Pastor’s Blog 11/22/16: Gifts for Advent

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17

Well it’s here, Christmas season 2016 is upon us. Thanksgiving Day marks the “official start”, although retail outlets started about 2 months ago, always the ones to rush things for the sake of revenue.

One of the pitfalls of being a Christian in such a commercialized society is that we get caught up in the seasonal flows as directed by the consumer driven culture. We focus on Christmas from Thanksgiving to Christmas day, but historically the church has focused on Advent, then Christmas. We then wat to focus on New Year’s, quickly letting Christmas fade into memory. The church for hundreds of years has celebrated Christmas tide. This was the time from Christmas Eve through January 6th, which is epiphany. (Remember the 12 days of Christmas?)

Advent is a time to reconsider our lives, our walk of faith, to ponder the wonder that is the first Advent of Christ. Ultimately, it reminds us that Jesus promised to return, the second Advent. Christians have this hope that does not disappoint, Jesus will return one day just as he promised.

As we scurry about purchasing gifts from friends and loved ones during this Advent season, may we as Christians stop and consider, the gifts that God gives us. These are gifts guaranteed through Christ in His First Advent.
James 1:17 teaches us that every good and every perfect gift comes from the Father of lights. These gifts are both tangible and intangible. Food, clothing, shelter are gifts from Him. However, those gifts that money cannot buy are from Him as well. These gifts are available from him now, and they take us all the way to eternity.

This advent and Christmas season we ought to focus on some of these “intangible” gifts. These are gifts you cannon purchase at any retail outlet. These are the gifts of hope, love, peace, life, joy, and glory.

If your reading the blog and do not have a church you call home, won’t you join us at New Covenant Baptist Church. Our first study on the topic of biblical hope is Sunday November 27 at 10:30 A.M.

I wish you a blessed Advent.

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