Hey my friends,
This is the new site for you to get my devotions, updates from the road, and more so thoughts from the heart and mind of yours truly. I will be adding audio files, video files, and so on. Inseide out (get it? ) is to be an encouragement, affirmation, and maybe even a push in the direction of our Father God’s love for and pursuit of you, His sons and daughters.
So to start the inseide out blog off, I offer you two things. First, the first ever recording of song never released before. Second, the first of the Advent devotionals for this Advent and Christmas season!
Being it’s the day after Thanksgiving, I thought we would start off the blog with a link to the long awaited new recording of “The Donut Song” with my dear friend, comedian Daren Streblow! It’s been a long time coming.
A Devotion For The First Sunday Advent
It’s no secret I’m a Minnesota sports fan. Vikings, Twins, Wild, Lynx (Allison got me into them), Gophers, Timberwolves (though they are too busy arguing over millions). You name it, I’m a fan. Every time I get to go to a game or watch a game, as a fan, I always believe a victory is possible. When my teams are bad (and right now a lot of them are) and my friends are even down on my team, I go into a game most everytime, even with my Vikings, believing they can win. I unfortunately have watched many a game with an outcome that does not lift my spirit. I cheer and hope and yet the outcome finds me going “Why do I continue to follow these teams?” Yet I will remain loyal.
The first Sunday in Advent is about anticipation. Remember that for years the people were waiting for a king of all kings, the Messiah, the one who would reign over all! From generation to generation the telling of the promises of God would be passed down from parents to children with a sense of hope, that something life changing would happen. We know that the promise comes to fruition in Jesus but to those before Jesus they just waited and waited with hearts of anticipation. Anticipation that the Messiah would come and fulfill the prophecies
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
One of the most obvious differences is this. My teams are not for sure. I never know how it will turn out.
God always wins, always keeps His promise, always comes through. The people before Jesus trusted that and that’s why their hope was not in vain.
Our hope this day is not in vain either. God, the Abba Father is present, moving and keeping His promises. Do you look forward to it?
What do you anticipate this Advent season as you prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus? Do you trust and believe that God will keep His promises to you this Christmas? Our God is creative and when we seek Him, He promises we will find Him!
Spend this first Sunday of Advent and write down what you might expect of God. What promises will you lean upon? What hopes do you have?
When it’s Christmas day, look back at what you anticipated. The end result is way better than one of my teams.