Revelation: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Have you ever had a revelation?

It doesn’t have to be this big life altering moment. It doesn’t have be a positive thing. It can be a learning moment too.

A moment where something changed.

Like the revelation that the grass isn’t always greener? That most modern worship songs have the drums playing the kick drum on every beat? That Subway doesn’t always taste fresh? Or how blessed you are to have a spouse who loves you as is even though you say dumb things trying to be smart?

Ok maybe something deeper.

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I see revelations as something of something new, a part of life you hadn’t thought of but it being revealed to you, can make you better. Whether its an easy or hard thing to have revealed.

It’s one of my favorite things about Christmas Tour: we want to inspire people to start over or seek Jesus in a more bold way because Christmas is a time where we remember where God began a plan for us to be able to start over.

Read this out loud.

“Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names.” Hebrews 1:1-4

Don’t you think that Joseph had some revelations about how God saw him? Or Mary and God’s heart for her? Or the shepherds and what it means for a prophecy to come to reality?

Look, my friend, ask Jesus on this 4th week of advent for a revelation about how to seek Him, know Him, follow Him, and live for Him like you never have before.

I don’t know what it looks like for you but I do know that if you seek Jesus you will find Jesus.

Come on, my friend. Let God reveal something new for you and discover that by asking Him to give you revelation.

God is Good
Peder

Hope: Third Sunday of Advent

The word hope has been used in a lot of ways. It’s been used in songs, naming of children, schools, poems, movies, books, and even campaign slogans.

Really hope is a powerful, emotional, heartfelt word. Probably why it’s so attractive.

So the third week of advent we are choosing the word hope. Why?

Because where we put our hope and what we put our hope in will truly determine how we live.

Depending where our hope is affects our choices, how we lead, how we pursue our dreams, how we handle conflict or fears, how we treat our spouse, how we love, how we see our future, and how we see Jesus.

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At Christmas we celebrate and draw into God’s sending of hope through the birth of Jesus. God keeps His promise following through with his word of sending one who would be the Savior of all.

Throughout scripture, we’re directed to put our home in God.

Not just hope about God, but put our hope IN God.

Why?

Because God never fails.

The love of Jesus never fails. The Holy Spirit is not afraid. God is faithful and never breaks a promise and our hope in Him will not disappoint us.

“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:3-5

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation.” 1 Peter 1:3

Over a month ago we had an election for president.

Did it turn out the way you wanted it to?

It really doesn’t matter because to put a life hope in an election might have some short-term benefits but they are not sovereign. Even the most powerful leader is not for you in the way Jesus is for you.

Read that Romans verse again.

“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:3-5

Hope in Jesus does not disappoint and the Holy Spirit is real and alive through you.

That’s why the shepherds ran to Bethlehem.

That’s why the Kings traveled for so long.

That’s why Joseph trusted the God’s vision in his dreams.

That’s why Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. Do what you want with me.”

And the world was never the same!

That’s Hope that does not fail or disappoint!

In your daily decisions, how do you choose your hope?

God is good!

Peder

Patience: Second Sunday of Advent

I am like the weather when it comes to patience. Sometimes I feel I can be the most steadfast, even-keeled person in chaotic situations and in the next moment I can give in to a panic or disruption to my timing and scream the end of the world.

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Patience is interesting.

And it’s a choice.

When I would do projects with my kids when they were little, I would need to choose patience in letting the project take longer in order let them try, maybe fail, or just do it slower.

I confess look back and realize I could have done better with that because I was too caught up in getting it done.

I actually ache over the lost experience of watching them figure things out. I can’t go back and just be with them. But I can definitely learn from those experiences.

So how does patience fit for our Second Sunday of Advent?

Israel was told a Prince of Peace was coming. An Everlasting Counselor. The King of all Kings! The promised one, Messiah!

Generations would come and go and still they waited and looked forward to the day.

I’m curious sometimes the Jews as individuals and families handled it. We don’t really know.

What we do know is God kept his promise and the Promised one came in Jesus the Christ.

I like this verse from Romans how it speaks to patience.

“But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.” Romans 8:25 (NLT)

Patience and confidence.

If we believe what we say we believe, that God is for us, with us, and the good work He started in us He will bring to completion, then patience becomes less about being tolerant (remember it’s a good work).

First, it actually helps us not miss the beautiful moment we are in moments where we need patience.

Second, there is a restful peace and trust available to us when we take confidence in God being at work even while wait.

I know for me in my past, present, and future there are situations I need to live in patience.

During this second week of Advent, go ahead and write down a couple things that you want to choose patience in.

Parenting?
Job future?
Unsettled relationship?
Something you to rush the outcome and you need to let it be?

Share what you wrote down with your family. There is strength in your house in each other. This week, it’s wait and see with confidence.

God is good!

Peder