Won’t Be Easy

Christmas Day 2019 by Rev. Mark Parkinson “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.’” ~ Mark 16:15 Jesus spent three years moving about in the region of Galilee; teaching, healing, and caring for those in need. Following his crucifixion, death, and resurrection, He …

Clap Your Hands

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 by Pastor John Snidle “Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy. For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome, a great King over all the earth.” ~ Psalm 47:1-2 Our theme for this year’s Advent booklet is “Stepping Out, Stepping Up, Stepping Forward”. It …

Hearts Of Stone

Monday, December 23, 2019 by Daniel Smittkamp “A new heart I will give you and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” ~ Ezekiel 36:26 Several years ago, I was in a bad place. Things …

Courageous

Sunday, December 22, 2019 by Tammy Terry “Have I not commanded you – be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9 As I was pondering my Advent devotional, I couldn’t help but think of my daughter. …

“Bee” the Change

Saturday, December 21, 2019 by Deena Hasler I always told my children, “Don’t gripe about it, take action!” Nine years ago, at the Honeybee Festival, I was discussing with my mother and aunt how many people were complaining about the lack of things to do uptown at the festival. “SOMEBODY should do something!” is what …

Blessed To Help Others

Friday, December 20, 2019 by Rick Kennedy Each year the people of Edgar County step up to assist with Christmas baskets for families in need. I have not been able to help every year, but when I did, I was truly blessed. It is wonderful to see people of all ages working together to help …

Outside My Comfort Zone

Thursday, December 19, 2019 by Donna Garver The Bible tells us that our greatest need is a relationship with God, and that begins with an introduction – I remember my first introduction to Jesus was as a child. As I grew, I developed a trust and belief in Jesus that led to a relationship with …

New Or Old – Same In Purpose

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 by Coralie Smittkamp The Worship Committee met in October to plan for the Advent and Christmas season. We talked about the continuing traditions and as we talked several ideas for something new and different came to mind. This year you will find some new things added to Advent and to our …

Sad Memories

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 by David Dick “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” ~ Psalm 116:15 This day, December 17, 1958 was a very devastating day for me as a 9-year-old. I learned, at school, that my grandmother Dick had died following another stroke. For several years to …

Divine Preparation

Monday, December 16, 2019 by Greg Terry We usually think of the Advent season as a time to prepare for the celebration of the Christ child’s birth. Let’s take a moment and think of that from a different perspective. Have you ever considered that God the Father has also made preparations too? How can we …

Advent Devotional 2019

Welcome to our own devotional – written by our own people – to lead us all the way to Christmas Day!

This is our eighteenth year of providing this resource, and we hope it will be as well received as the others. It is similar, yet unique with new authors – new theme – new inspiration!

Each morning, beginning on Sunday, December 1st, the devotional for the day will appear on this page along with all the previous entries. If you wish, you can subscribe to our online devotional by using the “Subscribe” link at the bottom of this and every page. By doing so, you will receive a daily email linking you to the new devotional.

Many of the meditations deal with our theme of “Stepping Out, Stepping Up, and Stepping Forward”, and others refer, hint, reveal experiences that can remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. That was not a requirement, simply a way of focusing our efforts.

We do want to thank all the devotion contributors, Administrative Assistant, Cheryl Clark, for creating this booklet, and the Elders (specifically Tammy Terry & Daniel Smittkamp) for their sponsorship.

We trust you will enjoy and grow as you read these thoughts, share the scriptures, pray the prayers.

When you are finished, you may want to share this page with a friend, express your appreciation to the authors and thank God for a church that can share the faith and find ways to grow in it.

Our prayer is that you enjoy and appreciate “Stepping Out, Stepping Up, and Stepping Forward” this holiday season and beyond.