Advent Devotionals

Nov 29 - Dec 25, 2020

This year, we are once again offering the Advent Daily Devotionals written by our staff. Subscribe to receive devos delivered to your inbox. If you have subscribed using your email address in the past to receive the Advent or Easter devotionals, you will automatically receive the devotionals again this year. It is our hope and prayer this Christmas season that you experience the birth of Christ in a new way.

Latest Devotionals

O Come, Let Us Adore Him

Mickey Rapier |

December 25, 2020

I’ve been involved in leading Christmas Eve and Christmas services for nearly all of my life and I’ve sung almost every carol in the song books. We love to sing at Christmas because singing is one of our deepest expressions of emotion.

Glimpsing the Messiah

Michael Smith |

December 24, 2020

No doubt these shepherds thought it would be a normal evening, keeping watch over their flock of sheep as they did every night this time of year. This night, however, was anything but normal. 

See and Treasure

Andy Petry |

December 23, 2020

Words can not describe the joy in my heart when my wife and I saw the test read “pregnant.” There were shouts of joy, happy tears, and words of excited surprise. 

Come See, Go Tell

Sam Hannon |

December 22, 2020

It was a setting worthy of a great announcement. Angels appeared--surrounded by glorious light--to shepherds watching their flocks at night. The dramatic scene occurred just outside of Bethlehem. It produced fear, glory, and ultimately, joy. 

Breaking News…

Beth Davies |

December 21, 2020

Good news causing great joy for ALL the people.When have you personally experienced good news that caused great joy? I remember when our oldest son was accepted into DPT school. 

A Powerful Everlasting Love

Margo Bodishbaugh |

December 20, 2020

Joseph and his pregnant fiancé Mary traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the census ordered by Caesar Augustus. When they reached Bethlehem, it was time for the baby to be born and since there was not a room available for them, Jesus was born in humble circumstances. 

The Hidden Hand of God

Doug Raines |

December 19, 2020

Luke’s story in this passage seems to contain a lot of mundane information. Augustus was Emperor of Rome. He ordered a census. Because of the census, Joseph and Mary had to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem. At the time, this was no big story. 

Zachariah's Song

Chip Jackson |

December 18, 2020

“I’ve gotten used to it. Asking for what my heart desperately wants and knowing it can never be. What good would it do to keep asking? These old bones have grown brittle. Our once fertile land is a barren womb. Again, I ask, and again, nothing."

A Glorious Obedience

Elise McCarthy |

December 17, 2020

In the beginning of Luke 1, Zechariah and Elizabeth were well past their child bearing years but are told by an angel of the Lord that they will bear a son whom they “are to call John… and he will be great before the Lord… and make ready for the Lord a people prepared” (Luke 1:13-17 NIV).

The First Christmas Song

Collin Jackson |

December 16, 2020

You know those songs that just resonate deeply within your soul when you listen to them? It is like the lyrics, regardless of what season of life or situation you are in, have a way of encouraging and providing you with a higher perspective of God, yourself, and others.

Leap of Faith

David Attebery |

December 15, 2020

We know from yesterday’s reading:· Zechariah’s barren and aging wife, Elizabeth, is pregnant with a baby boy – a.k.a. John the Baptist.· Elizabeth goes into seclusion for five months.

From Presence to Peace

Hunter House |

December 14, 2020

The human mind is captivated by mysterious things. Our curiosity draws us to things that are puzzling. Where and how did time begin? How far do the universe and space stretch? When will we finally see the Loch Ness Monster? (ok, not really).

Too Good to be True

Abbie Lay |

December 13, 2020

“Too good to be true.” How many times has the announcement of good news been met with these words? The job that has been secured after months of searching. The scholarship that ensures the college of your dreams. 

In the Nick of Time

Beth Kenyon |

December 12, 2020

Meet Zechariah, a hard working man, a preacher (Priest) who served the Lord. He and his wife had devoted themselves to doing what was good and right. Even though they came from a long line of people who followed God, life was not working out as planned.

Prepare the Way of the Lord

John Barclay |

December 11, 2020

Some of the most surprising and memorable moments in my life were the times when I found out I was going to be a father. I remember the smile on my wife’s face and the need for reassurance in her eyes. I remember feeling both excited and nervous at the same time.

The Story Before the Story

Matt Newman |

December 10, 2020

So begins a story... A story, mind you, that is more important than any story ever told. And from Luke’s account, it’s a story with a purpose. As verse 4 from Luke 1 states, it is written for “certainty.”

Obeying His Voice

Aaron Parks |

December 9, 2020

Have you ever heard God speak to you? What was your reaction when He did? Did you accept His word to you or did you struggle with trying to figure out if it was Him speaking or not? I get it.

Humility vs. Pride

Will Blanchard |

December 8, 2020

For many of us, the Christmas season can be filled with conflict and stress. Deep down we may attempt to think about the Lord and His gift of a Savior, but somehow our focus seems to shift. The sobering reality is that many times the real source of our conflicts...

Christmas Offerings

Pat Anderson |

December 7, 2020

In October of 2013, my wife and I found ourselves in Northwest Arkansas buying our first house and living away from parents and siblings for the first time. I was working my first “real” job and we were pregnant with our first child.

The Humble King

Jimmy Cook |

December 6, 2020

There is so much joy and anticipation of new life as we await the birth of a child. In remembering the birth of my sons, the feeling of promise and hope is palpable even now. And these feelings move beyond parents and into their community.

God With Us

Brian Pope |

December 5, 2020

It is the message of Christmas. It is the gift of Christmas. God’s desire to be with us is so great that He sent His Son to become the sacrifice that tears down every dividing wall which stands in the way of a personal relationship with Him.

The Christmas Miracle

Scott Page |

December 4, 2020

The “miracles” of Christmas are all around us during this time: there are movies about miracles, people will say that “something this wonderful could only have happened around Christmas,” still others believe that things will be good or better at Christmas.

The Genealogy of Grace

Scott Jones |

December 3, 2020

“This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:” – (Matthew 1:1 NIV). Did you know that “Jesus Christ” refers directly to “The Lord is our Salvation,” and “anointed one”? Matthew’s goal in the writing...

The Runt of the Litter

Seth Primm |

December 2, 2020

We all love a good Cinderella story, don’t we? Whether it be “Rudy” Ruettiger’s story of hard-won glory on the gridiron, or those small, seemingly insignificant hobbits, Sam and Frodo, and their...

Our Good, His Glory

Caroline Turner |

December 1, 2020

These two verses of Isaiah give us a beautiful picture of who Jesus is. A child and son was given to us and for us. Looking at this scripture with the perspective of the New Testament affirms that Jesus fulfilled this prophecy in everything He said and did and is such a great reminder for us...

A Light in the Darkness

Will Blanchard |

November 30, 2020

Have you ever found yourself in total darkness? Can you recall a time when it was so dark that you could not see your hand even when you held it up in front of your face? In that moment, how...

Don't Miss the Sign

Mickey Rapier |

November 29, 2020

What is the significance of a sign? One dictionary defines the word “sign” as follows: “an object, quality, or event whose presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurrence of...