5:15-17 The Bible is a prophetic book that discloses...

JESUS IS ALIVE!

Jesus is Alive! Robert D. Pace Matthew 28:1--10 (Illustration) Perhaps you've heard this familiar...

THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

Have you ever wondered or asked whether Jesus is the "only way” of salvation? It’s a fair question...

DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace Other than the Bible, no book claims to present the actual words of...

I WILL SHOW YOU GREAT AND UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace Jeremiah 33:1-3 Opening Remarks I want to examine one verse of...

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime"   Robert D. Pace In recent days, it...

Mountaintop Worship

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 22:5-25 INTRODUCTION When you think of worship, what comes to mind?...

MAN’S QUEST FOR PEACE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre Scripture Remarks John 20:21 If you could concoct a...

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Despite...

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Near the close...

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Have you...

THE CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Perhaps you...

The Power of our Spoken Words

Mark E. Hardgrove PhD, DMin Genesis 15:22-23 INTRODUCTION: There is no denying the importance of,...

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace A boy caught a...

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

Robert D. Pace Psalm 113:3 Consumer confidence is an important factor in maintaining a prosperous...

SHAPED FOR A HIGHER PLACE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Years ago, a...

UNCOVERING THE GIFT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:8-17 For several weeks, I planned a different message...

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Hell. The word suggests an eternal abode that is void of God,...

YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Jesus was surrounded by...

“THE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED”

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Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western tradition. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30, and ends on Christmas Eve (Dec 24). If Christmas Eve is a Sunday, it is counted as the fourth Sunday of Advent, with Christmas Eve proper beginning at sundown.

The Meaning of “Advent”

The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. That is a process in which we now participate, and the consummation of which we anticipate. Scripture reading for Advent will reflect this emphasis on the Second Advent, including themes of accountability for faithfulness at His coming, judgment on sin, and the hope of eternal life.

In this double focus on past and future, Advent also symbolizes the spiritual journey of individuals and a congregation, as they affirm that Christ has come, that He is present in the world today, and that He will come again in power. That acknowledgment provides a basis for Kingdom ethics, for holy living arising from a profound sense that we live “between the times” and are called to be faithful stewards of what is entrusted to us as God’s people. So, as the church celebrates God’s inbreaking into history in the Incarnation, and anticipates a future consummation to that history for which “all creation is groaning awaiting its redemption,” it also confesses its own responsibility as a people commissioned to “love the Lord your God with all your heart” and to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

The Spirit of Advent

Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. There is a yearning for deliverance from the evils of the world, first expressed by Israelite slaves in Egypt as they cried out from their bitter oppression. It is the cry of those who have experienced the tyranny of injustice in a world under the curse of sin, and yet who have hope of deliverance by a God who has heard the cries of oppressed slaves and brought deliverance!

It is that hope, however faint at times, and that God, however distant He sometimes seems, which brings to the world the anticipation of a King who will rule with truth and justice and righteousness over His people and in His creation. It is that hope that once anticipated, and now anticipates anew, the reign of an Anointed One, a Messiah, who will bring peace and justice and righteousness to the world.

Part of the expectation also anticipates a judgment on sin and a calling of the world to accountability before God. We long for God to come and set the world right! Yet, as the prophet Amos warned, the expectation of a coming judgment at the “Day of the Lord” may not be the day of light that we might want, because the penetrating light of God’s judgment on sin will shine just as brightly on God’s people.

Because of this important truth, especially in the Eastern Orthodox Churches, the Season of Advent has been a time of fasting and penitence for sins similar to the Season of Lent. However, a different emphasis for the season of Advent has gradually unfolded in much of the rest of the church. The season of Advent has come to be celebrated more in terms of expectation or anticipation. Yet, the anticipation of the Coming of the Messiah throughout the Old Testament and Judaism was not in connection with remembrance of sins. Rather, it was in the context of oppression and injustice, the longing for redemption, not from personal guilt and sin but from the systemic evil of the world expressed in evil empires and tyrants. It is in that sense that all creation groans for its redemption as we witness the evil that so dominates our world (Rom 8:18-25).

Of course, there is the problem of longing for vindication from an evil world when we are contributors to that evil. This is the power of the images of Amos when he warns about longing for the “Day of the Lord” that will really be a day of darkness (Amos 5:18-20). Still, even with Amos’ warning the time of Advent is one of expectation and anticipation, a longing for God’s actions to restore all things and vindicate the righteous. This is why during Advent we as Christians also anticipate the Second Coming as a twin theme of the season. So, while some church traditions focus on penitence during Advent, and there remains a place for that, the spirit of that expectation from the Old Testament is better captured with a joyous sense of expectancy. Rather than a time of mourning and fasting, Advent is celebrated as a time of joy and happiness as we await the coming of the King. (see Can We Sing Christmas Carols During Advent?)

There will be time enough during the rest of the journey through the Church Year to remember our sins. It begins in Epiphany when we hear about the brotherhood of the Kingdom, and realize our failure to effect it. Then as we move toward and through Lent we realize that the coming of Jesus served more to lay bare our own sin than it did to vindicate our righteousness. There will be time to shed Peter’s bitter tears as we realize that what started with such possibility and expectation has apparently ended in such failure.

It is only as we experience that full cycle, beginning with unbridled joy in Advent that slowly fades into the realization of what we have done with and to the Christ, that the awful reality of Good Friday can have its full impact. And in that realization we can finally be ready to hear the Good News on Resurrection Sunday! That is the journey that the disciples took. And so there is value in taking the same journey beginning with the anticipation and joy of Advent!

So, we celebrate with gladness the great promise in the Advent, yet knowing that there is also a somber tone as the theme of threat is added to the theme of promise. This is reflected in some of the Scripture readings for Advent, in which there is a strong prophetic tone of accountability and judgment on sin. But this is also faithful to the role of the Coming King who comes to rule, save, and judge the world.

Because of the dual themes of threat and promise, Advent is a time of preparation that is marked by prayer. While Lent is characterized by fasting and a spirit of penitence, Advent’s prayers are prayers of humble devotion and commitment, prayers of submission, prayers for deliverance, prayers from those walking in darkness who are awaiting and anticipating a great light (Isa 9)!

The spirit of Advent is expressed well in the parable of the bridesmaids who are anxiously awaiting the coming of the Bridegroom (Matt 25:1-13). There is profound joy at the Bridegroom’s expected coming. And yet a warning of the need for preparation echoes through the parable. But even then, the prayer of Advent is still: Come, O Come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel!”

The Colors of Advent

Historically, the primary sanctuary color of Advent is Purple. This is the color of penitence and fasting as well as the color of royalty to welcome the Advent of the King. Purple is still used in some traditions (for example Roman Catholic). The purple of Advent is also the color of suffering used during Lent and Holy Week. This points to an important connection between Jesus’ birth and death. The nativity, the Incarnation, cannot be separated from the crucifixion. The purpose of Jesus’ coming into the world, of the “Word made flesh” and dwelling among us, is to reveal God and His grace to the world through Jesus’ life and teaching, but also through his suffering, death, and resurrection. To reflect this emphasis, originally Advent was a time of penitence and fasting, much as the Season of Lent and so shared the color of Lent.

In the four weeks of Advent the third Sunday came to be a time of rejoicing that the fasting was almost over (in some traditions it is called Gaudete Sunday, from the Latin word for “rejoice”). The shift from the purple of the Season to pink or rose for the third Sunday Advent candles reflected this lessening emphasis on penitence as attention turned more to celebration of the season.

In recent times, however, Advent has undergone a shift in emphasis, reflected in a change of colors used in many churches. Except in the Eastern churches, the penitential aspect of the Season has been almost totally replaced by an emphasis on hope and anticipation.

In many churches the third Sunday remains the Sunday of Joy marked by pink or rose. However, most Protestant churches now use blue to distinguish the Season of Advent from Lent. Royal Blue is sometimes used as a symbol of royalty. Some churches use Bright Blue to symbolize the night sky, the anticipation of the impending announcement of the King’s coming, or to symbolize the waters of Genesis 1, the beginning of a new creation. Some churches, including some Catholic churches, use blue violet to preserve the traditional use of purple while providing a visual distinction between the purple or red violet of Lent.

This does not eliminate any sense of penitence from the Season. With the focus on the Advent or Coming of Jesus, especially in anticipating His Second Advent, there remains a need for preparation for that coming. Most liturgical churches incorporate confessional prayers into the services of Advent that relate to a sense of unworthiness as we anticipate His Coming. It is appropriate even in more traditional services of worship to incorporate confessional prayers as part of the anticipation and preparation of the Season.

With the shift to blue for Advent in most non-Catholic churches, some churches retain pink among the Advent colors, but use it on the Fourth Sunday of Advent. It still remains associated with Joy, but is sometimes used as the climax of the Advent Season on the last Sunday before Christmas.

Red and Green are more secular colors of Christmas. They derive from older European practices of using evergreens and holly to symbolize ongoing life and hope that Christ’s birth brings into a cold world. Although red and green are often used as part of the church decorations (see below), they are never used as liturgical colors during Advent since those colors have other uses in other parts of the church year (see Colors of the Church Year).

Evergreens and The Advent Wreath

The beginning of Advent is a time for the hanging of the green, decoration of the church with evergreen wreaths, boughs, or trees that help to symbolize the new and everlasting life brought through Jesus the Christ. Some churches have a special weekday service, or the first Sunday evening of Advent, or even the first Sunday morning of Advent, in which the church is decorated and the Advent wreath put in place. This service is most often primarily of music, especially choir and hand bells, and Scripture reading, along with an explanation of the various symbols as they are placed in the sanctuary.

Advent WreathThe Advent wreath is an increasingly popular symbol of the beginning of the Church year in many churches as well as homes. It is a circular evergreen wreath (real or artificial) with five candles, four around the wreath and one in the center. Since the wreath is symbolic and a vehicle to tell the Christmas story, there are various ways to understand the symbolism. The exact meaning given to the various aspects of the wreath is not as important as the story to which it invites us to listen, and participate.

The circle of the wreath reminds us of God Himself, His eternity and endless mercy, which has no beginning or end. The green of the wreath speaks of the hope that we have in God, the hope of newness, of renewal, of eternal life. Candles symbolize the light of God coming into the world through the birth of His son. The four outer candles represent the period of waiting during the four Sundays of Advent, which themselves symbolize the four centuries of waiting between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ.

The colors of the candles vary with different traditions, but there are usually three purple or blue candles, corresponding to the sanctuary colors of Advent, and one pink or rose candle. One of the purple candles is lighted the first Sunday of Advent, a Scripture is read, a short devotional or reading is given, and a prayer offered. On subsequent Sundays, previous candles are relighted with an additional one lighted. The pink candle is usually lighted on the third Sunday of Advent. However, different churches or traditions light the pink candle on different Sundays depending on the symbolism used (see above on Colors of Advent). In Churches that use a Service of the Nativity, it is often lighted on the fourth Sunday of Advent, the final Sunday before Christmas.

The light of the candles itself becomes an important symbol of the season. The light reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world that comes into the darkness of our lives to bring newness, life, and hope. It also reminds us that we are called to be a light to the world as we reflect the light of God’s grace to others (Isa 42:6). The progression in the lighting of the candles symbolizes the various aspects of our waiting experience. As the candles are lighted over the four week period, it also symbolizes the darkness of fear and hopelessness receding and the shadows of sin falling away as more and more light is shed into the world. The flame of each new candle reminds the worshippers that something is happening, and that more is yet to come. Finally, the light that has come into the world is plainly visible as the Christ candle is lighted at Christmas, and worshippers rejoice over the fact that the hope and promise of long ago have been realized.

The first candle is traditionally the candle of Expectation or Hope (or in some traditions, Prophecy). This draws attention to the anticipation of the coming of an Anointed One, a Messiah, that weaves its way like a golden thread through Old Testament history. As God’s people were abused by power hungry kings, led astray by self-centered prophets, and lulled into apathy by half-hearted religious leaders, there arose a longing among some for God to raise up a new king who could show them how to be God’s people. They yearned for a return of God’s dynamic presence in their midst.

And so, God revealed to some of the prophets that indeed He would not leave His people without a true Shepherd. While they expected a new earthly king, their expectations fell far short of God’s revelation of Himself in Christ. And yet, the world is not yet fully redeemed. So, we again with expectation, with hope, await God’s new work in history, the second Advent, in which He will again reveal Himself to the world. And we understand in a profound sense that the best, the highest of our expectations will fall far short of what our Lord’s Second Advent will reveal!

The remaining three candles of Advent may be associated with different aspects of the Advent story in different churches, or even in different years. Usually they are organized around characters or themes as a way to unfold the story and direct attention to the celebrations and worship in the season. So, the sequence for the remaining three Sundays might be Bethlehem, Shepherds, Angels. Or Love, Joy, Peace. Or John the Baptist, Mary, the Magi. Or the Annunciation, Proclamation, Fulfillment. Whatever sequence is used, the Scripture readings, prayers, lighting of the candles, the participation of worshipers in the service, all are geared to unfolding the story of redemption through God’s grace in the Incarnation.

The third candle, usually for the Third Sunday of Advent, is traditionally Pink or Rose, and symbolizes Joy at the soon Advent of the Christ. It marks a shift from the more solemn tone of the first two Sundays of Advent that focus on Preparation and Hope, to a more joyous atmosphere of anticipation and expectancy. Sometimes the colors of the sanctuary and vestments are also changed to Rose for this Sunday. As noted above, in some churches the pink Advent candle is used on the fourth Sunday to mark the joy at the impending Nativity of Jesus.

Whatever sequence is adopted for these Sundays, the theme of Joy can still be the focus for the pink candle. For example, when using the third Sunday to commemorate the visit of the Magi the focus can be on the Joy of worshipping the new found King. Or the Shepherds as the symbol for the third Sunday brings to mind the joy of the proclamation made to them in the fields, and the adoration expressed as they knelt before the Child at the manger. If used on the fourth Sunday of Advent, it can symbolize the Joy in fulfilled hope.

The center candle is white and is called the Christ Candle. It is traditionally lighted on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. However, since many Protestant churches do not have services on those days, many light it on the Sunday preceding Christmas, with all five candles continuing to be lighted in services through Epiphany (Jan 6). The central location of the Christ Candle reminds us that the incarnation is the heart of the season, giving light to the world.

Celebrating Advent

Advent is one of the few Christian festivals that can be observed in the home as well as at church. In its association with Christmas, Advent is a natural time to involve children in activities at home that directly connect with worship at church. In the home an Advent wreath is often placed on the dining table and the candles lighted at meals, with Scripture readings preceding the lighting of the candles, especially on Sunday. A new candle is lighted each Sunday during the four weeks, and then the same candles are lighted each meal during the week. In this context, it provides the opportunity for family devotion and prayer together, and helps teach the Faith to children, especially if they are involved in reading the daily Scriptures.

It is common in many homes to try to mark the beginning of Advent in other ways as well, for the same purpose of instruction in the faith. Some families decorate the house for the beginning of Advent, or bake special cookies or treats, or simply begin to use table coverings for meals. An Advent Calendar is a way to keep children involved in the entire season. There are a wide variety of Advent calendars, but usually they are simply a card or poster with windows that can be opened, one each day of Advent, to reveal some symbol or picture associated with the Old Testament story leading up to the birth of Jesus. One unique and specialized Advent calendar that can be used either in the home or the sanctuary is a Jesse Tree. (We have available an online Advent calendar with devotionals for each day of Advent as well as Christmas through Epiphany Day: NazNet’s Advent and Christmas Celebration). All of these provide opportunities to teach children the significance of this sacred time, and to remind ourselves of it as well.

In congregational worship, the Advent wreath is the central teaching symbol of the season, the focal point for drawing the congregation into the beginning of the story of redemption that will unfold throughout the church year. For this reason, members of the congregation are often involved in lighting the Advent candles and reading the appropriate Scriptures each Sunday. While in some churches it is customary for this to be done by families, it can also be an especially good opportunity to demonstrate the unity of the entire community of Faith by including those without families, such as those never married, divorced, widowed, elderly who live by themselves, or college students away from home.

Small Things and Possibility: An Advent Reflection

We live in a world in which bigger and better define our expectations for much of life. We have become so enamored by super size, super stars, and high definition that we tend to view life through a lens that so magnifies what we expect out of the world that we tend not to see potential in small things. But as the prophet Zechariah reminds us (Zech 4:10), we should not “despise the day of small things,” because God does some of his best work with small beginnings and impossible situations.

It is truly a humbling experience to read back through the Old Testament and see how frail and imperfect all the “heroes” actually are. Abraham, the coward who cannot believe the promise. Jacob, the cheat who struggles with everybody. Joseph, the immature and arrogant teen. Moses, the impatient murderer who cannot wait for God. Gideon, the cowardly Baal-worshipper. Samson, the womanizing drunk. David, the power abusing adulterer. Solomon, the unwise wise man. Hezekiah, the reforming king who could not quite go far enough. And finally, a very young Jewish girl from a small village in a remote corner of a great empire.

It never ceases to amaze me that God often begins with small things and inadequate people. It certainly seems that God could have chosen “bigger” things and “better” people to do His work in the world. Yet if God can use them, and reveal Himself through them in such marvelous ways, it means that He might be able to use me, inadequate, and unwise, and too often lacking in faith that I am. And it means that I need to be careful that I do not in my own self-righteousness put limits on what God can do with the smallest things, the most unlikely of people, in the most hopeless of circumstances. I think that is part of the wonder of the Advent Season.

I am convinced that one of the main purposes of the incarnation of Jesus was to provide hope. While most people today want to talk about the death of Jesus and the Atonement of sins, the early Church celebrated the Resurrection and the hope it embodied. It was a proclamation of a truth that rang throughout the Old Testament, that endings are not always endings but are opportunities for God to bring new beginnings. The Resurrection proclaimed that truth even about humanity’s greatest fear, death itself.

Both the season of Advent and the season of Lent are about hope. It is not just hope for a better day or hope for the lessening of pain and suffering, although that is certainly a significant part of it. It is more about hope that human existence has meaning and possibility beyond our present experiences, a hope that the limits of our lives are not nearly as narrow as we experience them to be. It is not that we have possibility in ourselves, but that God is a God of new things and so all things are possible (Isa 42:9, Mt 19:26, Mk 14:36)

God’s people in the first century wanted Him to come and change their oppressive circumstances, and were angry when those immediate circumstances did not change. But that is a short sighted view of the nature of hope. Our hope cannot be in circumstances, no matter how badly we want them or how important they are to us. The reality of human existence, with which the Book of Job struggles, is that God’s people experience that physical existence in the same way that others do. Christians get sick and die, Christians are victims of violent crimes, and Christians are hurt and killed in traffic accidents, bombings, war, and in some parts of the world, famine (see The Problem of Natural Evil).

If our hope is only in our circumstances, as we define them to be good or as we want them to be to make us happy, we will always be disappointed. That is why we hope, not in circumstances, but in God. He has continually, over the span of four thousand years, revealed himself to be a God of newness, of possibility, of redemption, the recovery or transformation of possibility from endings that goes beyond what we can think or even imagine (Eph 3:20). The best example of that is the crucifixion itself, followed by the resurrection. That shadow of the cross falls even over the manger.

Yet, it all begins in the hope that God will come and come again into our world to reveal himself as a God of newness, of possibility, a God of new things. This time of year we contemplate that hope embodied, enfleshed, incarnated, in a newborn baby, the perfect example of newness, potential, and possibility. During Advent, we groan and long for that newness with the hope, the expectation, indeed the faith, that God will once again be faithful to see our circumstances, to hear our cries, to know our longings for a better world and a whole life (Ex 3:7). And we hope that as he first came as an infant, so he will come again as King! (See The Second Coming)

My experience tells me that those who have suffered and still hope understand far more about God and about life than those who have not. Maybe that is what hope is about: a way to live, not just to survive, but to live authentically amidst all the problems of life with a Faith that continues to see possibility when there is no present evidence of it, just because God is God. That is also the wonder of Advent.

Source:
http://www.cresourcei.org/cyadvent.html