Link to the Advent Prayer: Anticipating Peace CLICK HERE
In a world that is full of chaos, suffering, and uncertainty, everyone looks for that peaceful moment. But it seems fleeting. As Pastor Dustin mentioned, the peaceful fresh snow gets dirty, the wonderfully peaceful beach scenery gets disrupted eventually. Earthly peace is time-bound.
When you hear the word PEACE, what comes to your mind? What do you think of first when you hear PEACE? Write down and share some of the things you associate with peace.
What glimpses of God’s Peace have you experienced over the years? Are there a few incidents where you just felt God’s presence in the midst of a great storm? Write as if you were writing a journal entry.
What hard situation has lately grabbed a hold of you? When was the last time you went into a FIGHT or FLIGHT mode? Reflect on this for a second and write down what it is mostly that robs you of your peace.
Now do the same with your worries. What are you worried about? What keeps you up at night?
Through many sermons, you have heard that “Jesus is present”. He is God with us! How does knowing this make a difference in your life?
Horatio Stafford lost his wife and children to a tragic shipwreck. When he himself sailed past the spot where his family had died he penned this song:
When peace like a river attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll, Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say: It is well, it is well with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control, That Christ has regarded my helpless estate. And has shed His own blood for my soul. It is well with my soul.
Close your eyes for a minute. Say to yourself “God is with me. Jesus is my strength. In God’s Spirit, I find peace.” Repeat this phrase a few times. Now remain silent like this for a minute or two.
Through the Bible in one Year
Join us in reading through the entire Bible in one year. Each day of this plan guides you through passages from both the Old and New Testaments, allowing you to see connections between the history of our faith, and the fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan. Readings average four chapters in length, so it is posible to do. When you use the YouVersion Bible App, you can even have the app read the Bible text to you – very useful when you are in the car or otherwise occupied with your hand.
All you need to do is click the link to the Bible Plan, which should lead you straight to the Bible app. Your two options are now (1) to read the plan on your own, one day at the time. Or (2) you can make it more fun and rewarding, by sharing the plan with one or more friends, and then even “Talk about it”.