Kids & Students
Care & Counseling
Serve Our Church
Serve Our City & World
If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will be my servant also (John 12:26).
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another (1 Peter 4:10).
I many times thought Peace had come
When Peace was far away—
As Wrecked Men—deem they sight the Land—
At Centre of the Sea—
And struggle slacker—but to prove
As hopelessly as I—
How many the fictitious Shores—
Before the Harbor be—
We think we see it on the horizon, but then we find it is only a mirage of our war-weary imaginations. The vision dissolves into the reality of COVID-19, natural disasters, political polarity, cancel culture, inflation, Afghanistan, opioids, news anchors, and echo chambers. Is there a “Harbor” to be found anywhere?
But not in the usual places. Christmas suggests that peace-seekers look not to the power centers of our world but rather to a child—a child who is just, good, compassionate, gentle, forgiving, quiet, generous.
This Christmas season, we will meet this child and get to know him through the ancient prophet Isaiah’s predictions of his birth, life, and everlasting works. Join us as we leave the problems of 2021 in the future and go back to God’s promises of perfect peace through his son, Jesus Christ, the one true Harbor for the human soul.
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
"Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice."
“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands."
Advent comes from a Latin word meaning “coming” or “arrival.” The Advent season is the time when the church remembers the coming of the Son of God and anticipates his coming again. It’s a time of expectation, yearning, and hope. Use these resources to deepen your own remembering and yearning for Christ this Advent season.
Come Let Us Adore Him: A Daily Advent Devotional by Paul Tripp
This book will help you slow down during the busy Christmas season and focus on what matters most: adoring our Savior, Jesus. At the end of each devotion is a section for parents and children, featuring one central theme from the Christmas story, discussion prompts, and related verses.
Advent Guide by The Village Church
An outstanding overall companion to the season. Personal devotions, family discipleship times, activities, and other resources will enrich your fellowship with Christ and celebration of his coming.
Good News of Great Joy: 25 Advent Devotions by John Piper
Daily meditations on the love of God at Christmas. Available for free online in several formats.
A Shelter in the Time of a Storm: Meditations on God and Trouble by Paul Tripp
Fifty-two meditations on Psalm 27 instruct and encourage believers to worship God through the ups and downs of life.