7 Beautiful Hymns to Sing During Advent

“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” 

Advent is a traditional season celebrated the four weeks leading up to Christmas Day, in recognition and anticipation of the coming of Jesus. The Latin word for Advent means coming. Jesus came to earth, born as a babe to Mary and Joseph on earth. He also comes to us presently, as we accept salvation through Christ and receive the Holy Spirit. Advent also reminds us of Jesus’ future coming, when He will return to earth once again to establish God’s Kingdom. God’s plan always included our rescue and redemption through Christ. “We have a message of spectacular rescue:” John Piper reflects, “the love of God has rescued us from the wrath of God.”

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Beautiful Prayers to Pray around the Advent Wreath

The Advent season celebrates the coming of Jesus Christ, the long-awaited Messiah. With God in the beginning, the Son of God was born on earth amidst humble circumstances, in order to serve and save mankind. The Advent wreath is a symbol of the season, with a candle lit each of the four Sundays leading up to, and on Christmas Day. The light of the flickering candle flames reminds us who Jesus is: “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5).

Why You Should Celebrate Advent (even if your church is virtual)

The Advent wreath is traditionally lit during a church service but can be equally as impactful virtually. Minimal supplies are needed to make an Advent wreath at home, and no wreath is necessary to recognize the light and peace Christ brought to earth! We celebrate Advent, not only in anticipation of the first Christmas but of each new life in Christ. He presently comes to us, and He will come again!

This year, as we reconcile the reliability of human traditions and plans, the church of God is still moving, helping, and loving others around the world in the name of Christ Jesus. Celebrating Christ’s coming is important. Preparing our hearts renews our hope and reminds us of our mission.

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How Advent Helps Us Understand the True Meaning of Christmas

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”Luke 2:11

Advent is latin for “coming.” It’s a season of preparation, where we are reminded of the first coming of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, and encouraged by the anticipation of His coming again. Advent helps us cut through the holiday clutter to keep the reason for the season top of mind.

Though Advent calendars as we know them have been around since the 19th century, there are now multiple versions of the traditional countdown to Christmas. We have multiple Advent traditions in my home to remain hyper-focused on preparing our hearts during the Advent season. It reminds us of Who came to earth on Christmas and what that means for us.

Here are 10 ways observing Advent helps us to better understand the true meaning of Christmas: 

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