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An Advent booklet produced by Grace Bible Church of Hollister

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  • 1Advent M editationsQ

    C hristmas is filled with the celebratory echoes of salvation. In the midst of this years Christmas celebrations punctuated by manger scenes, Christmas choirs, even displays of lights and wrapped presents, lets pray that our hearts

    be filled with the truth that Christmas is the earthly beginning of the Gospel of

    Jesus Christ. Tis the season to read, and read again, the stories of mans sin and

    Gods redeeming mercy; to worship Him as we meditate throughout this season

    on His Word saturated with passages of our redemption story.

    This booklet presents two sets of Advent readings, one for our children and

    one for the rest of the family. The childrens readings are all found in the

    Childrens Jesus Storybook Bible, Every Story Whispers His Name, by

    Sally Llloyd-Jones. We selected this Bible because it connects each and every

    Bible story to Jesus, making it ideal as a Christmas devotional. (We also

    recommend this Bible for use throughout the year because we want it to be

    natural that our children see Jesus Christ in every Bible story.) Corresponding

    to each reading is an ornament to hang on your Jesse Tree, which by

    Christmas day will be filled with ornaments about Jesus. You can set a small

    tree on a table or even use a branch as your Jesse Tree. As you look over your

    Jesse Tree with your children, talk through the entire redemptive story of Jesus!

    We began using this same devotional last year and hope it continues to bless your

    family and become part of your families Christmas tradition.

    This years Advent Meditations follows the redemptive story from the first sin to

    the birth of our Savior. It is a study of the relationship between man and God,

    between sinners and our precious Savior. We pray that this look at ourselves

    and our Lord will fill us with gratitude and a renewed love for Christ.

    Merry Christmas Grace Family!

  • 2Q Week 1 QT his week we will be treated to a dazzling display of the love of Jesus. In contrast, humanity, the object of Christs love, will rarely return his

    affections. We will doubt, rebel and ignore Him, but He will not be moved. His love is relentless. He moves forward with promises of comfort and

    salvation to a people who are barely paying attention.

    QThe people who walk in darkness

    Will see a great light;

    Those who live in a dark land,

    The light will shine on them.

    Isaiah 9:2

  • 3M onday, D ecember 5, 2011Q

    QTodays Childrens Reading ~ Page 12 Jesus Storybook Bible

    The Christmas Story began when God spoke the world into being. He revealed His glory and splendor as He created the world into which He

    would one day send His son. Behold our God!

    QIn the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

    For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authoritiesall things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16,17

    Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering Yourself with light as with a cloak, stretching out heaven like a tent curtain. He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; He makes the clouds His chariot; He walks upon the wings of the wind; He makes the winds His messengers, flaming fire His ministers. He established the earth upon its foundations, so that it will not totter forever and ever. You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters were standing above the mountains. At Your rebuke they fled, at the sound of Your thunder they hurried away. The mountains rose; the valleys sank down to the place which You established for them. You set a boundary that they may not pass over, so that they will not return to cover the earth. He sends forth springs in the valleys; they flow between the mountains; they give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they lift up their voices among the branches. He waters the mountains from His upper chambers. The earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works. . .

    O LORD, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all; the earth is full of Your possessions. There is the sea, great and broad, in which are swarms without number, animals both small and great. There the ships move along, and Leviathan, which You have formed to sport in it. They all wait for You to give them their food in due season. You give to them, they gather it up; You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good. You hide Your face, they are dismayed; You take away their spirit, they expire and return to their dust. You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and You renew the face of the ground. Let the glory of the LORD endure forever; let the LORD be glad in His works; He looks at the earth, and it trembles; He touches the mountains, and they smoke. I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being Psalm 104:1-13, 24-33

  • 4Tuesday, D ecember 6, 2011Q

    QTodays Childrens Reading ~ Page 18 Jesus Storybook Bible

    Very quickly the idyllic life of Adam and Eve was shattered by the surprising first sin of man. Standing in the garden where God has

    lavished her with His love, Eve questioned Gods goodness toward her and disobeyed Him. Later, ashamed and desperate, Adam and Eve stood before

    God who passed judgement, and extended the first promise of ransom.

    QGod created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them. Genesis 1:27,28a

    Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The LORD God commanded the man, saying, From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die. Genesis 2:15-17

    The serpent said to the woman, You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.

    They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, Where are you?

    He said, I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself. And He said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat? The man said, The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate. Then the LORD God said to the woman, What is this you have done? And the woman said, The serpent deceived me, and I ate.

    The LORD God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you will go,and dust you will eat all the days of your life; And I will put enmity between you and the woman,and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise you on the head,and you shall bruise him on the heel. Genesis 3:4-15

  • 5Wednesday, D ecember 7, 2011Q

    QTodays Childrens Reading ~ Page 28 Jesus Storybook Bible

    Eve must have eagerly anticipated the birth of each male child thinking that he would be the one to crush Satan, but no such man was born in

    her lifetime. After many generations the promise seemed to be forgotten. Although the majority of humanity rejected God, He was faithful.

    He revealed more and more of the promised redeemer to men who He taught to trust Him.

    QThen the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his hearts was only evil continually. Genesis 6:5

    For not knowing about Gods righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. Romans 10:3

    For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Romans 1: 20-23

    Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, I am God Almighty; walk before Me, and be blameless. I will establish My covenant between Me and you, and I will multiply you exceedingly. Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying, As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you will be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings