2016 Advent Devotional

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8

Prepare for a Priority Change
Sunday, 12/4/2016

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John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”

Luke 3:7-14

Reflection
Reflection

John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”

Prayer
Prayer

Holy One, help me learn to be a person who loves, lives, and gives generously. Guide me as I seek to give freely of myself, and as I seek to better understand you, your Son, and the Holy Spirit. Thank you for the opportunities before me to better represent your hope and love. Grant me courage and grace to let go of the things that are keeping me from being closer to you.

Amen.


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Questions
Questions

  1. As we move through this Advent season take some time to assess your priorities? Are they in line with God
  2. What things in your life are no longer bearing fruit?

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Daily Scripture
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“’I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.”

Luke 1:38

Reflection
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Think of someone in your neighborhood who you could serve in a simple way.

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