The Dawning of Indestructible Joy

Daily Readings for Advent

Author: John Piper

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433542390

Category: Religion

Page: 96

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Advent is for adoring Jesus. The Christmas season is one of the busiest times of year. But it’s also a season of reflection and preparation for that special day when we mark Immanuel’s coming—the arrival of our eternal God in our own frail humanity. This is the greatest of history’s many wonders, something too stupendous to celebrate just on one day. Advent is a way of lengthening and intensifying the joy of Christmas. These 25 brief devotional readings from John Piper begin on December 1 and carry us to Christmas Day. Our hope is that God would use these meditations to deepen and sweeten your adoration of Jesus and help you keep him at the center of your Christmas season.

The Dawning of Indestructible Joy

Author: John Piper

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 1783591862

Category: Religion

Page: 96

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The Christmas season is often one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year. It's all too easy to lose sight of what makes it special. Helping us refocus on what's truly important, John Piper leads us through twenty-five short meditations on Advent. The devotionals - drawn from his extensive teaching and preaching ministry - lead readers to ponder afresh the birth of Jesus, Israel's long-awaited Messiah and the Saviour of the world. Reflecting on several scriptural texts, this accessible volume aims to direct individuals, families and churches to the most glorious dawning of indestructible joy the world has ever seen: the incarnation of the Son of God.

Good News of Great Joy

Daily Readings for Advent

Author: John Piper

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780983916475

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Page: 80

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Advent is for adoring Jesus. It is a season of preparation for that special day when we mark Immanuel's arrival - the coming of our eternal God in frail, human flesh. This is the greatest wonder of history's many wonders, something too stupendous to celebrate just on one day. Advent is a way of lengthening the joy of Christmas. These 25 brief devotional readings from John Piper begin on December 1 and carry us to Christmas Day. Our prayer is that God would use these readings to deepen and sweeten your adoration of Jesus this December and keep him as the center and greatest treasure of your Christmas season. The candles and candies have their place, but we want to make sure that in all the Christmas rush and hubbub, we adore Jesus above all.

Celebrating Christmas with Jesus

An Advent Devotional

Author: Max Lucado

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc

ISBN: 1400318297

Category: Religion

Page: 80

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Let Advent come alive in your life this Christmas. Every Christmas, Christians all over the world celebrate the advent season, recognizing the love, hope, joy, and peace that is found only in Jesus Christ. Through this 30-day devotional, Max Lucado brings to light the many events in the life of Christ from birth to ascension that demonstrate His omnipotence and the gift that God has given each one of us to enjoy during this Christmas season. Experience each moment as our Savior becomes the center of this Christmas for you. Note: Must be ordered in multiples of 25.

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas

Author: Nancy Guthrie

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433501805

Category: Religion

Page: 142

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An Anthology of Advent readings, collected from the works of 22 classic and contemporary theologians with a high view of Scripture, it will help in preparing your heart to honor the sacredness of each Christmas season.

Desiring God

Meditations of a Christian Hedonist

Author: John Piper

Publisher: Multnomah Pub

ISBN: 1601423098

Category: Religion

Page: 411

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Experience the Lifelong Pleasures of Knowing God! Satisfaction…Happiness…Joy. According to John Piper, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible, it’s essential. Desiring God is a paradigm-shattering work that dramatically alters common perspectives on relating to God. Piper reveals that there really is no need to choose between duty and delight in the Christian life. In fact, for the follower of Jesus, delight is the duty as Christ is most magnified in His people when they are most satisfied in Him. Constantly drawing on Scripture to build his case, Piper shows why pursuing maximum joy is essential to glorifying God. He discusses the implications of this for conversion, worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering. Piper beckons us to approach God with the hedonist’s abandon. Finally, we are freed to enjoy Jesus—not only as our Lord and Savior, but also as our all-surpassing, soul-satisfying Treasure. Desiring God may turn your Christian world upside down. And that will be a good thing, for the glory of God, and for your deepest joy. Includes a study guide for individual and small group use.

Joy Upon Joy

An Advent Devotional

Author: Charles H. Spurgeon

Publisher: Whitaker House

ISBN: 1629119598

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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This advent devotional allows hassled Christians to daily redeem the busiest month of the year using seasonal reflections by the "Prince of Preachers," Charles Spurgeon. In the classic style of Spurgeon's Morning and Evening, each of the twenty-eight days contains a brief morning and evening devotional that begins with a Scripture and follows with a selection from Spurgeon's advent-themed sermons. This all-new compilation of Spurgeon's works includes space for journaling and reflection. Experience the delight of loving December once again, and prepare for the celebration of Christ's birth alongside Spurgeon's thought-provoking words.

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

Daily Family Devotions for Advent

Author: Nancy Guthrie

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 9781414365978

Category: Religion

Page: 112

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How many Christmas mornings have you found your family gathered around the tree with presents beautifully wrapped and a scrumptious feast on the table, but with hearts that have not been prepared to truly take in the wonder of God become human? Not this year. Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room, a family Advent devotional from Bible teacher and mom Nancy Guthrie, is designed to bring your family together during a season that is oftentimes too much about programs and presents, and simply not enough about Jesus. Along with devotions for every day in December, this resource includes explanations of some hard-to-understand aspects of popular Christmas carols, and discussion questions to draw in your elementary through high school-aged kids, transforming this time together from a dry lecture into a treasured family experience.

God Is in the Manger

Reflections on Advent and Christmas

Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664238874

Category: Religion

Page: 98

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Supplemented by an informative introduction, short excerpts from Bonhoeffer's letters, and passages from his Christmas sermons, these daily devotions are timeless and moving reminders of the true gift of Christmas.

Preparing for Christmas

Daily Meditations for Advent

Author: Richard Rohr

Publisher: Franciscan Media

ISBN: 1616364785

Category: Religion

Page: 112

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Advent is not about a sentimental waiting for the Baby Jesus --Richard Rohr Advent is a time to focus our expectation and anticipation on the adult Christ, the Cosmic Christ, who challenges us to empty ourselves, to lose ourselves, to surrender. Preparing for Christmas offers daily meditations, prayers, Scripture readings, and questions for reflection for each day of Advent.

Light of Lights

Advent Devotions from The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide

Author: Robin Pippin

Publisher: Upper Room Books

ISBN: 0835813436

Category: Religion

Page: 64

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This Advent book invites readers to commit to the practice of daily prayer. The collection of meditations from The Upper Room daily devotional guide is arranged to coordinate with the themes of the four candles on an Advent wreath: Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. Meditations are included for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the Sunday after Christmas. A complete Leader's Guide for small groups and instructions for making an Advent wreath are included.

From Heaven

A 28-Day Advent Devotional

Author: A. W. Tozer

Publisher: Moody Publishers

ISBN: 1600669034

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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“We live between two mighty events…” Advent is as much about looking back as it is looking ahead—back to Christ’s incarnation, ahead to His return. From Heaven combines A. W. Tozer’s best reflections on these two themes to help us better appreciate the season of Advent. Each daily reading is paired with Scripture for meditation, drawing our attention to the rising light of Christ. “I am struck with the wonder and the significance of the limitless meaning of these two words, He came. Within them the whole scope of divine mercy and redeeming love is outlined.” — A. W. Tozer Chapter titles include: Christmas Reformation Long Overdue The Meaning of Christmas The Logic of the Incarnation Divine Love Incarnate God Manifest in the Flesh What the Advent Established

Waiting Here for You

Author: Louie Giglio

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 0718084969

Category: Religion

Page: 112

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Waiting Here for You helps us anticipate rather than dread the busy season of Advent and Christmas. Life is full of waiting – we can’t escape it. We find ourselves in the middle of it every day – waiting on a prognosis to be given…a verdict to be reached…a promotion to be announced. And in these seasons of waiting that anxiety, desperation and hopelessness creep in. Waiting Here For You takes us through the advent – the season of waiting. In it we see the story of the coming of Jesus. It teaches us that waiting is the means God often uses to carry his plans in our lives. And it brings us back to the truth that our waiting is never wasted when we are waiting on God. Join pastor and author Louie Giglio and take hold of the chance to uncover the vast hope offered through the journey of Advent. Find peace and encouragement for your soul as anticipation leads toward celebration! Waiting is not wasted when it is waiting with the Lord.

Come, Let Us Adore Him

A Daily Advent Devotional

Author: Paul David Tripp

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433556723

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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This year, don't let Christmas sneak up on you again. The wonder and awe of the Christmas season can easily get overshadowed by lights, tinsel, bows, and paper—not to mention last-minute trips to the mall and visits to the in-laws. In all the hustle and bustle, we often lose sight of what’s most important. This book of daily readings for the month of December by best-selling author Paul David Tripp will help you slow down, prepare your heart, and focus on what matters most: adoring our Savior, Jesus.

The Expected One

Anticipating All of Jesus in the Advent

Author: Scott James

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

ISBN: 1433684551

Category: Religion

Page: 72

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“I enthusiastically recommend this book.” -David Platt Every Christmas, Christians all over the world celebrate the Advent season, recognizing the love, hope, joy, and peace that is found only in Jesus Christ. Through this devotional, Scott James brings to light the many promises of Christ—from birth to ascension—that demonstrate His love for us during this Christmas season. These daily devotions, which are designed for both family and individual use, are timeless and moving reminders of the true gift of Christmas.

Unwrapping the Names of Jesus

An Advent Devotional

Author: Asheritah Ciuciu

Publisher: Moody Publishers

ISBN: 080249630X

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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How to focus on Christ during Advent Most Christians agree that Christmas is all about Jesus, yet most of us spend little time preparing our hearts to celebrate Him. Why is this? Partly because we don’t know how. In Unwrapping the Names of Jesus, Asheritah Ciuciu leads readers through the four weeks of Advent (Hope, Preparation, Joy, and Love). Each week: Begins with an interactive family devotional that equips readers to celebrate Advent together Offers five daily reflections that focus on that week's name of Jesus Includes suggestions for fun-filled family activities or service projects This devotional can be used by readers in their own personal worship times or as a tool to engage in family worship during the busy holiday season. Either way, participants will gain a greater sense of awe and wonder at who Jesus is. By focusing on the person and character of Jesus throughout the Advent season, readers will prepare their hearts so that when they admire the live nativity, sit in the candlelight service, or wake up on Christian morning, they can join the faithful who sing from the bottom of their hearts, "O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!"

The Innkeeper

Author: John Piper

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 9781433530289

Category: Religion

Page: 48

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Only two weeks from his crucifixion, Jesus has stopped in Bethlehem. He has returned to visit someone important—the innkeeper who made a place for Mary and Joseph the night he was born. But his greater purpose in coming is to pay a debt. What did it cost to house the Son of God? John Piper shares a tale of what might have been through the story-poem of an innkeeper whose life was forever altered by the arrival of the Son of God. Ponder the sacrifice that was made that night. Celebrate Jesus's birth and the power of his resurrection. And encounter the hope his life gives you for today—and for eternity. This imaginative story has been redesigned and makes a great gift for families.

Don't Waste Your Life (Redesign)

Author: John Piper

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433555530

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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“If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full.” —from the Introduction The American Dream beckons people to spend their lives on trivial diversions, slipping through life caught up with seeking success, comfort, and pleasure above all else. But God designed people for far more than this. In this best-selling book, John Piper makes a passionate plea to the next generation to avoid the dangers of a wasted life, calling us to take risks and make sacrifices that matter for eternity—with a single, soul-satisfying passion for the glory of God that seeks to make much of him in every sphere of our lives.

The Wonder of Advent Devotional

Experiencing the Love and Glory of the Christmas Season

Author: Chris Tiegreen

Publisher: NavPress

ISBN: 149641912X

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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Rediscover the heart of the Advent season As the year comes to a close and the stress and busyness of the consumer Christmas holiday grows, it can be easy to lose sight of what the season really calls us to: worship. In today’s world, is it even possible to slow down, to ponder, to wonder in the coming birth of Christ? This Advent, recapture the mystery and beauty of the season with The Wonder of Advent Devotional. In this insightful and thought-provoking book, beloved devotional author Chris Tiegreen brings you into a deeper experience of this integral time in the church calendar. After completing a week of short readings to prepare your heart for the Advent season, you’ll journey through December with daily Scripture readings, prompts for reflection, and guided prayer to help you savor this remarkable divine story. With each day, The Wonder of Advent Devotional will reconnect you with what happened in Bethlehem long ago—and experience it anew in your life right now.