Christmas at frontline

This year we will be discovering the meaning of Christmas one word at a time! Our advent series will start Sunday, December 2nd. 

Below is our schedule for this season:

You have 3 services to choose from every Sunday at 9am, 11am, and 5:15pm

Dec. 2          1st Sunday of Advent: The Word of HOPE

Dec. 9          2nd Sunday of Advent: The Word of JOY

Dec. 16        3rd Sunday of Advent: The Word of PEACE

Dec. 23        4th Sunday of Advent: The Word of LOVE

Dec. 24        Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

                      at 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, and 7:30pm


                      Childcare is provided for ages birth - 3

1st Advent: the word of hope

Weekly Devotional:

Christmas is a wonderful season that is marked by gift giving and receiving.  The Advent season is a time to prepare ourselves for the celebration of Christmas and the coming of God’s Son Jesus into the world.  This first Sunday of Advent we focus on the gift of HOPE that we receive through Jesus. 

If you’re doing these devotionals with family, ask each member who is old enough to share about something that they are hoping for now.  Or, on your own, what’s something you’re hoping for?

 

In the Bible, hope is different from what we often think of when we speak of hope.  It is not something we wish for and hope that someday maybe we will get it.  No, biblical hope is something we can be certain about.  It is like a postponed guarantee.  We don’t now have what is hoped for, but we can be certain that we will someday receive it.  That is biblical hope.

Can you think of any examples of that kind of hope?

 

As you think about HOPE this first week of Advent, you can read one of these Scriptures each day this week and talk or think more about the kind of HOPE that Jesus brings to our lives.  Ask God to show you a specific HOPE promise this week that applies to your life.  After you read each day, take a minute to pray around the table for one another that God’s HOPE will be with you.


Hebrews 6:11,19                                 Jeremiah 29:11; Galatians 5:5

Psalm 31:24; 39:7; 42:11                    Luke 1:39-45

Romans 15:13; 12:12                          1 Corinthians 15:54-58                       Luke 18:35-40

 

Application:

As you pray together this week, ask God if there is something you can do individually or as a couple or family that would help bring his HOPE to someone around you?  Who or what comes to mind?

Is there someone among your family and friends you want to pray for that they will come to know Jesus personally and find God’s HOPE of eternal life for their lives like you have?  If so, write their names here and begin to pray for them throughout Advent.  Maybe you can invite them to one of the Advent Sundays or Christmas Eve services.


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2nd ADVENT: THE WORD OF joy

Weekly Devotional:

As we continue our focus this Advent Season on preparing our hearts for the Christmas celebration, we come to the Gift of JOY.  What makes JOY such a wonderful gift is that it’s a gift we can open at any time and in any season and find that it can fill even the darkest days with God’s presence. 

If you’ve ever struggled with depression or discouragement, you may think that JOY is for someone else.  If you’ve ever gone through deep trials in life, you may feel that JOY passed you by. 

But the good news with this gift of JOY is that it is given to every follower of Jesus through the Holy Spirit who lives within us.  It’s not just for those who were born with a smile on their faces and a song in their hearts.  Proverbs tells us “the prospect of the righteous is joy” (10:28). 

If you’re doing these devotionals with family, ask each member who is old enough to share about something that is currently giving them JOY.  Or, on your own, what’s something joyful in your life?

 

JOY is not the same as happiness.  Unlike happiness, JOY is not dependent upon our outward circumstances.  That’s what the Apostle Paul experienced and taught when he wrote “In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy” (2Cor. 7:4).  That kind of JOY comes from the Holy Spirit and belongs to all those who are members of God’s family through faith in Jesus Christ.  If that’s true of you, then you can claim God’s JOY in your life in spite of your outward circumstances.

 

As you think about JOY this second week of Advent, read one of these Scriptures each day and talk or think more about the JOY Jesus wants to brings to your lives.  Ask God to show you a specific JOY promise this week that applies to your life.  After you read each day, take a minute to pray around the table for one another that God’s JOY will be with you in all circumstances.


Galatians 5:22,23                                Isaiah 35:10; 9:3                             Psalms 51:12; 47:1; 27:6

James 1:2-8                                          1 Peter 1:8,9

Romans 15:13;                                  Psalm 30:5                                     Nehemiah 8:10


Application:

In your prayers this week, ask God if there is something you can do individually or as a couple or family that would help bring God’s JOY to someone you know?

Continue to pray for individuals among your family and friends to come to know Jesus personally and find
God’s JOY.  Are you planning to invite a friend here to join you for one of our Christmas Eve services?


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3rd ADVENT: THE WORD OF peace

Weekly Devotional:

As we arrive at the third Sunday of Advent, our focus this week is on the gift of PEACE that we receive through Jesus.  The Bible says that through him we have peace with God!  Then that peace also calms our hearts even when there are storms of life all around us.

If you’re doing these Advent devotionals with family, ask each member who is old enough to share about one area of their life where they need to experience God’s PEACE.  Or, on your own, where do you need God’s PEACE?

 

According to the Bible, Peace is a gift that can be difficult to find, as it requires concentrated effort to open.  Although Jesus gives us his peace, sometimes we have to work hard to find the gift marked Peace.  Imagine that the  gift of peace sits under the Christmas tree with your name on it, but it has been buried by many other competing gifts. 

Sometimes the best way to discover the gift of Peace is through times of silence and stillness.  But once found, the gift of Peace can be opened and treasured over and over throughout our busy days.  Finding God’s Peace is worth the effort because it brings calm and confidence to our hearts even when our lives are being lived out in a storm.

 

As you think about PEACE this week of Advent, read one of these Scriptures each day and talk or think more about the PEACE Jesus wants to brings to your lives.  Ask God to show you a specific place in your life where his gift of PEACE is needed to calm a storm.  After you read each day, take a minute to pray around the table for one another that God’s PEACE will be with you in all circumstances.


Isaiah 9:6-7                             Philippians 4:4-7                     Mark 4:35-41

John 14:1-4, 27                       Isaiah 54:10; 55:12

Luke 1:5-17                             Matthew 11:28-30


Application:

As you pray this week, ask God to show you someone around you who needs his Peace and then plan to invite them to a service on Christmas Eve so they can hear more about God’s Peace.

You may also enjoy watching one of these classic Christmas movies this week of Advent:

The Nativity Story                   The Ultimate Gift                   The Polar Express       

The Muppet Christmas           The Chronicles of Narnia:  The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe


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4th ADVENT: THE WORD OF love

Weekly Devotional:

LOVE never fails.

Love knew we’d falter, hesitate and wonder if maybe God is holding out on us.  Love knew we’d seek our own self-interest, but we are loved in spite of that.

That’s because Love knows no bounds. Love’s relentless devotion holds back waters, brings down walls, defeats giants, releases from captivity. It forgives, heals and restores. Love’s passionate pursuit of our heart led Jesus to leave Heaven’s perfection and wrap Himself in humanity. In love he chooses to walk alongside us once again, as He joins us in our earthly journey.

In the middle of our sometimes messy lives, love suffers long and is kind.  Love rejoices in the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

If you’re doing these devotionals with family or a friend, ask each member who is old enough to share one way they are experiencing God’s Love.  Or, on your own, how is God showing you how much he loves you?

 

In the Bible, here’s how God’s Love is described:  Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.

 

As you think about Love this final week of Advent, read one of these Scriptures each day and talk or think more about the kind of Love that Jesus brings to our lives.  Ask God to help you show his kind of Love to someone every day this week.  After you read each day, take a minute to pray around the table for one another that God’s Love will flow through you to each other and to those you know.


Luke 2:1-20                                                          Song of Solomon 2:4                         Psalm 18:4-19

Psalm 136                                                            1 Corinthians 13                                 

Matthew 5:46-48                                                 1 John 4:7-12

 

Application:

Take a few minutes at the end of each day this week to tell your family or a friend how God used you to express his love to someone that day.

Pray for the ones you have invited to a Christmas Eve service tonight that their hearts will be prepared to hear the good news of God’s Love revealed in Jesus.   


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